Originally Posted by vfxproducer
The huge studio mixing consoles and 2" tape I learned to use in the 80's have gone the way of buggy whips.
Excuse me, but the huge studio consoles still exist. Instead of being analog, they are digital. It is fun to watch the pots slide up and down as a recording is played back thru the console, since the position of the pot is remembered as part of the recording.
But, pretty much all of the final mixing is done on computer now, allowing for non-linear editing of the audio, just like video. Looking at a widescreen monitor of bits and pieces of a recording is really neat.
Ya, analog boards, analog tape recording and linear editing have certainly died out ages ago.