So I've just started reading The Mastering Engineer's Handbook (2nd edition)... and I'm still at the beginning so everything is going down real but Bob speaks about Tube and solid state limiters... I know you also get tube distortion, compressors and pre amps... I must say I really enjoyed using 'tube stuff', especially using some SPL tube pre amp last year. It just sounded better and had more character than the other pre amps (which I assume were solid state.. I don't remember the names, but there were two Neve pre amps too which weren't specifically written Tube)..
Can someone give some insight into how and why 'Tube stuff' sounds the way it sounds and anything else interesting? Hopefully I can stop calling it tube stuff after this lol.