Originally Posted by con struct
Do any of you have any idea what it takes to keep a top of the line analogue tape recorder clean and up to spec? Digital makes it so you don't need to do any of that. Also, your music is safer in the digital format and will not degrade over time, which is what happens to reels of analogue tape, not to mention generation loss.
And digital sounds great. Listen to Roy Haynes' CD "Love Letters" and tell me that it should have been recorded analogue.
I've dealt with tape machines (admittedly, not top-of-the-line but decent 16-track machines) and they are a royal pain in the arse
. Specialists need only apply if that's all that you're using for a whole session.
They sound lovely but now you can get hold of tape machine emulators that are indistinguishable from the original machines as a plug-in for a DAW there really is no need to use them any more.