I must disagree. Yes, tape was exclusively used years ago before digital, and once digital was here it was highly desired by orchestras (including most movie scores due to its flexibility) because of what I'm talking about. Not all, of course, but I would say by the most for sure. Tape has a warmer sound mostly because of its limited bandwidth in the high end especially, and its imperfections...both which have their place if one wants that sound but for modern flexibility and cleanliness should be an option instead of a mandate. And with plugins you can get so close to that warmth that no one would know in a double blind test, which I had done to me a few years with a group of audio snobs like myself. Most good plugins emulation plugins have hiss/noise as an option that you can turn off or adjust the level on, which is brilliant.