Rock Biz

The End of Analog Tape

Audiotape There are a bunch of analog tape aficionados who are bemoaning the closure of the last factory to manufacture analog recording tape according to Tale of the Tape: Audiophiles Bemoan the End of the Reel (reprinted from the Wall Street Journal). There are those who insist that despite the advantages of digital audio in this day and age, nothing sounds better than analog audio tape. Similar to the arguments that promote the use of tubes in everything from amps to recording consoles, fans of analog tape say that it imparts a warmer sound to the music, something impossible in the digital realm of bits and bytes. It is an argument that will rage on long after the last reel of analog audio tape has been consumed I am sure but one that I am partial to myself.