Can digital processors such as Empiral Lab's Fatso, or Crane Song Hedd come close to what a 1/2 tape machine can do such as the Studer A820 or the Ampex ATR 102? I speculated that the digital processors would can be more transparent. I want to avoid buying a used tape machine that brakes down every few months, and the high maintance of owning a tape machine. Bob Katz stated that the crane song sounds very close to the real thing. He said comparing the two is like comparing two fine wines. It also seem that more and more "professional" recording studios are turning to using exclussively to Protools and the Fatso or Crane Song...These are studios with SSL G Plus consoles. This is why I'm puzzled about the whole issue of analog tape machine. One final note, there are an alarming number of analog tape recorders--including high quaility mastering tape machine--for sale everywhere on the net.