i get a lot of inquiries on this subject. questions like "I would like a fatter tape sound. I would like to bounce my finished mixes to tape before mastering". While i'm a big fan of tape and the way it sounds, there is a point I feel that is missing. When i was a mixer mixing to tape, I used to spend hours compensating for what the tape did. Usually the tracks were already laid to tape so in the mixing stage I would compensate with compression and eq to get back some of what the tape took away while still retaining what it added. When i mixed to tape, I would listen off the play head and make more adjustments until i got it where i wanted it. Tape eats transiets and I would spend many hours compensating for this. When a mix is done strickly in the digital domain without regards to how tape is going to affect the mix, I find that the mix when transfered to tape prior to master and without compensaion, lacks what is needed. i can achieve better results with the original in most cases ( unless it's with a mixer that knows tape and is used to it). A good working properly calibrated machine is in order too. When the industry started to slide towards DAWS, I would have a 1/2" machine with a couple of junk reels that I would have rolling and mix listening off the play head until I got it where I wanted it and then throw up and fresh reel and print the mixes. Other tell us about your experience with tape and how you work with it in your mixes.