Technical Editor Hugh Robjohns replies: A tricky question. As you say, modern digital gear is really good — by which I mean very clean and accurate — and analogue is great when you want warmth, coloration and character. Whether you should ditch the analogue gear is a question only you can answer, but personally I like to keep the best of both worlds. Recording, editing and some processing is easier and better to do digitally, whereas some kinds of processing work better in the analogue domain, especially EQ, some dynamics and anything involving modest distortion for effect. Modern A-D and D-A converters are virtually transparent, so moving between the analogue and digital domains isn't going to result in significant sonic degradation — not like it did a decade ago. So my advice would be to use whatever gear you feel gives you the sound you want.