Elephone wrote:...Another thing I've noticed with real tape, is the way noise is more integrated with the wanted sound, and how the signal breaks through it almost like gating/compression effect...
Having worked with magnetic tape for over 50 years, I've never had the sense that there was anything but "programme plus tape noise" going on, at least at low levels.
I guess the way to test this would be :
1. record a high quality source to tape.
2. to a copy of the source, digitally mix in the same tape noise, at the same level
A-B the two, level matched of course.
Elephone wrote:... and how the signal breaks through it almost like gating/compression effect.
I don't understand this. Gating and compression are such different effects. Gating is much more like expansion which is the opposite of compression of course.