Beware the Skeuomorphic Rabbit Hole

I recently watched a video touting the new Studer® A800 Multichannel Tape Recorder plugin from Universal Audio. It features a surprisingly mediocre soundtrack, enough marketing hype to make Don Draper blush, and a bunch of talented audio engineers waxing poetic about a digital recreation of a 34-year-old electromechanical device. And as I watched it, something struck me: Those spinning tape reels are ridiculous.

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