(If this sort of question has been asked before - I apologise, I've used the search function and can't really find anything similar. Please merge and close if so!)
I currently own a Behringer 8-bus desk, 8-track audio interface and DAW (Logic). I'm considering investing in an 8-track tape recorder to teach myself analogue audio processing, and it got me thinking; is there a real-world use for all four pieces of my gear in combination that could be practically used for recording?
It would of course be easy and hassle-free to record straight into my audio interface and process/mix in Logic, but, seeing as I have this desk lying around (I got given it by someone having a clearout), I might as well try and incorporate it into my workflow, for interest if nothing else.
So, my question is, would recording via the desk (utilising pre-amps, sends to rack effects etc), and then bussing to my audio interface and then mixing in Logic really bring anything to the sound (in terms of the 'warm' and 'colour' that analogue brings)?
Would the post-desk processed analogue signal be stripped of its 'analog warmth' if it's transferred to Logic for mixing?
Additionally, if I do invest in an 8-track recorder (trying to currently locate a cheap working Fostex A8), are there any recording configurations that would 'add' to the sound overall? The best I've come up with is Signal > Desk > mixed and processed to 8-track tape > 8-track tape recorder to Logic (via interface) for mastering - or is this just taking a longer route that will ultimately reach the same end-result?
I'm aware of course that there's only so much 'analogue magic' that a cheap old Behringer desk can bring to a signal (pre-amps are surprisingly solid however), but I'm just curious whether there's a use that will be more than just an exercise 'for the hell of it.'
Thanks for reading - all suggestions welcome!