The best audio tech at Winter NAMM 2010

We check out the best in music-making tech

Digital emulation of analog devices is nothing new (there have been countless attempts to revive the unique sound of Moog synthesisers, for example). The latest attempt comes courtesy of Universal Audio, which announced "the holy grail of audio plug-ins": tape machine emulation. The audio company has teamed up with engineers from Ampex to recreate the sounds of the original tape machines that became the cornerstone of modern multi-track audio recording. We can't be sure yet how successful the partnership will be, but it sure is a good sign if you have ever wanted to recreate Beatles-era rock 'n' roll.

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