Coule you specify how you use thé studer? Thx !I own the Studer, ATR, VTM, Kramer and VTAPE from VirSyn (hip plug ins BTW). To each their own and depends on the style, but I prefer the Studer overall. The ATR effects the sound waaaaaaaaaay too much. Much more then a real atr would. I actually went back and listened to some old mixes I had mixed down to a ATR. Since I don't own a real ATR, the references I had were dat tapes at 16 44.1 One tape was the mix from the console to apogee Mini DAC, into the Panasonic. The other was off the repro head into a MiniDAC, into a panasonic dat. The differences were subtle. Very subtle. The ATR was for sure nicer, but it was subtle. The ATR plugin, even with the ultra flat settings, just does too much. The studer factory set is too hyped, but once tweaked, it has a nice subtle thing it does that just seems to do what I expect it to do. The VTM and Kramer I can never get to work. The VTM is waaaaay to boomy and muddies the bottom. The Kramer is too brittle. I actually like the VTAPE on things too. Again, very subtle as it should. Knowing what the ATR does, I've used it to correct issues I was having. Like if something is way too bright waaaay up there. I can use it to smooth that out. I also like it on just the ebass as a compressor.
Again, to each their own, so please don't flame me for sharing my own personal experience. Your results will indeed vary.