I have tried many of the console and tape emulation plugins, and in order to get the full ‘analog sound’, it’s an onerous process of building out templates loaded with instances of plugins. Add a new channel and you have to load up and configure more plugs. And then when you’re all done, sometimes it’s not the right sound and you have to do lots of individual channel manipulation.
I find myself wishing that the next version of Cubase would come with tape and console emulation built right into the mixer and I could just flip through a single UI to choose from ‘pure digital’ to various models of consoles and tapes across the whole project–all channels while auditioning the mix. (Ideally without any pops, clicks, or discontinuities so I can more easily hear the change to the mix.)
I know many emus allow you to group plugins. But it’s still a chore.