Originally Posted by tedanderson
Well keep in mind that the OP wanted to use the multi-track for training purposes more so than post production mixing.
I beg to differ. They are indeed more time consuming to use due to the linear transport, but for training this is perfect. As for reliability, every type of medium will fail eventually. If you lose a hard drive, you've pretty much lost everything. If a tape breaks, just simply open it up and tape it back together. Granted, you'll have an error at the repaired section but you can still salvage most of what you got.
Why train someone with archaic technology that is hard to keep going, and hard to find media for? It is just silly and a waste of resources. Nobody uses tape much anymore, unless they are in a studio using CLASP and recycled tape as the front end for a DAW. Tape of any kind now days is a crap shoot at best.
Tape is made like root beer. The tape manufactures have consistency issues now, because the number of batches made are smaller, and fewer, because there is little demand. Most everything is going to hard drives, virtual drives, etc. now in audio and video.