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Re: Anyone here use reels?
« Reply #15 on: March 28, 2006, 12:25:01 PM »

really? :o yikes!  i'd like to think you heard wrong.  It seems that lots of studios, record to 2" tape, mix in Pro Tools(or hopefully something else), and then record to a two track analog master.  However that could explain the plethora of shitty sounding albums out there today.


Studios are dropping tape fast, I'm talking even vs two yearw ago.  Digital has gotten very very good, tape has gotten very very expensive.

I like reels.  My first deck of any kind was a third hand mono Webcor.  Still have a milk crate of tapes I haven't transferred yet.

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Re: Anyone here use reels?
« Reply #16 on: March 28, 2006, 03:45:52 PM »

i will say from experience that punching in and out of tape SUCKS.


totally disagree. although, i did fuck up my share of punches on the old mx-80 back in the day :P


tape can also get very expensive.

Oh man yeah... back in the day when you could buy 2" and ran a 15ips it got really expensive to commit 10 hours worth of material to oxide!
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« Reply #17 on: April 05, 2006, 04:37:55 PM »
Only when I fish. No one is making tape so its very hard to get new boxes unless they are NOS. I love the sound of tape when you hit it just right and get into that compression sound in the studio its great for drums with Dolby SR its almost as clean as digital.

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Just wondering if anyone here has any experience running to tape, specifically the Otari 1/4 tape machines (MX5050, etc).

Drop me a line if so!
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Re: Anyone here use reels?
« Reply #18 on: April 05, 2006, 04:45:18 PM »
Only when I fish. No one is making tape so its very hard to get new boxes unless they are NOS. I love the sound of tape when you hit it just right and get into that compression sound in the studio its great for drums with Dolby SR its almost as clean as digital.

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Sure they are.  Quantegy is still making tape.  I just picked up two brand new reels on Friday.
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« Reply #19 on: April 05, 2006, 11:52:04 PM »
Give them a call they are not going to be making it past this year

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Only when I fish. No one is making tape so its very hard to get new boxes unless they are NOS. I love the sound of tape when you hit it just right and get into that compression sound in the studio its great for drums with Dolby SR its almost as clean as digital.

Chris Church

Sure they are.  Quantegy is still making tape.  I just picked up two brand new reels on Friday.

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« Reply #20 on: April 15, 2006, 08:35:39 PM »
For anybody interested I have a CHERRY Tascam BR-20 with 10.5 reels and some extra used tape. This thing has only about 25 hours on it, I got it from a friend who runs the Theatre at a local community college and I know the hours of use is true.  All offers entertained, I don't use it and I doubt if I will since I don't do any studio or mix downs.  The thing works perfectly and is in BRAND NEW condition.  not even scratch marks on the screw holes for the rack mount.  Let me know if your interested, Kirk
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« Reply #21 on: May 04, 2006, 12:16:09 AM »
One reason people record to analog tape, and then dump to digital is that most highly transient sounds like drums sound a lot better when recorded to analog tape. The transient peaks are absorbed in a very natural organic-sounding way that's pleasing to the ear. The digital domain excells in editing and processing ease.

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« Reply #22 on: February 27, 2021, 06:28:43 AM »
This is going to be fun.  There was a message on the answerphone - guy gives his name which seemed distantly familiar, wants another copy of a recording I made of him performing at a classical concert in London.  (I moved from London to Melbourne in 1999).  He left his email address. 

I replied that way and said "I never throw anything away - it's all stored in date order".  I assumed we were talking of DAT recordings which I have from 1987 onwards neatly filed in trays.  "What date was the concert?"  Back comes the reply.  "January 1986".  35 years ago if my maths is correct.  Reel to reel days.

So I've been going through the packing cases unopened since my move to Melbourne, containing hundreds of reels in no order whatever, and I've found the master tapes.  Next step, have they gone sticky?  Does my old Tacam 22-2 deck still run (not turned on probably for 20 years)?  Can I remember how to thread it?  Will I remember not to press "record" thus wiping the tape?

This one will run and run...

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« Reply #23 on: February 27, 2021, 09:04:24 AM »
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« Reply #24 on: March 02, 2021, 12:27:21 AM »
Bad news and good news - the capstan belt has died, so playback on my trusty (or rusty...) Tascam 22-2 isn't possible.  The good news is that I've found a nearby company who can still fix those machines for a tolerable price, so if only to be able to replay the hundreds of reels I have, if I ever have time, I'll get it done in due course.

For anyone in Melbourne Australia interested, the company is on this site -

https://techshops.com.au/sales-2/older-and-vintage-equipment/

Their open reel specialist clearly knew what he was talking about and was very helpful.

 

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