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Analog "God's (and Dinosaurs )" please report

Discussion in 'Recording' started by dbeng@bellsouth.net, Apr 4, 2001.

  1. Now that we have fallin to the pressure of the masses and purchased a 2" analog machine, I would like to ask for all of the little "Tips and Tricks" that everyone uses for tracking to analog tape. It has been many years (late 70's early 80's on eight track) since I used analog tape. (The lost years were spent in rehab :D ) and the last five or so have been using digital.

    Any help may KEEP me out of rehab! ;)
     
  2. Ah, tips and tricks for analog.
    1. Clean, demag, and align religeously
    2. Run at 15ips for fat bass, 30ips for clean, extended top end
    3. Run Ampex 499 at +5 over 250 and hit it hard
    4. Marvel at the results
     
  3. e-cue

    e-cue Active Member

    1. Sell 2" doorstop machine.
    2. Buy as much protools related gear as possible
    3. Create a thousand of the best records ever & tell everyone you did in on analog.
    4. Buy 'oxide' scented incense with the money you'll save on liter & razors.

    just kidding. The reverse reverb trick anyways helps 'excite' boring ass songs. Send your track (vocal, snare, etc) to a reverb with the tape fliped upside down (so it play backwards like an Ozzy record or something). Record the reverb to 2 empty tracks (CAREFUL DUMBASS! The tracks are now flipped so don't record over something!). When you flip the tape back & play the track regularly, you will hi-five your assistant (and probably get sued by some teenager's parents for sublimanally forcing them to commit suicide- which will sell more records).
     
  4. Originally posted by e-cue:
    1. Sell 2" doorstop machine.
    2. Buy as much protools related gear as possible
    3. Create a thousand of the best records ever & tell everyone you did in on analog.
    4. Buy 'oxide' scented incense with the money you'll save on liter & razors.

    Sounds like what happened to Nashville starting about ten years ago. Now all the studios are heavily in debt for all the latest digital gizmos while the producers record at home with their Tascams.

    just kidding. The reverse reverb trick anyways helps 'excite' boring ass songs. Send your track (vocal, snare, etc) to a reverb with the tape fliped upside down (so it play backwards like an Ozzy record or something). Record the reverb to 2 empty tracks (CAREFUL DUMBASS! The tracks are now flipped so don't record over something!). When you flip the tape back & play the track regularly, you will hi-five your assistant (and probably get sued by some teenager's parents for sublimanally forcing them to commit suicide- which will sell more records).


    Ah the fun of analog effects. I remember one project with some serious backward tracks, we had SMPTE striped in each direction so the machine could synch in either direction. Confusing, but a ton of laughs. I still have an old Wollensak 1/4" that only gets used for long loop echoes.
     

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