Just how good was the TDK MA-XG blank cassette?

Discussion in 'Mastering' started by keithant, May 13, 2003.

  1. keithant

    keithant Guest

    I have never been able to use this tape but have heard that it was the best cassette ever made,i found a place on the web that has some of these tapes,how good are they and are they worth $9.99 each?Thanks for any help..Keith H.
  2. realdynamix

    realdynamix Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2001
    :) --Rick
  3. Alécio Costa - Brazil

    Alécio Costa - Brazil Distinguished Member

    Mar 19, 2002
    $10 for a cassete tape?

    I liked Sony UX-S Pro.
  4. Don Grossinger

    Don Grossinger Distinguished past mastering moderator Active Member

    Jan 16, 2002
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    Sony UX-Pro tape was indeed great, but they had at least one model higher. I used to use Sony Professional which had a full ceramic shell. The cassettes must have weighed 2 lbs each. Amaizing mass & stability.

    Those were the best cassettes I ever used. They were over $10 each, ten years ago. For what it's worth.....befrore cheap CD-R technology.
  5. joe lambert

    joe lambert Distinguished past mastering moderator Active Member

    Oct 17, 2001
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    In this day and age I ask again. Why would you want to record to a cassette? Even if they are free!!
  6. keithant

    keithant Guest

    I just like the sound of a really good tape recorded on a really good deck.I think they have a much warmer signature.I do have a Yamaha MDX-793 Minidisc deck but my Nak Dragon and my Sony TCKA-3ES deck set up right with good tape to me sounds so much better,besides i think it is more fun doing an analog recording than the push one button and walk away digital world,(God i miss the 70's and 80's)!Peace.P.S. I do have some Sony UX-PRO's left but Sony discontinued that tape a few years ago and now they are impossible to find,Great tape though..
  7. Alécio Costa - Brazil

    Alécio Costa - Brazil Distinguished Member

    Mar 19, 2002
    I had hundreds of cassete tapes. That is how the madiness started...at early 9 year old age...
  8. Alécio Costa - Brazil

    Alécio Costa - Brazil Distinguished Member

    Mar 19, 2002
    I read at Keyaboard a few years ago that a producer used to record bass and drums patches to tape and then resample from here.
    crazy idea but...
  9. Beau Landry

    Beau Landry Guest

    The MA-XG was amazing. I could not tell the difference between it and the cd's I'd dub to them. (I a/bed' em with a friend). They were like thirteen bucks.
    Beau Landry
  10. horowizard

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  11. horowizard

    horowizard Guest

    Yes!! The Sony UX-Pros have to be the best tape that I have found. I mean, these days we hardly have requests for cassettes anymore, but we ocassionally still do get them and it wasn't that long ago that was what most folks tended to want to send out.
    Normal bias tape always sounded more natural to me, but who could deal with all the hiss? TDK and Maxell both put out CrO2 tapes that were decent enough, but no matter how you hit them, they always colored the sound. I guess you just accepted it because they played back much quieter than a program recorded on the normal bias tape stock. Metal tapes only sounded good when played back on the machine that they were recorded on, and even then only on certain days of the week, if you were lucky enough to have the planets properly aligned!
    When we got hold of the UX-Pros, we finally found a tape that not only played back a sound resembling anything like was recorded to it, but also was consistant from copy to copy.
    We had heard that these tapes were no longer being made, so we went and bought out the entire remaining stock!
  12. sign

    sign Guest

    My brother used to have a Nakamichi 582 deck and with the metal cassettes it sounded as good as his Tandberg 1/4" two track 15 ips machine, which was one of the best sounding "consumer" tape machines.
  13. thermionic

    thermionic Guest

    MAXG on a Studer/Nakamichi will smoke anything! I used them in the '80s, they weighed about half a kilo!

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