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Ray Charles, Miles Davis 1/4" reels

Discussion in 'Pro Audio Equipment' started by PlugHead, Nov 7, 2001.

  1. PlugHead

    PlugHead Active Member


    Today I brought out my old Sony TC-788-4 to peel some vintage 60's recordings on 1/4 " 7 1/2 IPS tape to transfer them to digital. After cleaning and tweakin the old beast, I dropped on the Ray Charles reel and we listened to the tracks whilst dumpin them over. Man, all I can say is, even after almost 40 yrs. (yeah, the 60's are behind us :roll: ) the sound jumpin off those tapes is stunning! Albeit the noise floor is way up, the stereo spread, and the quality of that voice just leaps out at you! Bloody inspiring!
    Even the Miles (Kind Of Blue) sounded so damn good off that machine, it made me realize there IS something that tape will always have over vinyl or CD - that thick rich lustre is what I will continue to strive for, even if tracking on a different medium, in a different time.

    PlugHead Productions
  2. sign

    sign Guest

    Jay, I'm still recording on 2" 16 tr 30 ips and mix to 1/2" 30 ips.

    Must be in 'sound heaven' :D
  3. PlugHead

    PlugHead Active Member

    <Jay, I'm still recording on 2" 16 tr 30 ips and mix to 1/2" 30 ips.>

    Yeah, but what do we get to listen to it (2" mixed to 1/2") on: a 16 bit CD - our loss.


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