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suggestions on analogue tape recorders.....

Discussion in 'Recording' started by studio_direct, May 12, 2003.

  1. hi all,
    so many questions so little time.......

    Im curious as to how good analog tape can sound. i am currently on the look out for a analouge 16 track or 24 track for my studio.

    can you guyz suggest some reliable brands ,low noise etc & things a analog novice like my self should look out for when purchasing a second hand tape machine?

    whats the difference between 1/2'' & 2" ?

    how long is a 2500ft reel approx in time/minutes?

    I was very suprised when i checked my favourite producers gear list that he used a "OTARI MTR90III 24-TRACK 2" ANALOG" i was under the impression that analog was dead! & that all big studios producers etc use digital devices /recorders / protools etc... :D wow!

    thanx guys .....
  2. Todzilla

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    You took a dangerous road. It seems to me you don't know much about analog machines.

    Search the forums and read as much as you can about the subject, there's tons of info and tons of nonsence.

    A two inch machine can sound wonderful if the machine is in good shape and well aligned.

    A bad machine can be a real PITA and will cost you a lot of money.

    There's no such a thing as hi end, medium end or low end in two inch tapemachines, they all have their own character and sound.
    Fostex didn't make any two inch machine, their best sounding analog machine is the G24S one inch machine which you can say is a hi end machine.

    You were under the impression that analog had died? Wrong, it's alive and kicking.
    The problem with analog is that it's the most expensive way to record music or anything.

    My advice for you is: read and learn as much as possible before you buy anything you will regret.

    Best machines are Studer 800 820 or 827, Otari MTR90 MK2 or 3, MCI JH16/24.

    Hope this helps.

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