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1/4" mastering or 1/2"

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21 years 2 months
is it worth investing in a 1/2" instead of a 1/4" for mastering(big quality difference)?

also, which brands have most of you liked most? I'm not very knowledgable when it comes to tape machines.


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20 years 9 months

Mixerman Thu, 06/28/2001 - 08:29
Unless you're in a market that has a high demand for 1/2" format, I'd stick with the 1/4" machine. The format sounds great, is way easier to get parts for, and tape costs are considerably cheaper.

If you want to upgrade, then get a better 1/4' machine if that's applicable here.


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21 years 2 months

Pro Audio Guest Thu, 06/28/2001 - 12:23
If you don't mind a workhorse type of machine look into the Otari MTR10 or 12. You can even get 1/2" heads and guides later that will fit either of those machines. I like my MTR10 because it has never given me a problem and when it is 1/4" (which it is most of the time) it still sounds really good.
Hope this helps

Michael Maughan
Mastering Engineer
Catface Productions
Portland Oregon