Recording to Tape
I wonder, how many of you pro engineers are still recording on tape?
I'm only interested in the professional engineers because the majority of the home recording guys are using a DAW I guess :)
And which mixing console do you use?
I thought I was a rare kind of engineer, most studio's in the Netherlands are digital.
Maybe we can have a constuctive discussion about the topic, there has been so many analog/digital debates on several forums that became flame wars.
I have tried them all, PT, Radar, MX2424, Nuendo, Soundscape a.o. but still prefer the sound of my tapemachines. (Otari, Telefunken, Studer, Tascam, Philips Pro)
Last week I had to tranfer an old 1/2" 30ips master of a famous (American) guitarist to digital.
I had to 'bake' the tapes for 8 ours but boy, what a great sound!!
Granted I have an absolutely amazing sounding modified Revox 2 track but it was still a lot of food for thought.
I'm no 'pro' when I do music in my own time but I use analog. I use digital stuff at work and the sound quality is absolute total crap in comparison. It's harsh, unmusical, grating and other entirely subjective words :)
This afternoon I was at a masterhouse and the guy had an interesting remark about the subject.
He said: it's like a vegetarian sausage, don't try to make it taste like meat, make it taste good in another way.
Anyway, thanks for the input. Keep them coming!
My brother had an 80-8 in the eighties and I had a Tascam 38 by that time, good machines.
I still have a Tascam MSR24S (dolby S) and a Fostex B16.
Last weekend I did a job on location for a big brass band and I took the MSR because the two inch machine doesn't fit in the (Volvo) car.
The sound of this Tascam MSR amazes me every time. I bought it new in 1992 and it never let me down, not for a split second, it needed a new head once, but it sounds almost as good as a two inch machine.
I don't even want to get started.
It is not the best on teh market, but it sound quite good and what I get is far superior to the digital setup I have (MAC G4 with 2408mkII and DP3.0).
The cost of the DAW was the same as the 2".
I use BASF911 calibrated at +6over250nW.
Then again, this is Croatia - the superpower in the music world.
I forgot to mention the fact that I provide the 2" tape. There's no way I could make a client pay for it.
I'm in Japan.
We have sony3348 any studio.
But Lately many produser&engineer use Pro-Tools.
They mix in Pro-Tools in SSL's ROOM!
I think It's really stupid.
I love real console and real outboad and someplug-ins
As for the sound..no question.Analog SOUNDS analog.
Sadly both of our 2" and 1/4" Otaris haven't been switched on for the past year or so.Budgets plus the ease of editing dictate the use of D.A.W.s,-
Soundscape R,eds in our case.
We're trying to get the best out of this, using all of our analog gadgets from the past or present (console,outboard,e.t.c).
George, IMHO it is a tragedy when you have a two inch Otari and have to work on Soundscape :D
Anyway, I am mixing a lot in PT, and it gets a lot harder to make it feel good. But I am enjoying a lot the editing/automation capabilities.By the way, I track almost exclusively at 15 ips, and also provide the tape. I gets harder to get the right levels on tape. I use the repro head a lot to check them.Greetings