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What is the sound difference between different tape formats?

Years ago I was fortunate enough to record a few songs using a professional reel-to-reel machine. It was an Otari MTR-90 2 inch 24 track. I have since used high quality converters from RME, Lynx, and Apogee. Although, they were all extremely adequate "especially the Lynx", they never seemed to give me the same realistic top-end or BIG sound that the Otari recorder did.

Audio File Formats

List of audio formats
  • .3gp Multimedia container format can contain proprietary formats as AMR, AMR-WB or AMR-WB+, but also some open formats
  • .aa ( Low-bitrate audiobook container format with DRM, containing audio encoded as either MP3 or the ACELP speech codec.
  • .aac The Advanced Audio Coding format is based on the MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 standards. AAC files are usually ADTS or ADIF containers.

Akai S3000 floppy format ?

I am fighting an old Akai S3000. It seems to be working fine but I can't figure out how to format a 3.5" floppy. I have the instruction manual which shows a screen that you get when you push the FORM soft key, but I can't find how to make the FORM label come up.

btw, existing floppies load just fine so the drive is ok. and yes, I have checked the write protect.

I am sure I am doing something dumb. Does anyone have any experience with these things?


CD-format to be abandoned by major labels by the end of 2012

You read it well. The major labels plan to abandon the CD-format by the end of 2012 (or even earlier) and replace it with download/stream only releases via iTunes and related music services. The only CD-formats that will be left over will be the limited edition ones, which will of course not be available for every artist. The distribution model for these remaining CD releases would be primarily Amazon which is already the biggest CD retailer worldwide anyhow.


Hi all!

I want to post links to some mixes here so you guys can tear them apart and give me some objective criticism on production/engineering. I'd just like to know what the best format/hosting site (hopefully free!) is to use. They all probably use some sort of lossy codec(?) but what is the preferred method that everyone can live with?

I'm really looking forward to having my mixes trashed lol!

Forgive my ignorance

rack format vs. 500 series format

I'm still but a babe in the audio world, so needless to say I'm still growing into and learning to operate the gear I've got...but like any good gear nerd, I like to plot and plan for the future. My current thoughts are to buy a 10 slot lunchbox and gradually start adding 500 series preamps (probably some by Vintech and/or api but i'll leave that for another discussion). I like the idea of being able to upgrade slowly as I have the cash until I get to a point where I have enough preamps to ditch my Mackie onyx 1620i and replace with a d/a converter like the lynx aurora or Apogeesymphony.

File Format and software

I need to record and "save" a voice over recording in this file format:

MUST be recorded in the following format;
8KHz, 8-bit, mono, A/mu-Law (*.wav) format.
If you right-click and view the properties of the file, the Summary tab will show “Audio format” CCITT u-Law.

Anyone have ideas of what program I could use? I have Protools, but that does not appear to have these options.




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