Good two track reel to reel machines for mixdown

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  1. 'Now one thing I am considering doing is buying a good 1/2" two-track for mixdowns to take to the mastering house. Anyone have any opinions on this? The idea is that I would do all my tracking at 24/96 and mix down to the two-track analog deck.'
    -Posted by Consul in another thread

    I'm also wondering about this. What machines are the best? What formats do mastering houses usually feature, 1/2"? How much should you spend to get something that'll outshine mixing to disk?
     
  2. Bo Hansén

    Bo Hansén Active Member

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    Hi Hidden,

    The best sounding 2 track master machines 1/4" or 1/2" are Studer A-800 series (A-80 series) and Ampex ATR-100 series.
    In US I thing it´s ok with 1/2" tape and 30" speed format for mostly of mastering houses.

    --Bo
     
  3. sign

    sign Guest

    Bo is right, the ATR 102 is a great machine and so are Studers.

    But you better first read John Klett's post about the subject carefully.

    http://recpit.prosoundweb.com/viewtopic.php?t=8633

    Hope this helps.
     
  4. wwittman

    wwittman Active Member

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    To my ears, the ATR-102 is an order of magnitude better sounding than any other machine, including the A80, which is a distant second.
     
  5. AudioGaff

    AudioGaff Well-Known Member

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    Never got play with a ATR-102, but got much use out of an A80. For the cheap side you can pick up a Tascam 22-2 for about $200 and it does 7-1/2ips & 15ips. I still the got the one I bought for doing mixdowns from my Tascam 244 Portastudio many years ago that still gets used now and then.
     
  6. Tommytones

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    An Ampex, I find, has a bit more 'color' than a Studer so depending on what type of program you'll be sending to tape you might want to think about that. A 1/2" Ampex does sound better than a 1/2" Studer in my opinion. I've had the chance to use both Ampex and Studer machines both 1/4" & 1/2" formats often. We have an A80 1/4" in the studio as well as an Ampex. I almost always like what the Ampex does more than the Studer. It seems to smooth everything over in a special way that the Studer doesn't do.
     

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