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  • Recording in Analog

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    There are a few old dogs in the musical world that are still hanging around in the digital age. Here's a look at the magic of tape and why we still chase it
    Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
    Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
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  • #2
    I never knew I liked the "graininess" of tape sound. I never knew I liked my high frequencies rolled off.
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    • #3
      I think the guy is a moron touting the undeniable superiority of digital and damning with faint praise tape. Tape has a potential bandwidth in excess of 60 kHz, no bit rate or bit depth, and requires no encoding or decoding. That extra clarity of digital is all too often not clarity but artifacts.

      Dave Grohl built a studio just to install a Neve console and what look to be 1" or larger tape decks. Therefore I think Dave Grohl is a genius.

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      • #4
        I didn't say I agreed with everything in the piece.

        It get my dander up everytime I hear that cliche people like analog because of its warmth. That may be true in some instances but that's hardly the real reason (s). Maybe 10 on a list of ten things.
        Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
        Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
        ________________________________________

        -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
        -Goldmund Telos 280 stereo amp
        -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
        -Doshi V3.0 phonostage
        -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
        -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
        -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
        -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
        -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
        -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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        • Rust
          Rust commented
          Editing a comment
          I did not mean to imply in any way that you did Myles. My ability to accurately put in writing those things bouncing around in me head at high velocity is sometimes less than optimal.

          That said, IMO the guy is still a moron.

        • MylesBAstor
          MylesBAstor commented
          Editing a comment
          I didn't take it that way at all. Just a reminder. Sometimes I simply put stuff up for discussion. I'm with Mark. Seems this guy listens to the usual studio Auratones.

      • #5
        Long Live Analog
        Vbr,

        Sam

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        • #6
          Cost, not only of the machines and the tape, but refurbishing, regular maintenance, calibration, add to the overhead- how many studios really want to bear that for the routine bread and butter recordings that are probably what most survive on? And how many services exist to service the machines on a regular basis? In what cities? I'm not against digital recording- it has improved considerably, and I think part of the improvement is in the people doing the recording. Simple two track- yeah man. But can the talent pull it off without multi-tracking? Some of those killer records from the early days were done without overdubs or much in the way of tweaking. That not only requires engineering talent as a recordist, but talent as a player. No chance for re-do's.

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          • #7
            This guy thinks there is a place for analog tape, not because its better, but because its flaws are desirable and hard to emulate with digital. yeah right.
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            • #8
              From my point of view it depends on what type recording we are talking about, personal/professional??? I like the sound of tape especially when I record a CD to tape, to me the tape just has better feel if you will than the CD. Just my two cents on this..

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              • #9
                Truth be told, digital is far easier and cheaper to use in the studio. No tape cost. You don't have to be an expert in splicing tape and editing. You can notch out the sibilant region without using a de-esser. And so on.
                Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
                Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
                ________________________________________

                -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
                -Goldmund Telos 280 stereo amp
                -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
                -Doshi V3.0 phonostage
                -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
                -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
                -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
                -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
                -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
                -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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