Anyone working with tape?

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  1. Sylenth.Will.Fall

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    This is going back SOME years, but around 83/84 Dixons sold a record laser reader by Philips (I could be wrong) for about 200 Quid!

    This is bugging me now, because I use to work there and remember when it first came in, but not exactly what it was!
     
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    You're not thinking of this [​IMG] , are you?
     
  3. Sylenth.Will.Fall

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    Thanks. The only thing I remember about it was it was side loading, oh and we had more back than we sold!!!! I'm (almost) certain it played regular vinyl but was laser
     
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    You might br thinking of the old LaserVaision player. Played LaserVision discs.
     
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    I lost it at "ooga ooga" :rofl::rofl:
     
  7. Citrik Acid

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    Yes man very beautiful tape recorder, i like! Not pro-grade?! If this tape recorder sound good this is the most important thing :winker:
     
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    Push up the input, try to just start to saturate/compress your stuff a little bit, play with settings and you will hear differencies, this plug unlike waves j37, or kramer tape is very subtle like a new very good servicing tape recorder. I don't use it very often but when i use it is to just push up the loodness a little bit and add sweet color and compression in a very subtile way.
    It's my subjective feeling/hearing opinion :)
     
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    What i see in this thread is: Tape is not dead! And it's great today "small unknow producer" still use this piece of gear, pro grade or not pro grade, 2 track or multitrack, we like the sound of these machines and this is the only thing we want my :mates:.
     
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    I used tape solely from 1979 until 1990. I had a vintage Soundcraft Console from the early 70's.i I was taught to use it properly by an ex Beatles Abbey Road engineer and I never got a bad result. Some of the masters made it to CD release and I can't believe I engineered that magnificent sound. So rich, so much depth that I despair I seem incapable of replicating that magic with all the gear I now have. To my ears DAW's capture every nuance and when you play back the whole it's like individual elements playing at the same time. You can hear the guitar, clean and clear in its space, perfectly intact. Tape, not emulations, creates a performance. The method may be the same.... overdubbing to build a track, but when it comes down to mixing tape, crosstalk, bleed and all sorts of 'errors' create a seamless performance without the need to tame transients and compress the life out of instruments, plus a plethora of problems clean and pure digital delivers. Tape was beautiful and organic. You could touch it. Enjoy breaking the seal on a reel of Amex 456, threading it through the rollers and capstans. Not to mention the joy of working out how to give a band one more overdub when the tape was full.
     
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    I have to partially agree.
    I have here a Studer A80 24 Track 2" Multitrack machine with Dolby SR, and a Tascam MSR-16 with DBXII Noise reduction.
    The main point of using them once in a while is the really wonderful midrange response for guitars and drums, but the noise ratio even with Dolby SR or DBX is a pain in the ass, especially if you are compressing your material for the mix.
    I guess the worst is tape wear when playing back too often, so my method might be to use it only for recording and then directly copying it to 24Bit digital to maintain the sound without losing top end frequencies.
    But there are still some really nice aspects where tape beats digital:
    The possibility of Varispeed and backwards-recording (by simply flipping the tape).
    Imagine recording a drumset with 30% varispeed up, then played back 0%, it´s huge!
    there is no plugin or DAW yet that can reproduce that, ever wondered how The Beatles "Rain" drums sound so huge even to this day?
     
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    One secret of Ringo’s April hot streak was George Martin’s new 20-year-old assistant Geoff Emerick, who gave the bass drum more boom by (1) miking it closer, and (2) stuffing a wool sweater in it. As Emerick said, “I stuffed that inside the drum, to deaden the sound. Then we put the sound through Fairchild 600 valve limiters and compressors. It became the sound of Revolver and Pepper really. Drums had never been heard like that before.”

    https://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/ringos-greatest-hit-20100414
     
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    Oh the smell of new Ampex.
     
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    You're the first clever person to embiggen themselves by drawing attention to a typo.
     
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    Oh I can do better typos than yot.
     
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    Thats some mandela shit right there, we didnt have this stuff in my previous reality :dunno:

    Is Arnold still the president of the united mexican federation?
     
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