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Tape Machines

BUYER’S GUIDE: 6 Things You Need to Know Before Buying a Tape Machine

WHAT TO WORRY ABOUT Skip a lot of heartache and get a “modern” tape machine – something post 1975-ish (this varies depending on manufacturer) and that is a professional-grade machine.  These will have all the features you need to make recordings, and were built to be repaired, aligned, and heavily used.  They also tend to […]Read More »

Why Ditching Your DAW & Going Analog Renews Studio Focus

The Howling Tongues Get Blown Away By Analog Tape We recorded our debut album to 2” tape on a 24-track Studer at Sound Emporium in Nashville, TN. That whole experience opened our eyes – we weren’t staring at a computer screen and we were thrown into the fire. We weren’t editing, adjusting, shifting, nudging, cutting; […]Read More »

How To Successfully Achieve Analog Warmth With Digital Tape Plug-Ins

AND THEN THERE WAS PRO TOOLS… Recording has been a part of my life for more than 35 years. I started in the analog tape world, and I’m still in the analog tape world at the studio that I work at. I was introduced to digital recording in 1982 with a Sony PCM-F1, so I […]Read More »

Flashback: 1980s Fostex A-2 Reel-to-Reel

BACKGROUND My best friends and I grew up playing music in the middle of Iowa in a small town where there was a small college.  We would play shows at this college as high school students and got to know a lot of the college kids at the time.  We often went to the student-run […]Read More »


“Fitted with custom tube electronics built by Esoteric Audio Research” YEAR Originally built in the 1970s HISTORY This unit was originally built by Ampex – they were known as some of the best 2-track recorders and the best sounding machines. The specific ATR-102 that I used belongs to Paul Stubblebine – a colleague and great […]Read More »