Originally Posted by matucha
Hey, thanks for a nice tour of your studio in the Pensado's Place and thanks for lot of detailed info here. I'm sure I have a lot to read...
I'm curious what role plays J37 in your workflow. What goals, colors, character it helps you to achieve? Is it instant goto for certain things?
The J37 is a more recent thing for me. i am still getting to know it. My early experiences have been hugely positive though. I am in fact set up right now to record vocals (the singer is lost trying to find their way to the studio so I have some extra time at the moment) where in I will be printing the vocals in to the computer going through 2 tracks of the J37 in series at 7.5ips. It is a beautifully smooth rich sound. It is really great at grabbing unpleasant mid range peaks and smoothing them out. In general the effect is that it makes things sound thicker, denser, smoother, richer and to my old school ears just more like a record.
Typically with the J37 I use it on the way into the computer. I will mult whatever the sound I am recording and simultaneously record the signal straight into the computer as well as through the tape machine in repro. We will monitor the direct digital performance while singing/playing. After we have the performance I can then go back and do one global timing adjust to the analog version (pull it back a few thousand samples) and then listen to that from that point forward.
I have also been using it as part of my mastering process as well. When people give me stuff that was recorded and mixed entirely in the computer I will often print things to tape as part of the mastering treatment. People seem to be responding very positively to it. There is a song I mastered for a song for a band called Vicky Crier called "Smut". That particular song we ran through the J37 at 7.5ips. It added a really cool character to the track.