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The ultimate recording format !
Old 16th June 2005
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The ultimate recording format !

Old 16th June 2005
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the infinite improbability drive?
Old 16th June 2005
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any high quality 2 inch deck.
Old 16th June 2005
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2" 16 track or 2" 8 track
through a board
to 1/2" tape
through a mastering board
to another piece of 1/2 " tape
to a great cutter
to a sturdy piece of vinyl being cut deep at 45 r.p.m.
highs and lows you can measure with you own two ears!!

it sounds really different from the pro tools ...especially when the bass player
is good and is playing his instrument ...
Old 16th June 2005
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I think you could beat that by recording directly to 1/2" or even 1/4" 2-track. Better yet, record live to the disc cutter. Impractical? Yessir. There would always be the chance of destroying the cutting head by rocking too hard. But a stereo pair of microphones through some really kick-ass preamps directly into the cutting amps would be about as purist as you can get, next to maybe just going to a concert and staying sober, paying attention, and remembering it.

And to be really hardcore about it, you could sell the master rather than making plates and doing a pressing. So if you wanted to sell 500 copies, you'd have to play the song (at least) 500 times. Is that impractical and expensive enough for you?
Old 16th June 2005

A music score and good musicians with excellent instruments.


Old 16th June 2005
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2" 16-track is pretty yummy. 24-tracks is good.

1" mono?

Direct to a lathe?

Live to my ears in a good room...
Old 17th June 2005
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How about 48 ATR-100's converted to 1" 2 track operation....sacrifice one track from each for sync.

Expensive...yes, pain in the ass...oh yeah, maintenance...big time (lots of azimuth adjustments), but it should sound great assuming you can get a good sync before you run out of tape!

More practically, but still off the wall esoteric would be 3 2" 8 track machines....

Of course it's all going to end up at 128kbps mp3 on someones iPod in the end....


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