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Recording to 1" tape -- what machine to buy?
Old 1st July 2005
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Recording to 1" tape -- what machine to buy?

Looking for a great 1" tape machine to record to. Any suggestions. Currently, I'm considering this: ATR.

http://www.atrservice.com/products/i...d=72&dept_id=3

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Old 1st July 2005
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mike spitz rocks
atr rocks
if you are looking for a 1" 2 track - i think that's the machine - you can get 1/2"
heads as well....

be well

- jack
Old 1st July 2005
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JRF also does some 1" 2 track conversions.

http://www.jrfmagnetics.com/

Click on "1/2 2 track" at the left then scroll down.

Bri
Old 2nd July 2005
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Well, aside from being the best sounding analog deck I've ever heard, I guess it was OK....... thumbsup
Old 2nd July 2005
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I j ust heard that ATR is coming out with a 1" tape machine that will be switchable: from 2 track to 8 track. With a pricetag of around 10gs. Maybe I should wait.
Old 2nd July 2005
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i'm sure that new atr machine will be great, but

a) the price sounds unrealistically low based on my research

b) if you get to 10k what's keeping you from finding 12k to buy a used
A827 - it will take more cash, but it has more options, including, 2 - track,
someone told me john french just built a 2 track headstack of some sort for
the 827....

c) if you really get into it, you 'll want the seperate 2 track , you'll find people who
can play whole songs all the way through with great feel and timing, you'll record
them...... and then mix to the 2 track

be well

- jack
Old 2nd July 2005
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slightly OT, but i asked chris at bernie grundman's how often he did 1" mastering and his answer was once or twice a year - they don't even have a 1" machine! when a project does come in at 1" they rent a machine he said.

was thinking of a 1" machine but after this, i'll probably just go for a 1/2" ATR - or how about rupert's new duo tape thing and a tascam DVRA 1000!
Old 2nd July 2005
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Ms. Lazaar is the only NYC mastering studio/engineer that owns a 1" 2-track. We go to sterling and rent it from Dreamhire. Mixing to, and mastering from 1" is unbeatable.
Old 2nd July 2005
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i can only imagine... 1/2" sounds amazing to me - 1" must be unbelievable.
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Lots of questions here about the 1" (and particularly 1" 2 track) format....

Don't 1" 2 tracks require tons of azimuth tweaking due to the massive track widths?

Is the 3dB gain in SNR worth the extra alignment trouble, and doubled tape cost? Isn't 1" tape getting harder and harder to find, whereas 2" and 1/2" are still fairly commonplace?

Even a really good 1/4" deck makes a great mixdown medium...1/2" is only a little better than that. The laws of dimineshing returns start to kick in big time, and I can't imagine 1" sounding *that* different.

Cheers,

Kris
Old 2nd July 2005
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Quote:
Originally Posted by DrFrankencopter
Even a really good 1/4" deck makes a great mixdown medium...1/2" is only a little better than that. The laws of dimineshing returns start to kick in big time, and I can't imagine 1" sounding *that* different.

Cheers,

Kris
1" 1/2 track enables U to use 30 ips w/o the bottom end suffering and no noise reduction. the decks i have heard also sound positively HUGE. they really are in a different world.
there's also one of these:

http://www.ear-yoshino.com/productde...p?page=3&id=32
Old 2nd July 2005
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I built this 1/2" mastering deck a few years back and discovered that many of the "transformerless" playback heads are high enough inductance to drive a tube repro amp. So I made some Studer to Ampex head cable adapters and drove an Ampex tube electronics for repro only.
<img src="http://www.globalnetvillage.com/images/reel-to-reel.jpg">
Totally takes it to the next level.
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