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Tape for Rhythm Tracks
Old 2nd September 2011
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Tape for Rhythm Tracks

There is a current thread in the "low end" section about tape which reminded me of the studio I was at in Nashville recently.

I was in Nashville a couple of weeks ago and stopped to visit Gene Breeden at his studio. He was showing me his control room and equipment and mentioned a tape machine that he used for the Rhythm Tracks and that would be mixed with the other tracks at mixdown.

Is this a common practice?
Old 3rd September 2011
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I know of one somewhat known guy who has a number of different tape machines and will use different ones for different reasons.
Old 3rd September 2011
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Originally Posted by fireberd View Post
There is a current thread in the "low end" section about tape which reminded me of the studio I was at in Nashville recently.

I was in Nashville a couple of weeks ago and stopped to visit Gene Breeden at his studio. He was showing me his control room and equipment and mentioned a tape machine that he used for the Rhythm Tracks and that would be mixed with the other tracks at mixdown.

Is this a common practice?

He probably copies them onto another piece of tape on another machine for overdubs so that the transients don't get lost with repeated playing and shuffling. Then, come mix time, you slave the machines and you play the "virgin" rhythm tape with the overdubs from tape two and look like a hero. At least that's how Bruce Swedien did it on the MJ stuff.
Old 3rd September 2011
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He probably copies them onto another piece of tape on another machine for overdubs so that the transients don't get lost with repeated playing and shuffling. Then, come mix time, you slave the machines and you play the "virgin" rhythm tape with the overdubs from tape two and look like a hero. At least that's how Bruce Swedien did it on the MJ stuff.
That was the common practice for many years.
Old 3rd September 2011
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Still pretty common (on bigger projects) to record rhythm section to tape, then transfer to DAW, and continue on overdubbing.

Or record on DAW, transfer to tape for tape compression, and distortion
and fly it back into the DAW, and continue on.

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