Nothing Sounds Like Tape.
Are you tired of the digital sound?
Many people can't explain the difference between analog and digital. But when they hear automatically they know which one is the best. The analog sound is more easy to our ears and more pleasure . The warmth of the analog is unbeatable. For that reason I use a hybrid setup.
ProTools HD is my DAW but out of the box I have a extensive list of analog processors like, compressor, eq's, reverbs. This way I still have a fast recall, necessary for the modern days, with the beauty of the analog sound. After that all the finals mixes are print to my Studer A820 1/2" tape machine.
Why does music recorded on analog tape sound so good?
To understand why, a professional tape recorder provides the most lifelike reproduction revolves around a couple of important factors. The key lies in the inherent technology of the tape itself. Audio tape in use during the 1950s and ’60s provided approximately 65,000,000 magnetic particles per second of recording a quarter inch format at 15 inches per second (ips) tape speed. Each magnetic oxide particle or groups of particles takes on either a north or south orientation after exiting the recording head. Starting to sound like digital bit stream? Well yes and no. However there is one huge difference between analog tape recordings and even the best digital recordings.
The highest digital resolution today offers 4,608,000 bits switching per second. Not bad. Big improvement over the standard Red Book CD but it is not even close to sub-micron particle resolution of Tape.
Random Particle Stacking
Quarter inch, two track Tape running at 15 inches per second (ips) involves approximately 80,000,000 oriented and randomly stacked particles per track second. It’s not just the particle count but the random stacking that turns this super binary resolution into pure analog playback. This is why even a narrow track width recording still sounds so detailed despite the lower surface area.
Music is an intrinsic part of the human soul. It plays to our emotions, it talks to us, it calms us, it makes us rise to our greatest accomplishments and brings back our warmest memories.
Why not record it on the best medium to achieve the best quality of sound?
Source: ATR Magnetics