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Anyone doing any analogue recording?

Discussion in 'Recording In Progress' started by Norton72, May 3, 2014.

  1. Norton72

    Norton72 Tele-Afflicted

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    I was just practically given a TEAC A-3340S. I don't know anything about it. I know it's not "Professional Grade", but it's for consumer level 4-track recording and I think I'm going to give it a shot.

    Just thought it might be interesting to play around with. That way when it sounds like shiite I can claim inferior technology and techniques. :D
     
  2. BuckSatan

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    I use a TEAC 3340s tape machine in my studio all the time. I think it sounds great, even better than an Otari MX5050 I have temporarily here at the studio. I incorporate the TEAC into the digital setup almost every day.

    The sync head has limited frequency response which makes overdubs difficult. But I think it excels as a live tracking machine or as a fixed speed slapback on mixdown.

    This machine belongs to a friend who graciously lets me use it at my studio. I checked out another 3340S last year but it sounded awful and had some non-functional parts. I do wonder how these machines have aged differently over time.
     
  3. Octave Doctor

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    Well some people bought them and didn't do much with them, just like now, except probably not as likely with a R to R that cost a good bit. I saw one at a friend's shop a couple weeks ago, looked like a brand new one.

    On some of the other forums, people are asking about using cassettes to get tape sound to digital--the general response is, you can't even get cassettes to sound like tape, lol.
     
  4. BuckSatan

    BuckSatan Tele-Meister

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    Tape doesn't sound exactly like tape once it's been digitized.
     
  5. studio

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    Find a dbx type 1 noise reduction unit.
    You can find it cheap. A Tascam unit.

    the S/N ratio is better and you can still get that tape
    on your vocals while using your DAW for the rest.
     
  6. Radspin

    Radspin Friend of Leo's

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    I have a 3340S and it's a terrific-sounding tape deck. It sounds great with Ampex/Quantegy tape. I used it for decades to do home recording and the recordings I made with it sound excellent and it's easy to use as well.
     
  7. String Tree

    String Tree Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    I still LOVE Tape for Drums. We used to drive'em in to the Red and win.
    Tape Saturation is a wonderful thing!
    It isn't Distortion or Compression, it is it's own thing.
     
  8. ShadowChancer

    ShadowChancer Tele-Holic

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    I used to use an akai reel to reel 4 track , excelent bit of kit and the recordings were awesome , warm and wooly and yup , driving into the red was the norm . Used a little 8 chanel custom sound desk . Ike a lot of things , you let them go , thinking your stepping up and ,,,,,,,,,,,,,well ,,,then you realise , it would be great to have that simple setup again , aye it takes a bit of maintenance , but hell were constantly ripping our beloved teles to bits and re hacking something , labour of love eh ? 4 tracks was limiting , you just had to get smart with doubling parts on tracks and bouncing down . To use the most quoted example of all time , sgt peppers , one of the uks greatest ever acheivments was done on a 4 track , and with a hell of a lot less fancy outboard than we have now , nuff said methinks , go analog , it`s a source , or at least try it , it`ll alter your radar forever
     
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