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Old 06-28-2019, 11:14 PM   #1
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Default An interesting comparison of tape, digital, digital to tape, and digital tape plugin

Copy/Bounce Digital Audio to Tape - How does it sound? (Analog Tape Shootout #3) - Chords of Orion

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4JJC8HUejWw

The tape recording has lots of noise and so isn't exactly hifi, but it doesn't bother me at all. I would say that the Kramer plugin sounds odd in comparison. The tape recording sounds like a stereo image that is eminating from the center. I can't tell where the center is with the plugin, and the lack of noise just sounds wrong to me.

The same person does a more direct comparison of that tape machine to the Kramer plugin here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ck-9XcXqef4
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Old 06-28-2019, 11:55 PM   #2
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A comparsion of cassette to mp3:

What sounds better: cheap cassette vs good cassette vs mp3 file

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UgDjhc0w-Fs
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Old 06-29-2019, 12:35 AM   #3
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I remember all the arguments on forums on the validity of Digital there is no comparison.
I have a poor man's Tascam 38 half inch 8 track behind me as I type if I could get a clutch mod done on the deck I would use it.
Anybody know anyone who does that sort of thing?
Joe Cocker, Leonard Cohen tapes exhibit the sound of tape just awesome.
They say tape is too expensive, Tape fills a lot of gaps enabling music which does not need all the extra equipment which we purchase to use digital.

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I am a bit surprised with the state of art computer controlled
machinery that no one has not started manufacturing updated
tape recorders.
Using a large cassette type tape for easy use and make a soft clutch
things could be pretty cool.
Easy said I guess.... Digital would bring in heaps more money that may be why.

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I wouldn't be surprised if Behringer did it. Or a digital recorder with a tape reel under a grill. :|
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I am a bit surprised with the state of art computer controlled
machinery that no one has not started manufacturing updated
tape recorders.
Because very few places are making tape anymore.
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Two or three new tape recorders were released recently. All destined to the high-end hifi market, with prices ranging 8000 to 14000 €, IIRC. I have no clue if they sell...

In France a company started making tape again. Tape sells well. But it's only ferrous tape (Type I). They technically could make type II (Cr) and III (FeCr), but not metal (type IV). The recipy for metal and the machines are lost. Recreating them would require a lot of research and tooling. Too expensive. Cr would an ecological problem. And there doesn't seem to be a market for FeCr tape.
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