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portable reel to reel??

Post by tristos » Thu Jul 07, 2011 7:31 pm

hi all
after many years of thinking about a tape unit, i have seen a few people using various small table top tape units, with the audio interface running through. I have seen both m huckaby and now julio bashmore in the recent ra locations vid using one.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXI8cEhY ... ideo_title

http://www.residentadvisor.net/feature.aspx?1360

i have been thinking about the tape option for a few years now but have always been put of with inexperience and the upkeep and maintenance/service aspect. this could be an interesting option

any identification/comparison appreciated

cheers

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Re: portable reel to reel??

Post by oblioblioblio » Thu Jul 07, 2011 7:54 pm

you can get cassette machines very cheaply these days, good condition and very possible to maintain easily enough.

I don't think they're good enough for recording full tracks to... they don't seem to get the bass exactly right. Nice warm kinda mystical sound, especially in the mid range.

Don't think it's worth totally writing off... digital is still pretty dodgy technology, especially at higher frequencies. Proper reel to reel gets expensive though, but it's probably the best technology for recording that you can get.

google search for info, also check forums like gearslutz, tapeops . and maybe try something out in person if possible.

Not sure what those small Reel to Reels are though.
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Re: portable reel to reel??

Post by kdgh » Thu Jul 07, 2011 7:57 pm

i've got a tascam portastudio.
not really real to real, but still tape ;).

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Re: portable reel to reel??

Post by oblioblioblio » Thu Jul 07, 2011 8:01 pm

those portastudios are ace! doublespeed which really helps in the bass I think. It's not that far away from reel to reel in technology, but I'm not too sure how the quality compares to a proper studio r2r.

THere aren't that many that record multiple at once... I spent ages researching and got a 144 for a good price completely mint, but didn't realise till right at the end you can only record 2 channels at once.... bollocks!

Might go back to digital though, even though it's not my favourite thing ever.

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Re: portable reel to reel??

Post by tristos » Thu Jul 07, 2011 11:10 pm

any clue on the bashmore white one in the shot of his studio?

think huckabys could be by a firm called nagra?

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Re: portable reel to reel??

Post by livecollective » Fri Jul 08, 2011 4:30 pm

I have a portable reel to reel, got it at a garage sale for fovea dollars, what would you like to know?

Thing is ace itsmabout four inches by eight and has a handle...super awesome lil piece of gear.

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Re: portable reel to reel??

Post by tristos » Fri Jul 08, 2011 7:35 pm

thanks for telling me what you have! do you take it on walks? :green:

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Re: portable reel to reel??

Post by ethereal » Sat Jul 09, 2011 12:09 am

Bashmores using a tape delay not a reel to reel.

If you want an old home stereo type reel to reel though, eBay has tons of them for cheap, although youre going to be paying through the arse for postage if you cant collect.

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