A producer friend talks of copying his album onto a reel to reel tape and back before mastering, what are you thoughts on such a maneuver?
There's 'tape' and then there's "tape". Not all tape is equal.
Unless you're looking for the sound of a specific machine I'd say there is little to be gained from running your mix on and off a cheap tape recorder. Or an expensive tape recorder poorly aligned.
If I had at my disposal a well-maintained and aligned Ampex ATR-100 / 102 half-inch machine and a stock of virgin tape I would probably run my masters onto that - and [mastering engineer] Kevin Metcalfe would probably agree.
But ATR-102s are becoming expensive to buy and maintain and the difference is largely academic considering most people are only going to encode the result to mp3 anyway.
Do you ever feel like you're repeating yourself in your production? Where do you look for inspiration to do things differently?Ott responded on 11/25/2012 Next question
Well, this really put me on the spot. I wasn't prepared to be able to ask you a question... but here goes: Your last meal - what to eat, what to drink, what music is on?Ott responded on 11/25/2012