For many years, tape machines have been coveted as the key to many colorful words associated with the sound of analog recording.
In the latest entry to our How To Listen Series, Fab Dupont and Chris Mara (producer, engineer, and owner of the Nashville based recording studio, "Welcome To 1979") sit down with a Mara Machines JH-110 1/4" and 1/2" machine to run multiple mixes through them for the purpose of quantifying the sound of printing mixes to tape.
The examples chosen for the video represent a wide array of musical genres to help identify which format; digital, 1/2" or 1/4" tape; might be best for each piece of music.
In this video, you will:
Learn What tape machines do to your music
Learn How to align 1/4" and 1/2" tape machines
Compare a digital mix to a 1/4" and 1/2"print from tape machines
Hear the effects of 1/4" and 1/2" tape machines on a variety of genres of music, and learn how to choose the best format for your music.
Pay attention! There will be a quiz at the end of the video to test your listening skills and see if you can identify the sound of each format on the songs heard in the video.
This is a chance to quantify all of the characteristics you hear about analog tape’s effect on music for yourself as Chris Mara and Fab Dupontprint demonstrate, explain, and give you tips on what to listen for to learn the sound of tape.
Mara Machines JH-110
andrehines •Monday, August 21, 2023
Amazing video. Hard to find full courses on how tape machines are used. This was great for printing a mix, but would love another video on 16/24 track machine in the context of tracking a mix.
david.su •Thursday, March 30, 2023
Cool Man, great to get this video
Mr Rambolini •Monday, December 19, 2022
Super interesting - thanks for another great video!
thenacker •Wednesday, January 12, 2022
Fab this series is awesome I learning so much!!! Said that I am really appreciatee to get the opportunity to compare digital and real top notch tape machine with fine calibration. In the all rnr people have this tape mith with it's truly not a myth only but you need to have top notch macine and know how to use them otherwise is crap. So let's put our feet on the ground and le't's go digital if we can't allow a great tape machine / great calibration
Great to know the differences by listen to them in comparison with digital
mistapes •Wednesday, February 3, 2021
This is freaking awesome!
fangjin •Monday, October 19, 2020
I chose them all right, yeah!
The 1/4” tone is a little more modern than 1/2’’. I like both.
Thanks to Fab and Chris.
hughettos •Monday, January 27, 2020
What a Masters! Thanks
Mike1372 •Saturday, January 25, 2020
Loved this but it’s now begging the question for me about what a 2” 24track and a 2” 16track sound like! Can you comment or embellish on this video? Would the 2” 16track be equivalent in sound to the 1/4” because they share the amount of tape width per track? Would the 24 track have its own sound due to smaller tape track width’s than both the 1/4” and 1/2”? Thx!!
dc •Saturday, January 4, 2020
Weirdly enough it was easier to hear the difference
on the iPhoneX speakers...
The quizz was easy-peasy if you looked for:
- transients: digital versions were obviously in your face and detached from the rest
- highs: the quarter is darker then comes the half then comes the digital
All in all, the tape (especially the quarter) was adding a nice compression and EQ that made all the tracks more cohesive like the famous glue effect we are all looking for. The French song especially... when the vocal seems to blur with the violins was very emotional on the quarter tape version.
charles.ram •Sunday, December 29, 2019
10/10 increible video... :) Me encanto
jarvismarcedo •Tuesday, November 26, 2019
Jose Malqui •Saturday, October 19, 2019
Faltan los subtítulos al españor por favor. Gracias
Faberman •Tuesday, October 15, 2019
I missed almost all the quiz answers...
marijeanjoron •Monday, October 14, 2019
vidéo très interressente mais pourrait on avoir les sous titres français svp difficile de tout comprendre