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I already have a Digital Audio Workstation setup...

I bought a high res ADC long ago and replaced it with a TASCAM UH-7000 last year. It makes outstanding recordings but I was recommending something in the analog arena. I prefer PCM due to the easy editing once you have the samples in that format.

Yes, I am aware what blank tape costs from ATR and RMGI. Yes they cost around $50 or higher per reel but the tape quality for these new formulations is outstanding. From what I have read, in multiple sources, the overhead is much higher (compared to the best media from years ago) and distortion is very low.

I am intrigued by RTR recording once again and with the gradual resurfacing of these decks as high end components, some things should change. I exchanged emails with a business that refurbishes Otari MX 5050 II tape machines and I can get one of those refurbished, like new, for less than $2000.

The Otari MX 5050 II was a very good RTR deck many years ago when new and with the advent of better coupling caps and better record and playback heads, things could be very interesting.

I figure that I am spending $35 - $100 per pressing for high resolution heavy weight LPs, so the cost of RTR media is not a restriction. I used to love recording to RTR and I liked recording to cassette almost as much.

Handling RTR tapes takes care but everything worthwhile has some restrictions associated with it. I just recommended this to Henry because we all come from the same generation and I thought he may like the idea of getting back into analog recording.


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