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    Question Recording, mixdown to analog source ::

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    Was wondering if I had a song/mix done on my PC, if I wanted a more "analog" sound...... what's the best way to achieve this?

    via.....

    a tube amp/compressor of some sort?

    or

    into a tape-based source?

    *benefits from going either way?

    also, i would have to re-route all of this back into the PC to record onto CD right?

    any suggestion on equipment?

    thanks

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    What exactly do you think you mean when you say "analog sound"?

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    Hiss and distortion?

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    warmth?

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    If you wanted "warm" you should have recorded it that way!

    What is "warmth"??? Rolled-off highs???

    The implication in your post is that somehow "digital" fucked with your sound and it now lacks warmth.... well it's not "digital" that did it to you, it was the way you tracked it! The warmth is supposed to come from your sound source, not the recorder!


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    This idea comes from 2 points.

    First the old low end digital systems, which sucked. And they made stuff sound harsh. But that's history now...

    Then, second there's the coloration of the analog equipement taperecorders and tubegear. This can be nice, but it's not necessary. You can have perfectly good recordings without them, if you get it right from the start, as bruce said.

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    but if i do want hte analog coloration after-the-fact, what gear is advisable to achieve this?

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    Actually... try this.... do a stereo submix to 2 new tracks....... push both tracks ahead by 10mS or so, then run the 2 submix'd tracks out to a 3-head cassette deck... take the output of the cassette deck (monitoring off the PLAY head - which will play back the freshly recorded tape - hence the need to push the submix ahead a few mS) and run it back into your PC and record it onto 2 NEW tracks...

    This way, everything is in-sync and you have a submix copy of the analog sound for comparison purposes to the non-analog submix.

    You can then mix some of the "analog" signal back into your mix as needed....

    I bet, however, that it won't do much for you........... ie, you won't get the "warmth" you expect from it....


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    I would like to add my 2 cents. If your not recording at a high bit rate/frequency clock rate or playing back at the same rate your digital signal will not replicate what you initially recorded. Say if your recording/playback is at 44.1/16 bit. Will the recording/playback be as accurate as the sound you recorded? I think this is the frigid sound people speak of. Now that we can do those things at higher rates digital recording is better. Although digital has come along way. I still think the recording industry prefers recording to analog tape. I know that what I said doesn't help. I just thought I would add to the discussion.

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    thanks chaplin!

    i guess it's because i keep hearing about producers re-routing their mix into an analog-based storage medium to get that "warmth" of analog, then digitizing it again to burn.........

    i have no idea what equipment they use to achieve this........ or even ideas

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