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    I've been looking for a deck or reel to reel to mix my music down to. I've been thinking about the tascam 32 reel to reel. anybody have any experience with this machine? thanks.

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    I have used many Tascam reel to reel decks. They are all very good quality and reliable. However if this is a used one, you must be sure that the heads are not too worn. 100's of hours will cause the heads to lose frequency response and lower the signal to noise ratio! A new cassette recorder with new heads will sound better than a reel to reel with worn ones....test it out for yourself. I have.

    I made mixdowns to a Professional Reel to reel at 15 IPS. Then made some to a new Sony Cassette deck. The difference was amazing! Bigger is not always better.

    Then I purchased a Minidisc deck and compared it with the tape deck... It blew the tape away...and no hiss between songs!

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    yes, I have read all those, but forgot about the VCR..I'm recording on a computer and wanted to mix to analog, so I will try the VCR thing and see how it turns out. thanks Dragon.

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    Ametth (or A myth?)

    You might want to try mixing down to a Sony tape deck of ES quality. I know there are more expensive tape decks, but the ES quality Sonys do a pretty good job. You can check out their specs on the net somewhere I'm sure. I used a Yamaha tape deck for a long time and it was pretty good; however, the Sony twin deck ES model has some neat features. If you want the automatic deck doors, it's more money. I opted for the push-the-button door model -- about the same specs. Give one a listen or try to rent one for a couple of months to see if you like it.

    Good sounds Methman.

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    Waittaminnit!!!!

    You're recording on computer and want to mix down to analog?

    Usually it's the other way around!

    Don't tell me, let me guess...you want that elusive "warmth", right?

    There are others, some cheaper, but you might want to check into stuff like this:
    http://arboretum.com/products/hyperprism/h_pip.htm

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    I checked out that website with the $279 effects package. My question is:
    has anyone got any first-hand reviews of individual effects included in that package? That long list of effects sounds just a tad hokey when you break it down title by title.
    Which has no bearing on whether they've got killer effects for the money. Bad marketing can scare folks away from the best products.

    Sonic Decimator?
    Yeah, I need one of <those>!!!!
    Anyone who's heard my mp3s would agree.
    Hall Reverb considered a separate effect from
    Room Reverb or:
    HyperVerb?
    High Pass Filter listed separately from Low-Pass Filter, High-Pass Filter Band-Pass Filter, Band Reject Filter?
    More Stereo?,
    Compressor and limiter?
    Single Delay and Multi-Delay?
    etc.

    My brother used to critique my attempts to satisfy the writing requirements of various academic institutions as: "Filler".

    This effects list seems to outdo my best efforts.

    [This message has been edited by drstawl (edited 10-22-1999).]

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    OK, drstawl, you're on. Whip up about 15 seconds' worth of tasty guitar with some sonic meat in it, dry, as a 44.1 mono WAV file, upload it to ftp://ftp.homerecording.com/incoming/ and I'll process it with some of these effects and post 'em all as MP3s for the troops.

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    well dragon, I wanted to mix down to analog because I'm not very confident in my mixing skills on a computer, I like turning nobs..so I wanted to get a good sounding analog deck or digital for that matter, but I want to mix throug my mixer.

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    Well- the file's done, but I goofed up and sent you a stereo .wav file instead of a mono .wav file. Hope you don't mind.
    It's TastyTidbit.wav

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