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Reel to Reel – The Heart of Analog Audio Recording

by billheng Exactly what sort of psychological picture comes to mind when you think of reel to reel ? A few of us create the video clip projectors with the great spindles of film rolling between the reels others think regarding the reel to reel recorders that were typically utilized in class. It actually relies on the age and just how eager you are to show your age. The Past of the Reel to Reel Over 60 Years Young Before reel to reel tape decks people were using recorders with spools of wire. Wire recorders were very first developeded in 1898 and became well-liked in the customer market throughout the 1940s. Nonetheless with the development of the open reel tape deck and its launch to the public in 1948 the wire recorder decreased in to obscurity. Why the Button The audio fidelity between wire and tape was similar yet open reel tape obtained support promptly not just because of the high quality of the analog sound yet likewise in how easy it was to modify the tape. To edit a cable tap


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It's no secret that the pro's of analog recording certainly outweigh the con's. There's top-notch fidelity, amazing compression and quality, and there's just something about working with nostalgic consoles and equipment. This article goes into detail about the techniques of working with tape decks and mass amounts of film for audio.

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Digital vs Analog

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Interviews are a fantastic fount of information, particularly when the interviewee is of credible importance. Liam Hayes shed some light on a few debated questions relating to digital and analog recording, providing some of his own techniques and opinions as well as relating to statistical facts.

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Jose Gonzalez's curator insight, June 15, 2014 9:41 PM

This is another good source from fnewsmagazine.com.  This article shows when it was created, who edited and uploaded the picture, and does not mislead.

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Analog Tape vs Digital Recording: Which sounds better?

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Los Angeles based engineer and producer Adam Kagan compares tape to digital! Does analog really sound better?

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This has been on the debate table since it was made of dirt and stone.  The benefits of analog audio recording with brands like Otari, Ampex, Studers and Sony is that it is raw signal being transmitted onto tape and "digital clipping" is a term to be scoffed at. However, the high-quality sound of an analog mix set you back a few thousand dollars, glancing at $20,000 for a complete set up with $500 per tape reel. With digital recording, you have only a microphone and software to purchase and you can dive right in. The amount of editing, mixing and mastering you can work into a track is limitless, and you're able to produce as many copies of a project that you want. The problem with this is that the strength of your project is directly linked to the strength of whatever you're working off of and how much RAM is available to feed the hungry CPU-intensive software. If you run the program too hard, it'll start to lag and clip, which can be very frustrating when you're knee deep in the mix.

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Jose Gonzalez's curator insight, June 15, 2014 9:42 PM

Here is another article about analog and digital recording.  The source is not that great, but the article compares instruments both acoustic and electric.

Julianne Cardinale's curator insight, November 4, 2014 9:47 AM

This article also compares digital and analog sound quality but with recording individual instruments. I like how it said that the analog recording can be used to add an accent to the recoding. The article comes from a recording blog site so the author and those who worked on it seem credible. I enjoyed that the article again stated not to be closed minded when choosing medias. 

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Audacity Digital Audio Editor and Recorder Review

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Audacity is a free digital audio editor and recording application. As well as recording audio from multiple sources, Audacity can also be used for post-processing of all types of audio, including podcasts by adding effects such as normalization, trimming, and fading in and out.

 

"The Good: The tools are very easy to use. The audio file is loaded fast enough and the waveform zooms in and out almost instantly. If you know what you are doing, good quality sounds can be obtained with Audacity. The envelope tool is a very fast and efficient method for editing the gain.

 

The Truth: The task of editing sound clips can be done easily with Audacity. It is a great program that offers just the stuff you need to do simple tasks like cutting a sequence from a sound and also allows you to do semi-professional work to that sound for maximizing the quality. It's not the best program out there but it's free and it's easy to use so it definitely deserves our appreciation."


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This is an example of a top-notch, critically promoted piece of software that provides a clean and professional interface for digital audio recording. There's a large variety of tools and programs out there that may appeal more or less to different genres of crowds using digital software for different aspects, whether it be vocals, live instrumentation, VST, or FX, and Audacity is a beautiful example of directed recording, slicing and editing.

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Digital vs. analog audio: Which sounds better?

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Even among audiophiles there's no consensus as to whether analog or digital sounds better.

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CNET is always good at detailing the information in their posts. This article explains in depth about how maximizing volume is a separate craft between digital and analog recording. Although it is much easier to process a louder, punchier signal in analog, with digital the output is cleaner and more full. The difficulty with digital recording is substantially more apparent when maximizing volume than with analog sound.

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Jose Gonzalez's curator insight, June 15, 2014 9:40 PM

This article from CNET is a good reliable source because it shows the authors name, the date of when it was created, a bio about the author, and it talks about what the title shows.

Miguel Angel Lopez's curator insight, March 13, 2016 7:10 PM

This article from CNET is a good reliable source because it shows the authors name, the date of when it was created, a bio about the author, and it talks about what the title shows.

creativesoundworld's curator insight, January 20, 2017 5:41 PM

There is so many great information pointed in this article, many pros and cons between analog and digital audio recording systems, there is also many information on how easy are both systems to use, the cost and many other important factors for us.