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? for steve about analog masters

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by ferric, Mar 29, 2002.

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  1. ferric

    ferric Iron Dino In Memoriam Thread Starter

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    "Another well known method of recovering transient material in analog masters is to make the transfers backwards. Because of the way analog tape works, the leading edges of the transients are smeared as they are recorded on tape. If you play the tape backwards the smearing in the opposite direction tends to recover more accurately the original attack of the instruments. In the case of making an analog to analog transfer, the copy was now backwards. When this tape was played in the reverse direction, the music was again frontwards and greatly improved in the transient department." Roger Nichols on his website... Archiving...


    Steve, is there validity to this statement or is it "ykcup esroh" ?

    sknaht ;)
     
  2. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Mastering Engineer Your Host

    Uh, yes. To answer your question, I have done that before when making an analog dub of an analog tape. It seems to work best with Dolby A tapes for some reason.

    So, it does sound a bit better. Doesn't do much good in this digital world though...
     
  3. Grant

    Grant Senior Member

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    I notice a tendecy for people to not want to believe anything Nichols says.
     
  4. ferric

    ferric Iron Dino In Memoriam Thread Starter

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    Steely Dan sounds good to me.
     
  5. FabFourFan

    FabFourFan Forum Resident

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    IIRC, didn't Les Paul cut some of his records backwards, for just this reason?
     
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