Max The Tape Recorder's Fifth Album

More technical infos

 

My fun with the "Max The Tape Recorder" albums is to recycle and record on old tapes (reel-to-reel, cassettes etc...), often made for "consumers" and not necessarilly for professional applications (although I sometimes use pro ones too, and the tape quality varies depending on the era it was made), and I try to get the best out of them using multi-track recorders.

I generally try to calibrate the machine as best as I can for the tape used, although sometimes I may also experiment on this side:

of course the Tascam 238 8-track recorder for cassette tapes was made to use only CrO2 Type II chrome tapes, other types of tapes can also be used with a few technical tricks.

These albums are where I go crazy and experiment with the technical aspects, and the music also.

 




Track 1: "Natural machine"

Tape: Sony "Soni-Tape" PY-5 - 5" reel

Tape's state before recording: used

Machine used: Fostex E-8

Recording speed: 30 ips

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This is the first multitrack recording I made at 30 ips ever using one of the first tapes made by Sony, "Soni-Tape";

The piece was supposed to be part of the second album but thought it wouldn't really fit in;

I think it fits perfectly on this fifth one.



Track 2: "Reach for the highest summit"

Tape: Unknown brand

Tape's state before recording: used

Machine used: Fostex E-8

Recording speed: 30 ips


Track 3: "Festival in Vestifal"

Tape: Curtis

Tape's state before recording: new

Machine used: Tascam 238

Recording speed: 4.2 ips (Pitch at max)

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The entire Festival (all parts totalizing 13m30s) was recorded on this "budget" tape.


Track 4: "Free your mind"

Tape: Scotch (Unknown model)

Tape's state before recording: used

Machine used: Fostex E-8

Recording speed: 30 ips



Track 5: "Imperial buildings anomalies & vertigo"

Tape: TEAC Studio 52X - Metal position

Tape's state before recording: new

Machine used: Tascam 238

Recording speed: 4.2 ips (Pitch at max)

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Rare "reel-to-reel" TEAC cassette tape in the metal position very valuable on eBay (I saw it once selling for $80 brand new);

Good quality tape but rough on the dropouts: very small metal particules form on the tape when used a lot therefore not suitable for multitrack recordings in general;

I in fact had a hard time transferring all the tracks to the computer for mixing with no dropouts, had to constantly clean the heads before tries.



Track 6: "Slavery goes on"

Tape: Carrera

Tape's state before recording: used

Machine used: Tascam 238

Recording speed: 4.2 ips (Pitch at max)

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"Budget" tape part of a box set of 5 beautiful multicolor cassettes.



Track 7: "Organ on Viagra"

Tape: Philips LP18

Tape's state before recording: used

Machine used: Fostex E-8

Recording speed: 30 ips

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Fun instrumental piece made with different organ sounds, using the Roland Rhythm 77 Beat Box.

 

 

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