Analog Tape Recording vs. Direct to Digital Shootout

Analog Tape Recording vs. Direct to Digital Shootout

Decide for yourself in this audio shootout! Does analog tape sound better than direct to digital recording?

I’m trying to decide if I want to record to analog tape and then transfer the recording into the digital realm vs. an all digital recording. I set up a test, using a Teac A3440 4-track reel deck. I set things things up to record the same performance, feeding the audio into the Teac and computer at the same time. I came away feeling that one sounded better than the other. Watch, listen and see what you think!

Check out Shootout Part 2 (comparison between the tape recording and the Waves Kramer Master Tape plugin):

Check out Shootout Part 3 (comparison ofdigital recording copied/bounced to tape!):

Check out Shootout Part 4 (full band digital mix bounced to tape and compared):

Link to uncompressed audio files:

Jecklin Disk/OSS information:

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Equipment used:
Lowden O35 Acoustic Guitar
Oktava MC012 microphones
Jecklin Disk/OSS
Teac A3440 Reel to Reel Tape Deck
RMGI SM911 Reel Tape
Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 audio interface
Apple Logic Pro X
2009 Macbook Pro

chords of orion – ambient/post-rock guitar music for the heart and mind.

bill vencil – guitars, vocals, other instruments and sounds.

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