Using Tape to Record an Album? In 2012?
March 6, 2012
Lately, I've been seriously getting back into vinyl; there's just something about listening to that analog sound. So, when I found out L.A. Engineer/Producer/Guitarist Jason Gutiérrez recorded Fanny Franklin's new album Get Wet on a TASCAM 8-track tape machine, I just had to find out why and how he did it.
Look for the full interview in an issue coming soon... For now, here's an excerpt for all you analog-heads:
What inspired the decision to go for a vintage sound and use tape?
Well, I abandoned tape probably over 10 years ago. I started out recording on four-track cassettes and eight-track cassettes, and eventually a reel to reel, but when I built my first computer I abandoned the tape recording but I always missed it. For many years it was just straight DAW recording.
Some of my friends had started getting back into tape recording and had been coming out with some very exciting recordings. So I thought this idea of tracking first into tape but then dumping into a DAW and being able to have that initial sound that we loved and then being able to take advantage of all the modern editing and plug ins would just be a great way to go.
So over the last year and a half I started getting some tape decks. The TEAC 88 became the main deck. So that was the main thought process.