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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