All our analog multi-track machines are currently up and running! We are booking about two months in advance.
We are currently restoring an Ampex 440B 1/2″ 1/2 track machine!! The machine has a mysterious history, but may have been used to make commercials for a local furniture chain. In any event, someone tried to convert it to run 1/4″ tape but goofed the headstock/guide combo, we are customizing parts to get it running. Updates to come. Transport and pre-amps are in good working order.
Pixels Accessories is finally released on cassette and CD – pick it up through our friends at 75 or Less Records.
keeping it analog even when the good gear is in the shop
Back in December the Otari was having some hi-cups so it went into the shop, the Fostex was also waiting on parts. Sure, we had Pro-Tools and the ADAT but that’s no fun. Here’s an experiment by Quitters [Ethan, Shawn, and myself]. The question — how can we record all analog with only a four track 1/4″ and a cassette deck and keep it sounding pretty good?
We used a Tascam 22-4 @ 15 IPS and a Denon Cassette deck to keep the ones&zeros out of the mix here’s the process for THE WALL OF HISS SOUND!
Drums + Guitar recorded to 4 track reel to reel
–> bounce to cassette in stereo
–> bounce two tracks back to reel to reel + add bass + second guitar
–> bounce to cassette
–> bounce to reel to reel and add two tracks of vocals.
XR-TABS EP is done and awaiting release. Here they are photographed on the last day of mixing.
Hopper spent four days tracking 8 songs, three of which are being released as an EP very soon. Will post links once they are public.
We dubbed cassettes of some subModern associated projects. they will be featured Thursday, January 25th at I Want 2 Make Luv 2 U on a Bed of Lettuce, an art Salon in Providence that will feature dozens of Providence and regional artists’ work. Here’s a photo of me testing the dubs on my vintage “Channel Master” at home.