In our modern world of digital audio workstations, anything purporting to sound “analog” immediately conjures up images of the golden age of studio technology when unwieldy tape machines imbued recordings with warmth, character, depth, and lushness. But how does analog recording work? And how does that sought-after warmth actually come about?
Beginning with a description of the basic physics of analog tape recording, Berklee College Professor Susan Rogers will walk you through the process of getting sound on tape. Drawing on her engineering experience for the likes of Prince, David Byrne, Tricky and others, Rogers will explain techniques including varying tape speed, adjusting input levels and sound layering in order to illuminate the creative possibilities of analog recording. She will also talk about syncing tape to a DAW using SMPTE.
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