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Re: Making cassette releases from 4 track and DAW recordings

Postby CS70 » Mon Nov 23, 2020 2:46 pm

Everybody's got their poison!

So long you know you're doing it for the fun of it, it's a perfectly good motivation. I love knobs myself. Not tape, however - or better, only the digital emulations! :D
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Re: Making cassette releases from 4 track and DAW recordings

Postby Marbury » Wed Nov 25, 2020 1:06 am

I certainly will try to have fun. At the moment I am layering tracks of the Lyra 8 in Reaper just to play around with fading them in and out on a long loop. This is a way of working I am beginning to like, recording the mix as a whole finished piece. I take it recording everything in 24 bit would give a noticeably better rendering of the analogue signal ? I ask this as I usually render my wav files at 16 bit 44.
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Re: Making cassette releases from 4 track and DAW recordings

Postby blinddrew » Wed Nov 25, 2020 10:09 am

I doubt it will make a difference - 16bit gives a way better noise floor than tape anyway.

[EDIT - better than a standard 4-track cassette at any rate. Not sure how it compares to a 2" tape at 30 ips, but I'd still back it in a bet. ;) ]
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Re: Making cassette releases from 4 track and DAW recordings

Postby Marbury » Wed Nov 25, 2020 1:37 pm

But 24 bit dithered down to 16 bit would give more dynamic range than a straight 16 bit recording
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Re: Making cassette releases from 4 track and DAW recordings

Postby MOF » Fri Dec 04, 2020 5:59 pm

But 24 bit dithered down to 16 bit would give more dynamic range than a straight 16 bit recording
Your dynamic range is already ‘baked in’ to the cassette recordings, 16 bit versus 24 bit recordings will not show up any difference.
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