Janine Elliot takes a listen to the STS Digital reel to reel copy of Jazz Masters Volume 1 More »
After a four-year development period, Ballfinger has introduced the first newly developed analogue tape recorder for around 25 years, the Tonbandmaschine M 063 was revealed at the Norddeutschen Hifi-Tage, in Hamburg last weekend. They also unveiled their new Schallplattenspieler PS 2 Directl-drive Turntable with active radial arm and moving coil system. More »
More than 30 years after production of the last ReVox reel to reel machine, the first book of the complete reel to reel production range has been released, with text in English and Italian. More »
If you fancy checking out Swiss manufacturer Nagra at CES 2017, they will be at the Venetian, Room 29-121, 5th – 8th January, Las Vegas, USA. More »
ABC records has partnered with RecordingTheMasters (MULANN Group) to offer tape recording services. More »
Things are afoot in the world of reel 2 reels. Not only are there now at least 4 major companies producing reel to reel copies of famous master tapes, but very importantly after a long gap the Swiss tape recorder manufacturer Revox are bringing back the medium with a player based on the A700. More »
There’s been a bit of a buzz around the audio world in the last twelve months or so and it’s a buzz that is pretty hard to ignore unless you have your head buried firmly in the sand…or where the sun don’t shine. Yes, it’s retro, yes, it’s funky and yes it’s bloody expensive to get into in any serious kind of way, but it’s hard to ignore the rise of the open reel (reel to reel) format if you have attended any meaningful Hifi show in the last year or more. We’ve even invested in the format here at Hifi Pig towers and we’re loving the sound we’re getting.
There’s been a bit of a buzz around the audio world in the last twelve months or so and it’s a buzz that is pretty hard to ignore unless you have your head buried firmly in the sand…or where the sun don’t shine. Yes, it’s retro, yes, it’s funky and yes it’s bloody expensive to get into in any serious kind of way, but it’s hard to ignore the rise of the open reel (reel to reel) format if you have attended any meaningful Hifi show in the last year or more. We’ve even invested in the format here at Hifi Pig towers and we’re loving the sound we’re getting. More »
There’s a bit of a buzz around reel to reel recordings at the moment and the number of audiophiles and music lovers taking up the format is clearly on the rise…and in response there are a growing number of companies offering up reel to reel recordings to cater to their needs. Step up to the plate STS Digital from The Netherlands and headed up by the lovely Fritz and Netty de With. More »
Singer, composer and author Andrea Celeste, an artist on audiophile magnetic tape label, Analogy Records, will be performing in Natural Sound’s room at the Milano Hi-Fidelity 2016 show, on Saturday April 2nd.
Andrea will sing live with a system featuring Ubiq Audio’s Model One loudspeakers, electronics from FM Acoustics and power cables from Faber’s Cables. The source of the music will be a Studer A810 reel to reel tape recorder. Andrea Celeste will present her new album ‘Kaleidoscope’, already available on limited and numbered edition CD and, soon to be released, on magnetic tape by Analogy Records.
Reel-to-reel, audiophile label, Analogy Records, announces its plans for the first half of 2016, adding 3 more titles to the catalogue, for a total of 12 albums available on magnetic tape. Andrea Celeste’s “Kaleidoscope” is the upcoming release, an intense acoustic pop album recorded by the legendary Producer, 24 times Grammy winner Al Schmitt. “Suite For The Seagulls” is one of a kind jazz album, the meeting between the Norwegian Artist Alf Wilhelm Lundberg and his “Norchestra” and the Italian classical GNU Quartet. Finally, “Between Earth and Heaven” will be the first classic-contemporary album of Analogy Records, the international piano duo Biondi-Brunialti leads the album among percussions and brass.
As audiophiles and music lovers around the world continue to debate whether hi-res digital actually makes an appreciable difference, one thing remains clear: the analogue resurgence is going from strength to strength. Vinyl sales are now growing faster than any other format and turntable sales shot through the roof in 2015.
Austria-based Horch House say it is excited to announce the initiation of ‘PROJECT R2R’: the development of the world’s only brand new reel-to-reel tape deck.
Launched in 2012, the Horch House brand has already developed a reputation for capturing the magic of original analogue master tapes and delivering faithful (and fully licensed and approved) copies on reel-to-reel tape, vinyl records and in various digital formats. Now, the company is also turning its attention to bringing the once essential reel-to-reel deck from its current vintage status back to centre stage.
In developing their processes for creating high quality copies of original analogue master tapes, Horch House’s team of sound engineers undertook meticulous research and development, calling in input from some of the world’s leading specialists (think of folks whose client lists include Sir Paul McCartney, Sony and Abbey Road Studios and you get a sense of the level of know-how involved).
This same high level of input will be applied to PROJECT R2R. The aim? “To achieve the best sound quality, bar none,” says Horch House’s joint owner and project leader, Volker Lange, whose excitement about the project is palpable. “My passion for audiophile tape machines goes way, way back,” he explains. “This will be the realisation of a lifelong ambition. And it’s an absolute honour and privilege to be working with a team of this calibre”.
In fact the team is already hard at work and hopes to be in a position to show a prototype of the new deck at Munich’s High-End Show this coming May.
Reel-to-reel tape recorders and players have been around for a long time, with the earliest models emerging in the late 1800s. Their popularity surged in the 1940s and 1950s, when the process of manufacturing magnetic tape was more or less perfected; from then until fairly recently in the history of audio recording, they were the music industry standard for making master recordings. From the 1950s until as late as the early 1980s, reel-to-reel tape decks were a big part, if not the centrepiece, of most home entertainment setups. But then the 1980s saw a rapid advancement in portable tape recording and playing, as well the advent of digital recording and playback, and so the reel-to-reel deck became a ‘vintage’ item, much like the humble vinyl record.
Fast forward to 2016 and there is currently no company in the world that manufactures reel-to-reel decks, whether consumer or studio machines. Meanwhile, the resale market of vintage machines is seeing strong and steady growth.
There is a small but growing handful of audio companies who are currently working to reissue original analogue recordings on reel-to-reel tape, among which Horch House is one.
“Our current catalogue is just the beginning,” says music producer Thilo Berg, joint owner of Horch House alongside Lange. “I’m keen to speak to any and every music publisher in the business with a view to delivering the widest possible portfolio of high quality analogue master tape copies to as many people as we can”.
Austria-based Horch House was created for the sole purpose of bringing original analogue master tapes to music lovers in a variety of formats – from reel-to-reel tape to various high-resolution digital formats, all fully licensedand approved. And the latest releases include some highly collectable classics:
Star Wars Original Soundtracks, Episodes 4, 5 & 6
A New Hope / The Empire Strikes Back / Return Of The Jedi
The most acclaimed and enduring film music in Hollywood history, composed by legendary five-times Oscar-winning composer John Williams and performed by the London Symphony Orchestra. These unique collector sets are being released to coincide with the latest chapter in the saga, The Force Awakens. This is the first time the Star Wars original soundtracks have been available on reel-to-reel analogue master tapes, and with no digital remastering.
Carmina Burana by Carl Orff
Recorded in 1974, this traditional arrangement performed by the Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra and Choir delivers the distinctive ‘Orff sound’ in its full, uncompressed glory. Conductor Herbert Kegel is considered one of the best in contemporary music; Orff himself was an ardent admirer of his work.
The Planets by Gustav Holst
Performed by the Boston Symphony Orchestra and conducted by William Steinberg, this is one of the most highly regarded performances of The Planets, often considered the definitive version. Holst was introduced to astrology by writer Clifford Bax while holidaying in Majorca with a group of English artists; he became a devotee of the subject and liked to cast his friends’ horoscopes for fun.
The Reiner Sound: Ravel/Rachmaninoff
A giant of the classic RCA Living Stereo series featuring the unparalleled pairing of conductor Fritz Reiner with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. These ‘soft refurbished’ recordings now deliver unprecedented sound quality and showcase all the joys of RCA’s golden age: the early days of the stereo era when pure vacuum tube amplification helped produce recordings with unmatched fidelity and warmth, lifelike presence and midrange illumination. Packaging duplicates the original cover art including the Living Stereo logo, LSC numbers and Shaded Dog label.
One Second by Yello
A timeless album showcasing Yello’s spacious, beautiful pop sounds with their sensuous Latin feel – from the shaking and grooving ‘La Habanera’ and the hauntingly beautiful ‘The Rhythm Divine’, to the noisy, growling ‘Si Senor The Hairy Grill’. Released in 1987, the album also features both Billy MacKenzie and Shirley Bassey, the latter singing vocals on ‘The Rhythm Divine’.
The Tape Project (reel to reel analogue tape label), Bottlehead (tube based amplifier, preamplifier and headphone amplifier kits, high end tube audio products and reel to reel tape machine upgrade specialists) and Burwell and Sons Loudspeakers are hosting a special event at the California Audio Show where you can meet Jacqui Naylor. They will be playing tracks from Jacqui’s exclusive Tape Project release, The Number White, and discussing the technical challenges in the making of this album amidst the 21st century rebirth of audiophile tape listening.
August 15, 2015, 5:30-7:30PM
California Audio Show
Third Floor, ‘San Francisco Suite’
Westin SFO Hotel, 1 Old Bayshore Highway, Millbrae, CA 94030
Analogy Records is a new reel to reel record label. They claim to be world’s first to produce contemporary artists in their own recording studio, the Zerodieci Studio, distributing Original Master Tapes. Instead of producing copies from a pre-existing master, for each order they produce an original master directly from the multi-track recording system.
Analogy Records looks for interesting and original artists and embraces a wide range of musical genres, from jazz to classical music, from world to contemporary, from folk to country and stylish pop. The production has started with six artists and nine albums available now via the label’s e-shop and they expect to release a new album every two months.