Master Quality Reel To Reel Tape!
Exceptional Audiophile Sound!
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For the first time, Premonition Records releases Patricia Barber's audiophile classic, Café Blue, on open reel analog tape: two 1/4" reels (10.5 inch) at 15 ips IEC (CCIR). This version of Café Blue was remixed by the original recording engineer, Jim Anderson, at Capitol Studios in Hollywood in 2011. Utilizing Capitol's one-of-a-kind reverb chambers and EMT plate reverbs, as well as its classic Neve console, the remix delivered "sharper acoustic details, less reverb on Barber's voice, and a more assertive bass presence," according to Stereophile Magazine in its 5 star (SONICS) review of the 180-gram LP re-issue.
The master tape copies are duplicated from Production Masters created by Doug Sax of The Mastering Lab using Premonition's 1/2" analog master of final mixes. Doug Sax describes his process: The Master tape supplied was a 1/2" NAB 15ips and was recorded at a true "0" level using Dolby SR. This tape was played on the Mastering Lab MCI using proprietary tube electronics designed by Sherwood Sax. A modified Dolby fed The Mastering Lab Console. Output was fed to an ATR 102 at 15ips using the IEC record curve. All tape was manufactured by ATR.
The tape copying is done from the production master one at a time on ATR Magnetics analog tape by Jonathan Horwich at International Phonograph Inc. Jonathan Horwich describes his process:
Each (blank) tape is copied from The Mastering Lab's production master played on a custom-built studio master ATR Services Ampex 102 through hand made Aria electronics. Custom wire is employed between the Ampex Aria electronics and a Studer 820A recorder where each 1/4" tape copy is recorded at 15ips IEC (CCIR) and 250 nanowebers. The tape machines are powered by special power cords plugged into hand-built line conditioners made especially for this application. Each tape machine is set on special acoustic fee to isolate the chasis from vibration.
The two reels are packaged in ATR Magnetics Tape Care boxes for maximum protection and include custom labeling and inserts.
** It is standard practice in all recording studios to keep the tape "tail out". This reduces "pre-echo" and it means that the tape should be placed on the right hand side of the recorder, re-wound and then played.Features:
• Master Quality Reel To Reel Tape
• 1/4" tape copy
• 15ips IEC (CCIR)
• Master tape copies from Production Masters created by Doug Sax of The Mastering Lab
• Master tape was a 1/2" NAB 15ips
• Output fed to ATR 102 at 15ips using the IEC record curve
• Packaged in ATR Magnetics Tape Care boxes for maximum protection
• Include custom labeling and inserts
1. What A Shame
2. Mourning Grace
3. The Thrill Is Gone
5. Yellow Car III
6. Inch Worm
1. Ode To Billie Joe
2. Too Rich For My Blood
3. A Taste Of Honey
5. Wood Is A Pleasant Thing To Think About
6. Manha De Carnaval