i bought an otari mtr-90 2" 24 track tape machine...

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i bought an otari mtr-90 2" 24 track tape machine...

Postby peter horvath on Mon Jul 06, 2009 5:46 pm

yep, after years of saying to myself that i should just bite the proverbial bullet and get one, i did it.

i suppose that this purchase will open up a whole new avenue of GAS. i guess i won't be buying any guitars and amps any time soon. they have been replaced by compressors and eqs and an api lunchbox. and a real board, eventually...

i just wanted to share.
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Re: i bought an otari mtr-90 2" 24 track tape machine...

Postby Clanger on Mon Jul 06, 2009 5:56 pm

Wild! You still cannot beat the sound of 2" with RIAA equalisation. :cheers:

Be prepared to love the sound. Be prepared to be broke.

Also be careful not to buy any crap tape. E.g. Ampex after they stopped using whale oil.
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Re: i bought an otari mtr-90 2" 24 track tape machine...

Postby Met_K on Mon Jul 06, 2009 9:42 pm

Congratulations! :mrgreen: My teacher had one of those at his studio Fat Tracks. They're great machines and sound real good with a JH series MCI board (also what we used there; I'm sure this will summon Mr. Arkadin to the thread!). Some of the happiest days of my life were when I was wielding a grease pencil. Did she come with a bias reel?
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Re: i bought an otari mtr-90 2" 24 track tape machine...

Postby Mr. Arkadin on Tue Jul 07, 2009 1:04 am

Congrats on your purchase. I have a 3M 79 16 track 2". There are two important issues you should deal with if you haven't yet and that's getting a remote (if one did not come with the unit) and noise reduction.
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Postby Baron Von Machinenmann on Tue Jul 07, 2009 8:57 pm

Nice score Pete!! 8) 8) 8)

I've got my heart set on a 2" 16 track MCI, just have to convince the owner that's getting on in years that I'll give her a good home! 8)
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Re: i bought an otari mtr-90 2" 24 track tape machine...

Postby peter horvath on Wed Jul 08, 2009 8:22 pm

met_k- mrl test tape, yep...

mr. arkadin- remote, yep... oddly, i have never used NR on any 2" recording i have ever done. tell me more.

baron- that would be a nice addition to any loving home!

i appreciate all the encouragement and i welcome any and all suggestions. thanks in advance!
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Re: i bought an otari mtr-90 2" 24 track tape machine...

Postby vintage_freek on Sat Jul 11, 2009 4:20 pm

2 inch tape is instantly recognizable as the sound of all the records we love. Especially the drums. Huge sound.
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Re: i bought an otari mtr-90 2" 24 track tape machine...

Postby Mr. Arkadin on Sat Jul 11, 2009 6:19 pm

I think NR is pretty much a must these days, especially if you're recording in houses or using different interfaces which can wreak all kinds of havoc. People are also used to quieter recordings now, simply because of what digital has brought to the spectrum. However, there are plenty of big shots like Visconti who'll say you don't need it. The big question is who is going to be mastering your project and how much can you afford to pay?

I use Dolby SR which is pretty expensive, but I got a great deal in buying Miramaxes SR when they went out of business.
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Re: i bought an otari mtr-90 2" 24 track tape machine...

Postby MichaelE on Wed Jul 15, 2009 1:56 pm

You might be interested in this site:

http://www.endino.com/graphs/

I'm not a big shot, but at 30 ips on 2" I don't think you need NR either. With narrower formats and slower speeds, I would say yes.

Congratulations on your new machine.
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Re: i bought an otari mtr-90 2" 24 track tape machine...

Postby Baron Von Machinenmann on Wed Jul 15, 2009 5:40 pm

Very interesting read Michael, thanks for sharing! 8)
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