Tape mastering is a form of analog mastering whereby the audio is recorded to reel to reel tape during the mastering process. Tape mastering is a service we offer for audiophiles that really appreciate the sound of analog tape. Yes it does add a little tape hiss into the recording so it’s not for everyone. But it does lend a smooth, warm, distinctive sound that only magnetic tape can.
The tape machine used at the Audio Bay is a 1/2″ Ampex ATR 102 with the Flux Magnetic Heads. It simply sounds amazing! The machine is regularly calibrated and delivers a sound that is thick as a brick!
Adding the tape mastering option to your mastering does add an additional cost and an extra day to the total time. The price is $275 which does include the cost of the new reel. If the album project exceeds 40 minutes a second reel may be necessary.