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R/E/P => Recording - Engineering & Production => Topic started by: Don Gspann on April 25, 2011, 10:13:15 pm

Title: 1/2" 4 track, scully, otari
Post by: Don Gspann on April 25, 2011, 10:13:15 pm
I usually hang out over at the LAB, but my brother is moving and has a couple of old tape machines from his studio days.  Is there any value in these old guys?  Ones a Scully 280, the other is an Otari MTR 10.  If any body has any idea what to do with these, please chime in.  Even if it's he dump.
Title: Re: 1/2" 4 track, scully, otari
Post by: dach on April 26, 2011, 09:13:29 am
I'm in the same boat... 4 Scullys, 1 MCI, 1 Studer and 7 Otari's... very few are interested locally and these decks are almost too big and heavy to ship...
Title: Re: 1/2" 4 track, scully, otari
Post by: Steve Hudson on April 26, 2011, 05:25:43 pm
Recording to analog tape is undergoing a resurgence. Developments like CLASP (which seamlessly interfaces a tap machine with a DAW like Pro Tools) eliminate the excuse that tape media is too expensive and recording to tape is a limited, linear process. We have three tape machines at our studio (2" 24 track, 2" 16 track, and an ATR-10 for laybacks and mixdown) and we get a lot of business because we record to tape. I'm sure that if the decks are in decent shape you can get something for them or at least find a grateful home.
Title: Re: 1/2" 4 track, scully, otari
Post by: saint on April 27, 2011, 01:21:12 pm
The Skully 280's (not the 280 'B') were AMAZING 1/4" & 1/2" machines. Don NOT go higher than +3/250nwbm with the alignment & you have a great Master Mixdown machine. At the very least, set them up for tape delays... great on vocals, gtrs, whatever. Use them or Loose them... but do NOT dump them!
Title: Re: 1/2" 4 track, scully, otari
Post by: Jim Sam on April 27, 2011, 05:27:29 pm
Rather than dumping the machines, you might want to reach out to any local recording schools or sound archives.  Both might be very interested in the machines, though I would assume you'd have better luck with the schools.  Donations are always good for taxes.