Tape Mastering (<8min)


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This is the most common and desired option for a classic mastering (per track; multiply for EPs & LPs).
ALL masters are transfered via reel-to-reel unless they underwent this step in the production process already (see below for the audiophile arguments!).

Send us your final mix or pre-master for vinyl-cut or digital distribution. On the mastering side, we use a combination of digital surgical and analog coloration tools.

We are especially caring for the preservation of analogue textures and dynamics. If needed we give first feedbacks, so the artist can improve the mix, before we start working on your music. That way we can achieve the best results sourcing the best possible mix. Of course adjustments can be made after the first mastering session to guarantee satisfied customers.

On the one hand we always deliver an additional vinyl master for the lacquer cut. If however it’s “digital only” the tape texture adds the analogue quality even if it’s not hitting vinyl.

As a crucial part, we integrate the machine into the signal flow of your mastering-session with a specially-measured mastering tape (RTM SM468 for more Mojo), thus utilizing the warm, powerful, analog sound we all know and love. Since our machine is digitally controlled we can tweak and “abuse” the parameters like “bias” and “EQ” as sound shaping tools.

The level for the tape master itself is adjusted by means of VU meters and by listening, depending on the material. There are no fixed values, but you can choose the character by choosing the speed of the reel measured in “inch per second”.

  • 7.5 ips (dirty texture – when you gain for some extra vibe),
  • 15 ips (reliable and balanced – our vintage recommendation!),
  • 30 ips (crisp hi-end – we figured that this speed is perfect for cold styles like electro or IDM).

Frequently asked questions:

In what format do I submit my audio data?

TailOut prefers WAV or AIFF in 24 bit (not dithered!) or 32 bit. 16 bit might be OK for the listening pleasure from consumer media, but is not sufficient for digital processing.
The sample rate is dependent on your project rate, however we recommend the standard that is 44.1 kHz. Please be aware that two different sample rates (like 44.1 and 48 kHz) on one side on vinyl is not easy to cut (or more expensive). The work-around of conversion deteriorates the quality of the converted file.

What does the tape machine do?

You gain mix glue, warmth and a musical “bandpass” in the sub- and supersonic range. Harsh, digital sounding heights are smoothed out, the depth increases thanks to saturation effects, which also improves the transparency of your mix for better, more grippy stereo image, resolution and depth graduation. Percussions sound more acoustic. In addition, the rounded transients can be cut better on vinyl (here, however, the version for digital distribution). Bassline and bass-drum blend together to create a fundament that improves the groove feel of your songs. Especially the drums get more volume through a tape transfer and remain in the foreground, especially in times of high sums limiting.

Please make sure to provide us with your previously uploaded material via the “Additional Information” field on the checkout page or our: