Discussion in 'Cassettes' started by odyrock, Dec 22, 2016.
Oh god, Karen is in my hearth...
Nice tapes. I enjoy Nat King Cole from time to time and it's so relaxing to hear...
Goodbye to love always makes me emotional every time i listen to it.
I've just bought some new releases on tape from Kissability label on London. Mixed feelings...
After listening to all them I can say they aren't worth your money. I'm sorry to say, but that is the truth regarding the quality of these cassettes. And I'm not being a snob as if I expected a true high-end recording. I have done better recordings with my SR6 boombox back in the 90s.
The cassette and the housing are of fair quality , The recording quality is about 5/10 but with some big mistakes. Hopefully the price is according with the quality...
I'll post a review soon...
Sometimes I think all this new released cassettes are recorded with a very high milled used machines...
Or maybe made with non professional machines, by not enough skilled operators...
It may be of course...I haven't actually heard any of the new released cassettes yet...OTOH I assume Kissability records haven't true operators but very enthusiastic classmates doing the job after they leave school everyday. But a non professional job don't must mean a bad job if they do things right.
Taking that thoughts apart, report us the yours about the listening; I am really very curious!
I crossed a few emails with Jen, the girl who runs this label and the conversation was pretty weird. I finally could get the info I was asking for: "who records that?". As she said, the recording is made by: https://www.bandcds.co.uk/
For those of you that didn't noticed here's the final review:
Blue Oyster cult, Nice!
I've purchased the Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Mix Vol. 1 cassette. It sounds very good; it's recorded on 120uS / Type I bias tape. I've recorded a similar playlist from the MP3s they give as a digital download once you purchased it onto a Maxell 70uS / Type II bias with Dolby S, correct record gain and bias calibration and correct +6dB peak levels. It sounds fantastic, yet it lacks the very analogue-like bottom-end the original has. I've had better fortune with another Maxell 120uS / Type I bias, again with Dolby S and all of the above. I think this is due to the fact that most of the original masters are old or the MP3's were ripped from less performant media - I can clearly hear tape hiss at the beginning/end of several songs in the playlist, so maybe the regular Type I media is closer to the original master than a more performant Type II.
Either way, that doesn't detract from the fun of listening to the original cassette on my trusty Walkman or a deck, it sounds very good. Here's a link to a video of the replication house who did this:
These are not new releases indeed, but they are good music!
Maybe you are interested in some mixtape swapping
I am using cassettes as a sort of a meditation instrument; the process of choosing which songs go on the mix and their order is very fast on e.g. my iPhone / iPad or computer. However, when recording to tape you are "stuck" with the final product and the only way to undo it is to re-record a different playlist. Since that takes anywhere between 60 and 110 minutes (depending on your chosen victim ) it should be time well spent to be enjoyable for days on end afterwards. So it goes back to that mediation process... and I've been doing this for quite a while now.
I'd love mixtape swapping
That's the kind of thing I love of analog.
Then you must look into the Mixtape exchange subforum...
received this one today:
KID MILLION / 100 DISCIPLINES - label: ThrillJockey, limited edition...
...available on cassette only (!)
Kid Million: us-drummer, played f.ex. with: Oneida, WhiteHills, People from the North, div. solo- projects...
That's pretty surprising
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