a Weekend of Hands-on Analog Recording and Networking!
Tape camp is offered twice every year - once in the spring and once in the fall. The Fall 2018 date has not been announced just yet, but will be soon!
The two-day workshop (Sat & Sun) is limited to ten people, and the third day, which focuses exclusively on tape machine alignment, is limited to five people. We keep the attendance numbers small to provide a truly unique experience, and our discussions are tailored depending on what you want to learn!
The day will be spent demonstrating the differences and similarities between analog and digital recording. We will set up a vast array of analog reverbs (plates, delays, echo chambers) and discuss how to better use your own recording setups in a more “analog” way. Towards the end of the day we bring in a talented singer/songwriter to record on tape – this helps us focus on vocal, piano or acoustic guitar recording techniques.
Vinyl cutting and production! This takes place in our lacquer cutting suite and is hosted by our cutting engineer Cameron Henry. It is an in-depth look into the vinyl world.
A full band comes in we can try all of our newfound techniques on. Everyone gets to engineer, assist, tape op, punch-in, and really learn how to use our Mara Machines to their fullest! At the end of the weekend you’ll be able to take the digital files (transferred from tape) home to play with in your own recording setup!
We focus solely on the art and science of tape machine alignment. The fundamentals of elevated levels, bias, and head alignments will be thoroughly explained. After an alignment is demonstrated to the group, each person will align the machine with guidance.