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Analog Tape

Analog tape has always been my favorite medium.  So when Greg Beron of United Home Audio and Jim Hannon and Jonathan Valin from The Absolute Sound encouraged and cajoled Yarlung Records to make our analog tape available, I was delighted.  Yarlung Records supports the Renaissance in listening to audiophile tape started by the valiant Tape Project.  We continue in their footsteps and offer 1/4 inch tape recorded at 15 inches per second using the CCIR/IEC curve.

“Your tapes are, IMO, the best of a surprisingly large lot of brand-new R2Rs, both in sound and musicianship. You, your artists, and your mastering team are to be commended on superlative work….” 
--from a letter from Jonathan Valin

We make tapes individually for each order, so please allow a few weeks for delivery. Each album costs $125, and contains one reel of tape. Take advantage of a $50 discount if you order all four tapes in each Quartet, using the "Buy all four albums" button.

We continue with the Second Quartet of SonoruS Series albums, graciously underwritten by SonoruS Audio.





If You Love For Beauty
Sasha Cooke
The Colburn Orchestra


Suryodaya
The Coming of Light
Robert Vijay Gupta & Badal Roy


Petteri Iivonen
Art of the Sonata


Smoke & Mirrors
Debut








Janaki String Trio
debut


Elinor Frey & David Fung
Dialogues for 'cello and piano


The Art of the Violin
Petteri Iivonen


Antonio Lysy at The Broad
Music from Argentina



While I like analog tape the best, working with tape is not easy.  Tape can be fragile; it can get flaky; it can get sticky.  My favorite tape (introduced to me originally by Bob Hovland) is Agfa 468.  This is a high bias tape with open, transparent sound.  I like this formula best for classical music.  Even though Agfa is no longer in business, RMG makes this tape using the same 468 formula.  We are grateful to RMGI North America for making this tape available to us.  Please contact Tim Davis at Recording Data Service for more information.

Trickier even than finding the right tape, is playing it back on properly designed equipment. Record circuitry is relatively uncomplicated.  Playback circuitry, on the other hand, is considerably more sensitive and requires precise and very quiet electronics for music to sound correct. Len Horowitz designed custom tube record circuitry for our studio tape machines that we use to make our original recordings. This equipment sounds good! But it is the size of a kitchen stove or washing machine and uses cooling fans which can be noisy.  It is not easy to transport.  It does not fit in most audiophile listening environments; you would want a separate room for the analog tape equipment. 

Fortunately, people like Arian Jansen make superb analog tape playback equipment that sounds wonderful and fits beautifully in your listening room. Arian recently introduced his ATR10 with all custom tube output stage electronics and a honed Studer/Revox transport. Available by special order. We are grateful to Arian for creating such fine analog equipment, and for generously underwriting our first analog tapes. I use the ATR10 when I make your tapes.  It is indeed a superb playback machine.

- Bob Attiyeh, producer

SonoruS ATR10


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