In our detailed technical notes and liner notes, we frequently highlight the approach we take in transferring recordings from tape using freshly serviced units. But what exactly does this entail?

Beyond the standard practices of conducting routine checks on belts, rubbers, and electrical components, we elevate our commitment to quality by implementing additional measures. These steps are taken not only to uphold the highest standards but also to eradicate any potential recording defects.

Here’s an in-depth look at our comprehensive checklist for each transfer or recording session:

Pre-Transfer Service:

  1. Dust and Debris Removal: We begin by using compressed air to gently remove any dust or debris from the old tape. This is followed up with a dusting using a fine anti-static brush to ensure a clean tape path.
  2. Isopropyl Alcohol Cleaning: We thoroughly clean the tape heads and tape path using 100% isopropyl alcohol, ensuring a pristine surface for optimal signal transfer.
  3. Demagnetization: We employ a tape head demagnetizer to eliminate any magnetic residue from the tape heads and path, preventing unwanted artifacts in the transferred audio.
  4. Calibration and Levels: We conduct a comprehensive check of all calibration settings and levels to guarantee accurate and faithful reproduction during the transfer process.
  5. Sturdiness Inspection: We verify the stability of equipment elements such as feet, rack units, and stands. This eliminates any potential sources of rattles or bumps that could affect the transfer quality.

Frequent Maintenance and Checks:

  1. Control Components: Contact cleaner to knobs and buttons, and if applicable, use fader cleaner and lubricant for faders. This ensures smooth operation and longevity of control components.
  2. Input and Output Inspection: Regularly check for oxidation or corrosion on inputs and outputs, addressing any issues promptly to maintain signal integrity.
  3. Capstan Rubber: Measure and inspect the capstan rubber, treating it with a specialty rubber rejuvenator or replacing it if necessary. This step is crucial for maintaining consistent tape speed.
  4. Belt Verification: Regularly check the condition of belts to ensure they are in good shape, preventing any potential issues during the transfer process.
  5. Audio Quality Assurance: Perform checks on levels, azimuth, and frequencies, guaranteeing absolute accuracy of sound reproduction. This step ensures that the transferred audio faithfully captures the nuances of the original recording.

At AudioDefine Records, our unwavering commitment to excellence at every stage of the process not only enriches the listener’s experience but also resonates with our own passion for preserving the authentic essence of analog recordings.