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ABOUT ME

 
what I'm able to do - why reel to reel - why Revox & Telefunken - my lab - my control room

Mix a music lover with two good ears, an audio electronic fan and a guy with a great DIY skill and ... here I am! I practised in audio electronic for many years especially in reel to reel recorders as my first hobby sice I was a young boy.
My philosophy is simple: try to obtain the much realistic and natural sound in recording and listening music but be practical at the same time.
Since many years private people, professional artists and istitutional organisations trusted in my skill to service, upgrade and customize their audio devices. Below you can find some references.

WHAT I'M ABLE TO DO

Service, alignement, restore and customize analog tape and cassette recorders and other vintage audio devices.
Audio tapes restoring and digital transfer of any kind of audio tape with  Dolby A, B, SR e DBX, Telcom C4, noise reduction system too.
Live recording in full analog domain. The setup: two good ears, good musicians, right acustic place, Schoeps microphones, Lake People upgraded preamplifer, Studer or Telefunken or Nagra or Stellavox tape recorders. Less is more: it doesn't need anymore.
AES member speaker in educational workshop to improve listening criteria for better sound quality awareness in recording and playing music.
Vynil cut from master tape in collaboration with the great Roberto Barbolini ( cutterheadrepair )

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WHY REEL TO REEL RECORDERS?
Simply because nothing sounds as good.
Great dynamic range, headroom, low distortion (if even "smooth and harmonic" distortion not breath and "sound" taking digital one) give the most natural and pleasant sound you can get. The RtR recorders rediscover and diffusion in professional field these last year tells you a lot.
At last: did you ever see these machines live? They are charming, strong built, very beautiful and are a mile stone in the last century history because they recorded all the music played and every main event occurred!

WHY REVOX AND TELEFUNKEN
Lately I decide to focus on Revox reel 2 reel recorders and Telefunken M15A master recorders.
Revox were produced in many thousand pieces so you can easily find them on the second hand market and find the spare parts too. Revox reel to reel recorders were "bullet proof" built: simply but accurate they have a fine sound and a particular that makes the difference from other main firms high quality recorders: they don't have rubber part inside!  All motors are direct drive papst motor, with no belt, no pulley, no transfer, etc.  See the servicing page for this argument in depth.
Telefunken M15 or M15A is a giant ( weight 55 kg about without the case . . .) of the recording history. It is the son of the "Magnetophone" the first magnetic recorder built by AEG Telefunken in the early 30ties (see history page) and it was used in many recording studio across the Europe as its competitor the Studer A80. It is an high grade built machine both in electronic and mechanic (no rubber inside except the capstan belt that today they can easily replace with a standard belt).
The selling price was DM 20.000 in the second half of 70ties but the constructive level was such high that its production become uneconomical for Telefunken factory in the last years.
From aesthetic point of view the definition "Hi-Tech" could be reductive despite it is 35 years aged and "touching" appears to be the right term to describe the care used in its construction.


One of mine M15A during cleaning & check up.


M15A in the rare black version and the interchangeable heads block

MY LAB
Main setup:
- AUDIO PRECISION AP1 professioanl audio analyzer with Epson graphic printer - nr. 2  LEADER LMV186A two channels millivoltmeter
- PHILIPS PM3233 double beam low frequency scope
- MEGURO MK668F Wow & Flutter and high precision frequency me
- KROHN-HITE 4400 ultra low distortion audio generator
- PHILIPS 5132 function generator - KROHN-HITE 6801 high resolution distortion meter

 

MY CONTROL ROOM

Main monitor speaker MEG RL901 - Analog volume control and router Funk Tonstudiotechnik MTX3 - AD / DA  Benchmark converters - Dolby A, B, C and SR , DBX and Telcom C4 noise reduction systems - Behringer Ultra Match Pro (modified) AD/DA & sample rate converter - Behringer Dynamic Noise Redution System - TC Electronic Studio connect 48 - Sony Dat PCM 2700 - Revox B710 cassette recorder - Symetrix graphic equalizer - Outline spectrum analyzer - Two Telefunken M15A - Studer A80 high speed - Studer A810 the archivist - Revox B77 4 tracks - Revox B77 2 tracks - Otari MX5050 - Stellavox SP7 - Nagra IVS - and much more recorders :-) - iMac Pro - Power source shielded line dedicated to the room - Acoustic treatment by Mas Acoustic -


 


               

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