Straight2Tape / 2inch Records

I followed the throng towards the Straight2Tape booth. A darkened entryway beckoned, promising access to a hidden music haven. But as I neared, the illusion shattered. The passageway was a masterfully crafted cardboard facade, complete with lifesize musicians frozen in mid-performance, a gleaming microphone outstretched, and a realistic pop filter catching the nonexistent light.

A provider of direct-to-tape vinyl records and master tapes, Straight2Tape prides itself on using classic Neumann, Nagra, and Studer microphones and tape decks. They record and mix in real time ala Rudy Van Gelder, straight to one of their stereo tape machines in their dedicated recording studio and concert hall. The entire S2T signal path is 100% analog.

Straight2Tape has recorded classical, folk, country, R&B and blues rock musicians, the records available at the Straight2Tape website.

S2T’s Marcus Thomann and 2inch records’ Ralph Zund gifted me two of their latest releases, Landenberg Sessions Klangschloss 2023 and 2022, which I have been playing into the wee hours.

Poor Audiophile's picture

how about a review of this music?

supamark's picture

I've done a ton of it myself. What I want to know is why on Earth you would call yourself 2inch records when you're recording to, at most, 1/2" tape. The lowest track count head for 2" tape is 8 tracks, with 24 track being the most common (16 and 32 track would be next).

Also, Nagra field recorders are terrible mixdown decks. They're fiddly, the tape transport is terrible, and they don't sound as good as real studio machines... or really very good at all. But they look cool. Yes I have used one, and they're intended for film sound on location, not good sound. FWIW, it looks like they're using a Studer/Revox 1/4" 2 track machine in the top picture.

I like the concept, but if they used a Studer A820/A827 w/ a 16 track head and mixed to an Ampex ATR-102 1/2" through a classic Neve console (or a RND 5088) I would love the concept. If they don't use analog look-ahead when cutting records then it's not really all analog. Most people don't think about that. And nobody puts a pop filter on a stereo pair 10 feet in the air, that would be dumb and useless indoors.