Analog Audio Tape Recorder Basic Theory and Alignment
What you'll learn
- After completing this course, the student will be able to operate and align a professional multitrack audio tape recorder.
- Basic understanding of audio equipment, and signal flow
Analog recording is making a resurgence in the music business thanks to the warmth and clarity of analog recordings in comparison to digital recordings. Starting with basic magnetic theory – which is key to understanding concepts like dynamic range and signal-to-noise ratio – this course will use clear animations to simplify complex technical concepts including test tapes, bias, azimuth, and audio tape recorder modes and controls. The course includes step-by-step tape machine alignment instructions that can be applied to many brands and kinds of machines.
Who this course is for:
- Recording Engineers
- Music Producers
- Studio Owners
Brad Leigh is a recording engineer / technician who has worked in the New York studio scene for over 25 years and currently serves as the Chief Engineer at the prestigious MSR Studios NY (formerly Right Track Recording).
He began his career as an engineer at Phil Ramone’s legendary A&R Recording Studios at the peak of the music industry. Working with Phil over the course of eight years, they recorded multiple platinum and gold selling albums for artists including Billy Joel, Paul Simon, Frank Sinatra, and Julian Lennon.
As a freelance engineer, Brad continued to work with top-flight producers including Russ Titleman, Marvin Hamlish, Malcolm McClaren, Davitt Sigerson, and Jimmy Iovine. He has also recorded and mixed projects for Tracy Chapman, Joe Jackson, Carly Simon, Chet Baker, Widespread Panic, and Five For Fighting.
In addition to his album work, Brad also has extensive experience mixing for film and television and live music recording including productions for HBO, Showtime, and ABC TV and has worked with composers such as Dave Grusin, Marvin Hamlish, and Rob Mounsley / Carly Simon when recording film scores for Oscar-nominated movies.
As an audio designer, Brad uses his technical background to design and build products that improve the recording experience. He is responsible for designing and building the custom 18' subwoofers in MSR Studios' A and C rooms, he created a high-quality DVD interface for SACD players, as well as the “Procue” personal headphone mixing system. These products have been incorporated into some of the finest studios in NYC such as Sterling Sound NY, Sony Studios, Hit Factory Recording, and MSR Studios NY.
Brad currently serves as Chief Engineer at New York’s prestigious MSR Studios NY (formerly Right Track Recording). Brad is a member of Audio Engineering Society, and the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS).