Grim wrote:I've had something of an epiphany! Long time user of R2R but for the first time yesterday I tried the Revox on every track of a mix.
Yes! This has been my "secret weapon" for rockabilly and traditional "train song" kind of material for a while now. Revox 15 are my most often used R2R progs: usually use ATR-0, crank the input and pull back on the way out...Works great on the louder punkier stuff too, like you say. Something about the way it brings upper end of guitars and cymbals together?!?
If you are using the R2R library alone (without the TB) you can hit it as hard as you want, as long as you don't clip Nebula. Of course you will have to listen to what sounds best to you, but none of the presets that I've checked (Studer & Otari) produce more then about 0.5-0.6% THD max.
If you are using R2R together with the TB library, you need to gain stage differently if you are looking for a realistic tape simulation. The levels of saturation (and the sound of course) vary from one preset to another. The Otari 30-499-0 followed by TB96Med2 will give you 0.177%THD @ -18dBFS which is very close to the 499 specs (0.2%THD @RL).
The more I use this library, the more I love it. I'm finishing up a kind of old school sounding black metal band and every gritty R2R patch that I use sounds better than the one before it. It's seriously the closest I will ever get to 1996 Norway! Haha.