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I am/was the moderator for the Tape Project forum and I have a modified Technics RS1500 with a custom tube output that replaces the 70's era solid state amp. 

I use that for listening to a collection of about 400 reel to reel tapes.

I also have an Ampex ATR700 which is one of the last machines that Ampex sold. It was a collaboration between Ampex and Teac.

I have a couple of head-blocks for the Ampex and I did some experimenting with the mono/full track head set processing tracks similar to what you're planning.

The results were mixed, but in the long run, I ended up using tape machine plugins.

I admit that my mixing chops weren't nearly what they should have been to make an honest assessment of the process but reel to reel tape is not the cheapest or quickest media to deal with and I'm pretty happy with the subtle results I get with the plugins I use.

After running the Tape Project forum, I did get practiced at teaching and guiding other folks on the care and feeding of reel to reel tape machines.

I wrote a guide which (although many links to pictures are now dead) still exists and may help you getting your Revox running.

I'm a huge fan of these machines so I'd be happy to give you any advice you might need.

Just PM me!

Here's a link to the forum. The Beginners Guide is located at the top of the General Discussion page.

https://forum.tapeproject.com/

Here's a pic of my listening machine.

 

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I am/was the moderator for the Tape Project forum and I have a modified Technics RS1500 with a custom tube output that replaces the 70's era solid state amp.  I use that for listening to a collec

This thing is fucking hawt, but I forgot to order the $50 windscreen. So far it is behaving even better than I had expected in my shitty space.     

Don't mean to change the topic but I have moved my setup to the living room for the next three months and I'm excited. As you were. Better photo.

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That entire setup is otherworldly cool. I would be jealous if anyone else had it, but I like you so much it just makes me happy to think of you enjoying what is almost certainly the best source gear available to man.

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Novation makes some solid stuff from my experience.

I've owned a couple of keyboards and they are roadworthy (I see Impulses in concert footage often).

If it wasn't for an issue with some Kontakt instruments, I'd still be using my Impulse (8 years or so?).

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I'm looking at the Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol S88 (MkII)... what a mouthful, vs. the Arturia KeyLab 88 MkII for general messing around (coming from a classical piano background). I'm not sure how the instrument libraries compare.

I may even be more excited about it than this guy (bonus weasel words inside):

 

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I'm sure you'd be happier with the keys of the S88 (I bought an S61 a few month back and sold my Keylab).

If you're looking for a replacement for a real piano, you may want to check out many of the other choices.

I'm not a real piano player so my opinion don't mean squat!

Here's a pretty decent thread from the composers forum I hang out on.

There are many, far more qualified posters there.

https://vi-control.net/community/threads/which-88-key-master-keyboard-stagekeys-or-what-fits.99381/

This is just one of many 88 key "what's the best" threads at vi control.

Of course, trying one out is the best and alternatively, buy from a source with good returns (it took me 3 tries before I settled on my S61).

IMHO, I wouldn't be concerned about any libraries. Get the keyboard/keybed you like and spend some time listening to library/modeling demos online. 

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Im sure some of you are way beyond this device, but can anyone comment on the focusrite scarlett 2i2?

I'm looking to do some pretty basic things both musically and with the vinyl setup. For music class, I've got my keyboard and shure mic to make some basic recordings, being able to connect with my school's macbook air, but also using this as a device to do vinyl rips. 

I know we can get more expensive/solid state recording options but I am hoping the device above is decent enough to do what I'm asking it to do. 

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I'm going to be of little use as my use case was different, but if you haven't compared to the MOTU M2, you may as they're ball park cousins at the same price. Some YT comparisons on power and output noise. 

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I'm going to be of little use as my use case was different, but if you haven't compared to the MOTU M2, you may as they're ball park cousins at the same price. Some YT comparisons on power and output noise. 

Good call. I was looking at the motu device and I think at least by specs it might be higher performing. But more importantly I think it looks better so that might be my pushing point. 

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You'd be hard pressed to find an interface that isn't amazing for the price these days.

I've used MOTU and Focusrite Red gear and they're both great.

The differences will be in the features but that could make a big difference for your applications.

 

IMHO, it's worth asking a sales guy at Sweetwater their thoughts on what you're planning to do.

Matching the built in mic preamp with the mics you're likely to use (there may be deals on mic/interface combos too).

You should mention which keyboard you plan to use.

Ask about EDU discounts!!!!

Eligibility differs from company to company but a sales guy will be able to steer you.

When I was taking classes in Calif., it was worth it to pay for one online course for the EDU discounts I got on software/hardware.

IIRC, one year I saved over $2k and I also got a tax break at the end of the year!

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Thank you! I am leaning towards that motu as it has a midi interface for my digital keyboard. But I'll definitely inquire about an EDU discount and thanks for the reminder that I should be marking these things down for tax purposes. 

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