Here’s a new thing I’m going to do. I have all these old 4 track cassettes and with modern technology I can mix them better than ever before.
The first Ottomen CD “Adventures at the Store” was recorded on a Fostex XR-7 in 2007. Those tracks were mixed down to a cassette tape which was then transferred to a CD. The Fostex XR-7 had built in noise reduction, and although it was decent for the time period, it basically cut out a percentage of high range that is usually associated with tape hiss. With modern digital technology I can track by track remove noise with this program called “soundsoap” which analyzes the noise and cuts it out without effecting the rest of the sound. It’s still not perfect but it’s much much better than what we had back in the day.
As I archive these old cassettes I will try, on a weekly basis to post mp3s of the remixed tracks. These will probably end up being mastered professionally at some point and released as the remastered album. But there are a lot of weird outtakes on these tapes that I’ll probably post too.
So here is today’s tape transfer: Polished Floors at the Store. That title differentiated it from a song I also wrote a called At the Store. That song didnt make it on the cd cuz it kinda sucked. Dave is much better at this songwriting thing than I am. That is a Han Solo Blaster Pistol in there making the shooting sounds.The Ottomen | 1 Comment »