What you should know about our cassettes
using what's there
Our cassette releases are a bit different. Record labels that offer cassettes often order larger quantities with printed shells and high quality inlays. The approach we use is a bit less controlled and less consistent. A lot depends on which tapes we find on eBay (sometimes new old stock or recorded over just a few times), sometimes even on people's doorsteps. The other day we found a bag of around 30 cassettes, someone threw them out for someone else to enjoy. We also accept imperfections like small cracks or scratches on cases if they aren't too obvious.
We record most albums in batches of two since we have two decks. An AKAI HX/27W and a JVC TD-V66. These sound fine and don't have a lot of flutter but they also haven't been serviced in a while. This might happen in the future, however, you should still expect some artifacts caused by the machines and the tape itself as well. We think it adds character to the music which is also a good reason to listen to cassettes. Definitely not lo-fi but you also shouldn't expect CD quality recordings.
Almost all cassettes that we use are 60 and 90 minutes in length and we do our best to match them to our releases. Sometimes, there might still be some blank space. Rather than splicing the tape we prefer to keep it intact, also to increase reliability. It also feels sad to throw away some perfectly fine tape.
Making these takes a lot of time. Recording happens in real time and all inlays and labels are cut by hand. There might just be a few cassettes per release but if you would really like to have one of our albums on tape, feel free to get in touch with us.