For its analog standard, fonè makes use of perfectly restored original vintage machines: The Nagra 4S is a tape-recorder launched in 1971. Giulio Cesare Ricci used the Nagra 4s for the first time in 1978, during one of his first professional recording sessions. The Nagra 4S has been used since the birth of fonè Records in 1983 and throughout the following ten years.
Natural Sound Recordings
For its analog standard, fonè makes use of perfectly restored original vintage machines, including the Suder C37 and J37, an absolute must-have for the world’s most famous recording studios in the 1960s. It is worth mentioning that the Beatles used a Studer J37 to record Sgt.Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band in 1967. Since 2015, fonè makes use of the J37 in a “single” mode: 2 tracks / 1”, instead of 4 tracks / 1”. Dynamics and timbre quality are simply amazing!
We use sets of two Neumann Valve Microphones dated 1947 and 1949 (U47, U48 and M49). Their extremely natural timbre is further enhanced by using dual-microphone field-effect techniques. Indeed, these microphones have a long, important history to tell: in fact, they are the original microphones used to record the Beatles’ performances at the Abbey Road Studios, also used by RCA for their “Living Stereo” recordings
For its analog standard, fonè makes use of perfectly renovated original vintage machines, including the Ampex ATR102; speed 30” per second, ½” tapes, 2 tracks. Fonè introduced the Ampex in the early 2000s, thanks to the mutual friendship with the legendary engineer David Manley, who modified the original machines. Even the Rolling Stones used the Ampex. Indeed, that sound like quite an endorsement!