Open Reel Tape Machine M 063 H5
Peter Erskine Trio on M063 H5
Live recorded in Genova, Italy by Roberto “Robbo” Vigo during the Gezmataz Festival, July 13rd 2014 with the Zerodieci Mobile Recording Studio.
Mixed at Zerodieci Studio by Roberto “Robbo” Vigo, Recording Assistant: Luca Nasciuti
Analog High End Tape Recorder with 1/4″ Bandwidth and Direct Drive
- ¼“ 2-channel with 2, oo mm or 2,75 track width
- Direct drive reel- and capstan motor
- Speed fine adjustment for capstan drive +/- 10%
- 3 speed spooling
- Reel size up to 30 cm
- Edit function manually one-handed or via control knob
- Counter with autolocator, speed display and tape level switchable 320nW/b and 514 nW/b
- Hour meter
- 3 speeds switchable from 9.5 cm / s to 38 cm / s
- Playback equalization switchable CCIR and NAB
- Inputs and outputs calibrated or adjustable via level control. Master control for input level
- Unbalanced and balanced inputs and outputs, electronically balanced or desymmetrized
- Separate power supplies for recording and playback amplifiers
- High end headphone amplifier for headphones with impedances from 16 – 2000 ohms
- Ready to install in 19″ rack
- Equipment feet for vertical operation
- Surfaces in black or silver anodized
- Side panels in black frosted or wood
The M 063 H5 represents the upper end of the M 063 H range and is equipped with all the currently available equipment features. In addition, the otherwise optionally available wooden side parts and the equipment feets for vertical operation are also part of the delivery. In addition to the standard 2.00 mm track width equipment, the machine can also be supplied with 2.75 mm track width tape heads.+ Options and Accessories
- ¼“ Stereo with 2.75 mm track width
- Folding handles for side panels
- Infrared remote control for all tape transport functions
In order to meet a broad range of applications, the M 063 H5 chassis has been developed for professional applications and consists of high-strength aluminium. In addition, the wearing surfaces of the base platter are finely milled on both sides, ensuring that the angles and height of the mechanical elements of the tape transport are precise and lasting. The head block and audio heads are so precisely machined that there is no need for a time-consuming and inexact adjustment of the tape heads. The reel motors, capstan motor, power supply and audio unit components are so positioned as to keep the signal flows short, while failure-critical components are spatially separated from each other. This enables substantial measures to electromagnetically shield the components – particularly the motors and tape heads – to be avoided from the outset. All components and circuit boards are equipped with high-quality plug-in connectors on both sides. Longer cables and signal lines are grouped in a sealed cable harness with magnetic shielding. This allows servicing of all components to be performed with the minimum of delay, without having to change the position of adjacent cables or components.
The processor-based drive control prevents any kind of looping and tape deformation. The braking process from the spooling operation thus ensues completely electrically incorporating the sensitive tape tension sensors. You can select between two tachometer-controlled spooling speeds plus optional archive winding function with increased counterbalancing. For this purpose, extremely torque-invariable motors have been developed with state-of-the-art power electronics and direct drive. Even at high load, these fast-reacting servomotors generate hardly any waste heat, and operate virtually silently while developing an extremely high and uniform torque with their axial magnetic field. Two highly precise force sensors on the guide rollers monitor the tape tension and set the current for the reel motors without any delay. This enables both an extremely uniform tape-head contact and an extremely low slippage at the pressure roller, combined with low pressure strength.
The M 063 H5 capstan motor is located directly on the capstan shaft and – with a maximum output of 65 watts – supplies five times the output power actually needed for this application. The capstan drive thus possesses outstanding acceleration and deceleration values and can be in standby mode. For a smooth start that is gentle on the tape, first the pressure roller is engaged, then the motor accelerated – using precisely calculated ramp control – and stabilised without overshooting. This occurs in less than 0.5 seconds – even at a speed of 38 cm/s, and then the audio channels are activated. The speed control of the capstan motor is realised by means of the phase lock loop (PLL) method, a process with decades of proven performance behind it. Here a so-called phase comparator synchronises the frequency of the capstan shaft tachometer generator (in the microsecond range) with an externally supplied reference value. In contrast to the well-tried PLL regulation, the M 063 capstan motor, however, operates with a digital loop filter and process-controlled regulator. Only in this way was it possible to realise an extremely precise and fast-reacting direct drive with a very low wow & flutter.
The class-leading modern audio electronics consist of a plug-in card system with very short signal paths. Playback and recording electronics and erase oscillator are powered by separate precision power supplies. The use of toroidal transformers and the spatial separation of audio and power electronics ensures a high unweighted signal-to-noise ratio, which is far above studio standard. This allows the playback head to be without mechanically shields.
The front panel can be move along with the audio unit. Thus, work, such as measuring on other types of tape or replacing individual amplifier cards, can be carried out from both sides. In addition, the ad-justment controls on the amplifier cards are arranged in such a way that they are both accessible from the front, as well as from the rear. If the machine is mounted in a rack or console, it does not need to be removed for calibration. It is sufficient to remove the front panel.