John Eppstein wrote:
Some say it sounds better. There was no technical reason to do it after the Neumann SX-68 came as far as I can tell (mid 1960's). You can put much more high end on the disk than you can recover without distortion with an SX-68/74.
Half Speed Direct to Disk is where it's at:)
That's a joke not a real thing, right? To actually do half speed direct to disk you'd need half speed musicians...
EDIT: Come to think of it........... ; )
I have actually done this a lot for vox. and BGvox. When the artist did their own BGvox, I would slow the tape which would also bring the key of the music down and the singer had to sing slower, and a lower key but it caused a different timber in their voice and when played back at normal speed, sounded like a different person and not a chipmonk either. I also used to raise the speed while recording BGvox. They had to sing in a higher range and faster, but when I combined all these BGvox tracks, it sounded like completely different singers. I miss varispeed, it was a vary effective trick