RecordingTheMasters, the worldwide leader in reel-to-reel tape manufacturing, is launching its new analog compact music cassette with what it claims to be "best-in-class sound quality".
Initially introduced at the Munich High End show this past May, the new FOX C-60 ferro-oxide cassette is now widely available in the U.S.
As all analog music formats (vinyl, cassette, reel-to-reel, etc.) continue to rise in popularity, cassette tapes now outpace all other formats—including vinyl—in consumer-market growth, more than quadrupling since 2011.
Artists including Jack White, Taylor Swift, Jay-Z, Sufjan Stevens, Lana Del Rey, Muse and Ty Segall have all released recent albums on cassette—this year’s recent Cassette Store Dayalone saw releases from Sleep, The Go! Team, Nick Lowe, Nada Surf, Frankie Cosmos,Sun Ra, J Dilla and many others—and a lengthy list of artists continues to use analog formats in the recording studio.
“The FOX C-60 cassette tape shows good MOL values and very low bias noise for a standard ferric oxide Type I tape,” notes Terence O’Kelly, former Director of Professional Products at BASF, adding, “in terms of quality criteria, both measures indicate a good quality tape with strengths in the more difficult parameters for cassette tape production.”
With the rise in demand for analog music cassettes, RecordingTheMasters’ new product is the first newly produced cassette on the market to offer high quality audio in analog format, ideal for listening, recording and archiving. The cassette tape is manufactured using legendary chemical formulas from AGFA and BASF at the Mulann facility in Normandy, France. It can be played on any standard compact cassette player, generally available at high-end audio stores and big-box stores nationwide.
Jean-Luc Renou, CEO of RecordingTheMasters’ parent company Mulann SA, notes, “Mulann is uniquely positioned to continue leading in analog audio’s resurgence. Already the worldwide leader in manufacturing of reel-to-reel audio tape, we are proud to introduce our new compact cassette tapes under our brand RecordingTheMasters and bring a renewed musical experience to composers, artists and audiophiles.”