The Magnetic Fidelity SoundPlease note: All of our services are purely artist-centric. We do not attempt to comply with any trends or stereotypes on how music should sound. We feel that the recording/mastering engineer is simply the person, who will translate an artistic vision into electrical signals, magnetised iron oxide particles and grooves carved into plastic, so these can then be easily translated back into the artistic vision that each artist considers as appropriate for their own music, when reproduced by the consumer. As such, you will probably notice, that each artist may sound radically different from the other artists who have worked with us and even more radically different, than what other people think they should sound like. Our opinion on how things should sound is always available to our customers, if they need it, but the artist will always have the final say on this matter. The samples found on this page are not intended to demonstrate how well we can fit into the latest trend. On the contrary, they are intended to demonstrate, how much we can differ from the latest trend to satisfy the individual aesthetic of each artist. All we need to say, is, that the artists featured on this page all feel, that the sound they got was exactly the sound they wanted.
Naxatras IIHard psychedelic rock band from Thessaloniki/Greece. Direct-to-Master recording 100% analog in December 2015 at Magnetic Fidelity on 1/4" magnetic tape. Engineered by J.I. Agnew. The music was performed entirely live and all sound effects were done purely in the analog domain and in real time.
Garden Of Senses
Garden Of Senses
Naxatras EP 2016Direct-to-Master recording 100% analog in 2016 at Magnetic Fidelity on 1/4" magnetic tape. Engineered by J.I. Agnew.
Naxatras Recording Session 2015
The West (from Naxtras LP)
This analog recording was made using a minimalistic microphone set up, including vintage dynamic microphones, as well as vacuum tube condenser microphones, vacuum tube microphone preamplifiers, vacuum tube equalisers, vacuum tube compressors, and a vacuum tube mixing console. The stereophonic output of the mixing console was recorded on a highly customised Tascam 122 mkIII M9 master cassette tape recorder, running at 3.75 ips. The tape used was Maxell XLII-S CRO2 tape, loaded into custom precision shells, specially ordered by Magnetic Fidelity. The mastering was done using exclusively vacuum tube equipment and the master was finally recorded on a highly customised Studer PR99 mkIII 1/4" master tape recorder, running at 15 ips. ATR Magnetic Master Tape in 1/4" was used as the master tape, in a half-track stereo configuration. The nominal operating level was set to 510 nWb/m, with peaks going far above that. The analog versions of this album were produced directly from the analog master tape, while the digital versions were derived simply by playing back the master tape into high quality analog to digital converters, one for PCM at 192/24 and one for DSD at 5.6 MHz.
I am the Beyonder (from Naxtras LP)
Psychedelic Trips To DeathAnalog Direct-to-Master recording at Magnetic Fidelity in May 2016, engineered by J. I. Agnew. "Psychedelic Trips to Death" is a band from Thessaloniki/Greece, formed in 2010. This track is from their upcoming album, to be released soon.
The tape effects on the vocals were done in real time while the band was performing, by J. I. Agnew.
No Love Found
Lunar MGCLunar mgc are a three piece band from Thessaloniki, Greece, whose music is too interesting to be filed under a single descriptive term. They came over to Magnetic Fidelity and recorded an albums worth of material, Direct-to-Master, entirely in the analog domain, using 1/4" magnetic tape and vacuum tube equipment. During the session, we experienced a super moon, and earthquake, and some of the wildest dynamics ever to have been recorded within the realm of electrically amplified music. Engineered by Jesus I. Agnew. This is a track from their upcoming LP "Planet Geisha". Notice the rich sound of the Magnetovolt FudGe from the crescendo onwards.
Ni MoyaJohn Vagenas soundtrack to his movie "Warp", 2017. 100% analog Direct-to-Master recording, engineered by J. I. Agnew.
Psychedelic Sequence (Warp OST)
Chasing Bone"Chasing Bone" from Paris, France is a powerful trio of excellent musicians, who did their analog Direct-to-Master recording at Magnetic Fidelity in April 2017.
Hi Malaya"Hi Malaya" is a three piece band from Volos, Greece. They recorded their album at Magnetic Fidelity in March 2017. The session was a 100% analog, Direct-to-Master recording, captured on 1/4" tape, engineered by J. I. Agnew.
Seasick Surfers60's style surf band from Thessaloniki/Greece. 100% analog Direct-to-Master recording, engineered by J. I. Agnew.
Beyond The BlackoutPsychedelic noise rock band from Thessaloniki/Greece. 100% analog Direct-to-Master recording, engineered by J. I. Agnew. Music and effects were performed entirely live. Tape effects performed in real time by J. I. Agnew.
Echo In The Stone
The Basements "Lost" Recording Session 2016A 100% analog Direct-to-Master recording at Magnetic Fidelity in good old mono. The Basements are a 60's style garage band from Thessaloniki, Greece.
"Sad Friend" & "Try Something Else"
Mind the GoonRecorded at Rural Culture Studios. Mastered by J. I. Agnew at Magnetic Fidelity.
The Dead BluesmenRecorded at Rural Culture Studios. Mastered by J.I. Agnew at Magnetic Fidelity.
The BevelsGarage band from Amyntaio, Greece. Fully analog and traditionally vintage monophonic Direct-to-Master recording. All effects were created in real time while the band was performing, using exclusively analog tape effects and analog reverberation units.
Let My Sky Die
Zone of AlienationRecorded entirely live in 2011 on cassette tape. The original version has nothing to do with Magnetic Fidelity, it was recorded elsewhere.
Analogly remastered in 2015 at Magnetic Fidelity for a special limited edition handmade phonograph record release.
Original version of the same song from 2011 is also published here for comparison purposes. By comparing these two versions of the same song you can hear for yourself how our mastering service will bring the best out of your sound!
Lost (original 2011)
Lost (remastered 2015)
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