Mastering Proces

nov 2016

We spent a lot of time creating the best possible analog sound for mastering, direct tape copies and direct LP masters. We use the highest possible cables from Audioquest/Schnerzinger and some other brands, AC filtering etc. to keep the organic vibe and life-like sound that was taking place in the moment.

Recording Carmen Gomes Inc.

‘ Belafonte Sings The Blues ‘ 

On sunday 13 nov. we did the Live-To-2-Track analog recording at the MCO Hilversum. Carmen’s Inc. was in shape and all the people loved the performance! ‘ The sound is amazing on tape ‘  as what everybody says ! We did a lot of tuning to get it right, you’ve only got one change to record on tape! There is no way back, once you push the record button …

” Recording artists onto analog tape is the way it should be recorded to get the full potential of the performed organic energy , blending and dynamics ” -Michael van Polen-

Jeremy Olivier

‘ The sound.. Oh my word’

What a beautiful day. Cutting a record. Just me and Mike del Ferro The sound. Oh my word. Have never heard a piano sound better- or my vocals, or my guitar! Just incredible. Honoured to be in the same studio as Lester Young, Oscar Peterson and the great Miles Davis. They all recorded here in the 60’s and it’s still the same!

Mike del Ferro

‘ Porque .. porque parece tão bom 🙂 ‘

Mike a well known artist in the world of music, his reputation as a soloist, accompanist, composer and arranger has led to performances and recordings with musicians such as Toots Thielemans, Branford Marsalis, Jack DeJohnette, Randy Brecker, Oscar Castro Neves, Deborah Brown, Erik Truffaz, Jorge Rossy, Scott Hamilton, Richard Galliano, and many others. He has released more then 20 albums under his own name and he has appeared as a sideman on many albums in different genres from Dixieland to Salsa.

Eddy Koopman

‘ I prefer not to listen to what i have played.. until now!’

Eddy Koopman is a composer/producer and works as principal percussionist since 1989 with the Dutch Metropole Orchestra, the Netherlands leading light music orchestra. Additionally, Eddy works as a freelance musician by various leading national and international bands/orchestra’s
Eddy has worked with many national and international artists such as:
Wende Snijders, Trijntje Oosterhuis, Blof, Huub van der Lubbe, Marco Borsato, Willeke Alberti, Paul de Leeuw, Herby Hancock, John Scofield, Terry Bozzio, Joe Zamuel, Pat Metheny, Jean ‘Toots’ Thielemans, George Duke, Terry Bozzio, Shirley Bassey, Gino Vanelli, Lucie Silvas, Elvis Costello, Sezen Aksu, Oleta Adams.etc.

Atzko Kohashi

‘ It’s like a mirror ‘

Some time ago we asked Atzko Kohashi if she was interested in recording her piano playing on to analog tape, she was surprised “why not go digital” because she likes the articulation.. So I told her the in’s and out’s about recording to tape..’ My Piano playing sounds so real on tape ‘It’s like a mirror‘ is what she said when we record Atzko. She is all about melody , she talks music, she thinks music, she is music !


Joost Lijbaart

‘ Amazing beautiful raw dynamics ‘

Joost is one of the most versatile jazz drummers that we know of, his silence way of playing percussive improvisations blends all the sounds together. These two albums that Joost performs on are mostly improvisations and turned out to be very beautiful songs, the importend part, they were fully in the moment.

Carmen Gomes Inc.

‘ It’s the real deal ‘

The voice of Carmen sounds warmer and bigger on tape that creates a very nice integration with the instruments used. It has a ‘life’ experience to it. Carmen: “I am really curious how the analogue tape of our recording sounds on real high-end loudspeakers 🙂 “

Denise Jannah

‘ That’s very real ‘

It was so nice to here myself back on to tape the emotion of that day came immediately back and turned in to tears. Never had thought that tape sounded so good!

Sanne Rambags

‘ Never heard myself so good ‘

Sanne’s voice is so pure, so crystal clear .. you forget everything, you are deeply touched when she sings so intensely and takes you to another world.

Bram Stadhouders

‘ Amazingly live ‘

Silence .. improvisations .. soundscapes .. every note counts. The Pat Metheny-like sound that Bram creates translates into a beautiful journey. if he keeps playing you will never wake up !

‘from now on I only want to be recorded on tape’

Wolfert Brederode

‘ Unbelievable ‘

Music is in the soul of Wolfert, every note he play’s catches you right away and takes you in to his dimension, that’s why I asked Wolfert to even play some more after the concert to go deeper into the sound experience Joost and Wolfert got in.

Peter Björnild

‘ Wow nice bass energy ‘

The bass comes alive with all it’s emotion through tape it gets more organic. You can see Peter playing behind Carmen in the sound field. Tape gives the stage back to the audience.

Folker Tettero

‘ Impressive ‘

It was a really nice experience to listen our live recording back in the controle room and there we are playing.. even without mastering it sound already so good, I’m very impressed! 

Bert Kamsteeg

‘ from now on I only want to be recorded on tape ‘

If you’ve never recorded on tape then you will never know what it feels like if you hear your own instrument back and the dynamics you put in, it’s like a dream.. so beautiful, tape is the way to record music period !

Sebastiaan Kaptijn

‘ I like the sound of tape, it’s very Dynamic! ‘

It’s an amazing experience how the instruments blends togetter. While listening back to the tape sounds like it’s almost ready for pressing! 

Marnix Busstra

‘ Tape sounds unbelievable real! ‘

Michael invited me to experience the difference he was able to create with my digitally delivered file. I just got emotional, ïs this me here on this recording?” Unbelievable so much more it touched me, never knew that analog tape evokes so much more emotion and how much bigger it sounds, just beautiful !!