Tape layback involves bouncing your mixes to analog tape, which naturally imparts EQ and compression characteristics that can greatly compliment some recordings. Bouncing to tape is a great way to get things loud, and a perfect antidote to that "digital" brittleness that can affect tracks recorded and mixed entirely within a computer DAW ("in the box".) We can offer layback to 1/4" and 1/2" tape at 15 or 30 IPS. The most economical and effective strategy is to use 1/4" @ 15 ips, which also imparts the most extreme tape characteristics (which is usually what we are looking for), and sounds incredible on our completely rebuilt ATR 102 recorder.
A session including layback may take a little longer due to machine setup, but no extra charges apply -- however you do need to buy tape. We normally use ATR Magnetics Master Tape, which we keep in stock. As of this writing the cost is $65/reel for 1/4" and $115 for 1/2", but prices fluctuate, please see the Hotel2tango tape page for current pricing. You need 1 reel of tape per 28 minutes of music.