One of the most remarkable achievements of the team that put together Sonicraft’s A2DX Lab is our fleet of fully-restored and extensively modified Ampex MM1200 multitrack machines.
We chose the Ampex MM1200 over any other multitrack platform for a number of reasons: sonic excellence, ability to control challenged tape, simplicity of design, availability of parts, and availability of significant upgradable components.
Before we tackled the first A2DX Ampex MM1200 restoration project, we did countless hours of research, testing, prototyping, and comparisons. We wanted to determine what kind of improvements over stock performance we could achieve. We investigated changes in heads, components, and signal paths, as well as other modifications. And, we discovered a wealth of innovations, products and strategies that would allow us to achieve significantly better multitrack analog playback.
Our expectations for the outcome of the restoration project were high. But, when we finally brought our newly renovated A2DX Ampex MM1200 on line, it yielded detail and sound quality well beyond what we hoped for.
Today, Sonicraft A2DX lab utilizes a fleet of four fully rebuilt MM1200s accomodating a variety of tape formats including: 2″ 24-track, 2″ 16-track, 1″ 16-track,1” 12-Track, 1” 10-Track, 1″ 8-track, and 1” 4-Track.