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BRINGING THE PAST
INTO THE FUTURE

 

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YOUR OWN
PERSONAL TECH

We keep spare parts around so you don't have to. Once you're a Mara Machines owner, you'll have access to a lifetime of tech support to ensure your machines are always up to speed. We're available for consultations and video calls to help guide you through any issues you may have.

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10 YEARS OF
TRUSTED EXPERIENCE

We've got a deep client list including artists like Pete Townshend and Donald Glover, engineers like Ryan Freeland (Ray LaMontagne, Bonnie Raitt), Eric Heigle (Arcade Fire), and Greg Kurstin (Adele, Beck), to colleges and universities - all around the world!

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SIGNATURE SOUND

If you're a music fan, chances are, you've heard MCI before. We utilize our Mara Machines daily at our sister company, Welcome to 1979 to record and mix records. In addition to their sound, we love the flexibility and customization abilities that MCIs have to offer.

THE WORLD'S LARGEST
ANALOG TAPE MACHINE RESTORATION COMPANY

Mara Machines is celebrating 10 years of restoring MCI Tape Machines. With almost 300 Mara Machines in use all over the world, we’re proud to keep analog recording affordable, approachable, and most of all, fun!

NEWS

SUMMER NAMM

We'll be at Summer Namm 2018 this week at Booth 144! We've got some exciting updates and upgrades to share.

NEW! CAPI 2520 OUTPUT STAGE!

We've got a CAPI 2520 output stage add-on for all JH110s! It can be purchased as an add-on for new machines or retrofitted for existing customers!

DOWNLOAD OUR NEW APP

Use MaraTapeCal to align your tape machine just like our in-house techs - but without confusing equipment, diagrams or second guesses! The app is designed with Mara Machines owners in mind, but geared for any tape machine make or model! Simply answer questions regarding your tape formulation, speed, MRL, and reference levels, then our app will walk you through all the necessary steps!

MARA MACHINES ON NPR

A Niche In Nashville’s Evolving Music Industry — Reel-To-Reel Repair

"Fundamentally, I think there’s a lot of magic in there," [Chris Mara] says. "It’s really fun to take a machine that wasn’t doing anything, and restore it, and sell it to somebody, and they’re making music with it, and it’s part of their new experience."

BEST IN SHOW AT AXPONA

HiFi+ voted us as Best in Show at AXPONA 2018! We enjoyed representing our HiFi machines at Axpona in Chicago this year. Read the full write-up below (page 2 of article)

WHAT OUR CLIENTS ARE SAYING

"Chris Mara has single-handedly revived the reputation of the great Jeep Harned's American MCI JH series of tape machines. These have survived in large enough numbers to make a business out of their restoration and the Mara rebuilt machines are top quality, great sounding, easy to keep lined up, and smooth running. We have all been pleasantly surprised that the MCI gear they are based on has lasted so well. They were so much better built than anything made today."

- Pete Townshend - The Who

"My Mara Machine MCI JH-110 1/4” is as sonically beautiful to listen to as it is aesthetically attractive to look at. Aimee Mann’s Mental Illness was mixed through my Mara Machine and won me my fifth Grammy. It subtly helped glue the final mix together and added some magical fairy dust. With it’s unassuming charm and stalwart support my Mara Machine adds the sort of sonic love I’d rather not mix without."

- Ryan Freeland - Engineer - Los Angeles, CA

"For the last three years, I have been using two Mara machines on my recording projects, both the 24 track 2" and 8 track 1". (feel free to insert model numbers here) The only thing better than the way these machines run and sound is how supportive and available the Mara machines staff has been to help me better understand the machines and implement them into my workflow."
 
- Eric Heigle - Engineer, Producer, Musician - New Orleans, LA
 
"My Mara 1/4" JH110 has been a fantastic addition to my private studio. The tape deck sounds great capturing mixes and has been extremely reliable. It aligns flat all the way up to 20 khz at 15 IPS and is the perfect combination of tape mojo and hi fidelity all in one."
 
Favorite records I have mixed to it so far are Hood Smoke "Cannonball Porch" and Bunny Patootie "New Growth Chart."
 
- Anthony Gravino - Engineer - Chicago, IL
"I love my Mara Machines. I have both the MCI JH110BC 1/2" 2 track and MCI JH24 2" 24 track. They have been incredibly reliable and the warm analog sound they provide has proved crucial in my music productions. This beautiful sound is something I have not been able to achieve with my digital audio work station. I recently produced and engineered a record for Particle Kid, aka Micah Nelson and an album “With The Sun” by artist Sunny War and the results using my Mara machines are astounding. On another note, the Mara team has provided the best technical support of any recording equipment company I have ever dealt with, always going the extra mile to make sure that I am a satisfied customer."
 
- Harlan Steinberger - Producer, Engineer - Hen House Studios, Venice, California

"My preferred method of working is to record basic tracks  to my Mara MCI JH 110 1" 8 track then transfer to Protools for overdubs. For mixdown is use my Mara MCI JH 110 1/2" 2 track. With that combination you can't go wrong. Solid machine and a solid support team!"

 
Bruce Watson - Fat Possum Records - Delta-Sonic Sound, Memphis, TN