I've been commissioned as foley recordist/sound designer/sound editor for a feature indie film which is attempting to capture a nostalgic feel both visually and in its sound track, something akin to movies out of the 70s' or 80s'. The visual side, which is supposed to resemble 16mm, is being handled digitally due to the fact that film is prohibitively expensive. My question is, if I'm trying to create an authentically retro sounding audio track, would it be a smart move to buy a Nagra 4.2 or similar model open-reel recorder?
Much of the dialogue is being ADR'ed using digital equipment, so it would be necessary for me to dub these tracks to tape. Everything else, including sound FX, foley, and ambiences could potentially be recorded to tape for the first take. I'm new to the field of Nagra, FYI. My primary experience has been with a M-Audio Microtrack II for use as a field recorder. Mainly I'm asking if this would be a good return on investment for future projects, and would be sustainable in turns of repairs/media if I decide to continue using it for future work. If not, does anyone know of any good alternatives for the low-fi feel I am seeking? Thanks.