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offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2023-08-08 14:23 [#02629733]
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so i think my mixtape is done and i'm stoked.
because, like, just listen to that intro

...and i'm realizing i get better bass etc. transferring to
computer if i leave the tape player volume down around 3 or
4

...because all the way up i get distortion
...a bit less i can hear it amplifying the tape motors

...and, crap. a good tape PLAYER ain't the same thing as a
good tape RECORDER, this is obvious in retrospect.

so, my question: beyond getting a better tape PLAYER, any
recommendations for transferring cassette to computer?
levels etc?

because this is a good tape and i don't want to just botch
it at the finish line

thx


 

offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2023-08-08 14:42 [#02629736]
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for mermaidman: ripping it at 96k 24bit. theoretically the
mixer will do 192k but when i tried that it sharted out
right fast.


 

offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2023-08-08 14:59 [#02629737]
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LAZY_TITLE


 

offline Hyperflake from Wirral (United Kingdom) on 2023-08-08 16:00 [#02629738]
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cool sounds


 

offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2023-08-08 16:21 [#02629739]
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reversed thx deep note
"chiouxiouseaphaeul"
reversed thx deep note continues
mac sosumi
brian eno's "the microsoft sound"
chiptune

i did it by accident. then i recorded over it by accident
when i was going to transfer the tape and SHFJGKDG and then
calm down

the levels on that weren't very good anyways. the answer is
to just go re-record it, this time deliberately

and i did. and the levels are better. and then i kept going
and added loads more shit to the tape and i think i just
shot myself in the foot there because i'd decided it was
done but my subconscious disagreed

TIPS FOR BEST TRANSFER TO COMPUTER? srsly. i'm just trying
various configs and comparing on cans


 

offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2023-08-09 04:44 [#02629747]
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i just used INTERNET RELAY CHAT and they had a solid idea
(other than buy a good deck) ~ clean the tape heads

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offline ijonspeches from 109P/Swift-Tuttle on 2023-08-09 07:25 [#02629748]
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never make any backups and let joyrex rip it for 30k.


 

offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2023-08-09 22:14 [#02629750]
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the tape recorder had a sort of companion player unit.
perhaps it is better?

so i dug it out. the batteries were, well... not well. they
said EXPIRES MARCH 2010 and if that's when they expire i do
believe we have some 20yo batteries and...

had to take the whole thing apart, clean it all out, but the
thing is a tank. and it sounds swank. so much better. i'm
stoked now

cover idea is cooperating so far, too. i am getting my way
all over


 

offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2023-08-10 01:11 [#02629751]
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All tapes have a playback equalization curve that begins a
-6dB/octave roll-off at a time constant of 3180uS, or about
50Hz. Ferric oxide (normal/standard) has a flattening out at
120uS or about 1326Hz, while CrO2 (chrome/ferrichrome) and
metal have a flattening at 75uS or about 2122Hz. On the
recording side, the bias current levels are different for
each tape type and for best performance, a tape deck should
be set for the tape that is going to be used. Of course,
your playback deck will do the playback EQ for you, so the
sound variables have to do with whether the tape's record EQ
and bias were correct for the tape used. They generally
aren't which was why Nakamichi had high-end decks that let
you adjust those elements from the front panel before
recording -- pretty nifty.

i have no idea what this guy is talking about, but i suspect
he's full of shit.


 

offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2023-08-10 01:13 [#02629752]
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i guess 1326 seems about right LAZY_TITLE


 

offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2023-08-10 02:28 [#02629753]
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i know how cassette types work now -- the labeling, really
i dug around and i have one (1) hi-bias blank cassette.
something to look forward to
in the end i like this graph with some of that 1326
sauce


 

offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2023-08-10 03:13 [#02629754]
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cassettes officially lose my interest at 50hz
i need lower than that


 

offline ijonspeches from 109P/Swift-Tuttle on 2023-08-10 07:41 [#02629755]
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im pissed cause my deck doesnt record over other recordings
properly. something to do with the heads. heads positioning
or whatever.


 

offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2023-08-10 22:58 [#02629762]
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how so

if you record something really loud and then (softly) over
it there will be some of it left

pausing during record you can get proper crossfades etc

...or is the erase hed totally jacked?


 


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