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In Reply to: RE: Wow, hit a nerve :-) posted by Inmate51 on June 08, 2017 at 11:32:08
Piece of cake to take your IEC-eq tapes (2-or 4-track) and make you an NAB dub* of them, if that would resolve your issue. Be glad to do it. For the record, I try to dub everything in the other direction -- NAB to IEC -- 'cause it sounds better to me that way. PM me with what you need if you're interested.
My never-fail tech, who deals with Revox decks routinely, definitely said "uncle" on this one. I's long gone, so Nashville isn't an option.
Dolby? Seriously? Are you asking why anyone would encode (Dolbyize) a tape in the first place? I would agree. Or are you saying that I should be able to play my (unfortunately) Dolbyized tapes on a non-Dolby deck and find the results satisfactory? No way. I've tried it more than once.
* The dubbing setup comprises identical Otari decks.
> For the record, I try to dub everything in the other direction -- NAB to IEC
That's about the most intelligent thing I've ever heard! Even if IEC EQ provides "perfect sound forever" it will still sound just like a NAB tape but with a 3-dB increase in the noise floor. Good thinking!
On the other hand, if the IEC dub truly sounds better to you, it just goes to show how much audible distortion your analog tape deck produces.
Isn't analog tape wonderful? ;-)
Thanks, I appreciate the offer. But I'm good to go.
A little adjustment on the ol' tone controls, and it's fine. What the heck - it's going through a stereo system anyway.
The thing about IEC EQ is that it doesn't mess with the signal as much, and lets you get a little cleaner signal on the original recording.
Besides, these are Ampex 406/407 and 456 tapes, so, I have to bake 'em just to play 'em. That's why I built a tape baking oven.
Re: Dolby. I use Dolby B to record/play cassettes because they need it. On the other hand, half-track RTR at 15 ips with my Revox with good tape?, no!
Anyway, it don't matter. I'm set, except for finding a good 1/4" 3-3/4 and 7-1/2 ips deck that I can play my old home tapes on.
Not to sound like a total Otari fanboy, but I forgot to mention they also play 3 3/4 ips in addition to 7 1/2 and 15. 'Course you have to take the BACK off to get to the little switch enabling the slow speed, but some of us simply leave it off to simplify things.
Glad I didn't switch from Maxell when all those Ampex tapes were so popular.
Yeah, Maxell was my fave tape, followed by TDK. I only used Ampex in Montreux 'cause we had cases of it. I bought a few reels of 406/407 and 456 when I returned to Green Bay. Who'da thunk that, 20 years later, they'd be unplayable? But, as I say, I remedied that with my custom DIY tape baking oven, powered by two 100 watt bulbs on a dimmer.
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