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RE: recording only one side in 1/4 track config

The 1/4 track config whether you are recording forward or backwards puts one of the stereo tracks at the edge of the tape. The edge is where the tape will be damaged first generally due to fast winding past fixed non rotary or unclean guides. Multi trackers on 2 inch tape always relegate the outside edge tracks for bass because they know that high frequencies if recorded on the edge will drop out first. If you play a 2 track 1/4 track tape on a machine with a 1/2 track head one channel will be lower in volume by several db. Also if the 1/4 track heads are not perfectly aligned then you can get crosstalk from the adjacent tracks if recorded in both directions. If you are recording something precious then I wouldn't record in both directions. Inside the head there is shielding material usually mu-metal between the track pole pieces but we're talking about 60 db of shielding and that's a tall order.
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