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Re: [ARSCLIST] Magnetic Tape - questions...
Robert Hodge wrote:
> You are undoubtedly looking at what is refered to as " Back Coated "
> tape. You rembember correctly. The dull side is the backing !!
> This tape was developed to improve the grip of the pinch roller to the
> tape backing to minimise slippage when passing through the capstan..
> Indeed , this tape is recorded on the shiny- Oxide coated- surface .
> Attemptng to record on the dull surface of this type of tape will
> result in muddy, indestinct recording.
> Bob Hodge
> Robert Hodge,
> Senior Engineer
> Belfer Audio Archive
> Syracuse University
> 222 Waverly Ave .
> Syracuse N.Y. 13244-2010
On the other hand, we were using half-mil tape at slow speed at CJRT in the
late 60s when this was the only way to record long programs to run on the
automated system. I once recorded the entire 4-hour evening jazz program with
the tape flipped, noticed it after I'd finished recording, said a few choice
words and then checked the playback, and apart from a small loss in highs (this
was mono FM and we probably had 10 listeners in those days) it didn't sound bad
enough to re-do it.
> 315-443- 7971
> >>> mbrown@xxxxxxx 11/7/2005 3:25 PM >>>
> I work in an archive of mixed materials - paper collections and
> audio/visual collections. I am sorting through reel-to-reel 1/4" audio
> tape, and I am seeing things that are making me doubt my prior
> In the classroom and in many "best-practices" that I have read, reels
> are recommended to be stored tails-out, oxide facing in. When splicing
> repairs or attaching heads/tails, the splicing tape is to be place on
> the backing of the tape - the shiny side.
> In my travels through the archive, I am noticing many reels that are
> wound shiny-side IN, and many many instances of splicing tape applied to
> the dull, recorded side.
> Are my standards too high? Am I remembering my classroom notes
> backwards? Any thoughts would be appreciated, to help me make "heads or
> tails" of this. Thank you!