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Re: [ARSCLIST] Adhesive tape survey
I was taught same as Angie -- Red = Head. Thus, most tapes that would be in a studio would have blue
tape holding to the reel, since a professionally-recorded tape is usually full-track, 2-track or
multi-track and stored tails out.
But, here's something non-traditional I was taught. My dad and his associate Bob Eberenz came up
with this color scheme for 3-channel - red= left, green=center, blue=right. Why? They did a lot of
television and movie work and it was easiest for them to remember RGB. So anytime I pull out an old
piece of gear from the studio to restore and/or use, I have to double-check against the schematic as
to how the little pieces of tape are placed on wiring. This is especially true with shop-brew
splitters, combiners and black boxes.
Of course, the long-standing tradition in stereo equipment has been red=right and white, gray, black
or whatever non-red color = left. And green has come back into play in the computer era since the
universal color for 2-channel 1/8" audio output on computers is green.
-- Tom Fine
----- Original Message -----
From: "Angie Dickinson Mickle" <angie@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Tuesday, January 23, 2007 11:38 AM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Adhesive tape survey
Richard L. Hess wrote:
It comes in red and blue, and that has been
traditionally used for blue for heads out and red for tails out, but few people adhere to that
Hmm. I was taught the opposite with aids to remember; Blue for Tails out (Blue-Tail Fly), Red
for Heads out (Red-Head). I've been wrong all these years.
Angie Dickinson Mickle
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