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Articles Tagged Tape

  • Friday, October 16, 2015
    Bruce A. Miller 10/16/15 01:05 PM,
    This article is provided by   Once upon a time there was no recorded music, and you could only listen to live music. Brilliant musical performances occurred and vanished into the air except for whatever musical memories or emotions were remembered by the listeners. Early recordings were made with a single microphone cutting direct to vinyl. Then came tape, then stereo tape and so on to 8, 16 and even 24 tracks. As track numbers increased, engineers were able… View this story
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  • Monday, June 01, 2015
    PSW Staff 06/01/15 01:10 PM,
    The Tanzanian Heritage Project (THP) is using Prism Sound‘s Lyra Audio Interface in a unique bid to rescue and digitize the country’s tape-based music archive, thus preserving a precious musical heritage for future generations. Rebecca Corey, co-founder and executive director of the Tanzania heritage Project hatched the idea for the digitization project in 2010, with her Tanzanian friend and THP co-founder Benson Rukantabula, while Corey was at home in the US recovering from a motorcycle accident in Dar es Salaam.… View this story
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  • Tuesday, November 18, 2014
    Daniel Keller 11/18/14 08:07 AM,
    Courtesy of Universal Audio.   If you’re looking for a prime example of what Toffler wrote about in Future Shock, look no further than analog tape. In little more than a decade, the two-inch multitrack tape machine has gone from studio staple to relic rarity. And while many audio veterans wax nostalgic for that warm analog sound, few will admit to missing the work that went with it. These days, owning an analog tape machine is somewhat akin to driving… View this story
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  • Wednesday, January 15, 2014
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    PSW Staff 01/15/14 04:01 PM,
    Provided by Sweetwater.   Q: I generally work entirely with DAW in my studio; however, once in a while I get the odd project that causes me to bring out all manner of old gear from storage. I was asked to do some DAT transfers for a local church I’m friendly with as a favor, which I’m always happy to do. They’ve recorded some worship songs to DAT and want to distribute them to some local residents via (of all… View this story
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  • Tuesday, August 20, 2013
    PSW Staff 08/20/13 12:48 PM,
    Focusrite is pleased to announce that Tape for iPad is available free in the App Store. Tape is a beautiful iPad recording solution with easy to use 2-track recording, instant mastering, customizable tape artwork and social media connectivity. Record from the inbuilt iPad microphone, iTrack Solo, or even any Core Audio compliant audio interface - including interfaces from the Scarlett range - and instantly add polish with one button compression. Then simply add a title and album artwork and share… View this story
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  • Monday, February 11, 2013
    David Miles Huber & Robert E. Runstein 02/11/13 03:50 PM,
    Go here for the first installment of this article. The Magnetic Tape Head Most professional analog recorders use three magnetic tape heads, each of which performs a specialized task: —Record—Reproduce—Erase The function of a record head (Figure 1) is to electromagnetically transform analog electrical signals into corresponding magnetic fields that can be permanently stored onto magnetic tape. In short, the input current flows through coils of wire that are wrapped around the head’s magnetic pole pieces. Since the theory of… View this story
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  • Wednesday, June 13, 2012
    David Miles Huber & Robert E. Runstein 06/13/12 08:26 AM,
    This article is the first half in our series on the analog tape recorder, excerpted from Huber & Runstein’s book Modern Recording Techniques, Seventh Edition. For the second half, click here. From its inception in Germany in the late 1920s and its American introduction by Jack Mullin in 1945 (Figure 1), the analog tape recorder (or ATR) had steadily increased in quality and universal acceptance to the point that professional and personal studios had totally relied upon   magnetic media… View this story
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  • Tuesday, July 26, 2011
    Patrick Killianey 07/26/11 04:21 PM, 1 Comment
    Not long ago, I took some aspiring engineers to a trade show where some “antiques” were on display. Namely, some CD/DVD players, along with a few analog multitrack’s. Over the last 30 years, audio equipment has certainly followed the better-smaller-cheaper model of the computer industry. But like the computer market, repairs are no longer typically done at the part level. If the laser in a CD player goes bad, the chassis with the whole drive motor and optical track will… View this story
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  • Wednesday, September 08, 2010
    PSW Staff 09/08/10 06:20 AM, 0 Comments
    Sveriges Radio Förvaltnings AB (SRF), which provides technical services to Swedish public broadcaster Sveriges Radio AB (SR), has added a second NOA MediaLector workstation as well as 14 Sony R500 DAT recorders upgraded with NOA adaptation kits to its extensive installation of NOA equipment for migrating and managing audio archives. The 8-channel stereo MediaLector handles migration of problematic DAT tapes for which highly sophisticated error notification is required. SR is relying on SRF for a two-year project that will migrate… View this story
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  • Friday, July 23, 2010
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    PSW Staff 07/23/10 08:45 AM, 2 Comments
    Provided by Sweetwater.   Q: I’m what you would consider a rather seasoned home studio owner. However, I’ve been clinging to analog until even this year. No, seriously, I just wouldn’t let go, and I’m still not 100% comfortable with using “digital” gear, no matter how irrational it may sound. I’ve generally been happy with the results so far, and I do hear a quality difference between the two, but frankly I think my analog gear sounded a little better… View this story
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