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arsclist Analog reformatting tape specs-Advice sought
Sorry for the cross posting...please ignore this if you get it more than
once. I can never figure out where the best place(s) is/are to post these
types of queries.
I have been asked to propose the reformatting of a small but important
collection of audio recordings. These are field oral histories made with
presumably inexpensive portable recorders. I have not heard them yet.
The originals are on C-120 cassettes. (pray for me if I get the project)
The potential client has requested analog audio reels as well as CD-R red
book audio copies. They are committed to making the reels and have the
money to pay for them. I have already discussed whether or not they should
do this and they want to do this to be safe.
I see this as an audio-domain reformatting process that does not involve
The CD-Rs will be provided in dual, single-wide jewel boxes, one CD-R per
cassette side. This will provide easy tracking of the reformatted copies.
The analog reel tapes pose a challenge. After research I've pretty much
decided on Emtec 911. That was pretty easy.
Certainly 7.5 in/s will be more than adequate to capture the fidelity of
the original and allows one hour to be recorded on a 10.5 inch reel of
tape, keeping 1:1 correspondence among the original, the CD-R, and the reel.
I am torn between recording two reels, one for each side of the tape, in
full-track mono (the original cassette tapes are currently assumed to be
mono) and recording one reel per cassette in half-track mono. This latter
option would mean that there are two programs on the tape, each going in
After looking at the bob-and-weave of the 50+-year-old Magnetophonband
tapes that I recently transferred, I feel better with full track mono. In
fact, the Magnetophonband tapes sound as good as they do ONLY because they
are full track and 30 in/s.
I'm leaning towards the full-track mono, 2-reels-per-cassette solution, but
does anyone think this is total overkill?
Any thoughts or standards you could point me to would be appreciated.
Oh and I think setting up the machine to record on Emtec 911 will be a
piece of cake after setting it up for Magnetophonband Typ L!
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