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Re: [ARSCLIST] basic question from a newbie

On Monday, January 05, 2009 4:18 PM, Eric Jacobs wrote:

> If you digitize a 1/4-track tape with a 4-track head, there will 
> be too much cross-talk on the adjacent tracks (ie. you can hear 
> the B-side (playing backwards) at a very low level in the background 
> of the A-side).

I just wanted to point out that the cross-talk is most apparent on 
spoken word recordings.  This is because of the silence between words 
where there's no signal to mask the cross-talk.

So as tempting as it may be to digitize a large quantity of 1/4-track
spoken word recordings with a 4-track playback head in order to save
money, don't do this without testing to see if the level of cross-talk
is acceptable.

Eric Jacobs

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