A variation on this theme was the later invention and use of servoed
feed and take-up reels for capstanless tape handling used on my
brother's (John Stephens) analog multitrack ATRs that are still in use
by many engineers who prefer it for mastering. Ampex later used a
similar type of technique on one of their models (John never patented
his). His additional R&D has to do with upgrading Bosch FDL60 Telecines.
He is also mentioned in the AES history of American Tape Recording:
Also one of his legendary 1" cutting/splicing blocks is on sale on eBay:
Needless to say, there is a bit of family pride in his accomplishments
Family Theater Productions
Robert Hodge wrote:
>Ampex used an indirect drive on their first machines- Models 200 and 300. The fine speed adjustment for the capstan drive was accomplished by adding and subtracting the amount of drag applied to the rubber tire coupled through a flywheel to the capstan shaft. A minimum warm up time of 5 minutes was needed before any adjustment to the drive was attempted.
>A supplied strobe disc was used to determine the correct amount of drag.
>It must have been difficult to maintain speed consistancy between machines , using this method.
>No wonder later machines used the vastly superior direct capstan drive motor.
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