My own real-world experience with reel-to-reel tapes is that tracks ingested in reverse and then
digitally reversed do not sound the same as tracks played straight. It's not the digital realm, its
the way the reel electronics handle transients and phase and other issues, especially with old tapes
of varying warpage.
Now, the issue is, since I'm not playing back on the original recorder, it's hard to say which is
the "right" playback -- so I usually just go with it if it sounds OK.
-- Tom Fine
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From: "Casey, Michael T" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Thursday, October 08, 2009 4:10 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Reverse engineering
Our part of the Sound Directions project, in consultation with a few folks on this list, is in the
middle of conducting research on part of this issue. Preliminary results suggest that there are
polarity and phase distortion issues related to capturing material moving backwards, which is one
big reason for wanting to reverse a sound file in the computer. The engineer doing this research is
on the way to AES so I can't comment more specifically at the moment. We will be publishing on this
and other parallel transfer-related issues by the end of the year.
Associate Director for Recording Services
Archives of Traditional Music
Co-Chair, ARSC Technical Committee
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Sent: Thursday, October 08, 2009 10:36 AM
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Subject: [ARSCLIST] Reverse engineering
Is there a loss of data accuracy when reversing a sound file? In mono? In stere?