What Tom writes is how I did my 280-reel transfer of SSS tapes, which I
(once) thought was a lot! You only need to cure as many reels per day as
you can transfer per day. The cure often only lasts about a month, anyway,
After baking, the tapes are removed from the lab oven (or, in our case, food
dehydrator), and then one restacks the oven with other, sticky reels. Slow
rewind, transfer, and edit the baked reels, and burn (CDs), while baking the
next batch. Let the newly baked tapes cool while away from the studio.
Upon return, repeat...
The hard part are dealing with splices that fall apart.
Have a great time, Shai...
On 1/9/11 8:05 AM, "Tom Fine" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> My bet is, this won't work. The boxes probably have varying degrees of
> moisture, plus there may be
> elements of the boxes like glue or ink from markings/writing on them that may
> not be stable at
> tape-baking temperatures. Plus, the whole point of baking a tape in a
> convection or air oven is to
> circulate the heat in and around the tape-pack. At least that's my
> I've never had a mega-batch of tapes to bake, but I did have 20 reels once.
> The air oven only
> handles 4 or 5 at a time. I set up a folding table to do this, so I could keep
> everything in perfect
> order. I was lucky in that most of the reels were clearly labelled in a way
> that I could match them
> with their boxes. But I still stacked the empty boxes in the order that the
> reels were placed in the
> air oven. At first I was going to bake them all and then transfer them, but
> the table was set up out
> of the way in the house (under the stairs), so I baked them 4 or 5 at a time,
> transferred those,
> then did the next batch. It worked well. If I had been putting in full-time
> days, I could have baked
> the next batch during the day while I was transferring a batch, then let the
> newly-baked tapes cool
> overnight and start the process again until finished. I was operating
> part-time in the studio, so it
> wasn't quite that efficient, took me a few weeks to get thru all the tapes.
> They were 1-mil 3600'
> tapes recorded at 3.75IPS, mostly air-checks. Not my favorite job,
> content-wise, but the results
> were better than expected. That was Ampex 407 tape and it required the full
> monty of 12 hours baking
> and 12 hours cooling, but it did play perfectly after baking.
> -- Tom Fine
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Shai Drori" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Sunday, January 09, 2011 7:19 AM
> Subject: [ARSCLIST] baking tape
>> Has anyone tried to bake tapes in the boxes? I usually bake them outside the
>> boxes but now I have
>> about 15,000 tapes to bake and taking them out of the boxes and putting them
>> back in will be time
>> consuming and could make for a switch between boxes and tapes. What do you
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