Azimuth, speed, and EQ need to be adjusted for each tape, if possible.
Good resampling algorithms are fairly transparent, but if you don't have
to do a brutal digital process, why do it? It all depends. One of my
clients likes it that we can pitch the tapes for him in the analog domain.
On 2011-01-28 8:30 PM, Tom Fine wrote:
> Here's another question -- why does hyper-accuracy matter in the age
> of digital pitch correction? Wow and flutter still matter, but if a
> tape transfers a few cents slow or fast, why not just correct it in
> the digital realm? You'll probably do better there than relying on a
> mechanical transport pulling tape to make a small speed adjustment.
> Also, older tapes won't be hyper speed-accurate anyway. Old machines
> were more loosey-goosey even when new and I'm sure every old-school
> person on this list has power-line-frequency horror stories from back
> in the day.
> To me, this is another one of those things where measurement and
> scientific processes only go so far in regards to music, versus using
> trained ears (or a tuning fork) to make sure something sounds in tune.
> And, knowing whether your machine is running exactly to speed is only
> so useful, since you're at the mercy of the original recorder's speed
> accuracy when you're doing playback for a transfer or dub.
Richard L. Hess email: [log in to unmask]
Aurora, Ontario, Canada (905) 713 6733 1-877-TAPE-FIX
Quality tape transfers -- even from hard-to-play tapes.