On 2012-10-29 3:58 PM, David Lewis wrote:
> This comes from someone who has been digitizing cassettes, outside the
> studio environment, for more than 15 years. At the Cleveland conference, I
> called on ARSC to
> establish some standards for digitizing and restoring cassettes, and I am
> disappointed that we have been dragging out feet on that as it is still
> needed. If I am wrong, please
> point me to the documentation, but I have not seen it if so.
Someday, I hope the Canadian Conservation Institute publishes a note I
helped write on this subject.
> High bias tapes may hold better signal up top, but Normal bias tapes tend
> to be more stable and have less dropouts, just more noise.
I think generalizations don't work for this--I have found that the
high-bias tapes often hold up better in many ways, but then, many of
them were premium tapes to begin with. Generally, the most troublesome
tapes I come across are low-end normal bias C120 tapes, but your
experience may be different...it all depends on so many factors.
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.