Thing I've always wondered is what we call "print-through" is always truly through the magnetic modulation being transferred from layer to layer, or was there also a problem in four track tape heads that didn't have the isolation that we achieved later in more sophisticated designs.
--- On Fri, 11/16/12, Malcolm Rockwell <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
From: Malcolm Rockwell <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Livingston and early Atlantic 2-track "binaural" reels
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Date: Friday, November 16, 2012, 8:52 AM
A staggered-head configuration must make for interesting print through problems.
Hmmm... removing healthy print-through digitally must be interesting even on a straight stacked configuration tape considering the time lapse difference between the outer and inner winds (shorter inside, longer outside).
On 11/16/2012 1:30 AM, Tom Fine wrote:
> By the way, question for the old-timers -- did anyone except Magnecord make staggered-head "binaural" recorders? In the very early days, basically until the day Ampex entered the consumer player market, duplicators offered both "stacked" and "staggered" versions of their "binaural" tapes. I have "staggered" versions of Livingston and ConcerTapes titles. I don't think the major labels ever offered staggered-head tapes, but I do notice that almost all first-generation 2-tracks from RCA, Columbia, Capitol and Mercury have text indicating they are for "stacked" or "in-line" heads, so there must have been some confusion in the market.
> -- Tom Fine