If a variety of used tape was strung together and the assembled reel was
never bulk erased properly, then earlier layers could be audible,
especially when made on decks with different head architecture. The
phenomenon is almost always the result of ignorance or carelessness in tape
On Mon, Feb 25, 2013 at 5:57 PM, Richard L. Hess
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> Hi, Henry,
> I would be surprised if partial erasure or overwrite is a common
> If we have this original recording
> and you start and stop you might have
> but if you have partial erasure or overwrite you have
> 3. is much less common than 2.
> The other thing I am still concerned that might be happening is track
> wander on either record or playback.
> I think I've only had two or three tapes that show case 3 in ten years.
> Do you have a developer to look at it?
> On 2013-02-25 5:31 PM, Henry Borchers wrote:
>> Thank you for all of your input and suggestions. I want to clarify
>> something. My problem is not print-through but what Richard Hess is
>> calling "partial erasure". After doing a little more research, I came
>> across the term "overwrite" on the A/V artifact atlas website
>> Part of
>> my digitization work is research as I am writing documentation and
>> policies for passing digitization duties of this collection on to other
>> staff. The workflow isn't my problem, it's the proper description. What
>> I'm trying to do is match my documentation terminology to already
>> established names as I don't want to create names for terms that are
>> already defined.
>> Is there a single "proper term" for this? Both "Overwrite" and "partial
>> erasure" are exactly what I'm talking about and would like to know if
>> other people out there use these terms to describe this issue.
>> Thank you for all the insight.
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