You say that it would be fine for spoken work or oral histories. I am not familiar with the process of double speed, but how will it not mess with the frequencies and formants of things like vowels?
(speaking as a phonetician and linguist here.)
- hugh paterson
On Mar 13, 2014, at 3:18 PM, Tom Fine wrote:
> Hi Andrew:
> Any of the several "porta-studio" type machines from Tascam, Fostex, Yamaha and maybe others could do 4 tracks at once. I think Richard Hess has said the track configuration is slightly different from Norelco Standard, but it would probably be fine for low-fidelity content like spoken-word. Tascam also made a 4-track front-loading deck. I think most of these decks had dbxII NR instead of Dolby B or C.
> For low-fi material, another advantage is that these decks almost all ran at both 1 7/8 and 3.75 IPS, so you could do whole-tape double-speed ingestion. That would definitely screw up the audio with anything high quality, but it would be fine for stuff like oral histories.
> -- Tom Fine
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Andrew Dapuzzo" <[log in to unmask]>
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> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Need use of 4-track stereo tape deck/monaural output for digitization project
>> Does anyone know if the same possibility exists for cassettes?
>> machines that "could reproduce 4 tracks at once, which would speed up the
>> digitization project. You'll need to reverse the two backwards channels" in
>> the DAW?
>> When we duplicated prerecorded music cassettes we recorded them this way
>> but I am unaware of a playback machine that could playback all four at
>> once. I assume they don't exist but .....
>> Andrew Dapuzzo
>> Sony DADC
>> On Thu, Mar 13, 2014 at 3:55 PM, Richard L. Hess
>> <[log in to unmask]>wrote:
>>> Hi, Lise,
>>> Some of the Teac and Sony machines could reproduce 4 tracks at once, which
>>> would speed up the digitization project. You'll need to reverse the two
>>> backwards channels in your DAW software.
>>> If you are willing to play back single channels and move connectors,
>>> almost any 1/4-track recorder from "back in the day" could do this for you
>>> as long as it has a 3.75 in/s speed.
>>> For the Tandberg, you might contact Terrysrubberrollers.com -- he rebuilds
>>> the part, but I don't think he fixes machines.
>>> Of course, there are several of us who could do this for you--on much
>>> better machines than the Tandberg, but I fear that the price is high.
>>> On 2014-03-13 2:30 PM, Lise Menn wrote:
>>>> Hello, I am a new member of this list and totally naive about how to use
>>>> your collective knowledge so I hope you'll be patient with me and ask for
>>>> additional information if you think you can help me.
>>>> I have about 60 remaining hours of audiotapes made in the 1970's on a
>>>> Tandberg Model 12 which can no longer be repaired (at least not here in
>>>> Boulder CO), apparently because its rubber parts have degenerated.
>>>> To save money when I was a student, I recorded the four tracks monaurally
>>>> at 3 3/4 ips, so that I could get 4 hours of speech recording per reel. I
>>>> started digitizing the tapes gradually a few years ago but when I was about
>>>> 1/3 thru the job, the Tandberg stopped being repairable. The contents of
>>>> the tapes are worth preserving for research in language development; I will
>>>> donate the digitized versions to the CHILDES archive at Carnegie Mellon.
>>>> Is there a similar working Tandberg someplace that I could visit for a
>>>> week or so and use to complete this job? Is there some other 4-track
>>>> machine that will permit monaural playback? Is there someone who knows how
>>>> to machine new parts for my old tape deck? Any other ideas? Please help,
>>>> and thank you.
>>>> Lise Menn Home Office: 303-444-4274
>>>> 1625 Mariposa Ave
>>>> Boulder CO 80302
>>>> home page: http://spot.colorado.edu/~menn/
>>>> Professor Emerita of Linguistics
>>>> Fellow, Institute of Cognitive Science
>>>> University of Colorado
>>>> Fellow, Linguistic Society of America
>>>> -- Richard L. Hess email: [log in to unmask], Ontario, Canada 647
>>> 479 2800 http://www.richardhess.com/tape/contact.htm Quality tape
>>> transfers -- even from hard-to-play tapes.