On 3/3/2014 9:59 PM, Teresa Tjepkes wrote:
> I am looking for advice on cassette decks for an archival digitization
> project. I'm currently taking an MLIS class on archival digitization
> project management, and as a part of that class we are creating a
> digitization plan for an institution that has approximately 3,000 cassettes
> that it wants to digitize in-house. This institution is hoping to use the
> cassette deck it already has: a Marantz PMD101. I would like to know if
> anyone could tell me what kind of quality we could expect using this
Not archival quality.
> I would also like to know if anyone can recommend a double capstan deck
> that has automatic azimuth adjustment in case the institution decides it
> can buy a higher quality deck. I have seen recommendations for the
> Nakamichi Dragon and the Nakamichi CR-7A, but I would like to provide them
> with less expensive alternatives if possible.
The Dragon is the only deck ever sold with automatic azimuth adjustment,
to my knowledge. The CR-7a is excellent, but its azimuth adjustment is
> Ideally any cassette deck we would recommend for the institution would have
> to be fairly easy to use, as the actual digitization will be done by
Because of its automatic azimuth adjustment, the Dragon is actually
quite easy to use. Warning: if the tapes don't have much high-frequency
information, the Dragon's auto-azimuth won't work, and the interns will
need to adjust it manually. Your dubbing setup needs to have a way to
switch the audio monitoring to mono, so the interns can determine proper
azimuth on the tapes where they need to adjust it themselves. And of
course someone will need to teach them how, but in my experience that
only takes five or ten minutes.
With the CR-7a, they'll have to do it manually, but at least the
adjustment is controlled by a knob on the front of the machine rather
than a green screwdriver. It can also be adjusted remotely, if the
particular CR-7a comes with a remote.