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Re: Need use of 4-track stereo CASSETTE deck/monaural output for digitization project

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"Richard L. Hess" <[log in to unmask]>

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Thu, 26 Mar 2015 23:38:47 -0400

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Hi, Andrew,

In theory, most of the pieces are there to allow the Nakamichi Dragon to 
be modified to do this. I have not investigated further, but the head is 
four-channel and there are four head preamps which are internal to the 
machine and not brought out. The EQ and Dolby processing would need to 
be external for at least two tracks (but to have all four match, it 
probably makes sense to treat all the same).

In the normal Dragon, the two pairs feed switches that select which 
tracks are heard depending on direction of travel.

I have been thinking of doing this, but I have multiple Dragons and 
MR-1s and multiple channels of A-D conversion, so it is less fuss and 
muss to just run multiple machines in parallel creating what I call the 
"cocktail party" monitoring environment with one or two machines being 
assigned to each of my five monitors.

My Tascam 134 and 238 both suffered from belt-itis far too often for the 
amount of use they received, so I sold them to another restoration 
company that has a maintenance department. I have two DATATape CMS 
four-track units that run at five different speeds (15/32-7.5) but do 
not sound as good as the Nakamichi units. They suffice for voice logging 
cassettes (their original intent). For the odd slide-sync tape, I make 
two transfers, one in a Dragon and one on the CMS. I time adjust the cue 
beep track using its lower quality mated audio tracks and then release 
the assemblage of Dragon audio tracks and CMS cue track, all nicely time 
aligned. I think I do about 0.2 of these tapes per year.

Cheers,

Richard

On 2014-03-13 4:59 PM, Andrew Dapuzzo wrote:
> 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 .....
>
> Thanks
> Andrew Dapuzzo
> Sony DADC

-- 
Richard L. Hess                   email: [log in to unmask]
Aurora, Ontario, Canada                             647 479 2800
http://www.richardhess.com/tape/contact.htm
Quality tape transfers -- even from hard-to-play tapes.

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