While this could be timecode, I think it is more likely a Pilot tone of
some sort given the date.
Here is my attempt at listing the different systems:
On that page, I link to EBU T3095 which was restored at the EBU site at
my instigation. You can find the link on my page or go directly here:
If it is a full-track tape with two tiny tracks superimposed in the
middle, then that would be NeoPilot, one of the more common formats, and
I can digitize that and possibly resolve it using an Otari EC401 with a
We should talk more about this.
On 2015-09-28 15:05, Jeff Willens wrote:
> Here's a question for the preservation and transfer people --
> I have a 1/4" analog tape which appears to be a film audio track. It is
> on a 5" reel (labeled "Schneider Tonbandspule" from Germany). There is
> no other information on this reel or box, although I believe it dates to
> the mid- to late-1960s.
> Seen under a magnetic viewer, it appears to be a half-track tape with a
> linear pilot tone of some sort down the middle. I don't know if it's a
> Nagra, Telefunken or other sort of tone.
> We need to do a preservation transfer of this tape, and then make a
> listening copy available. Should I attempt to capture the pilot tone? If
> so, what's the best way to do it if we don't have the gear? And how
> would I determine the format?
> Thanks in advance,
Richard L. Hess email: [log in to unmask]
Aurora, Ontario, Canada 647 479 2800
Quality tape transfers -- even from hard-to-play tapes.