I would say yes, capture the pilot tone and keep it as a separate track in the master file. If it
turns out there's something really special on the tape, someone might want to fund a Plangent
Process time-alignment. Jamie can work with pilot tones, he did some really good work with the 10kHz
Pic-Sync tone on a tape we experimented with. It was actually shocking how much the dynamics and
orchestral perspective improved with a Plangent sync to the Pic-Sync.
-- Tom Fine
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From: "Jeff Willens" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Monday, September 28, 2015 3:05 PM
Subject: [ARSCLIST] Question about transferring film audio tracks
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,
Jeff Willens | The New York Public Library
The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
Barbara Goldsmith Preservation Division
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