Perhaps what you are seeing is a SMPTE time code track down the center. It
would make sense if this is a film audio track.
On Mon, Sep 28, 2015 at 3:05 PM, Jeff Willens <[log in to unmask]> 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,
> Jeff Willens | The New York Public Library
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> The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
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