Ah yes, the Firesign Theatre tape that appeared to have been made with
part two overwriting part one (but going in the other direction, I
think). It was two track stereo. I suspected that this was the reason
and I realize it was used to reduce erase noise. If the erase head had
not been disabled, they would have lost one half hour segment instead of
two--although there was a tantalizing hint to what be there, we could
not find even a sliver to recover without the other program.
Later designs with higher erase frequencies and especially lower
waveform distortion did not need to do this. There was no longer a benefit.
On 2/8/2016 12:39 AM, Corey Bailey wrote:
> Other "out of the box" thinking at the time led to disabling the erase
> head for first-pass on virgin tape to help the signal-to-noise ratio.
> This was accomplished by switching the erase voltage to a dummy head so
> that the load remained the same on the erase amp. Even tried this with
> 2" multitrack recording with improved S/N results but then, the mixer
> du-jour would forget to turn on the erase head when needed and record
> sound-on-sound for a punch-in so, the multitrack innovation was abandoned.
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