Aha, welcome to the land of 8 tracks. Because I seem to work mostly with
consumer formats, I occasionally wind up with these. I don't have any
encouraging words other to say that: If the tape plays at all, you are
way ahead of the process. I usually encounter the ones where the splice
fails and then you are in recovery mode while holding your breath. If I
worked with enough of these, I would consider getting a Fostex Model 80
then, migrating the tape to the reel-to-reel format for much better
results. Not sure if that would help the crosstalk issue though. I
currently use a Techniques deck (Considered audiophile at the time),
play the tapes in real-time and hope for the best.
Corey Bailey Audio Engineering
On 10/29/2016 12:47 PM, Richard L. Hess wrote:
> I don't think I've mentioned this before, but I'm doing an 8-track
> that is the only surviving copy of an album other than a home-made
> cassette (of an 8-track?, I'm not sure yet).
> Anyway, there is something I don't think I've mentioned on 8-tracks.
> They were often recorded with staggered heads, though usually tracks
> 1/2 and 5/6 were on the same head.
> Well, this particularly annoying 8-track seems to have substantially
> different azimuth on 5/6 than 1/2, so it's four separate passes for
> this one rather than two. Fortunately it's short.
> A not half-bad Gospel trio from Virginia in the 1970s. The lady singer
> reminds me a bit of Judith Durham of The Seekers -- not quite as good,
> but her voice mixes in a similar way and can carry over the two guys
> -- and there's a bit of a Southern US accent rather than a
> British/Australian accent.
> Thought you'd like to think about the 8-track annoyances. Once more
> StereoTool allows me monitor the azimuth better than any other option.
> Now, if only this project could afford Plangent Processes on the wow
> and flutter...and then there is the inter-track crosstalk which I
> can't seem to lose no matter what head height is dialed in.