I have been using a Fostex 8-track reel machine for 8-tk cartridges
myself, Richard. But your setup...genius.
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Richard L. Hess wrote:
> I'm sorry, I should have described my setup.
> I find the splice (more recently by hand pulling as I am not as trusting
> of the Akai deck I have any more).
> I then put it on a large hub 5" reel with leader at both ends.
> John French took a quadraphonic 8-track head and put it in an elevator
> for me. Azimuth doesn't change when I adjust height. Great for
> recovering slivers in standard reel formats. Height is continuously
> I can usually get by with just two height adjustments. 1/3 & 5/6 in the
> first pass and 2/4 & 7/8 in the second.
> I return the tape on the reel.
> I use two APR-5000s with a headblock to headblock jumper for the second
> stereo pair.
> On 10/29/2016 19:04, Corey Bailey wrote:
>> Hi Richard,
>> 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.