You might want to try and rehouse the cassette perhaps? Not sure if it would work for you but worth a try if you are out of ideas.
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Media Digitization and Preservation Initiative
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From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List <[log in to unmask]> On Behalf Of Dan Gediman
Sent: Thursday, June 7, 2018 12:27 PM
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Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] How to deal with squealing during cassette dubbing
Thanks so much for all the good suggestions. To answer Richard’s question, yes, the same squealing happens at the same point in the recording even if I take out the tape, clean the tape machine well, let it dry, put the cassette in, rewind slightly, and resume the dubbing. Following other suggestions, I have transferred the tape I had been dubbing into a new Maxell shell, put it back into the deck, rewound, and started again. The tape begins squealing at the same exact spot on the tape, which BTW, isn’t at the very end of the tape, as with the others, but rather at about the half-way point on a C-60. Can you folks think of a reason why the tape should begin squealing at precisely that point and is there anything else I could try. I tried using various noise-reduction and EQ plugins and nothing seems to help using that technique. And I don’t have access to Richard’s suggested D5 lubricant. Are there other less great but still useful lubrication options? I saw some reference to putting Teflon tape on the head of a cassette deck and running the tape through all the way, presumably picking up the Teflon coating along the way. Is that a reasonable option? If so, would this just be the kind of plumber’s tape sold at hardware stores (the only things I found when Googling “Teflon tape”) or is this some specialized tape and if so, where would I get it.
And additional suggestions gratefully accepted.
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