I don't know if GE made mini-cassette AND micro-cassette recorders.
However, all of the MICRO-cassette recorders I have seen were capstan
drive. I think the MINI-cassette (along with Stuzzi Memocord and others)
were indeed rim drive.
So we need to be certain if the OP has a micro cassette or a mini cassette.
In any event, I am a proponent of transferring the tapes in the Dragon
and dealing with the artifacts of that in software. I have used both
Samplitude and iZotope RX, sometimes together, as some operations are
easier in one than the other, but I think you can do all you need to do
You will need to change the sampling frequency. If you record at 192
kHz, then change it to 96 for the "fast" speed (15/16 in/s) and to 48
kHz for the "slow" speed (15/32 in/s).
You can get by with starting at 96 kHz, but if they are slow you'll end
up with a 24 kHz sampling frequency which may make some archivists
upset, hence my original suggestion. You won't get anything above 10 KHz
off the micro cassette at the slow speed, and probably not at the fast
You will also need to reverse the track, but since no noise processing
was used, there is no "direction-ness" to the transfer.
There won't be any Dolby or DBX to the best of my knowledge.
Of course azimuth needs adjustment (I've modified my Dragons for manual
azimuth, still using the motor, though the range is not always great
enough for some tapes). If you get the azimuth adjusted well, you'll be
able to sum the two stereo channels for improvement in signal-to-noise
ratio and also reduced dropouts.
If there is analog clipping, De-Clip can repair some of that.
Once you've done all that, then I'd look at a combination of the
spectral editor (the main screen, not a module) to trim frequency range
to useful information (remove rumble and HF noise).
Then I think I'd use the spectral (not dialog) de-noise (the names of
the modules have drifted a bit over time) and perhaps two
lower-intensity passes, or using the spectral editor process different
frequency bands separately. Every job is different. Don't forget you can
have different adjustments by splitting the sliders (I think in 5, I'm
not certain) for tonal and noise reduction.
If you have advanced, you might want to run the azimuth adjuster module
before summing--just to be certain, or even run it on small sections if
there is drift.
I sometimes find Ozone to be a help with its dynamic equalizer.
You can attempt de-reverb if you have that module (I forget when these
were introduced) and then do corrective EQ to taste.
Then sum to mono.
On 2018-06-20 7:45 PM, David Breneman wrote:
> Von: "Eli Bildirici" <[log in to unmask]>
>> There was a discussion about this fairly recently. IIRC the
>> recommendation for capture was rehousing in regular sized
>> shells and playing back with a recommended deck (e.g. Tascam
>> 122 Mk3, various Nakamichis inc. the famed Dragon, etc)
> The GE Microcassette machines I've seen (and I even owned one
> back in the 80s) were rim drive, so playing the tapes back with a
> constant-speed regular cassette deck might introduce its own
> problems. Also, the tape is extremely thin, so a cassette deck
> which introduces too much tension before and after the headstack
> might damage the tape.
Richard L. Hess email: [log in to unmask]
Aurora, Ontario, Canada 647 479 2800
Quality tape transfers -- even from hard-to-play tapes.