Manual adjusting azimuth, looking at both tracks, selecting L/R or sum
(and not always 1:1 sum) produces more controllable and generally better
results than even a transcriber. Of course, if you have the high-end
forensic unit, use that. I think Wes Dooley has one.
I explained the details of my process in the ARSC paper at the 50th in
See my other post for some of the post processing. Did I mention
reversing it? That works well in RX.
On 2018-06-21 12:43 AM, Corey Bailey wrote:
> One thing I wanted to point out about the rehousing of Microcassette
> tapes into regular cassette shells and then playing them back on a
> regular cassette player is that all of the Microcassetts that I have
> come across have been Mono. Playing them back on a regular cassette
> machine generates a stereo file. Not the optimum IMHO. And yes, I
> understand that I may be splitting hair strands here but here is what I do:
> For regular playback, I use a transcribing machine which (IMHO again)
> has a slightly better transport than the portable recorder/players. If I
> have to rehouse a Microcassette, I will use a good quality standard size
> shell and play it on a Marantz Model 221 (I have two). The 221 has two
> advantages: It's the same format (Mono) and will play at half speed.
> Although Dan Gediman appears to be headed in the right direction, He may
> have been a bit unfortunate in his choice of playback decks if David
> Breneman is correct. Other than that possible stumble, Dan has received
> some excellent advice from the list members.
> My $0.02
> Corey Bailey Audio Engineering
> On 6/20/2018 3:37 PM, Eli Bildirici wrote:
>> 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)
>> -------- Original Message --------
>> From: Dan Gediman <[log in to unmask]>
>> Sent: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 05:49 PM
>> To: [log in to unmask]
>> Subject: [ARSCLIST] Processing micro cassette audio using iZotope RX5
>>> Oh great hive-mind of ARSC,
>>> I need your wisdom again. I had previously mentioned that I have to
>>> digitally dub some micro cassettes. Today I got a GE model from Ebay
>>> and have started messing around with these interview tapes that were
>>> recorded by a journalist colleague some years ago. I have access to
>>> IZotope RX5 and have started applying its various modules to try and
>>> make the audio more intelligible (my goal is to be able to broadcast
>>> excerpts from the results in a radio documentary). I am using it in
>>> stand-alone mode. Do you have any suggestions for which RX modules to
>>> use, in what order, and with what settings? I have so far
>>> experimented with the De-Noise and Corrective EQ modules, but there
>>> are many presets and other variables in each. I’m hardly a power user
>>> so I would appreciate any tricks of the trade any of you would be
>>> willing to impart.
>>> With enormous gratitude,
>>> Dan Gediman • Executive Director • This I Believe, Inc.
>>> 502 259-9889 • 502 259-9890 fax
Richard L. Hess email: [log in to unmask]
Aurora, Ontario, Canada 647 479 2800
Quality tape transfers -- even from hard-to-play tapes.