I have had good luck cutting and the Revere/3M/CBS Labs tape cartridges
for use in cassettes. These were three-track in theory, but the centre
track was apparently never implemented. You do need a four track head to
play the outer two tracks, but it worked fine.
I have also loaded several other 0.150-inch wide tape into cassettes
from various other dictation devices like a Stuzzi Memocord and
something else I forget.
Some of these were "rim drive" and required pitch shifting, which is
easy in most DAW software or iZotope RX.
On 2018-08-23 6:29 AM, Tim Gillett wrote:
> Well the tape is basically the same as cassette but as I said, there's
> probably a much longer tape length than would fit into a standard
> Compact Cassette so it would need to be divided into shorter lengths
> that would fit into standard CC shells. I've never done this personally
> as I have the proper LFH 0084 machine to play the original cassettes
> without alteration and in any case nobody has ever come to me with such
> a cassette for transfer. These were specialised business dictation
> machines and tapes. Perhaps someone in the list can share direct
> experience of cutting into lengths and reshelling into Compact Cassette
> My original 0084 is not exactly high fidelity, having a lot of hum
> pickup from its motor/transformer, and I assume that is how they were
> new where only dictation quality was required. I guess it depends on
> your particular project such as the number of tapes involved, and
> whether they just need to be auditioned for content, or everything
> transferred at high quality.
Richard L. Hess email: [log in to unmask]
Aurora, Ontario, Canada 647 479 2800
Quality tape transfers -- even from hard-to-play tapes.