Just to clarify:
When I wrote that I was always amazed that cassette fidelity was as good
as it was, I was referring to the psychics involved. Most people aren't
aware that the specs for the compact cassette are referenced at -20dB as
opposed to 1/4" reel-to-reel at 15IPS (or greater) which is referenced
at 0 dB or +4, etc. (7.5 IPS, 1/4" reel-to-reel is referenced at -10dB).
Corey Bailey Audio Engineering
On 12/15/2020 7:53 AM, Dave Radlauer wrote:
> On cassettes. I always thought they were execrable as a commercial mass
> music distribution medium.
> But the technology did have some robustness in retrospect. I have been
> gifted/inherited a large number of live performance amatuer Jazz recordings.
> Even halfway decent FIRST GENERATION tapes, stereo pickups on mediocre gear
> and, not even from a board mix, can contain remarkable dynamics, bandwidth
> and color.
> Dave R
> On Mon, Dec 14, 2020 at 12:32 PM Corey Bailey <[log in to unmask]>
>> Hi Lou,
>> Regarding your earlier comment about variations of cassettes and
>> reel-to-reel tapes: When I was working as a recording engineer in the
>> world of analog tape, I used to grumble about the lack of adherence to
>> professional standards. Then, the 'home studio' craze sprang up and
>> professional standards went out the window (No leaderded takes, no
>> line-up tones, multiple speeds on the same roll of tape, etc.). In the
>> last 20 years or so, I have been archiving material for people who have
>> found old recordings in 'Grandmas' attic' and have come across
>> everything, mostly the victim of very poor storage. Nowadays, I consider
>> that to be a challenge.
>> IIRC, my first encounter with the 'Compact Cassette' was in the late
>> 1960's which, meant that the format was developed before that. Here is
>> information from Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cassette_tape
>> I was always amazed that the fidelity was as good as it was and it
>> seemed to continually improve! Unlike the 4Tr. and 8Tr. formats which
>> sounded bad from the get-go (IMHO).
>> Be safe and Happy Holidays,
>> Corey Bailey Audio Engineering
>> On 12/14/2020 11:22 AM, Lou Judson wrote:
>>> I just took a peek at that, and I see a very big problem: It shows the
>> image of the cassette as purchased, but users will take the label/cover off
>> and what is needed is a picture of the cassette itself without the wrapper!
>>> I only looked at one example.
>>> Lou Judson
>>> Intuitive Audio
>>>> On Dec 14, 2020, at 9:22 AM, Ivayla Angelova Roleva - Peneva <
>> [log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>>> Hello, Kyle,
>>>> Maybe you can find this source helpful: Vintage Cassettes,
>> http://vintagecassettes.com/index.htm <
>>>> I hope that works for you.
>>>> Iva Roleva-Peneva