Hi Melodie,

What you're referring to sounds like something called "print-through", a
magnetic phenomenon that both reel-to-reel and cassette tapes are
susceptible to.  
There are some advanced processes such as using a noise-gate and possibly
transferring the left & right channels separately, but your mileage will
vary.  Unfortunately there's no real remedy to it...

Good luck,


On 3/31/09 12:25 PM, "Frances, Melodie" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> All,
> I am not even sure 'echo' is the correct term, but with our old reel to
> reel tapes (and I have had this experience with personal cassettes),
> there is this thing I am calling echo - where what the person says is
> repeated at a fairly low level - you can usually only really hear it
> when there is silence - and it is basically a repeat of what had just
> been said - so not really a echo but more like a delayed repetition. Is
> this a head cleaning problem? Or a problem that can be fixed? Does
> anyone even know what I'm talking about, and if so, what is it called?
> Thanks
> Melodie Morgan Frances
> Head of Cataloging
> Graduate Theological Union
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> Eric Jacobs
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