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With warped full-track tapes, I have very good luck with a Tascam quarter-inch 4-track, using tracks 
2 and 3 in the center.

-- Tom Fine

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Richard L. Hess" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Wednesday, December 21, 2011 1:51 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Mono records was Straight Line Tracking


> On 2011-12-21 11:57 AM, Goran Finnberg wrote:
>> Those that dreams about using L or R only listening intently for the lowest
>> noise and distortion can keep on dreaming while I just sum to mono as this
>> ALWAYS produces the best result.
> Hi, Goran,
>
> I know that you are talking about discs here (grooved media) and that is fine. I also know that 
> you know (or have your own version of) the following.
>
> I would like to note for the casual reader that this does not always apply for tape. The basic 
> equations (i.e. theoretical equations) work the same way, but tolerances and misalignments make 
> the final decision far more complex, especially with slower speeds and narrower tracks (e.g. 
> cassettes, especially).
>
> Often, better results can be had with a full-track mono head on full-track material than with an 
> NAB or DIN stereo head. In some instances (especially at slower speeds) a narrower head may 
> provide better results on a full track tape if the tape is badly slit or warped.
>
> Cheers,
>
> Richard
>
>
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