I think that's a motion picture hangover when did all of our "grease pencil" marks on 35mm film to designate the edit points.  The music editors would have handled and edited both, so it was easy to pick up a white china marker from "the bench" near at hand.

--- On Thu, 2/9/12, Corey Bailey <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

From: Corey Bailey <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Tape Backcoating
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Date: Thursday, February 9, 2012, 12:49 PM

On Monday, (02/06/12) I was carefully rewinding a 2", 24Tr.  scoring master while deciding if the tape was a candidate for baking when some china marker (grease pencil) scribbles went by on the backcoating. I was surprised to find this practice still being employed in 1993 when the tape was recorded. The Recording itself was Main and End title music. There was 6 takes and each was marked on the backcoating with a china marker.

Had I baked this tape before inspecting it, I would have risked a grease pencil disaster.


Corey Bailey Audio Engineering

On 2/8/2012 3:19 PM, Jim Lindner wrote:
> Tom there are many instances where baking before cleaning is not advised, and Martin nicely described just one of them. I would extend that and say that there are many situations where baking is not advised at all, and if so only after other processes have been tried beforehand and have failed and all other avenues exhausted.