For starters, try saving it as a WAV file, rather than FLAC. Play the WAV file and see what you get. You can always do a conversion to FL:AC later.

Gary Galo


Gary Galo
Audio Engineer Emeritus
The Crane School of Music
SUNY at Potsdam, NY 13676

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Subject: [ARSCLIST] Sporadc Tape Warble

We  are digitising 60 year old reel-reel tapes.

For this we are using an Akai DS40000 Mk 2 deck, a Behringer USB digitiser, and Audacity. This is all connected to a Toshiba Qosmio G32 running Ubuntu (Linex).

The tape plays smoothly with no sticky-shed or squealing.

The recording was originally aired by the BBC on FM in the 1970s.

The timeline is BBC Transmission > Radio FM Receiver > Reel-Reel recording > Playback on same tape deck > Behringer digitiser > Audacity > Saved as FLAC file.

However the resulting digital recording has strange intermittent 'warbles.' It is as though the tape was momentarily caught on something.

This is an example. Yes - some do like this kind of music!!! But it is the quality of the digital recording that is of concern.

Any ideas please as to cause?

Thank you -

Chris B.