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Playback of NAB 2-track tapes on a DIN Stereo (Butterfly) head

Filed under: archival practices,matching head to tape,reels — 2007-09-12 by Richard L. Hess — Last Edit 2012-01-06 by Richard L. Hess

I received a query from Sweden today asking

I have a Studer machine with butterfly heads with which I’d like to reproduce
tapes recorded with normal two track heads. Theoretically, how much more noise,
in dB, would I get from playing the “empty” part of the tape?

Let’s look at the assumptions.

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Can I destroy my originals after I digitize them?

Filed under: archival practices — 2007-09-20 by Richard L. Hess — Last Edit 2008-05-10 by

Jill Hurst-Wahl in her excellent blog “Digitization 101” asks this question and provides some good answers with reasons. You can read it here.



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