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Re: Tape looping/sequencing
i think a lot of you have already weiged in on this one, but...
On Fri, 8 Dec 2000 Bowerbird@webtv.net wrote:
> Thankyou for the in-depth advice! What reel-to-reel models would you
> recommend? The reason I'm asking is that my Akai doesn't work properly,
> and I'll probably be buying a r-to-r through the recycler, so I'll have
> to know if it's an acceptable model before I drive out to
> who-knows-where to buy it. I've heard Revox is my best bet.
studer VERY good
ampex, nice as well
otari also nice
dokoder ok, but parts sort of hard to find
like i said before, any machine's fine as long as
you can move the tape over the heads manually with
the machine stopped - not every deck'll do that.
> About that "china marker", is there a place to buy those, or is it just
> peice of wax?
a good art supply store will have em, check pearl paint or someplace like
that. it is not just a piece of wax, it's a like a grease pencil thing.
Just one more thing.... since different loops are
> different lengths, is there some kind of device for keeping the tape
> tight aroud the reels? Is this what's refered to as a "loop arm"?
well - the tape isn't really going to be around the reels, only
ONE reel. i guess if you're running a very _short_ loop it
could be a reel's-width span, but anything longer than that
is going to require something "out there" to run the tape around.
that's basically yours to experiment with. it's not uncommon to
see a mic stand pressed into service as a remote-hub sort of
thing. because it is difficult to keep tension even across the unit
your deck will experience the additional stresses i mentioned
in my earlier rant.
me, i'd use actual, real splicing tape, as opposed to gaffers tape,
velcro, masking tape, what have you.