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Tape Machine Issuse
Old 20th July 2007
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Audio1420's Avatar

Tape Machine Issuse

Whats good guys.... I just ran into an issuse with my Otari 50/50, I'm trin to print a mix to tape which I just did 2 days ago with no issuses... Now today when I go to print the mix to tape I got all the levels to 0 print my test tone then print the mix to tape ... After the mix is done I play the mix back on the tape I have no level and its all distored... We are using Quantegy 499 tape which is breand new, so I'm thinking maybe its the tape so I swap it out no good, clean the heads no good.. The kicker is when I play one of my other mixes from that same tape the other day it sounds great..... I know the heads have never been demagintized since i've owned it could that be part of the issuse??? Thanks
Old 20th July 2007
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Wild guess here. It may be a hygeine issue, not an electronic one.

It seems like your playback head is clean, but one or both of the other two may not be. The main point of head cleaning is to get tiny debris out of the gaps. These gaps are, of course, perpendicular to the tape path. If you've been cleaning the heads by swabbing from side to side, it's possible that you've been shoving crud into the gaps rather than out of them. So try swabbing front to back.
Old 20th July 2007
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did you bias your machine?
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