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How do you store your tape? Any tips?
Old 5th September 2007
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How do you store your tape? Any tips?

I want to treat my 1/4 inch tapes as best I can. Anyone got any good tips for storage? I'm slightly concerned about heat and humidity...
Old 5th September 2007
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Anyone got any good tips for storage?
RAID. heh
Old 5th September 2007
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Hmmm.

Come on, it's at least partly you 'slutz fault that I've got such a desperate tape habit!
Old 5th September 2007
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In the box, tails out, upright. That's the "correct" way to do it.

Then again, you could leave the thing sandwiched between your pornos under your mattress and it'll still play years later.
Old 5th September 2007
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Yeah, I'm just thinking about temperature and conditions, things like that. I guess it should be fine in a corner of the studio all year round.
Old 5th September 2007
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Yeah, I'm just thinking about temperature and conditions, things like that. I guess it should be fine in a corner of the studio all year round.
Cool and dry.
Old 5th September 2007
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Cool and dry.
Yup, think in terms of storage in general. If you've ever stored stuff in a storage unit, those suckers get HOT. My buddy stored his leftover electronics in a storage unit in the San Fernando valley.

A year or two later there's oxidation everywhere, oxidation meaning rust. We were a little amazed.

Imagine what that could do to your tapes. He stored tapes too and they still play, but I wouldn't dare trust them for recording something important.
Old 5th September 2007
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Yup, think in terms of storage in general. If you've ever stored stuff in a storage unit, those suckers get HOT. My buddy stored his leftover electronics in a storage unit in the San Fernando valley.

A year or two later there's oxidation everywhere, oxidation meaning rust. We were a little amazed.

Imagine what that could do to your tapes. He stored tapes too and they still play, but I wouldn't dare trust them for recording something important.
Crikey, Soupking, that's a slightly scary story.

My studio is usually around 20-24 degrees celcius, which I suppose is comfortable. There's no way I'm putting them into some storage unit anytime soon, especially after reading that.

Thanks, all of you. Appreciated.
Old 5th September 2007
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They need to be really dry and relatively cool, but if you're like most of us the best you'll be able to do is to keep them in the same environment in which you live. The other day I saw my wife headed to the attic with a box that looked distantly familiar to me. You guessed it: master tapes. Yikes! Now I write all over the boxes so there's no confusion.
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