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Time machine needed!!!
Old 1 week ago
Time machine needed!!!

Man I just bought a new cassette player in hopes of pulling some decent recordings off tapes of a band I used to be in 30 some years age. I was the keyboardist, and one day I brought a old cassette deck to record our rehearsals. I think I was using a crappy pc microphone to record with. Flash forward to a few years ago, I went thru all my tapes and tried to salvage any of the history, only a few bits and pieces were salvageable. But not the stuff with the band, every song had a muddy sound to it.

I get to the dumpster about to toss all the the tapes away. A thought crossed my mind, I was using thrift store cassette decks to get the music to pc. But what if I those decks were causing the muddiness , so I decided not to throw the tapes out and hung on to them.

Last night a brand new usb cassette player came in, I listened to the band through Cad studio headphones, but to no avail the mud was still there and not going away.

So if anyone has a time machine I need a lift to 1988, so I can slap myself and force me to buy good microphones and properly placed during rehearsals!!!
Old 1 week ago
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They tend to be located in phone booths, fwiw
Old 1 week ago
It could also be that the azimuth was off on the record machine which would make them sound "muddy" if played on a machine with the azimuth in the correct position. Just a thought. With some Nakamichi decks you could adjust the playback azimuth to compensate for off axis azimuth. FWIW
Old 1 week ago
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I have Delorean I could sell you... But it only reaches 87 MPH.
Old 1 week ago
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I only have a Tardis I can lend you!
Old 2 days ago
Gear Head
Perhaps one of those BBE Sonic Maximizers would help, a least a little.
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