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Deteriorated cassette tapes

Posted: Thu Oct 11, 2018 3:17 am
by mylenology
Hello, i figured out that after multiple re-recording on the same tape, the sound quality get more and more "low-fi", deteriorated. The more a tape has been used for recording, the less it can record sounds.

To get the picture, i use the regular maxell c90 cassettes to record my stuff, and i got the classical Tascam 414 mkII 4-track recorder.

So basically, it could be a nice way to think your sound and the tape-object. To get a more magnetic sound, a more dynamic and chaotic record quality, to let the magnetic quality take the rules, instead of let it passive, enslaved.
After that, it allows you to re-record on a regular speed your track with a cassette deck (or wathever), to get your final copy. Wich will be the "main tape" of your project, the one you listen to, the one you give to people. Cause of course, nobody listen to a master tape from a 4-track. And that's all the beauty of it. To share your project in his cassette form, you should totally accept that the real tape will be a copy, actually a new sound-object. It will be more compressed, less cleaner than your 4-track master tape.

So just let's continue to spread those unstable and ephemeral analog tapes !

Re: Deteriorated cassette tapes

Posted: Thu Nov 22, 2018 9:08 pm
by TerminallyBlue
Theres a lot of fun to be had with tape. If you want it extra deteriorated, get a cheap recorder and player (so you wont mess up your playback heads) and just crumple the tape up in your fist, bend it, or physically screw it up anyway you want - it sounds great for noise, especially when you make tape loops out of it.

Re: Deteriorated cassette tapes

Posted: Fri Nov 23, 2018 10:07 am
by timdrage
one fun thing is to disengage the erase head (some decks you can add a switch, or more crudely just stick a bit of tinfoil over it ) and record over multiple times