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Audio Concepts 107 - Analog Tape Recording.
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The long-time standard for professional multitrack tape recorders was…
Virtual tape refers to plug-ins that emulate the sound of tape. True or False?
Tape noise-reduction systems were available from…
Ampex and dbx
Dolby and Ampex
Ampex and 3M
Dolby and dbx
With an analog tape recorder, varispeed…
changes pitch while preserving tempo
affects both time and pitch
changes speed while preserving pitch
is only possible during recording
Early methods of ADT (Artificial Double-Tracking)…
used a second tape machine to delay a copy of the signal
involved replaying a part on two or more tracks
involved deliberately mis-aligning a tape recorder
were forbidden at Abbey Road studio because they damaged the recorders
It's useful to still be familiar with the ins & outs of analog tape because...
when the DAW crashes, engineers must be ready to turn to tape to finish the session
about half of all sessions are still recorded on analog tape
when the DAW fad runs its course, tape will take over again
the sound of tape is still popular in modern production
The two main steps of analog tape aligment are…
repro and record alignment
repro and playback alignment
record and overdub alignment
playback and fast-wind alignment
Tape is pulled past the heads in the following order:
erase, repro, playback
repro, playback, record
record, erase, repro
erase, record, repro
"Rocking the reels" refers to…
fast-forwarding and rewinding the tape
playing a recording while playing air guitar
shaking the reels to prevernt the tape from sticking
manually locating an edit point by moving the reels by hand
A trick to avoid tape breakage when fast-winding is…
slow the tape down by hitting the opposite fast-wind button before stopping
never use fastforward and rewind once audio has been recorded on the tape
rewind and fastforward the tape by hand
switch the machine to its slowest playback speed before fast-winding
The first two steps of a tape alignment procedure are…
cleaning and debugging the recorder
cleaning and demagnetizing the recorder
cleaning and defragging the recorder
demagnetizing and defragging the recorder
For stereo tape recording, two tracks on quarter-inch tape is called…
the half-track format
the full-track format
the quarter-track format
the dual-track format
Storing a tape tails out means…
always store the tape upside down in the box
always rewind the tape after use and store it on the supply reel
flip the tape over and play it backwards once before storing it
don't rewind the tape—store it on the takeup reel
Audio is stored on analog tape in the form of…
magnetized particles (domains) on the tape
optical wavelengths on the tape
perforations of the tape, like a punch card
MDMs—Modular Digital Multitracks, like ADAT—were...
the first hard-disk recorders
open-reel digital recorders that offered 24/48 or 32/64 tracks
DAT recorders that added tracks to their original stereo format
8-track videotape-based recorders that could be sync'd to increase track count
The most common reel size for professional tape is…
Tape is still desireable because…
subtle tape saturation adds pleasant warmth
it's easier to edit with tape than with DAWs
lots of hits were recorded on tape
tape recordings have less distortion than DAW recordings
A common use of real tape in the DAW studio is...
to bounce a finished mix to tape, for its analog character
to make critical edits, because editing is more accurate with tape
guarantee a hit, because all the biggest hits were tracked on tape
to make critical punches, because punching is more accurate with tape
When playing a tape on an analog tape recorder, the tape moves…
from left to right in a continuous loop
from right to left in a continuous loop
from left to right, supply reel to takeup reel
from right to left, supply reel to takeup reel
As opposed to punches in a DAW, analog punches are…
Audio Concepts 107
Analog Tape Recording
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