The best way is to store tape "Tails-out." Put the full (new) reel of tape on the right side and the empty reel on the left. Now rewind, but stop before it spools off. After you record continue to wind it off onto the right reel at play speed.
This is how we used to do it, but not many home recordists do it this way. The way people define the take-up reel as being on the right side is really backwards as far as best practices. Itís best to unwind a new tape before using it, and itís best to store tapes tails out, so this kills two birds with one stone (not that I have anything against birds unless they poop on my car).
If you have a 6-screw balanced precision reel for the empty reel on the left side your tape will be more smoothly packed even at fast speed. This way of doing things, whether multi-tracking or mixdown will improve tape handling considerably.
So to sum up... put the new reel on the right side and rewind to an empty reel on the left side before use.
Last edited by Beck; 05-16-2007 at 04:05.
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