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    Question Cassette tapes - HELP

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    I'm using a Yamaha MT-120 4 track cassette recorder that was given to me.

    I have a question about which cassette tapes to use...

    The manual says to use Type II, high position, chrome.

    I found Maxell Type II, high position tapes, but they don't say anything about being chrome.

    What's the deal with "chrome"?

    Am I using the right tapes?

    Thanks

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    Those should be fine. I don't know about the chrome aspect but generally with those machines you just want a good HIGH BIAS tape. Which is what you have.

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    Arrow Yes,...

    Type II = High Bias = Chrome.

    You'da man!
    Quote Originally Posted by Lt. Bob
    ... subtleties of sound make a difference to those who really listen.

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    Thanks, you guys are awesome. That clears that up for me nicely. Oh yeah, I meant to say high bias, not high position.

    Maybe you can help me with a couple other things I've been wondering about...first let me tell you what I'm doing... recording vocals and acoustic instruments in a room with some nice natural reverb. Primarily using and SPB1 and an SPB3, running through solid state mic pre-amps. No effects or post processing.

    I've been recording with the dbx off. Any comment?

    I'm using 90 minute tapes (the manual says not to use anything longer than that). Any comments?

    I've been recording at normal tape speed (4.8), but the machine is switchable to a faster speed (9.6 i think). Will this make a noticable difference in the sound quality?

    Thanks again

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    The higher tape speed will sound better. You will get less tape hiss if you record with Dolby and play back with Dolby.

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    Got it on the tape speed. Thanks.

    Regarding Dolby.. I understand it is designed to reduce noice, but if I use it will I lose some of the nice high frequencies I'm getting from the SP B1?

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    You might want to experiment with the Dolby to see what you prefer. I've recorded stuff on a couple of different Tascam models, so I'm not familiar with Yamaha's products. I'm satisfied with recording with Dolby. There was too much noise without it. I don't think it did anything udesirable to the recording. I had some stuff that I recorded on a Roland VS880EX and I transferred it over to an old Tascam 4 track with Dolby and it actually took some of that digital shrillness out of it. It just depends on what kind of sound you're after. Experiment with it and see what you think.

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    Arrow Yeah, that.

    90 min. tapes should be okay. The dbx is there to minimize tape hiss, and I've always used it. It's never seemed to "damage" the sound. Dbx should be ON when recording and playing back, as it's an encode/decode system.
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    On a narrow track recording format, it is recommended to use whatever noise reduction system is available. The dbx will give you significantly more headroom and virtually no hiss and distortion.

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    Simplybass,
    As a bass player I suggest the following:
    Dolby will fill up the tape & through selectivly adding EQing to reduce tape hiss & when played back with the same Dolby this EQing will be removed leaving the sound you recorded with a minimum of hiss/dist.
    I have & still use an MT100.
    Record something simple with the Dolby ON - then play it back with the Dolby OFF. Hear the diff?
    Now play it back with the Dolby ON. Listen again. Good eh?
    Dolby will only remove the wrong frequencies IF you haven't used it in record but have it ON in playback.
    Record something with the Dolby OFF.
    Now play it back.
    Sound hissie eh?
    NOW play it back with the Dolby ON.
    You can hear the type of EQing by the cuts to the sound you recorded.
    It's from playing non Dolby recordings with Dolby ON that has created the misconception about rolling off the highs.
    Still a really cool tape machine isn't it?
    Use Dolby, Use Top speed, Clean often, use good tapes:
    MAXIMUM 60min chrome tapes in rigid cassettes, (there are some horribly flimsy cassettes out there) stored like books (vertically on end spine out) in an even temp zone (preferably on the cool side) AWAY from sunlight, speakers, magnets, demagnetisers (use one of these often on the heads along with a gentle head & capstan clean), & FFWD (not while playing) them through every 6 months if you haven't played them.
    & you'll have good results
    Oh, and go a little into the red, (little), as consistently as possible to keep even more hiss away - personal opinion that one though.
    Cheers
    rayC

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