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    Reel To Reels..Please Help Me!!!!!

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    Back in the early 80's I recorded some tunes I had written in two different but very professional studios in LA.

    Somehow around 1991 I lost these tapes, and haven't ever seen them again.

    Until now.

    My buddy found them in his closet, got them to me right away.

    This is incredibly awesome news for me, but in this digital age, herein lies my problem...

    Who would possibly have Reel-To Reel machines anymore that could play/track these correctly, so I could have these on CD forever?

    The tapes are in excellent condition, as they have been inside their "cans", and tucked away in a breifcase all these years.

    If anyone can help me, here is some info on the tapes...
    1. Two of the reels were recorded on Ampex 456 Tapes, on 8-track recording units.

    2. The other reel is on a Radio Shack (!) 10 inch reel.
    I have NO IDEA what was recorded on that one, or where...

    If ANYONE can help me out, it would be appreciated so much.

    Thanks!

    VI

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    Arrow Well, either buy a Tascam 38 & M30 mixer, or maybe find someone who has a similar set

    F/I, you could post the reels to me, and I'd probably be competent enough throw together a decent mix. Or, someone local, so you can be at the mix sessions. Maybe Rats will buy you a 1/2" reel-8-track for your next birthday.

    It is 1/2", isn't it? Well, I have 1/4" 8-track too. I'm versatile.

    If you could quote the model of the original recorder,...

    Anyway, find that, or PM me to make any arrangements./DA

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    What about the notorious 456 sticky shed or are tape cans a good defense??

    Could this be an easy bake oven moment?????

    I' know I'll tune in with fingers crossed to find out.

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    Arrow Well, you just can't tell until you mount the reels and run them.

    I think it would be reasonable to think they might shed, but not necessarily. And, a tape that sheds may stop shedding, when it's had enough wind time.

    Anyway, it in all likelyhood is good tape, until proven otherwise, and sticky shed or not, if the guy wants his mixes transferred, they'll surely hold up for a few more sessions.

    Bake the tape if you want, on other's recommendation, but not mine, I wouldn't do it. I'd just minimize the problem by first fast winding a few times, cleaning individually, then run the tape. Do the remix session. Just clean thoroughly between each pass of the reel. There's no magic defense on that one.

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    I love the voice of reason and experience.

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    i would say... take them to a professional studio and see what they make of it.

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    VI,

    If you have the stereo, two track master in there, maybe the Radio-Shack reel is it? That would be the ideal reel to transfer to a CD burner.

    The 8 track, multi-track masters would have to be remixed completely as only the raw tracks would be on there un-mixed.

    What are the thicknesses of the tapes?

    You mentioned the reel size but not the thickness of the tape.

    If the 8 track ones are 1" tape, you'll need to find someone with a matching recorder to handle those reels.

    Cheers!

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    I'd see if I could find a pro studio to just transfer the raw tracks to whatever medium you CAN use (maybe .wav files or whatever). That way you can mix and remix and remix your hearts desire.

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    Thumbs up

    Thank you all so much for your advice and input.

    Reel Person: Sounds like you are quite skilled in this area.
    And I'm glad guys like you are around here to share advice.
    The Ampegs (The ones I care about the most) are on a 1/2" tape.
    If you think you can decipher these, PLEASE e-mail me. I will send you the tapes Fed-X, and I will pay you for your efforts.

    Rocket Bay & Track Rat: I believe I have now called every studio in the Detoit-area about this, and they tell me they do not have reel-to-reels lying around anymore on their studios.

    Ghost Of FM: Thank you for your comments. I didn't even think to look at the thickness of the tape. And I would be happy just to get the tracks dry or not transferred to .wav files I can work with myself in Sound Forge.

    Thanks again for your advice, you guys are great!


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