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    RMG 1/2" tape any good???

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    Hello,

    Is the RMG tape out there any good? I've heard good and bad things about it, like shedding and the like. What do you think? I'm in need of some 1/2" at the moment.

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    I've got some used one pass 1/2 inch 456 that you can have for $15 a reel plus shipping. I think there are four left. Don't know about shipping to Mars though....................

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    Quote Originally Posted by yetipur View Post
    Hello,
    Is the RMG tape out there any good? I've heard good and bad things about it, like shedding and the like. What do you think? I'm in need of some 1/2" at the moment.
    thnx
    The bad batches are bad. The good batches are good. At this point it's either RMGI or the ATR stuff which probably isn't designed for what you're doing anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpmorris View Post
    The bad batches are bad. The good batches are good.
    I concur

    Looks like Q has some Old Stock of 406 1/2" : LINK,
    The "The Bad-The Good"-rule applies !
    you can also try to call them and ask what else they've got.
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    I've bought about 9 reels of the SM911 and it works great. I have had no problems with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpmorris View Post
    The bad batches are bad. The good batches are good. At this point it's either RMGI or the ATR stuff which probably isn't designed for what you're doing anyway.
    What's he doing that would make a difference?
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    Quote Originally Posted by RRuskin View Post
    What's he doing that would make a difference?
    Well, I am just guessing, but if he's looking for 1/2" tape, he's liable to want something roughly 456-compatible. Isn't the ATR tape +11 or something? Will his machine be able to handle that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpmorris View Post
    Well, I am just guessing, but if he's looking for 1/2" tape, he's liable to want something roughly 456-compatible. Isn't the ATR tape +11 or something? Will his machine be able to handle that?
    Just because a tape can handle an elevated level does not mean it must be set up for it. ATR provides distortion figures for a wide range of levels. Take a look for yourself. Also note the set up disclaimer at the very end.

    http://www.atrtape.com/pdf/ATR%20Tech%20Web.pdf
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    Quote Originally Posted by RRuskin View Post
    Just because a tape can handle an elevated level does not mean it must be set up for it. ATR provides distortion figures for a wide range of levels. Take a look for yourself. Also note the set up disclaimer at the very end.
    Ah, my bad. I'll have to try it sometime if I can find a supplier.

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    Oh dear gods... It's twice the price of the RMGI stuff. It may have to wait a bit

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    Interesting that the ATR tape has a coercivity of 365 Oe, which relates to bias requirement. In comparison, 456 and 911 both have 320 Oe, requiring less bias current and 468 is at 380 Oe, requiring more bias.

    The point is that ATR requires a bit more bias than 456 / 911 but less than 468. I think that a typical TEAC / TASCAM studio deck can bias up to an ATR tape. At least it would seem so from the specs.

    I wonder how thick, stiff and heavy the ATR tape is as compared to a 456 or 911.

    If anyone reading this has in fact biased their deck to ATR I sure would like to know how it went.

    EDIT: OK, here's the scoop from the spec sheets. ATR's total thickness is 2.28 mil as opposed to SM911 which is 1.97 mil (Quantegy also less than 2mils), a notable difference, one which could possibly put more strain on a deck's transport? Maybe.

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