but isn't tape, in some ways, at least as fragile as vinyl?
What, not even new?
@polemon, you forgot about print-through.
Quote from: pdq on 13 June, 2017, 06:35:30 AM@polemon, you forgot about print-through.In linear audio recording, yes, kinda. Low-end video tapes use linear audio which is susceptible to print-through. Video tape where the audio is recorded in a similar fashion to the helical FM recording of the video signal is however protected from that.
How much print-through happens on high-quality Audio tape, I don't really know, but I've been told numerous times, that high-quality Revox or BASF tapes had protection against that by design and were nearly immune to that.
The number one killer of magnetic tape in general is moisture,
and one other obvious thing I forgot in my previous post, which is almost a bit embarrassing: magnetic fields. I've known where recordings have been damaged by a person carrying a tape reel in her purse - with a magnetic catch. Since Neodymium magnets are used even on these tiny paper boxes for rolling cigarettes, they're more ubiquitous than a lot of people think.
Quote from: Thad E Ginathom on 10 June, 2017, 06:44:55 PMWhat, not even new?Vintage! I actually think it is cool. Obviously it is not intended to be your playback source - the tape package includes a physical CD AND the Bandcamp digital delivery.Who does really need even CDs? (Old purchasing habits die hard though - and the physical CDs presset thirty years ago mean you can actually get hold of a pre-loudness war mastering.)Oh, by the way, from Bloomberg Business, "The last audio cassette factory": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMTpvr9HXeII admit it took until 2017 before I saw what those machines are really like.
which means the so-called ADD or AAD recordings.
The needle can do some damage to records... A never seen a record player get damaged from a broken record that might change if you play something that's severely warped and misshapen.
I am more worried about the conditions of the original tapes if they are too frequently played for making "true analog" copies. I don't mind people on the production side use analog tapes for euphoric purpose but I'd seriously hope they will digitize the tape output and distribute them as digital formats, which means the so-called ADD or AAD recordings.
IME the easiest way to get good CD versions of old analog masters is to get the early CD transfers via used media sales, and before the tracks end up on "best of" compendiums. I've seen "best of" compendious that were not only highly compressed where the previous CD versions were far cleaner, but some even had reverb added.
Quote from: Arnold B. Krueger on 14 July, 2017, 07:21:29 AMIME the easiest way to get good CD versions of old analog masters is to get the early CD transfers via used media sales, and before the tracks end up on "best of" compendiums. I've seen "best of" compendious that were not only highly compressed where the previous CD versions were far cleaner, but some even had reverb added.Should be a good video to illustrate your comment.https://youtu.be/eBJdfkXV5_s
Unmolested CD should include early DDD recordings as well. I read this in one of my CD booklet (attachment). I'd like to know the price of those equipment at that time.
The comment: "The software called MacMix ran on the newly introduced Apple Mac Plus computer, a machine that had no hard drive, a CPU that clocked in a blistering at 16 kHz." brings a smile when I read about and talk to placebophiles who are struggling to play audio transparently on 64 bit 16-way multi processors with clock speeds up in the thousands of megahertz.