This is why you clean everything in the tape path often. Analogue tape suffers from shedding oxide, much less from remagnetization. If all the guides and heads are clean, shedding is lessenned considerably.
PS: If you wish to reuse old analog tape, bulk erasing is preferable to just recording over old material.
Originally posted by blake eat world: Is there a lot of loss in quality when recording to tape and someone keeps messing up so you have to record over and over? How much is too much, and the tape starts sounding bad?
That my firend is called 'beating the $*^t out of the tape'...it's one of the "advantages of digital", as you don't 'beat the $*^t out of the tape'.
Certain transports, like the transport on the ATR-124 or the Otari MTR-90 are 'capstanless', which reduces the 'beating the $*^t out of the tape factor' as the tape isn't pressed and pulled by a 'capstan', but works with a much 'floating transport' which is much gentler on the tape.
As Captain Analogue mentioned, you do want to keep the tape path clean, demag the machine every 100 or so hours of use, and also check that the heads aren't too flat, and that you havn't worn the 'guides' overly flat in the tape path area.
You can usually rotate the guides without too much of a struggle [the flat part adds to the abrasion, which scratches some of the oxide off the tape].
The remedy for this is when you're mixing...add a db of 10kHz when you do the mix alignment. There is an urban legend that had them adding 1/2 a db @ 10kHz per day when they got to mixing the Fleetwood Mac 'Tusk' album...I can't say if it's true or not...I wasn't there.
Originally posted by Fletcher: There is an urban legend that had them adding 1/2 a db @ 10kHz per day when they got to mixing the Fleetwood Mac 'Tusk' album...I can't say if it's true or not...I wasn't there.
You sure the 10k wasn't referring to the per diem they were adding to their noses? Listening to the album, I guess it's the same difference.