tapes storage and analog troubles

Discussion in 'Tape Recorders' started by Amighetti Ronnie, Apr 13, 2001.

  1. hi,
    I've just bought a Tascam ATR80/24, 2" 24 track, and I'm facing the usual problem with analog:
    tape storage
    heads demagnetizing
    electronic calibration

    and so on.

    Anyway, I've found a paper on Quantegy website, telling that reels should be stored in a 45/50% humidity environment, and with 20°. The temperature is not a problem, but where I live the humidity is around 55/60%.

    I tried to lower the humidity in teh studio, but it seems very difficult (and exapnsive).

    So', I ve been tol dby my wife that exist a kind of small bool full with hygro-salt, that I should put in a cabine with the reels.

    I would liek to knwo if it can be a viable solution, or any advice you can give me on tape storage.....

  2. Ang1970

    Ang1970 Well-Known Member

    Sep 5, 2000
    If you want to attempt that, you should also get a humidity guage from the hardware store.

    Put the salt thing in the cabinet along with the guage, and monitor the humidity over a number of days before you put any tapes in. If it doesn't keep hum. consistent, you'll need to find a more controlled solution. There are electronic de-humidifier systems that range from a couple hundred to a couple thousand $$. (US$)

    If you turn songs around (and get a client/record label to buy the masters) in a year or less, 55-60% hum. won't be a problem. If they'll sit on the shelf 3 or more years, you should look into building a proper temp. & hum. controlled closet.

    Hope that helps.

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