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Audio Concepts 107 - Analog Tape Recording.
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Tape noise-reduction systems were available from…
Dolby and dbx
Dolby and Ampex
Ampex and dbx
Ampex and 3M
Audio is stored on analog tape in the form of…
perforations of the tape, like a punch card
optical wavelengths on the tape
magnetized particles (domains) on the tape
Tape is pulled past the heads in the following order:
record, erase, repro
repro, playback, record
erase, repro, playback
erase, record, repro
The first two steps of a tape alignment procedure are…
cleaning and demagnetizing the recorder
cleaning and debugging the recorder
demagnetizing and defragging the recorder
cleaning and defragging the recorder
Virtual tape refers to plug-ins that emulate the sound of tape. True or False?
It's useful to still be familiar with the ins & outs of analog tape because...
when the DAW crashes, engineers must be ready to turn to tape to finish the session
the sound of tape is still popular in modern production
about half of all sessions are still recorded on analog tape
when the DAW fad runs its course, tape will take over again
The long-time standard for professional multitrack tape recorders was…
MDMs—Modular Digital Multitracks, like ADAT—were...
8-track videotape-based recorders that could be sync'd to increase track count
open-reel digital recorders that offered 24/48 or 32/64 tracks
the first hard-disk recorders
DAT recorders that added tracks to their original stereo format
Early methods of ADT (Artificial Double-Tracking)…
were forbidden at Abbey Road studio because they damaged the recorders
involved deliberately mis-aligning a tape recorder
involved replaying a part on two or more tracks
used a second tape machine to delay a copy of the signal
"Rocking the reels" refers to…
manually locating an edit point by moving the reels by hand
shaking the reels to prevernt the tape from sticking
playing a recording while playing air guitar
fast-forwarding and rewinding the tape
Tape is still desireable because…
subtle tape saturation adds pleasant warmth
it's easier to edit with tape than with DAWs
tape recordings have less distortion than DAW recordings
lots of hits were recorded on tape
For stereo tape recording, two tracks on quarter-inch tape is called…
the full-track format
the half-track format
the dual-track format
the quarter-track format
When playing a tape on an analog tape recorder, the tape moves…
from left to right, supply reel to takeup reel
from right to left, supply reel to takeup reel
from left to right in a continuous loop
from right to left in a continuous loop
The most common reel size for professional tape is…
Storing a tape tails out means…
don't rewind the tape—store it on the takeup reel
always store the tape upside down in the box
always rewind the tape after use and store it on the supply reel
flip the tape over and play it backwards once before storing it
With an analog tape recorder, varispeed…
is only possible during recording
changes pitch while preserving tempo
affects both time and pitch
changes speed while preserving pitch
As opposed to punches in a DAW, analog punches are…
The two main steps of analog tape aligment are…
record and overdub alignment
playback and fast-wind alignment
repro and record alignment
repro and playback alignment
A trick to avoid tape breakage when fast-winding is…
rewind and fastforward the tape by hand
switch the machine to its slowest playback speed before fast-winding
never use fastforward and rewind once audio has been recorded on the tape
slow the tape down by hitting the opposite fast-wind button before stopping
A common use of real tape in the DAW studio is...
to make critical edits, because editing is more accurate with tape
guarantee a hit, because all the biggest hits were tracked on tape
to make critical punches, because punching is more accurate with tape
to bounce a finished mix to tape, for its analog character
Audio Concepts 107
Analog Tape Recording
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