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Real-world use of analogue mixing and digital recording equipment combined

Not really an answer, but a bit long for comments… To echo Dave's sentiment; as owner of many old reel-reel machines, gathering dust in a junk room I would heartily agree. Keep them for if you ever ...
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URGENT sound of wrinkled audio tape interrupting playback

You could record your audio to a cassette tape, wrinkle it, and grab the playback audio. Nothing beats the real thing ;)
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I want to record/playback to analog tape at different speeds. What device am I looking for?

The more important question here is why are you not doing this is what ever software you are using? But in response to the question at hand... As for tape decks the older Tascam 8 track and 2 ...
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Real-world use of analogue mixing and digital recording equipment combined

I happen to still own my Tascam 1/2 inch 8 track tape deck and I will warn you DONT BUY ONE while recording on tape seems like a "fun" idea its actually a nightmare. Ill give you a few reasons why ...
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What is the RPM of A Typical Reel To Reel Recorder?

Audio tape speeds are measured in ips (inches per second) or in cm/s (centimeters per second), not RPM (i.e. there is no typical/common RPM). The actual RPM of the reels changes with the amount of ...
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What do you call the problem with this audio from cassette tape, and how do I fix it?

This is a problem that occurred during the original recording. Sounds very much like the tape capstan rubbers are slipping and the tape is not being kept up-to-speed during the recording. There is ...
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Improving digitalized tape recordings - more than what I've done

Wav files are better quality but unfortunately converting a compressed .mp3 to a .wav doesn't improve quality. I would interpret the "blanket" over the voice to sound like it's muffled which means ...
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How to repair a torn DAT tape?

If the break is at the beginning (or end) it might be easier to simply discard the short piece and attach the tape to the nearest hub. Some people over at TaperSection.com have shown how to do it with ...
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How to repair a torn DAT tape?

Cut properly and under magnetic tape (non magnetic area). You can stick with transparent thin tape. We used to do this with audio and video tapes.
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What should be done before playing old cassettes?

I've never heard of the 'sticky tape' phenomenon affecting anything other than specific Ampex 456 tape made during the 80s… & boy, have I baked some of those over the years ;-) Old cassettes may ...
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What should be done before playing old cassettes?

I play all kinds of tapes from the 70-90 no issues here. I think they will still work flawlessly. Tapes are build like tanks :) You definetely won't rip them off at the end. I tried to rip one by Hand....
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URGENT sound of wrinkled audio tape interrupting playback

Well, derjur beat me to it as I was going to suggest doing it for real as well! Cassette players are cheap on eBay, I got one last year for futzing things and it was about £9. Tapes are cheap too as ...
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