Here’s a spot to discuss the use of cassette tape as part of your process, including
- Creative uses of cassette
- Influence of cassette on your creative process
- Specific engineering insights and first-hand experiences
If you are looking for photo gallery of specific machines and mechanical/maintenance etc check the Tape Gear topic.
To start off, I have a question for other tape junkies:
I heard somewhere along the way that in multitrack cassette recorders like the 4-track and 8-track machines that the “inside” tracks (track 4 and 5 on a Portastudio 8 track, for example) were in some way “better” to record on, because the edges of the tape were thinner or more prone to the variances in tape quality.
Anyone know if this is true or not or have some experience on it? I’m about to configure a patchbay for a Syncasette 238 I just added and am wondering if I should set up my patchbay all confusing-like but take advantage of the center channels for when I set up the normalling.
tldr; Center stripes of a multitrack cassette—better than the edge stripes?