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calstars, Sunday, 20 January 2008 20:37 (nine years ago) Permalink

I am very interested in them recently, but only have like three or four

Ivan, Sunday, 20 January 2008 20:41 (nine years ago) Permalink

http://nickdouglas.googlepages.com/blacksabbathcassette.JPG

calstars, Sunday, 20 January 2008 20:41 (nine years ago) Permalink

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calstars, Sunday, 20 January 2008 20:45 (nine years ago) Permalink

http://www.fuckittapes.com/fuckittapes.htm

Edward III, Sunday, 20 January 2008 21:10 (nine years ago) Permalink

I still have lots of great cassettes; it was my primary format of music until 1994, when I got my first CD player. But unfortunately I don't have a working cassette player anymore, and I'd imagine it would be quite hard to get a new one these days.

Remember the time when you actually taped songs from the radio? You'd have a cassette ready in the deck and you had to be prepared to press the rec button immediately after the DJ announced the next song. And it was so irritating when the DJs spoke on top of songs! Why couldn't they just play them full? Maybe there was some secret agreement between radio DJs and the record industry, so that the DJs would speak on top of songs so people couldn't tape proper versions of them off the radio, and had to buy them instead.

Tuomas, Sunday, 20 January 2008 21:29 (nine years ago) Permalink

^^^good label, need to keep up with their shit as I didn't know they had an MV+EE thing among other stuff

xpost re: fuckittapes

DJ Mencap, Sunday, 20 January 2008 21:30 (nine years ago) Permalink

Tuomas is there an equivalent of craigslist.com or gumtree.com or whatever in Finland? I bet you could find someone literally giving away a working tape player within like five minutes of browsing

DJ Mencap, Sunday, 20 January 2008 21:32 (nine years ago) Permalink

We have a tape player at work, and my friend got this huge box of mix tapes some guy made when he was in college in the early 90s. It's pretty funny listening to it, it's full of like Liz Phair and Slowdive and New Order.

I make tapes all the time.

filthy dylan, Sunday, 20 January 2008 22:15 (nine years ago) Permalink

named 'tape store' for a reason

Tape Store, Sunday, 20 January 2008 22:28 (nine years ago) Permalink

Tuomas, that "DJ's talking over the top of records" thing used to drive me nuts. I don't think it was a deliberate tactic to make recording off the radio difficult - just that most DJs love the sound of their own voice!

snoball, Sunday, 20 January 2008 22:39 (nine years ago) Permalink

Does anyone here remember a link someone posted a few years ago that went to a webpage of all these zillions of different brands/lengths of cassette tapes? I would appreciate it if someone could point me to that site again.

Bimble, Sunday, 20 January 2008 22:41 (nine years ago) Permalink

i just lov cassettes. i still have some of my fave albums on cassette

Surmounter, Sunday, 20 January 2008 22:46 (nine years ago) Permalink

i mean i still like walk arond with a walkman. mhmm

Surmounter, Sunday, 20 January 2008 22:46 (nine years ago) Permalink

I ordered that Warmer Milks tape from fuckittapes earlier today actually.

Herman G. Neuname, Sunday, 20 January 2008 22:48 (nine years ago) Permalink

Releasing stuff on a cassette in 2008 c/d?

S-, Monday, 21 January 2008 01:51 (nine years ago) Permalink

I've always hated cassette tapes. Hated having to wait during fast-foward/rewind, and then not knowing for sure where you're skipping to (unless you go all the way to the end or beginning of the side, obv). Also, they always got eaten up in tape decks, and they'd melt if they were left in hot cars

Lingbert, Monday, 21 January 2008 02:16 (nine years ago) Permalink

http://www.slippytown.com/ggcass.jpg

I still have this on cassette along with many other titles on ROIR, the greatest cassette-only label ever (until they started re-releasing them all on cd).

Matt #2, Monday, 21 January 2008 02:22 (nine years ago) Permalink

i don't really like tapes - the type of damage they're susceptible to is more severe than damage to records (although in many other ways they're a lot more hardwearing. also they generally sound like crap if they're not chrome or metal tapes (and sometimes even if they are)

i do dig a lot of the tape label stuff from the 80s & early 90s but that's despite the format not because of

electricsound, Monday, 21 January 2008 02:34 (nine years ago) Permalink

I miss the word "cassingle" but not the object to which it refers.

Guayaquil (eephus!), Monday, 21 January 2008 02:49 (nine years ago) Permalink

did you know cassingle is a trademark?

http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9B0DEED91531F931A3575AC0A961948260&sec=&spon=&pagewanted=all

and what, Monday, 21 January 2008 03:09 (nine years ago) Permalink

I used to buy That's (<-- this was the brand name) blank tapes, which boasted having high signal-noise ratio and tolerance to higher volumes. IT WERE TRUE. You could turn up those buggers to an insanely high volume and there'd be no distortion.

Other brands of note: Denon, Raks (Turkish)

Autumn Almanac, Monday, 21 January 2008 03:15 (nine years ago) Permalink

Moving soon and my wife and I tossed about 100 of them, some were 20 years old. It was tough in a way but also felt good. Still have maybe 40 that we couldn't get rid of. I like cassettes.

Mark, Monday, 21 January 2008 03:19 (nine years ago) Permalink

xp omg this is the same brand

http://211.78.161.57/res/gdsale/st_pic/0469/st-469997-s200.jpg

Autumn Almanac, Monday, 21 January 2008 03:22 (nine years ago) Permalink

This thread reminds me of C90 strangeness

Daniel Giraffe, Monday, 21 January 2008 13:16 (nine years ago) Permalink

I got rid of all but a few of my tapes a couple of years ago when I moved into accommodation with almost no storage space. The onyl aspect of cassettes that I miss is the snobbery value of buying slick, beautiful high-end tape when I could afford it. I don't know how much difference it made to the sound but it felt nice.

Daniel Giraffe, Monday, 21 January 2008 13:19 (nine years ago) Permalink

I spent sixteen years commuting between Oxford and London and in those pre-Discman days the only way I got a chance to listen to music on my own was in the Oxford Tube coach there and back; consequently I still have an unfeasibly enormous amount of cassettes and remarkably nearly all of them are still in fine fettle with no warp or wear so I must have done something right. I wouldn't ever get rid of them.

Dingbod Kesterson, Monday, 21 January 2008 13:30 (nine years ago) Permalink

The onyl aspect of cassettes that I miss is the snobbery value of buying slick, beautiful high-end tape when I could afford it. I don't know how much difference it made to the sound but it felt nice.

I hear ya, Daniel Giraffe. Sony SMMST in a ceramic shell - I still don't think I ever filled more than half a side of this:

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/95/243430994_035127a9f5.jpg

I did fill this, but maybe jazz diva Tom Waits covers were a waste of an MA-XG (Rickie Lee Jones' Ghostyhead on the B-side):

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/91/243433021_ff13cbdb57.jpg

And this is what ultimately happens to tapes when you have kids:

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/69/162650828_48d589e16b.jpg

Michael Jones, Monday, 21 January 2008 15:50 (nine years ago) Permalink

Not pictured: Maxell Vertex, with gold-transfer lettering. I think The Prodigy is on that.

Michael Jones, Monday, 21 January 2008 15:51 (nine years ago) Permalink

Boots and WH Smith own brand when I was skint, TDK and Memorex when I had the money.

snoball, Monday, 21 January 2008 16:26 (nine years ago) Permalink

I love how the SMMST has its own signature. Makes me feel like I should wear a tie when I go to record something onto it

DJ Mencap, Monday, 21 January 2008 16:27 (nine years ago) Permalink

Another similar thread:
What was your favorite cassette brand?

snoball, Monday, 21 January 2008 16:36 (nine years ago) Permalink

Phwoar, that's tape porn, Michael.

Daniel Giraffe, Monday, 21 January 2008 17:56 (nine years ago) Permalink

Ha, I posted practically the same images on that other 2005 thread.

Michael Jones, Monday, 21 January 2008 18:02 (nine years ago) Permalink

http://copshootcop.com/other/images/headkickcassette.jpg

Alex in NYC, Monday, 21 January 2008 18:05 (nine years ago) Permalink

In 2006, Moss did a re-release of their "Tormented" demo tape in a limited run of 50 scary hand-made metal cases. Wish I had got one, they look great.

no-nonsense, Monday, 21 January 2008 18:08 (nine years ago) Permalink

Here's tape pron:
http://orby.trideja.com/GeneratedItems/cassette/
...the images on this page take a couple of minutes to load.

snoball, Monday, 21 January 2008 18:15 (nine years ago) Permalink

http://copshootcop.com/other/images/headkickcassette.jpg

I has this EP. Do not be a hater, Alex.

Tapes def best for audiobooks.

libcrypt, Monday, 21 January 2008 19:02 (nine years ago) Permalink

I don't think alex is being a hater - that's his favorite band!

I had it on vinyl and stupidly lent it out to someone, never to be seen again.

Edward III, Monday, 21 January 2008 19:07 (nine years ago) Permalink

Releasing stuff on a cassette in 2008 c/d?

classic! I'm planning on putting a cassette out this year.

Edward III, Monday, 21 January 2008 19:08 (nine years ago) Permalink

How is posting an image making me a hater? Next to Killing Joke, Cop Shoot Cop was the best band on the fucking planet. I actually own three copies of this cassette -- one's still wrapped in case I lose/overplay/break the other two.

Oh, and I have it on vinyl as well.

Alex in NYC, Monday, 21 January 2008 19:08 (nine years ago) Permalink

No, I mean don't be a hater because I have the vinyl. But I guessed wrong, eh?

libcrypt, Monday, 21 January 2008 19:16 (nine years ago) Permalink

work/death's teenage heavy metal revisionism came in a cassette covered in spikes:

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y176/edwardiii/workdeathtape.jpg

Edward III, Monday, 21 January 2008 19:19 (nine years ago) Permalink

always thought metal and rap sounded better on cassette in the 80s.

Edward III, Monday, 21 January 2008 19:21 (nine years ago) Permalink

and spacemen 3's the perfect prescription!

Edward III, Monday, 21 January 2008 19:30 (nine years ago) Permalink

I used to read the sales pitch on the back of the packaging and get way too excited. 'omg a hyperferric emulsification layer with magnachrome coating!! i NEED this'

Autumn Almanac, Monday, 21 January 2008 21:43 (nine years ago) Permalink

i have a big box of cassettes that i sadly have not had room enough in the car to bring back to oberlin with me. but i love cassettes. also, when the old ipod shuffle runs out of batteries in the car, i have over 40 tapes to choose from.

the table is the table, Monday, 21 January 2008 21:59 (nine years ago) Permalink

my favorite i've ever found is cassingle of a song by a guy named Joe Bracco. i will up it to this thread soon, it is a barrel of laughs.

the table is the table, Monday, 21 January 2008 22:02 (nine years ago) Permalink

thanks, snoball - beautiful!

Daniel Giraffe, Monday, 21 January 2008 23:36 (nine years ago) Permalink

but I mean another thing (responding more to n/a's "it is nostalgia & only that" assertion) is that cassette releases can still be small. they are not in the cycle of promotion, generally speaking. if you put out an album on CD or even LP and people get excited about it, even at a small level, it starts getting blogged & posted & so on. cassettes do get ripped & shared & reviewed but at a much smaller level; tapes in 2011 sort of allow people & scenes to not participate as intensely in the Everything Gets A Press Release historical moment we're in. Tapes don't really have "release dates" and one-sheets as far as I know, they just sort of come into existence & Night People writes a little blurb about 'em and there are only a couple hundred and then they're gone, and if people go completely nuts about one then it gets pressed on an LP a year later, but tape releases get to retain a little don't-mind-us-we're-just-fucking-around vibe that other releases kind of can't claim. imo.

― five gone cats from Boston (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Thursday, 17 March 2011 03:00 (5 hours ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

I hear all this but it does beg the question, why not just put it out on CDR

except Lamp answered that right at the start of this revive

I buy a lot of tapes at the minute b/c lots of music I want to own is being released on the format but as far as I can tell its prevalence is entirely down to low-level marketing gimmicks, low-level trolling or some sort of combination thereof

mixtape for after you get shawcrossed (DJ Mencap), Thursday, 17 March 2011 08:46 (six years ago) Permalink

get a tape deck they're cheap

not in my experience! mine died abt 3 years ago and I've been unable to find a replacement in what I consider a reasonable price range

(admittedly this may be my fault as the second-hand ones I've seen have had dents, stains, rusting and I don't trust those not to snap/warp my preciouses)

I bought a dual turntable off of craigslist and built a DIY line out thingy and hooked it up to my speakers and everything, and when I played my first LP on it (abandoned luncheonette from goodwill) it sounded like shit, so thin and scratchy

just checking - did yr "line out thingy" incorporate a phono preamp stage with RIAA curve equalisation? sry if teaching grandmother to suck eggs

dimension hatris (a passing spacecadet), Thursday, 17 March 2011 09:33 (six years ago) Permalink

why not just put it out on CDR

tapes can last a long time. cdrs dont.

Algerian Goalkeeper, Thursday, 17 March 2011 09:49 (six years ago) Permalink

not at all convinced that one of these formats is across-the-board more likely to deteriorate beyond playability than the other, based on my experience

mixtape for after you get shawcrossed (DJ Mencap), Thursday, 17 March 2011 09:55 (six years ago) Permalink

just checking - did yr "line out thingy" incorporate a phono preamp stage with RIAA curve equalisation? sry if teaching grandmother to suck eggs

― dimension hatris (a passing spacecadet), 2011年03月17日 星期四 下午5:33 (28 minutes ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

I build the thing here, can't remember what I did with the signal after the pre-amp...maybe fed it into a receiver? Sony? maybe I should try a proper poweramp.

http://www.hagtech.com/bugle.html

dayo, Thursday, 17 March 2011 10:04 (six years ago) Permalink

oh, well I've never seen/heard that kit preamp but in theory it should have been fine, so no idea. just checking since plugging a phono-level output straight into line in will indeed sound thin and scratchy and generally ass-like in the extreme. it seemed pretty unlikely, but!

has anyone used one of those ION tape-to-mp3 devices? I was always pretty skeptical like "why would I buy this plasticky do-it-for-you thing when I can just plug a real cassette deck into my good soundcard and set the levels myself and actually know what it's doing", but since I'm finding it hard to buy a real, good cassette deck for even twice the price...

dimension hatris (a passing spacecadet), Thursday, 17 March 2011 11:20 (six years ago) Permalink

man, you guys are all so weird! i can't understand how scientific everything's become when it comes to how we receive whatever it is we're consuming. it's like there was a huge shark-jump ten years ago, probably after vhs frazzled away. there are so many factors that contribute to how you receive something, and there's still this weird attempt to try to compile hierarchies based on the mathematics involved; something has the highest pixel ratio and is thus the most enjoyable presentation of something. with movies, the way they're presented, and the fidelity to the original source material, sure it can be important, but other times your experience can be as affected by like, are you sitting comfortably? are you tired? you aren't always sat there wishing that the female romantic lead's face was rendered better, and situations in which it was don't necessarily boost your understanding of a thing. the idea that we can plot a line-graph of ENJOYMENT, correlating with SCREEN RESOLUTION, for sex and the city ii, is nuts. and with music, maybe everyone goes home and sits in living rooms carefully arranged so as to minimise impedence and listens to a SACD of kind of blue from their sweet stereo and it's ideal, but similarly maybe they don't; maybe the first time you heard it and the first time it pricked up your ears was when you were clunking a walkman around, or someone gave you a copy of it on a cassette and you could hear parts of the other side playing backwards during the silent parts, but still you're pretty sure there was some trumpet playing throughout and it was pretty moving. i don't say this in favour of nostalgia - remember when!, you were so young!, lol @ walkmans! - but in favour of the fact that we don't listen so mechanically, and the time we heard something in a car might have been better than at home, the time we danced to something blaring out of a shitty speaker had the edge on the time we bought the LP, and the time we spend listening to the radio in the kitchen sometimes beats our attentive quiet-time with headphones. tapes are nice objects, and do sound good; they have a different sound; kind of particularly, but not fetishistically, the kind that have given up some of their potential crisp fidelity in favour of a blocky, clunky, overloading fullness. to put out tapes now: why the fuck not? if you don't have a tape player then - you are kind of a musical judas tbh, but anyway - fine, don't buy one, you probably realistically have options in terms of getting this music; or go buy a boombox (because why wouldn't you? do they not receive the radio? is the FM radio news vaguer and more profane than digital radio news, or is it just that if you don't get your shit together and put your aerial in the right spot, it could crackle? (like a digital radio could gurgle (we blank out the flaws of new things))). they still play the songs out and that is kind of the point. it isn't that i have never had the experience of hearing a thing - autumn's child, on good headphones - and appreciating what good representation can do for a piece of art; of course i have, and of course that's worth pursuing, and preserving, i guess. but similarly i can't forget about the fact that it is all just music, and for all our qualms over how to receive it, a $3 shittily-mastered BILLIE HOLIDAY HITS compilation from a service station still has a whole lot of billie holiday songs on.

all of this is different from tape releases; maybe they're fetishistic or ironic or whatever. but they're still giving you music and you're still playing it in your house and that is the point. i'm not even getting into the virtues of tapes themselves, vs cds (you get two track ones, and two final songs!, vs one track one and one final song), terrible & lifeless objects that cds are. but it's fine to just sell a thing or buy a thing, free of the weird sense that we should be pursuing it to its platonic ideal of listenability.

your LiveJournal experience (schlump), Thursday, 17 March 2011 11:28 (six years ago) Permalink

Case in point:

In a Sherlock holmes story, the detective retires to his drawing room to play the violin a bit.

Meanwhile, the two 'villains' are left alone in his dining room, and discuss in whispers the entire details of their crime and guilt.

At which point the detective appears from behind the curtain, having heard the whole thing AHA!!

But.. you were playing the violin in there! How?

They all go into the other room, and lo there is a windy up gramophone playing the music off a new 78rpm record.

Now, you might think that it was unlikely that they'd mistake a real performance for something off a 78rpm record through a funnel.

But that's the only format they know: Live performance. So, this new-fangled invention at this point would seem to be "as good as live"...

Mark G, Thursday, 17 March 2011 11:45 (six years ago) Permalink

I remember spending gobs of money on those TDK metal tapes, only to use them to record my vinyl blaring from shitty speakers. The irony.

Jazzbo, Thursday, 17 March 2011 13:46 (six years ago) Permalink

"not at all convinced that one of these formats is across-the-board more likely to deteriorate beyond playability than the other, based on my experience"

i have tapes that are 20+ years old and they play fine. i have had plenty of cdrs that never lasted more than a year or two.

scott seward, Thursday, 17 March 2011 14:10 (six years ago) Permalink

99% of the tapes i play all play fine no matter how old they are. if they are DIRTY then that is a different story. cuz most people treated their tapes like they treat their cds. like garbage. don't put them in the case, left on the floor of a car, etc.

scott seward, Thursday, 17 March 2011 14:11 (six years ago) Permalink

i make tape mixes all the time and if i played one for you you would not be able to tell the difference from a cd as far as sound quality goes.

scott seward, Thursday, 17 March 2011 14:12 (six years ago) Permalink

only the pungent smell of nostalgia, and scott's fixed, faraway gaze would tip you off that it was a cassette playing, triggering a montage of memories from long ago, the medium itself the message of memories.

your LiveJournal experience (schlump), Thursday, 17 March 2011 14:28 (six years ago) Permalink

schlump that is a good post - but I dunno if I buy your analogy to consuming movies

I feel like there are certain ways in which the consumption of music and the consumption of movies differ so that we can't draw a one to one analogy. for one, we listen to music repeatedly

dayo, Thursday, 17 March 2011 14:31 (six years ago) Permalink

any of you guys still play VHS?

Rich Lolwry (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 17 March 2011 14:34 (six years ago) Permalink

I do.

Trip Maker, Thursday, 17 March 2011 14:35 (six years ago) Permalink

Classic: That be-doo-doo-DOo-YEEP sound before and after most cassette albums released by Capitol in the eighties.

XDR !

wasn't it supposed to prove that the quality was higher and demonstrate the range of sonics ?

have a memory that The Dandy Warhols open one of their earlier albums with that noise.

mark e, Thursday, 17 March 2011 14:51 (six years ago) Permalink

y'huh; some things you can only get on vhs, or only easily get on vhs, or they come to you on vhs, etc. maybe watching a crackly video is a vivid example of dealing with the relative shortcomings of a format, but i think that limited aspect of watching a film - it's crackly, or whatever - is pretty minor, and again has to sit next to other considerations. i'm probably way more bummed out that what i'm watching on VHS has commercials, because it's taped off tv ten years ago, etc, than that there's some flickering at the bottom of the picture.

i think i am extra-pro-tapes, here, because i'm aware how ridiculous these arguments can get, how ridiculous my attempts at judging these things usually are; sticking to music, i will rep pretty hard for vinyl over anything else - i think it somehow 'projects' better, is 'fuller', sounds more like real instruments, and all sorts of other nebulous praises. but while i sit at home, really pleased to be playing something on record on my crappy second hand stereo, there are other people who are listening to a CD in their ridiculous music den, each constituent part connected with well-insulated components, music booming out of five speakers, and having a way better sounding experience. it's weird to be so locked into the statistics of the format thing when there are all of these other variables floating around, because it's only in that sense of mathematic comparison - 1600 vs 800, 'running groove' vs binary dots, etc - that we can really, objectively 'compare'. it doesn't take into account that we are hearing stuff, not somehow processing it. maybe you reach a point where it's legitimate to compare, and maybe it is those people who are already there who are voicing concerns about the insufficiency of tapes.

going back to video (sorry!, dayo, i totally get that & can appreciate that how a thing is conveyed is more significant if it's going round and round), it reminds me of digital vs analogue arguments. i would take the zapruder film, or technicolour film stock production cf midnight cowboy, over anything contemporary. it has a transformative power and it renders light beautifully and there's the weird mechanics of it being made by light burned onto material. but that is old & superseded technology and its emotional impact isn't factored into its statistical analysis.

your LiveJournal experience (schlump), Thursday, 17 March 2011 14:55 (six years ago) Permalink

I'm totally with you on the video front there schlump! and there are certain types of sound and genres of music which definitely do sound better through lo-fi equipment. I guess on the sound front I am biased towards hi-fidelity reproduction though, since I mainly listen to R&B and hip hop and contemporary pop and other genres which are mastered to increasingly sound better as you ramp up the equipment.

dayo, Thursday, 17 March 2011 14:59 (six years ago) Permalink

I think one thing I would like to do, is to find a friend who has a really good vinyl setup, and go to their house, and sit down and listen to his setup like I am the maxell man.

dayo, Thursday, 17 March 2011 15:00 (six years ago) Permalink

people still swear by betamax. or at least that guy at sony who just died never got over the use of vhs over beta.

i, personally, have never heard more amazing sound than the brief time that i had a laserdisc player in the 90's. suspiria soundtrack on laserdisc with huge speaker system ahhhhhhhhhhhhh, so amazing.

scott seward, Thursday, 17 March 2011 15:03 (six years ago) Permalink

momentarily confused there because what r&b & cassettes have in common is maxwell

but yeah!, i guess you should check out someone's system. do you still have the turntables you bought & everything? if they're just sat there, and all. all of this is maybe just a recipe for becoming a vinyl geek and then getting really bummed out that shit doesn't come out on wax anymore, btw.

your LiveJournal experience (schlump), Thursday, 17 March 2011 15:06 (six years ago) Permalink

Xpost. Yup, first Dandy Warhols album does that. Still think that one is pretty great, and remain amazed that they were ever more than a WFMU favorite (even though I listen to some of the later albums on occasion). In some alternate reality, they opened for The Kiss Offs/Black Lipstick.

dlp9001, Thursday, 17 March 2011 15:10 (six years ago) Permalink

I think that 'bleep' was an instruction to the cutting mechanism to stop spinning tape into the cassette shell and seal the cut end into the other spool.

Mark G, Thursday, 17 March 2011 15:14 (six years ago) Permalink

^ a translation is available for younger readers

Tom D (Tom D.), Thursday, 17 March 2011 15:15 (six years ago) Permalink

I remember being in the music dept of WHSmiths in high Street Kensington, where a very confused and lost old German couple needed help.

Thanks to my rudimentary german, I was able to explain that where they were standing was not a shop filled with lots and lots of brightly decorated packs of playing cards, but "musikassetten!"

and directed them to the games dept.

Mark G, Thursday, 17 March 2011 15:17 (six years ago) Permalink

(That was an xpost, funnily enough)

Mark G, Thursday, 17 March 2011 15:17 (six years ago) Permalink

That Ralf and Florian eh? What are they like!

Tom D (Tom D.), Thursday, 17 March 2011 15:18 (six years ago) Permalink

people still swear by betamax. or at least that guy at sony who just died never got over the use of vhs over beta.

I think my dad is STILL pissed about vhs winning this one! he was griping about how better blade runner looked on beta for a not insignificant portion of my childhood.

I love how the criterion videodrome dvd comes in a case that looks like a beta tape.

http://www.planete-hd.com/web/images/divers_sup_tests/videodrome_criterion_vhs_cover.jpg

original bgm, Thursday, 17 March 2011 15:19 (six years ago) Permalink

aha

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/XDR_(audio)

Recording a short test toneburst at the beginning and end of the program material on the cassette, to detect for any loss of audio frequencies in the audio spectrum. The toneburst consists of 11 tones about .127 seconds in length (with .023 seconds of silence in-between each tone), from 32 to 18,000 Hz. These tones are recorded on the cassette, and are read during the duplication process to detect if there is any loss of any audio information.[4]

seem to recall this being mentioned somewhere on my Flat Earth cassette - which sounded like shit, as the bass distorted. replaced it for a different cassette copy, and that was the same.

so i believe i never bought another XDR marked tape after that.

mark e, Thursday, 17 March 2011 15:22 (six years ago) Permalink

i always thought the tone was to tell auto-reverse players to flip over before hitting the end of the side to reduce tape wear

I Love Tapes

we have a combo CD/cassette radio in our main car so I've been listening to mainly tapes while driving around. kept most of my tapes from back in the day so i've been having lots of fun revisiting albums I had ignored for years. I've found that buying used tapes from thrift stores is a total crap-shoot since, like Scott said, most people didn't think you had to take care of them, so I have a handy cleaning cassette in the glove box for when the heads get all gunked up.

I still play VHS tapes too (never throw media away, huge collection). got back into it a couple years ago and had trouble playing alot of them - wavy lines, stuttering, sound cutting out. almost believed the stories from pro 'digitize your VHS' sites that tape disintegrates after X years and was thinking of finally tossing them out, then found a tutorial on how you can manually clean the head drum (http://www.repairfaq.org/REPAIR/ - how to repair anything). Carefully followed the steps and voila!, tapes look great again, even old SLP shit from the TV (i have a box of 6 hour tapes of random cut-ups from 88-92 as sample fodder, lots of preachers, Geraldo and Morton Downey Jr. lol)

herbal bert (herb albert), Thursday, 17 March 2011 15:33 (six years ago) Permalink

I have a big box of old mix-tapes, sometimes pick one at random for the journey...

Which is why I'd get people asking why A&A were singing "I'm happy, I'm happy, I'm happy, I'm happy, I'm happy, I'm happy, and I'll punch the man who says I'm not.." back in the day.

Mark G, Thursday, 17 March 2011 15:35 (six years ago) Permalink

herb, you don't have a reel to reel do you? got all these cool tapes i kinda wanna hear before i sell them to japan. bitches brew on reel to reel!

scott seward, Thursday, 17 March 2011 15:49 (six years ago) Permalink

wish I did...my very first recorder as a kid was my parents' portable reel-to-reel w/ a built-in speaker. remember making little 'radio plays' and recording monster movies off tv.

herbal bert (herb albert), Thursday, 17 March 2011 15:54 (six years ago) Permalink

remember making little 'radio plays'

I did this. The only one I can remember was a Sherlock Holmes, or Sherlock Holmes inspired one - set in Limehouse in London, I think I just liked that word, Limehouse.

Tom D (Tom D.), Thursday, 17 March 2011 15:58 (six years ago) Permalink

i still have a book of K-Mart cassettes from a few years later, one is the epic 'Detroit Rock City' w/ me playing all four members of KISS

herbal bert (herb albert), Thursday, 17 March 2011 16:00 (six years ago) Permalink

herb, i need to call you. i might need help with records. picking up a big load on sunday the 27th. how's your back? it IS world theatre day that sunday, so you might have plans... (i can give you many many many records in return for the favor)

scott seward, Thursday, 17 March 2011 16:01 (six years ago) Permalink

no pressure though...

scott seward, Thursday, 17 March 2011 16:01 (six years ago) Permalink

sounds like a total blast, I'll bring the vicodin

herbal bert (herb albert), Thursday, 17 March 2011 16:05 (six years ago) Permalink

mmmm, now yer speaking my language. i'm gonna ask tattooed love boy S.G. if he wants to come too. so it would be me, you, S, and Maria. and we would get some help on the other end. could be close to 8k or more records. and i probably won't need 2 or 3k of those. so you will have plenty to feed on before i call in my local hoarders who will take care of the rest for me.

scott seward, Thursday, 17 March 2011 16:10 (six years ago) Permalink

herb, you don't have a reel to reel do you? got all these cool tapes i kinda wanna hear before i sell them to japan. bitches brew on reel to reel!

may not be timely enough if you need to ship your reels, but there are TONS of reel to reel players on ebay for dirt cheap.

original bgm, Thursday, 17 March 2011 16:37 (six years ago) Permalink

or there were a few years ago anyway

original bgm, Thursday, 17 March 2011 16:38 (six years ago) Permalink

if anybody owns the bonus tape of blank unstaring heirs of doom pls webmail me. peace.

― plax (ico), Wednesday, March 16, 2011 10:10 PM (Yesterday)

now you have me intrigued. if you know your way around torrent programs (I don't), you may be able to download it via this Russian site.

administratieve blunder (unregistered), Thursday, 17 March 2011 17:44 (six years ago) Permalink

(it's listed there as "Blank Unstaring Heirs Of Doom (2006) EP")

administratieve blunder (unregistered), Thursday, 17 March 2011 17:45 (six years ago) Permalink

ok, never mind the torrent thing: I found it somewhere else. check your webmail :)

administratieve blunder (unregistered), Thursday, 17 March 2011 18:36 (six years ago) Permalink

i love you

plax (ico), Friday, 18 March 2011 01:17 (six years ago) Permalink

bought my first cassette in prolly 20 years and it arrived today (gonna play it soon)!: Zoom Zoom - the best of Louis Prima.
i enjoy being a Luddite of sorts

Marquis de Sade (outdoor_miner), Friday, 18 March 2011 01:42 (six years ago) Permalink

four years pass...

http://www.tonepublications.com/old-school/nakamichi-dragon/

A number of non-audiophile friends couldn’t believe I was listening to a lowly cassette, and a pre-recorded one at that. Our resident HMEC (human musical encyclopedia & collector) Tom Casselli sent me a MoFi recording of Dark Side of the Moon. “Dude, if you have a Dragon, you should be the keeper of this tape.” Yeah, it was cool and now the hunt for a few more MoFi cassettes is on.

brimstead, Friday, 21 August 2015 04:57 (two years ago) Permalink

good read! that's such a cool machine...

niels, Friday, 21 August 2015 13:24 (two years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

Today’s haul:
Toto IV
Pointer Sisters Break Out
Little Feat Waiting For Columbus

calstars, Saturday, 11 November 2017 18:41 (one week ago) Permalink


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