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The White Tape on TP Tapes
« on: July 05, 2008, 07:47:34 AM »
Would someone tell me what the white tape on TP tapes is for, thanks.

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Re: The White Tape on TP Tapes
« Reply #1 on: July 05, 2008, 09:53:06 AM »
I'm sure there's a 'real' name for it. I call it the warning track. It makes it easy to see where the end of the tape is so you can stop rewind/ff before you get to the point that you'll have to thread the tape again. The white makes it possible to locate an area on the tape by looking at the edge too (when it's not on the machine). To make a long story short, it's a marker. On the demo tapes there is a couple of rotations worth of white leader between each track too. That made it easy to jump from one track/artist to another without having to rely on the counter (which, unless a tape/machine has a time code track/reader, the counters aren't very accurate anyway).
BTW the use of some type of leader is important since the first couple of meters of any tape is the most exposed to damage from both handling and environmental/time related gremlins.
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Re: The White Tape on TP Tapes
« Reply #2 on: July 05, 2008, 01:23:56 PM »
Hi Steve,
So it isn't really a leader tape for say?

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Re: The White Tape on TP Tapes
« Reply #3 on: July 05, 2008, 02:39:31 PM »
Well, at least in the case of the TP tapes it's more of an indicator of where the leader begins and the music starts. Just a matter of how the leader is applied in this case. I really like the fact that the actual leader is regular tape stock. The fact that there's plenty of it helps too.
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Re: The White Tape on TP Tapes
« Reply #4 on: July 05, 2008, 03:00:23 PM »
Yea you are correct!!

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