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Tape Tech / Safe monitor speaker to R2R deck distance?
« on: September 07, 2016, 05:33:28 PM »

I'm setting up a project studio which is R2R tape (") centric. Right now the deck is in the center of the recording arrangement with speakers on shelves 3-4' away and about 2' higher than the deck. Is there a rule of thumb to come up with a safe distance to maintain between the deck/tape and speakers? I've never had occasion to have them lined up like this in setting up a purely playback system, so this is new to me.

Thanks in Advance!

Raw Tape / Availability and recos for half inch tape?
« on: April 05, 2015, 08:30:35 AM »
I'm doing research on doing an all analog recording of solo cello, and while I could do it on my Otari 5050 with two mics, I'm tempted to go to a four track machine and collect two channels of close/direct sound and two channels of room sound to give me flexibility in post.

This raises the question, "As tape in general gets scarce, does on have to be nuts to go inch?"

(Searching on is disallowed, so I searched on one half and saw next to nothing. Apologies if this has been addressed and I've failed to find it.)

Reel to Reel Tape Machines / Otari MX-5050 BII
« on: May 03, 2007, 12:28:06 PM »
A funny thing happened to me after doing some reading here on the Tape Project. I meant to "watch" a handful of promising decks on eBay and got lazy. Instead of marking something as watched, I just made an initial bid thinking it wouldn't stay on top and I could watch it that way. A few days later I discovered I was the only bidder and now own an Otari MX-5050 BII. Oops, or D-oh! as the case may be. It's shipping from CA to CT today, so it'll get here around the end of  next week and I'll see what I've gotten myself into.

The tape project tapes should be amazing, and I also plan to use it to do live recordings of choirs and classical and jazz ensembles in the area. I've got a great pair of mics and mic pre, but my A/D converter kinda sucks and I just keep thinking it would all sound much better if I stuck to analog.

Started this thread to try to create a magnet for other BII owners to share experiences, especially if anyone is planning to use Tape Project electronics on one.

Dave Cope

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