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direwolf-pgh
2008-06-07, 11:23 PM
ive got a cassette tape im working with & two tracks suffer from wow & flutter.

any software/tips/tricks out there that attempts to correct the issue ?

apparently you cant dance & record at the same time.

paddington
2008-06-08, 12:55 AM
I've never had any luck, despite trying some really complex tricks.

so there's your encouragement for tonight.

Karst
2008-06-08, 06:33 AM
I would just leave them as they are. Any work you do to them will probably turn them out worse.

direwolf-pgh
2008-06-08, 11:10 AM
ok - good call guys. Ill leave it be. its not that bad & only 2 tracks.
kinda sounds like the band was pushed through a Leslie speaker

paddington
2008-06-08, 03:47 PM
ok - good call guys. Ill leave it be. its not that bad & only 2 tracks.
kinda sounds like the band was pushed through a Leslie speaker


Is everything on the cassette that way? It's possible the recording is good.. some times it's a mechanical playback problem. Make sure the little spring with the felt pad under the tape in the head position (middle) is tight and not sliding around. Also, be sure your capstan roller is perfectly round and not being a cam instead of a wheel (and that the capstan itself isn't bent slightly). If that happens, the tape will be lifted up and down during playback. Of course, that could have also happened during recording with the same effect. That would account for an up & down movement.

If it's going to side-to-side, it's effectively adjusting the azimuth in & out during playback.. make sure the tape reels aren't moving in and out in the cassette as it turns and that the tape itself isn't moving back and forth across the head becaus ethe shell isn't guiding it correctly (you may have to remove the door cover to watch it).