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Thread #36342   Message #504496
Posted By: Mark Cohen
11-Jul-01 - 06:40 PM
Thread Name: Old 4 track reel to reel tapes
Subject: RE: Help: Old 4 track reel to reel tapes
I have many hours of music I recorded in 1968 from a couple of "underground" radio stations in Philadelphia (WMMR and WXPN, if anybody remembers!) They were made on a Sony 4-track monophonic machine that only recorded 1 track at a time: there was a switch to choose 1&3 or 2&4, and the direction of the tape determined which of the pair was active. The problem is, as a frugal teenager I recorded them at the slowest speed, 1 7/8 ips, and the sound quality was bad even when they were fresh. Could Soundforge or a similar program help fix that problem? The tapes are a wonderful slice of the late sixties rock and folk-rock era, and I'd love to be able to hear them again.

By the way, a funny note about mono/stereo reel-to-reel recorders, that I think you Brits will appreciate. My medical school roommate obtained several reels of Goon Show recordings. I'd never heard of the show before. When he played the first one, it was certainly funny but seemed very confusing, even for radio comedy. Eventually it dawned on us: we had one show coming over the left channel, and an entirely different show coming over the right!