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Analogue

The Advantages Of Analogue
The disadvantages of digital are the advantages of analogue and vice versa.
1) All the tapes are compatible unlike DAT.

The Disadvantages Of Analogue
1) Tape hiss and noise.
2) Suffers from crosstalk, which is miss-alignment of the tape heads.
3) Suffers from printhrough, where the magnetism is transferred.
4) Suffers from wow and flutter.
5) Drop-ins are audible.
6) Cannot bounce to adjacent tracks.
7) Sound degrades with play, the high frequencies start to suffer first.
8) Low dynamic range.
9) Self erasure.
10) Better frequency range than digital if machine is in excellent condition.
11) Needs routine maintenance.
12) Suffers from uneven/head wear.
13) -80dB erasure, not total erasure like digital.
14) Lower total harmonic distortion, means that it is easier to distort.


How Analogue Sound Is Converted & Stored Upon Analogue Tape

The different stages of an analogue sound being recorded and stored upon analogue tape;

1) Acoustic Energy (Sound Source). E.g. Singing and clapping.
2) Microphone (Transducer - Turns the acoustic data into an electrical current). E.g. Microphone.
3) Processing (This lets you alter the signal so it is fit to work with). E.g. Mixer.
4) Storage (Tape Machine) 0dB line level = 250 Nanowebbers Magnetism. E.g. Cassette recorder.
5) Electromagnet (Record/Playback head). E.g. Cassette recorder head.
6) Storage Medium (Analogue Tape). E.g. Chrome cassette tape.

Analogue Tape Size's

Below is a table showing the different analogue tape size's and track formats that are available.

Tape Size

2"

1"

1/2"

1/4"

1/8"

No. Tracks

32

24

16

8

8

No. Tracks

24

16

8

4

4

No. Tracks

16

8

4

2

2

No. Tracks

8

4

2

1

1

No. Tracks

4

2

1

0

0

No. Tracks

2

1

0

0

0

 

 

 

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