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chengzhu

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32-track anlog tape (1 inch)
« on: October 13, 2012, 01:07:09 pm »

I'm trying to find an equipment that able to read 32-track analog tape (1 inch).
Anyone knows which equipment could do this?
32-track analog tape player is very rare, one product I know of is from Soundscriber in 1960's or 70's, but I could't find it in any market.
So, any information?
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Fletcher

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Re: 32-track anlog tape (1 inch)
« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2012, 10:37:06 pm »

1" - 32 track analog?  Are you sure?  I've never heard of such a beast.

There was an MCI machine that did 32 track analog on 4" tape [from what I understand it never made it out of the "proto-type" stage... but was shown at an AES show in the late 70's - early 80's [before my time actually... but the legend was talked about greatly].

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Re: 32-track anlog tape (1 inch)
« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2012, 11:19:04 pm »

 The 1" 32 track may be some form of logging format. Never heard of an audio format like that, but anything is possible.
 As I remember it the MCI was a 3" 32 track. It failed due to the extra tape width causing dimensional instability and the tape had a tendency to act as a sail in wind mode. The advancement of synchronizer technology pretty much put a nail in its coffin.
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Re: 32-track anlog tape (1 inch)
« Reply #3 on: October 15, 2012, 11:23:27 am »

It sounds just stupid enough that maybe Trashcan or Fostex may be prime candidates.

Certainly Fostex did a 24 track 1" machine. Lanois had one at some point to catch his live shows.

Otari definitely did 32 over 2" with the MX-80.

Other than that...I got nothing...

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Re: 32-track anlog tape (1 inch)
« Reply #4 on: October 15, 2012, 12:27:41 pm »

John Stevens did make a commercial 40 track 2" recorder. Same electronics as his 24 tracks. IIRC, TRB used one. Can't say the THD and crosstalk was anything to write home about...
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Re: 32-track anlog tape (1 inch)
« Reply #5 on: October 15, 2012, 01:37:32 pm »

I am pretty sure that Stevens also made a 32 track on 2" tape as well.
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Re: 32-track anlog tape (1 inch)
« Reply #6 on: October 17, 2012, 08:58:12 am »

The Stevens machine was a very special beast... but again its 2" not 1".  The Fostex thing is entirely plausible... but I don't ever recall Fostex making anything that handled 1" tape... I believe all their machines were 1/2" [but I could be wrong].

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mwagener wrote on Sat, 11 September 2004 14:33
We are selling emotions, there are no emotions in a grid


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Re: 32-track anlog tape (1 inch)
« Reply #7 on: October 18, 2012, 03:01:50 am »

The Fostex thing is entirely plausible... but I don't ever recall Fostex making anything that handled 1" tape... I believe all their machines were 1/2" [but I could be wrong].

Fostex G24S was 1"

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Re: 32-track anlog tape (1 inch)
« Reply #8 on: October 19, 2012, 10:13:47 pm »

I owned 2 Otari MX-80 32 tracks, but they were both 2 inch...
Never heard of a 1 inch 32 track?
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