here's my advice for getting the best quality recording on cassette recorders: you want brand name. like maxell, TDK, memorex, etc. you want the shortest tape. the long tapes they use thinner tape that isn't as good and the recording speed is uneven because the recorder has to pull such a large reel. also check the manual for your tape machine to see what kind of tape it's supposed to use. TASCAM uses Type II High Bias.
I think Cassettes died with VHS, and soon to be CD and DVD's....
if you want new ones, try like ebay or something. if your looking on just doing budget recording, just get a digital handhend recorder or something. or if by some chance you have a iphone or computer. better yet.
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i got a whole fucking huge box of old tapes. i never got rid of them. just like i won't sell my 500 or so CD's that are just sitting on a shelf doing nothing. fuck that. these things were all part of my childhood.
zzounds.com has been pushing this Zion usb walkman this week on its front page. looks neat. and costs less than what i used to pay for my old walk mans after i fucking destroyed the headphone jacks on them getting crushed by books in my school backpacks.
Presumably you are recording to a 4 track? I spent a while using one a few years back and mostly remember the stuff I learnt about what type of tapes to use. You might already know all this but if not it's worth knowing because it will help you narrow down what you're looking to buy.
- Because you're using both sides of the stereo tape to turn side L, side 1 R, side 2 L and side 2 R into tracks 1,2,3,4 you have half the length of the tape available to you if you run it at normal speed. So a 90 minute tape yields 45 minutes of recording time.
- You're better off recording at double speed if you have the option, though it halves the available time again.
- 90 minute tapes are thinner than 60 and under, so aim to use a 60 minute tape at the longest though any shorter length (as long as the recording duration is long enough of course is fine too).
- Type I tapes are far more readily available, but Type II are supposedly higher fidelity. I think the difference is that Type I are iron/ferrous based and Type II are chrome (or at least advertised as chrome).
So in summary, use Type II tapes with a maximum duration of 60 minutes recording at double speed.
To answer the question you actually asked, I haven't a clue where to buy them. I was searching recently for some tapes like I described and did come across a website that made tapes to order and you could specify the duration. It probably wouldn't be too hard to find if you base your searches on type II tapes. _________________ Shabba.
I was searching recently for some tapes like I described and did come across a website that made tapes to order and you could specify the duration. It probably wouldn't be too hard to find if you base your searches on type II tapes.
Pretty sure that was it. I'm not recommending them because I haven't dealt with them at all and didn't check how the prices were, just pointing them out as an option for custom length tapes. _________________ Shabba.
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