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Initial post: 3 Dec 2013 22:53:22 GMT
Last edited by the author on 3 Dec 2013 23:00:08 GMT
Paddy2013 says:
In the last couple of years there has been a re-emergence of cassette releases among new artists and an increase in cassette record labels. What are you thoughts on it? I was dismissive at first but the idea has won me over as it gives a unique alternative to MP3s and streaming by offering a cheap way for new acts to release a product product for fans. I'm also researching the topic for my post graduate course so if you have a minute please take my survey

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/G2YX25Q

Posted on 4 Dec 2013 08:53:13 GMT
Last edited by the author on 4 Dec 2013 08:54:42 GMT
T. Franklin says:
I detested cassettes back in the day. Blank CDs are incredibly cheap these days so quite why anybody would wish to resurrect an inferior corpse I have no idea. A bit like listening to Pat Boone's Little Richard covers rather than the real thing.

If portability is the thing, then minidisc would be better. The size advantage of cassette with the convenience of digital forms.

Posted on 4 Dec 2013 14:03:57 GMT
Last edited by the author on 4 Dec 2013 16:25:46 GMT
Survey done Paddy - absolute cr@p format!

EDIT: My comment relates to the recording medium not the survey.

Posted on 4 Dec 2013 14:20:40 GMT
Lez Lee says:
I've done your survey too. I didn't find it crap ;-)

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Dec 2013 15:56:38 GMT
Johnny Bee says:
Quite right, Les.

Nothing wrong with survey monkey.

Posted on 4 Dec 2013 16:02:20 GMT
T. Franklin says:
Did the survey.

Posted on 4 Dec 2013 16:10:54 GMT
yup, me too, tho' i thought it was for scurvy monkey :)

Posted on 4 Dec 2013 16:12:11 GMT
RAB says:
Done the survey and given quite lengthy answers, which I'm glad I was able to do as drop down menus never really reflect my position I find.

Wouldn't like to be the person who has to compile all the 'data' but good luck nonetheless.

Posted on 4 Dec 2013 16:22:21 GMT
Last edited by the author on 4 Dec 2013 16:23:09 GMT
Wharf Rat says:
Pays to have a high end cassette recorder and use top notch cassettes but
avoid those 'metal ones'.....trouble is they don't make them anymore,the
results can be impressive.Dat recorders are better.Now all regarded obsolete

Posted on 4 Dec 2013 16:24:25 GMT
Sorry guys, I should have made myself clear - I meant the recording medium was rubbish, not the survey :-(

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Dec 2013 16:34:26 GMT
I had, well still have, an above average 3 headcassette deck with adjustable bias to match the tape requirement, and used metal tapes (at about £4 a go) and the results were good. I used to record albums from CDs from my reviewer friend on each side. However tapes degrade with playing and stretch, and cassettes were never up to the use they had IMO.
DAT was too expensive and the engineering tolerances were even less than analogue cassettes, although the medium was used professionally.
My two decks are no longer connected to the hifi although I still have a few hundred tapes!!!

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Dec 2013 14:00:03 GMT
Wharf Rat says:
Good points there Cornish,and the decks you have are good which
don't have perma-alloy heads which are proned to wear with those
abrasive metal tapes,tape transport is good with dual capstans.
The heads on the cassette deck should be de-gaussed every
six months to maintain optimum quality and the cassettes re-wround
every six months to prevent print-through.....Don't like Metal tapes!
but used ferric-chrome instead,my decks are now in storage except
for one which is still connected mainly for listening to a certain band
..........re-winding the cassettes are a nightmare for a few thousand!
but worth it in the end.

Posted on 5 Dec 2013 18:09:24 GMT
BOF © says:
Cassette tapes????????? Now you are having a laugh! Rubbish, rubbish, rubbish. Get yourself down to Aldi and buy a USB cassette to digital converter (£10/12) and transfer them sooner rather than later.

best bones
B.O.F.

Posted on 5 Dec 2013 19:05:13 GMT
Red Mosquito says:
I bought shed loads to play in my car during the 70s/ early 80s. I loved em, but I also loved my Ford Anglia. I don't think I'd be interested in either these days. Life moves on and so does the tech. I'm all for supporting new bands that I like but if their demos are only on cassette their music will pass me by.

Posted on 5 Dec 2013 22:06:54 GMT
S.R.J says:
Beg to differ boys n 'girls...the sound quality of some of my tapes is superior to some early Cds...partly due to the equipment I use, and the first band I played in released everything on tape ( except one 45rpm), so my affection is unending.
S.R.J

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Dec 2013 23:21:06 GMT
T. Franklin says:
Hmm, a lot of early CDs were pretty ropey in truth, so not surprising there ;-)

Posted on 6 Dec 2013 08:15:48 GMT
Was it the CDs or the equipment they were played on as very early CD players made music sound tinny and harsh. If the technology hadn't improved so rapidly, the format would not have been a succes!

Posted on 6 Dec 2013 08:18:07 GMT
Last edited by the author on 6 Dec 2013 08:21:06 GMT
T. Franklin says:
Possibly some of both. It wasn't necessarily the new releases that were poor as the older back catalogue hastily transferred for CD release.

CD players also put out a much higher signal than a record deck, and that didn't help matters. It wasn't until I bought a Kimber attenuating interconnect that I could put my volume back to a more normal c11 o'clock position for CD. Had to stop around 9 o'clock previously.

Posted on 6 Dec 2013 10:31:27 GMT
FDJ says:
Cassettes were bloody awful IMHO, now if there was a revival of the mini-disc i'd be happier. Blank MD's were a superb format, easy to use, took up less space, so simple to re-record over and good sound quality. I know you can still get them but it is getting harder to find suppliers .

Posted on 6 Dec 2013 12:11:24 GMT
David E says:
Survey done for you. I think cassettes have had their day. I remember them fondly but wouldn't go back to them. I do have a Sony system with cassette deck which I can use for some radio concerts recorded onto cassette which aren't otherwise available

Posted on 6 Dec 2013 12:22:50 GMT
Lez Lee says:
I admit to having seen an episode of 'Bullseye!' last night (never watched first time round and it won't happen again). Anyway one of the prizes was a 'laser record player'. I've never heard of such a thing and they obviously didn't catch on. The programme was from 1983 so it predated CDs. Anybody ever use one?

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Dec 2013 14:57:44 GMT
never used one, lez, but the players were large cumbersome behemoths, and the discs were the same size as an lp. both were very expensive at the time.
agree about mini-discs, very handy and easy to use. i've got one, which mr ts the younger sold me about 10 minutes before the bottom dropped out the market.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Dec 2013 19:41:17 GMT
The laser record player played ordinary vinyl albums. The ancient device that I reckon you are thinking about is the laser disc player, which was a pre-dvd, device which played back 15" diameter laser discs with the movies on them. They were a bit huge.......

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Dec 2013 20:00:13 GMT
yup, i stand corrected. we had a laser- disc player in the record shop i was working in at the time, and 1 disc - it never worked and was returned to wherever.
we also had a video player, and a supply of promotional videos, which were square and about 3" thick, which did play 5 seconds of hugh cornwall's 'white room' before being despatched as above

Posted on 7 Dec 2013 10:52:43 GMT
wobberoo says:
I would have liked the 'mini disc' given more of a chance. At it's peak you may have had a range of 10!! They have a great sound,and when recording to a blank it seemed to improve the original. Don't know why, but it did seem that way.
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