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How To Splice Reel To Reel Tape  
User currently offlineMatt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 47
Posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 3180 times:

Say what you want about digital technology. The fact of the matter is that good old fashioned tried and true analog tape is far better sounding and far more reliable than any digital file will ever be.

So as a valuable public service to all of you, I will now explain to you how to make a tape splice, using two 7 inch reels to make a full 10 inch roll of tape.

So let's begin. We have here two small 7 inch reels each filled with 1800' of tape and an empty 10" reel.



Step one:

Place the empty large reel on the left spindle, and the first small reel of tape on the right side. Reverse thread the end of the leader onto the empty.



Step two:
Fast wind the full tape into the empty until you reach the end.



Step three:

Cut the leader tape off just past the splice so you have an end of tape. Since this is going to be a continuous roll, you don't want a gap in the middle that leader would create.




Step four:
Remove the now empty reel and load the second small reel of tape onto the deck.



Step five:
Cut the strip of leader off of the second roll so that now you have two ends of actual tape.



Step six:

Using a splicing block, place the two ends of the tape BACK SIDE UP in the clips. Overlap them by about half an inch. Using the cutter, trim the two ends, which will result in two 45º ends. Try to handle the tape by the edges. Fingerprints will create a dropout and make for a poor splice.




Step seven:

Using a high quality splicing tape such as Quantegy #67, place a strip across the tape, as close to centered as possible. Use a Q-Tip to smooth it out. Again, remember to place the splicing tape on the BACK side of the recording tape.




Step eight:

Set the splicing tape to "trim" and use it to cut off the excess splicing tape to create a smooth splice the same width as the tape.



You now have a completed splice.



Step nine:

Thread the tape back onto the deck in the same manner as you would play it normally.




Step ten:

Repeat step #2



You are now finished! You are ready to roll with a full 3600' roll of tape!







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User currently offlineSlamClick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 68
Reply 1, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 3174 times:

Wow! I still have one of those splice kits out in my garage.

I agree with you about that. Digital does a pretty good job of fooling the eye and the ear but the universe is actually analog. There is such a thing as a true circle, a curve without notches. Even in music.



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User currently offlineMatt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 47
Reply 2, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 3148 times:

This topic should be of utmost concern to everyone! What's up with that? Not even Superfly has chimed in.

User currently offlineSlamClick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 68
Reply 3, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 3145 times:

You'd think there'd be more of us old gray heads, wouldn't you?



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User currently offlineDL021 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 11446 posts, RR: 76
Reply 4, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 3137 times:
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Matt...Fly must be off doing something or he would've been all over this.

Although you pretty much covered the whole thing.



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User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 3135 times:

Geez, i loved my reel to reel . . . . got rid of it and the whole component system 10 years ago . . .

Teac RtR
Pioneer Turntable - remember them things
Kenwood Reciever
Bose Speakers
Kenwood Equalizer
Sony Cassette Player

Tons of cables.



User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21406 posts, RR: 54
Reply 6, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3117 times:

I didn´t have a big reel deck, so I used my splicing kit only a few times all in all; But that was definitely a nice tutorial about how it´s done!  Big thumbs up

And no, the universe may not be analog if the quantum physicists have it...  Wink/being sarcastic


User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39674 posts, RR: 75
Reply 7, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 3104 times:

Matt D and DIO21:
I went to heaven and back today.
A friend of a friend of a friend of mine hosted a Super Bowl party at his recording studio here in San Francisco. This guy had about 12 different reel to reel decks including two Studer 2” tape decks, 1” real decks and even a couple of quarter inch real decks.
Also this guy had an arsenal of fine vintage analog keyboards. Fender Rhodes, Honner Clavinet, Hammond B3 organ, Jupiter, Mini Moog, Player piano, Honky-tonk piano and mellotron. Oh and of course a drum set, bass & electric guitars with amps and all.

Let’s just say I’ll be hanging out there more often and with bring my bass over to jam with those guys as well as make my own Original Master Recordings of other local bands on quarter inch reel to reel tape.

Well I am glad that Matt D covered the reel to reel aspect thoroughly.
Let’s not forget 8track repair and splicing.
God forbid you end up on a long road trip in your 1976 Mercury Montego MX Brougham and your quadraphonic 8track of Deep Purple ‘Machine Head’ breaks at the splice due to the adhesive of the sensing foil weakens.

Anyhow, here are some quick & easy steps in restoring the longetivity of your 8track tapes.













Learn more important facts about 8track repair at this site.
This gives detailed information on how to repair RCA, Warner Brothers and the infamous Lear Jet carts.
http://www.8trackheaven.com/repair.html















Klaus:
Sorry my friend but you are wrong.
Just look at it this way;
Analog has given us the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, RUSH, Black Sabbath, Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind & Fire, James Brown and The Moody Blues.
Digital has given us Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, Creed, Toby Keith, 50 Cent, Emenim and Nellie.
You be the judge.





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User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21406 posts, RR: 54
Reply 8, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 3096 times:

Superfly: Sorry my friend but you are wrong.

That quantum physics postulate a quantized universe? How so?  Wink/being sarcastic


Superfly: Just look at it this way;
Analog has given us the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, RUSH, Black Sabbath, Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind & Fire, James Brown and The Moody Blues.
Digital has given us Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, Creed, Toby Keith, 50 Cent, Emenim and Nellie.
You be the judge.


And I had thought the music labels did that. Silly me!  Nuts

My Pink Floyd CDs will sound just as pristine in 100 years as they do now... and so will all the classical recordings, even though Bach, Händel and Beethoven are long gone...


User currently offlineMD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 13967 posts, RR: 63
Reply 9, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 3094 times:

I love old technology!

A few months ago I found an Uher Variocord 23 reel to reel set in the street, for rubbish disposal. Of course I picked it up. Unfortunately it only works in mono.

Jan


User currently offlineDL021 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 11446 posts, RR: 76
Reply 10, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 3091 times:
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Fly....did you see the pregame concert when Earth Wind and Fire came up after Blackeyed Peas?

You spent the game at a studio party?? You dog!!!

Way to go..... Big thumbs up  Big thumbs up

Ian



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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39674 posts, RR: 75
Reply 11, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 3084 times:

Klaus:
And I had thought the music labels did that. Silly me!

Yes they did however digital technology made it easier for these simpletons to get signed to a record label and cash in as performers. I blame technology before I blame the record labels. Even the most untalented and lame acts of the 60s and 70s had some musical talent and knew how to at least read music and tune a guitar. (Village People, The Monkees)


Klaus:
And I had thought the music labels did that. Silly me!

Yes they did however digital technology made it easier for these simpletons to get signed to a record label and cash in as performers. I blame technology before I blame the record labels. Even the most untalented and lame acts of the 60s and 70s had some musical talent and knew how to at least read music and tune a guitar. (Village People, The Monkees)


That quantum physics postulate a quantized universe? How so?

We humans are made of fluid and flesh and the rigid 0s and 1s of digital is harmful.



DIO21:
Me and my girlfriend saw Black Eyed Peas several years ago in concert. They are very talented and the show was awesome.
I didn't catch the performance they did with Earth Wind & Fire.
I did however see one of the last real Earth Wind & Fire performances on the Arsenial Hall show back in 1993. The co-lead vocalist Maurice White is suffering with Parkinson’s disease. He is no longer able to perform in concert.
Without him, they are just Earth Wind & No Fire.  Sad



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User currently offlineMD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 13967 posts, RR: 63
Reply 12, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 3081 times:

Superfly,

Digital nature isn´t 0 and one, but 6.626196 x 10 exp -34 J/s (Planck´s constant) and 1/137 (Fine structure constant) Big grin

Jan


User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21406 posts, RR: 54
Reply 13, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 3081 times:

Superfly: Yes they did however digital technology made it easier for these simpletons to get signed to a record label and cash in as performers. I blame technology before I blame the record labels.

Come on, you know it´s not that simple! Without the idiocy in the music industry management, there would be a lot less crap (say, at the level of crap in earlier days  Wink/being sarcastic). Without digital technology, you´d just have inferior-quality recordings. Big grin


Klaus: That quantum physics postulate a quantized universe? How so?

Superfly: We humans are made of fluid and flesh and the rigid 0s and 1s of digital is harmful.

That´s the thing: Quantum physics postulates that all the "fluid and flesh" itself is based on quantized - and therefore "digital" - submicroscopic structures. In that case, the concept of "analog" would be nothing but an illusion anyway...!  Big thumbs up


User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39674 posts, RR: 75
Reply 14, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 3075 times:

Klaus:
Incorrect.
Keep in mind the entertainment industry is a profit driven industry. I don't like the "idiocy in the music industry management" either but they are out to make a profit just like Gordon Bethune, Bill Gates, Larry Ellison etc....
If airliners were concerned about quality and a great flying experience, we'd still have 747-100s with lounges and shag carpets, Concorde and even Boeing 2707 SST in service. I am sure we would all love that but it isn't profitable.
If it's cheaper to get some young attractive person who just wants to 'be seen' who has no musical talent, that is what they're going to promote. People will buy what ever is mass marketed to them. It costed more money and time to promote bands such as Chicago, Steely Dan, Fleetwood Mac, Earth Wind & Fire etc. Record companies took in a smaller percentage from these artists than the untalented performers of today.

Do you really think that young punks like Emenim, 50 Cent, Nellie, Justin or Timberlake has the patience, skill or attention span to learn how to read music or even splice a reel to reel tape?
They'd get frustrated and turn to there X-Box or watch TV instead.

How come there hasn't been any groundbreaking artist to come out with all of this digital technology at our fingertips?
There will never be any other artist to come out that is as great as The Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Miles Davis, Ray Charles, Led Zeppelin, Jethro Tull and other great artist that started with analog technology.


My Pink Floyd CDs will sound just as pristine in 100 years as they do now...

... and there source is analog reel tape. Pink Floyd existed in a much more creative time. Creativity is a thing of the past unfortunately.



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User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21406 posts, RR: 54
Reply 15, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 3065 times:

Superfly: Incorrect. Keep in mind the entertainment industry is a profit driven industry.

Sure. And their idiotic short-term tactics are already backfiring, big time. Not an argument, really.


Klaus: My Pink Floyd CDs will sound just as pristine in 100 years as they do now...

Superfly: ... and there source is analog reel tape.

...which will have decayed completely by then, together with all the worn-down analog copies.


Superfly: Pink Floyd existed in a much more creative time. Creativity is a thing of the past unfortunately.

We´ll see. Your or my youth won´t come back for sure, so wallowing in nostalgia from time to time is the closest we could get.  Wink/being sarcastic

But "interesting times" are always a double-edged sword, you know...  Wink/being sarcastic


User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39674 posts, RR: 75
Reply 16, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 3060 times:

Klaus:
But "interesting times" are always a double-edged sword, you know...

Too bad nothing "interesting" is going on.
Interesting was the 1980s. There was a big slide downward from the previous decade but at least artist were still trying to put out something good, innovative and artist.
Acts today don't even give a damn.

So I say download and rip as many songs off the internet as possible. The great artist of the past have already made there money if they are still around. They can always go out on tour and most of that money is gravy to them.



Your or my youth won´t come back for sure, so wallowing in nostalgia from time to time is the closest we could get.

Very true. That's why I still hang on to my Legos. Big grin

Unfortunatly, disco died when I was in 2nd. grade. I Wasn't old enough to experience the wild sex parties with lots of drugs, rock groups, record execs and all the other great stuff that happened in the 1970s.

Hell reel to reel tape was only sold as blank tapes by the time I started to buy music.



Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29791 posts, RR: 58
Reply 17, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 3053 times:

Superfly: Pink Floyd existed in a much more creative time. Creativity is a thing of the past unfortunately.

Sad but true....

Just heard on the radio that a platter plant in the Northeast is shutting down.

Don't remember who's it was though.



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