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Sorry kids. That looked awful when I saw it come back.
Re-formatted for better reader mental processing.
Why not Moo? Moo is the cow sound. Looping it becomes an OM
Re: VHS HiFi Head Switching Noise:
Odd. Can anyone shed light on this occurrence? I'm not hearing this
on mine, even in headphones but I might not be as audio anal as some.
Just to give you an idea regarding how I store the loops is like this.
My profuse apologies to DAT fans, but I don't have DAT yet (and likely
won't for a while, I'd much rather have an Echoplex!)...Here's how to
store loops on VHS hi-fi videotapes.
Take the RCA line-outs from the mixer of my four-track into the
front-mounted RCA jacks on my VCR. Use decent, shielded RCA
cables, not "chez Plastic" brand for the best signal transfer.
Note: Make sure your recording levels are not going to be going
into the red. Remember that most VCRs have an analog preamp
for this kind of thing and you might want to avoid creaming it or
your tape WILL sound bad.
A good way of monitoring the sound levels is to insert a stereo
cassette deck with LED / flourescent metering AFTER the VCR to adjust
on the 4-track recorder.
Another way I do it is this way, which is a bit more complicated:
4-track to Barcus-Berry Sonic Maximizer, BBE into VCR, after the
VCR we have the aforementioned JVC cassette deck for level monitoring
and from there into a Rotel integrated amplifier and from there into
headphones or my monitor system.
The BBE process some of you may be familiar with, but it adds some
If I really want to get into a complicated territory, I can add my
complete looping rig into the effects loop of the four track
recorder for additional processing (Vortex / SGE / Studio Preamp,
Start the VCR recording on a fresh, good quality (not cheapie tapes, the
stuff). Before recording, take the new tape and fast forward all the way
to the end
Record for five minutes silence in order to get a good header on the tape
(what are you crying about missing five minutes for? The tape stores
eight hours fer chrissakes...)
Record loops. Play back. Enjoy. Store them. You could also create
EXTREMELY long loops (like the end of "Walking on Air" by King Crimson
in concert - Fripp would set his loopers to peter out long after he left
auditorium....but set maximum loopage for loops that last HOURS...)
Some video tapes are 8-9 hours in length, you could create
maxloop! But for the most part.
NOTE: the longer the tape, the riskier the long term storage of same. The
120 tapes which are 6 hours in length are probably safest. You should use
the standard methods of how tapes are to be stored, but I doubt you'll
to store them tails-out as it were. Be safe rather than sorry, I caveat
You finally did it. I gotta get an echoplex. I'm going bananas. By next
spring, by hook or by crook. Agk.