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Re: tape looping Q's
> I share your love of analog home-brewed solutions, but I don't know how
> make a reliable cassette loop. I always use 1/4" tape when I use tape,
> i'm new to the list, and even though i've perused the backcatalogue of
> the list, i could not really find any mentions of tape looping. forgive
> me if this stuff has been asked before, but what is the accepted method
> of constructing a cassette tape loop? i've been experimenting with
I'm coming in late here so forgive me if this has already been brought up
but an *excellent* and compact form of tape loops is the old 8track tape.
It uses 1/4" tape and every salvation army or thrift store probably has a
couple lying around. They will undoubtably need repair but it's easy
enough to do and I have been constructing tape loops by recording over
the original tape on a recordable player that also came from a thrift
The smallest loop you can do is just one revolution (about 8" or so) and
you get about 4 secs on it. the good part it you get stereo loops *and*
you get 4 different loops (Just hit the track button on your player).
This is a new discovery for me (I've been using reel to reels and a
digital echoplex fed cassettes live) but it's a very inexpensive one and
works like a charm.
The essential ingredient in this is knowing a bit about 8track tapes and
their construction and there is an excellent web page called 8Track Mind
(sorry I don't know the URL offhand but it's in the better search
engines). I know this may sound ridiculous to some but it is *way* easier
than a normal cassette loop and if you luck out and find a recordable
8track player you might just have a very unique tool.
I spent a night disecting old Moody Blues and Eddie Money 8tracks I got
for $.25 at a flea market and found some good source stuff right in the
original tape :) At very least you'll have fun once you get the hang of it.
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