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Re: The Non-Tape-Loop

RE: The Non-Tape-LoopFrom: goddard.duncan@mtvne.com
>>"the first take broke down"<<
I've seen the expression used in the context of multiple takes where 
made a mistake.... for instance, lewissohn's accounts of the beatles 
recording sessions is littered with shots of tape boxes & recording notes 
badly written/mis-spelled by the likes of geoff emerick, & in which the 
phrase occurs repeatedly to indicate that only part of a performance is in 
any way usable. they either kept the bits with a possible edit-job in 
or didn't want to interrupt the flow of the session by rewinding & 
the stock.
I don't think it's anything to do with tapes breaking.... even in the 
strange configuration that fripp used (& with the "modifications" to his 
machines, which would've involved a bit of soldering around the reel-motor 
switch standard anyway on the A77), revoxes don't often break tapes.

I figured a single reel-to-reel wouldn't break tape unless it had a motor 
error - But having tried the twin reel-to-reel method, I can assure you 
a little slack in a bad place can indeed break the tape.