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Sound distortion when playing our recording on play back it distorted

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You need to clean the heads! You can just use rubbing alcohol and Q-tips. Just be careful not to have it dripping. It is a good idea to also do the rollers and all moving parts while you are at it. If it has been a long time, do it twice.
If this does not do the trick, then you may need to buy or barrow a tape head demagnetizer. Follow the instructions on it (or google it, if they are missing), as we have all heard of the horror stories of people going overboard and messing things up.
There is the chance that your playback head it messed up in some way. Maybe it has become loose or out of alignment (you may be able to do yourself but I would have a pro do it) or possibly needs replacing. But if you need to replace it, it may be wiser to get a good used one instead (depending on your model).
If you have not used it in a while, it is possible that the belts have stretched. This can be an easy thing to do yourself if you are so inclined but most repair shops do this quick and cheap.

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Check 1) Has it ac bias and is the bias correctly adjusted? 2) Are the heads clean? 3) If it has monitor facility is the sound okay? 4) Replace the recording head if all else checks out okay.5) How do the recordings sound if played on another machine? Do this before you replace the heads. What is the condition of your tapes they DO wear out

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Did you record it too hot?

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    Did you record it too hot?

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SOURCE: I think the actual tape cassette is the problem

Actually the tape player itself is likely to be causing the problem. Cleaning the pinch roller and tape heads with a qtip and a small amount of rubbing alcohol should do the trick

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SOURCE: I have distortion of playing tapes.

Degraded tape, dirty heads (clean with acetone and Q tip but don't get on plastic), dry coupling capacitors.This assumes that the distortion that you refer to is dirty or fuzzy sounding audio.
If a new tape, recorded and played back, sounds ok then your electronics are in good shape. That means your tapes are junk. If cleaning heads takes care of it, well that's pretty obvious. If your capacitors are dried out you will need to bring it in to a repair shop.

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SOURCE: Hi i,ve got some tapes

I don't own and am not familiar with this device but my advice would be to turn all progs off. As long as you are not on the internet and you have no media connected then turning the anti virus off is safe as your computer is in a stable condition. I would also try using a different usb slot if you have that option as the distorted sound you are describing may be coming from interference with your usb port or cable. Good luck and I hope you manage to record those tapes!

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SOURCE: Tascam 122 Mk III - input signal is low and distorted

It is hard to guess what is causing this but for all of the gain to be reduced like that either the deck has seen some really high input signal in the past that blew out some amplifiers or that there is a power supply component that has taken the input electronics down.
I suspect that you will need to have a Technician look at it. If you are near Chicago, I may be your answer, I have been working with these Teac units for 40 years and was a Lead Tech at Chicago Factory Service in Arlington Heights.
I can be reached at skywavebe@sbcglobal.net
If you are far off- I have other people that can do the job one in New Jersey and a few others.

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