My Sony dual tape deck does not record in stereo anymore.
My tape deck does not record in stereo anymore, just on the left channel. After I mix audio recordings I like to put samples on cassette to see how the music will sound on other systems, but now my transfers only come out on one channel. I bought it at best buy a couple of years ago and is there anywhere I might be able to take it to to get fixed or could you help me solve the problem?
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There should be a button or switch that will select the recording deck and the dubbing deck. You put a blank tape into the recording deck and the pre-recorded one into the play deck. Pressing the record button on the dubbing deck, on some models should start the play deck running. If not press play on that deck.
Yes and no. If you swap the channel leads over the fault should go to the other channel. Still the same, then not the Cassette deck. There are several causes to one channel going. First the lead to the tape head is off or the head has gone!! Secondly a switch either on the front of the machine or the inside (when it switches to record) is faulty. Lastly an electronic fault. The good thing is that you have one good channel to play with. So as they are both the same any readings should be the same for both channels. The electronics will also buzz when touched with an insulated tool. So if it buzzers in one place in one channel it should do the same in the other in the same place.
The equalizer I have seen have Line in, line out, tape in, tape out and that is how you utilize a unit like this. The line IN goes to the receivers tape record out. The line out goes to the receivers Tape play in or monitor, The tape deck hooks to the equalizer. The record or input of the tape deck hooks to the EQ record out, the Tape decks output hooks to the EQ's Tape in connectors. All these are stereo so there are left and right sides which you need to keep consistent. Red on a cable means Right, the white or black on cables mean Left or the top RCA connector on most equipment. When playing back a tape the tape monitor is turned on with the receiver and left on. The way you record on tape from any source of the receiver is to select that source and it should go to the equalizer. Then the deck should record that source. To play a tape of the deck hooked to the equalizer then just press the tape monitor button on the EQ otherwise the Equalizer will just act as a loop and equalize any signal source that is coming from the receiver and the tape monitor on the receiver should stay on most of the time. Some equalizers have two tape inputs so you would hook another deck to that input and the owners manual of the equalizer should say how to select buttons to transfer tape signals from one to the other. If you master the concept of inputs and output of audio equipment then this hookup becomes another easy thing to do.
ANY analog tape deck or external processor woul go into the VCR OUT / IN pair or the CDR/Tape OUT / IN pair. Out of one device to in of the next then back.
Though not specifically addressed in the manual, I believe that operationally, ONLY ANALOG sources will go OUT to the Tape or Processor (whether or not the Tape or VCR is selected). Once you select either one of those the analog audio will be heard AFTER the external device proceeses or records it. It would be the same as Playing a tape.
However, digital sources will be disabled once the VCR or Tape is selected.
Electrolytic capacitors are good at causing hum. You could try replacing some of them, they are not expensive. Otherwise you might have damaged the left channel amp semiconducter, whatever that might be.
If you are recording from an outside source check the connections are good. If it does it from both IE dubbing and external it is possibly that a wire has detached from the head of the record head. The other likely source is the record amp inside the deck. Trace the leads from the Tape head (recording one) and see if you can locate a switch, these can get dirt on the contacts and cut out channels (clean with Servisol video 40). It could also be the electronics especially the amp chip!
If not then the head itself may have gone.
Oxide deposits on heads can restrict audio transfer to tape. You may need to do a deep cleaning of record head. Depending on how much deposits are on heads may need no more than alchohol and Q-tip. Be sure to clean erase head and drive roller. Afterwards, try recording, then use headphones in jack on recorder to check for recording on both channels. If this works, problem is not in rest of equipment set up. If you still need help, email me