Does this recorder have its own amplifier?
Sure, the tape will play.
Copying tapes does not require an external amp, but LISTENING to them might. The A-4010 has a headphone jack so you're good to go with headphones alone if necessary.
To record, Connect the Output from the new deck to any Line Level Input on your recording device - (NOT PHONO).
If you can, set your record levels up in advance being careful not to have them too high if you're going digital as overloads are not handled well.
As with any old, rare or prized open-reel recording, avoid excessive transport handling of the tape, especially rewinding at high speed. Get yourself some Q-tips and isopropyl alcohol and clean the deck carefully, especially the capstan and idler wheel. Cheat the two tension levers manually and press Play. The capstan will engage the rubber idler. Clean the roller first with a moist Q-tip, being careful not to get strands caught up in the capstan (I'd hold the Q-tip around the 3-o'clock position on the idler), until you get nothing but a little black from it on a clean moist Q-tip. Then press Pause and the roller will retract but the capstan will still spin. Clean it with a fresh wet Q-tip until it is shiny and no more color comes off it.
Handle the reel without placing any inward pressure on the flanges as edge damage can occur.
Make your best stab at a transfer in as few tries as possible as the tape oxide and base are very old and will not tolerate repeated playbacks. Run the tape completely in one direction, flip it over, CLEAN THE DECK AGAIN, and play it back in the other direction (avoiding REWIND as it places a lot of stress on the tape and will probably leave the tape wound unevenly with edges sticking out all over the place. A normal speed playback should wrap the tape nice and tight and even for storage. Avoid exposing the tape to high humidity, dust or heat.
If you have access to a CD Recorder, I recommend making a full resolution Master copy on it and using the digital copy for any subsequent copying, ripping, editting, etc. Archive the original tape and make a digital copy of your end results, too. Good luck.
I'll make this offer to you. If you get it digitized and onto a CD I can probably reprocess it to clean up tape hiss and other problems inherent in 70's-era taping. Analog tape recording was my passion and still is, but I save everything digitally now.
Apr 26, 2009 |
Audio Players & Recorders