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Need a dowload manual for pioneer Direct drive reel to reel RT 707

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Open reel is NOT that complicated or varied from machine to machine.

Here's a demo...

Posted on Mar 14, 2011

  • Anonymous Jul 01, 2011

    I beg to differ. As a former longtime professional audio engineer, specializing in analog recording for the film production and recording industries, I will attest that it is quite complicated to make a PROPER recording using open reel tape.

    Each tape stock possesses different bias and saturation characteristics, which can even vary widely between lots of the same tape stock. Variations from machine to machine are as wide as the Grand Canyon, and the demo you posted doesn't even begin to scratch the surface of making a proper recording.

    Deterioration characteristics vary as well, rendering subsequent playback of recorded material unpredictable over time.

    Part of the reason that the reel-to-reel format is extinct is because of its inherent complexity and inexact nature. Despite the fact that much material was mastered on reel-to-reel tape, I for one believe that its better left alone and relegated to the annals of time. There is NO WAY that even the very BEST analog recording can approach the quality and stability of the BEST digital recordings.

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    David Dunn Jul 01, 2011

    Dale, Jerry wasn't asking for the fine points of the media or anything along the lines of eq and bias adjustments, just a user guide for the machine. And just about any manual from the era would work for basic operation to copy LP's. Thread it, set levels, record, duh.

    Having been a career technician supporting high-performance state-of-the-art 200 inches/second 1/2" open reel to robotically served 'square' data storage cartridge tape hardware I know a bit about equipment setup and media issues. Tracking, skew, write delay, read amplitudes, read delay - all with an o-scope. I can tell you horror stories about EMTEC/BASF tapes having to be replaced by the thousands at large data centers due to data loss and equipment damage when the coatings adhered to the heads of drives that are NEVER supposed to be wet-cleaned or hand-cleaned, based on the belief that the media were made and stored within critical parameters. Oops.

    I didn't post that video, I linked to it. Having owned both formats, IMO, the main reason open reel died in the consumer marketplace is because cassette rivaled open reel in quality, never needed to be rewound or played out for storage and took up a lot less space. I was surprised when elcaset didn't fly as the doubling of the transport speed combined with the rapid advances in tape formulations and equipment enhancements like HXPro and dbx-II Noise Reduction allowed for some pretty sweet recordings. Ditto for VHS-HiFi as a mass audio recording medium. I used to archive CD's straight to it and the sound quality was fabulous. Of course, the compexity of the transport meant the medium itself took a beating if you loaded or ejected mid-tape.

    I agree, digital is THE best but the marketplace is opting for ripped portability heard on earbuds while you and I are scouring eBay to find our favorite recordings in SACD, DVD-Audio, DTS, Dual-Disc. Once digitized at high resolution the music becomes immortal.



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