That sounds aces!
I have a question about buying cassettes. I’m browsing the options at nationalaudiocompany.com and am seeing either “tabs-in” or “tabs-out” tapes. I always thought you couldn’t record onto a cassette that had had its tabs removed? Is that not the case? And, if that’s true, then why would someone want to buy cassettes without tabs? Help me!
You can cover the tab of a “tabs-out” with sellotape and record onto it, turning a read-only cassette into a read-write cassette.
If you’re having a company like NAC makes duplicates, those are going to be tabs-out. However, if you are buying tapes to record yourself, you’ll want them tabs in. One reason you might want tabs out blank cassettes is if you are using them for your own duplication for resale. Tabs out tapes are a little more ‘professional’ looking. As @Kalimari says, you would cover the holes with tape when recording onto such a cassette, and pull the tape off when it’s done.
Thanks for the info. I am no longer confused!
oh, one more question: what is meant when a particular cassette model is labeled “instant record”? Is there a type of cassette which is not capable of instant record?
I have a box of cassettes with everything from my first music tracks recorded from a laptop through my home stereo to the cassingle for Kiss Them for Me.
Wish I had a tape recorder now to experiment with them!
Pretty sure this is the same as “recordable leader” tapes. Most cassettes used for music have “leader” tape at the beginning (this is the sometimes-clear bit of tape you see when your tape is fully rewound). You normally can’t record on this bit. However, for some uses (like courtroom dictation), a recordable leader tape might be preferred.
We once played an ”unplugged” gig with our all synth band. The idea was to be unplugged from the power grid and therefore we could only use synths, drum machines etc. that ran on batteries. For our amplification we had 11 cassette boom boxes in a huge pile behind our band. All running on batteries of course. I used to collect those things. I even had the legendary Casio KX-101.
Wish I had pictures of that night/setup.
We called 'em: “boom boxes” and “ghetto blasters”… never heard “boom blasters” before.
Yes ghetto blasters in the 80’s, but changed to boom boxes in the 90’s, I prefer the former, and actually by the 90’s they had passed their peak both in terms of quality devices and in their popularity.
Its funny…you realize recordings can be captured on tape, then duplicated to digital. The “tape”’ sound is retained removing the frustration of FFW and RW.
I grew up with it…not going back. Granted when the walkman cane out and the ability to take your own music or mixes on the road with you was huge. And when MD came out i was STOKED (it never got a fair shake). But compact, light, fast digital players were welcomed. At 192kbps and over, anything transferred is carried over. Ive recorded all my records…and as FLAK…they still sound like records.
I posted this in the “recent purchase” thread, but it probably makes more sense here. I’ve been on a bit of a magnetic media binge over the last couple of weeks. As I’ve stated before, TDK SM Pro cassettes are my favourites for 4-tracking.
What a beauty! Congratulations!
Hmmm… maybe we should start a thread entitled ‘Cassette Music’ and put it in ‘Our Music’?
I’d love to hear what you guys are printing onto cassette.
What do you all think?