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(Some Guy)   Sony to cease manufacturing some kind of device called a "cassette recorder" in 2013   (en.akihabaranews.com) divider line 70
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2012-12-08 03:49:23 PM

GibbyTheMole: John Buck 41:

"Ever have to use a dime to unscrew the top to get at the pin? If I had a dime for every time I had to do that, I'd have....many dimes."

Oh yeah... I have cracked open many a cart is my day. Our carts were Fidelipacs like this.


Wow, talk about a memory flogger. What POS those things were!
 
2012-12-08 04:26:19 PM
I honestly had no idea anyone still made cassette players, or cassettes.
 
2012-12-08 07:39:23 PM

cig-mkr: Does anyone else remember using a cassette recorder to save their files on?
Yes it was the days before floppies.
My first: Texas Instruments TI-99/4A

[www.mainbyte.com image 650x354]


Parsec, Tombstone City, Munch Man, Hunt the Wumpus...

*With voice synth*!

"Press fire to begin."
 
2012-12-08 09:45:29 PM

GibbyTheMole: Oh yeah... I have cracked open many a cart is my day. Our carts were Fidelipacs like this. That straight wire rod that peels the tape pack off the center would come undone and jam up the cart, and we'd have to do emergency cart surgery to unjam the thing. I hated those Fidelipacs with a passion. The Audiopaks were more reliable, but still... I don't miss carts at all.


There is nothing more stress relieving than the sight and sound of a shattering cart. I would keep a stack of unreloadable carts next to the board for the times when shiatty copy, annoying sales folks, and not being able to spit out a line were the bane of my existence.

I went through a lot of carts.
 
2012-12-08 10:01:55 PM

Ed Becker: GibbyTheMole: Oh yeah... I have cracked open many a cart is my day. Our carts were Fidelipacs like this. That straight wire rod that peels the tape pack off the center would come undone and jam up the cart, and we'd have to do emergency cart surgery to unjam the thing. I hated those Fidelipacs with a passion. The Audiopaks were more reliable, but still... I don't miss carts at all.

There is nothing more stress relieving than the sight and sound of a shattering cart. I would keep a stack of unreloadable carts next to the board for the times when shiatty copy, annoying sales folks, and not being able to spit out a line were the bane of my existence.

I went through a lot of carts.


My brother from another Mother.

I kicked the shiat out of a lot of plastic trash cans, too.
 
2012-12-08 10:28:23 PM

John Buck 41: I kicked the shiat out of a lot of plastic trash cans, too.


Yeah, nothing was safe.

There's a lot of stuff I don't miss about tape, though. Like when you're doing the old grease marker/splicing tape/razor blade slice and dice on a phone bit when you only have 35 seconds left on the song and you gash your finger while making that last edit. And now there's 10 seconds left on the record and you're bleeding like Ric Flair all over the place. Get the tape cued as the song dies.

But hey, the bit got on air.
 
2012-12-08 10:36:49 PM

MFAWG: No, because cassettes sucked. Vinyl and reel to reel do not.


Metal coated "type IV" tapes with Dolby C noise reduction weren't bad. Virgin vinyl is nice, but a stylus will start to degrade the recording after a while. Reel to reel was great if you had the space to keep the reels.
 
2012-12-08 11:09:18 PM

Ed Becker: John Buck 41: I kicked the shiat out of a lot of plastic trash cans, too.

Yeah, nothing was safe.

There's a lot of stuff I don't miss about tape, though. Like when you're doing the old grease marker/splicing tape/razor blade slice and dice on a phone bit when you only have 35 seconds left on the song and you gash your finger while making that last edit. And now there's 10 seconds left on the record and you're bleeding like Ric Flair all over the place. Get the tape cued as the song dies.

But hey, the bit got on air.


That adrenalin rush is what I miss most. Packing auto parts and driving a fork lift doesn't match up.
 
2012-12-08 11:43:05 PM

Huck And Molly Ziegler: When they quit making cassette tape players, how am I going to listen to my tapes of "CBS Radio Mystery Theater" with your host, E.G. Marshall??

/it's from the mid-'70s.
//off the lawn unless you're raking the leaves.


Enjoy

Hey mister, your yard is a mess.
 
2012-12-09 01:13:08 AM

Ed Becker: John Buck 41: I kicked the shiat out of a lot of plastic trash cans, too.

Yeah, nothing was safe.

There's a lot of stuff I don't miss about tape, though. Like when you're doing the old grease marker/splicing tape/razor blade slice and dice on a phone bit when you only have 35 seconds left on the song and you gash your finger while making that last edit. And now there's 10 seconds left on the record and you're bleeding like Ric Flair all over the place. Get the tape cued as the song dies.

But hey, the bit got on air.


Here's what I don't miss: the advertiser who always wanted 15 or 16 different tags for each of their spots. We would split them up, four long carts, four spots on each. I still have nightmares about getting the first three spots on the cart with no problem and then screwing up the fourth one somehow and having to bulk it and start over. And then doing the same thing on the next cart, and the next one...
 
2012-12-09 03:26:43 AM

Chevello: Huck And Molly Ziegler: When they quit making cassette tape players, how am I going to listen to my tapes of "CBS Radio Mystery Theater" with your host, E.G. Marshall??

/it's from the mid-'70s.
//off the lawn unless you're raking the leaves.

Enjoy

Hey mister, your yard is a mess.


You're my new best friend, mainly because the link you sent has the awesome cat logo.
 
2012-12-09 07:27:49 AM

Cyno01: I remember something about being able to use an optical scanner to digitize vinyl records all in one go instead of playing them back. Seems plausible, but youd still have to figure out where to split the files.


1. Pay $10 for a USENET account
2. Search on newsbin
3. Download

I can't believe people buy these USB turntables for $100+.
 
2012-12-09 07:34:00 AM
This is good news for people who run cassette-tape-only labels for fetishists.
 
2012-12-09 07:43:55 AM

drumsac: Ed Becker: John Buck 41: I kicked the shiat out of a lot of plastic trash cans, too.

Yeah, nothing was safe.

There's a lot of stuff I don't miss about tape, though. Like when you're doing the old grease marker/splicing tape/razor blade slice and dice on a phone bit when you only have 35 seconds left on the song and you gash your finger while making that last edit. And now there's 10 seconds left on the record and you're bleeding like Ric Flair all over the place. Get the tape cued as the song dies.

But hey, the bit got on air.

Here's what I don't miss: the advertiser who always wanted 15 or 16 different tags for each of their spots. We would split them up, four long carts, four spots on each. I still have nightmares about getting the first three spots on the cart with no problem and then screwing up the fourth one somehow and having to bulk it and start over. And then doing the same thing on the next cart, and the next one...


That was a nightmare for me too. I would do the tags and cart them up on several carts and adjust the log accordingly. Say the log had 506 as the spot number, I'd label the cart 506, 506 a, etc. Back when the jock had to pay attention and I had pull with traffic.

These days, automation software still seems to find a way to barf all over the place. Rotators are hell in a situation where nobody understands them. I know this from the old Scott Studios and OMT. The best thing about automation is the lack of pulling and filing carts and CD's from a jock's standpoint and re-filing them. And the software has a time stamp on when the spots play for billing purposes.

These days I'm more on the air than production, but I see it from all sides. It is still mandatory to smoke or poop when Stairway, Freebird or Do You Feel Like I do come up on the mx log.
 
2012-12-09 08:12:34 AM

Huck And Molly Ziegler: how am I going to listen to my tapes of "CBS Radio Mystery Theater" with your host, E.G. Marshall??


I used to listen to RMT when I was young. It was on at 10:30 p.m. and would usually fall asleep about 10 minutes from the end of the episodes. I lived in Argentina for a year where I didn't work but lived for free in a second home of my girlfriend's parents. I figured I'd be useful and took care of the house, garden, pool, etc. to at least earn my keep. Jorge used to call me "esclava blanca" and got a kick out of ordering me around with this title when other people were present. I'd be carrying a bunch of wood and he'd yell, "Esclava blanca, rapido...rapido!"

Anyways, I would often listen to an RMT when I was outside working. I did listen to it on an MP3 player. Not sure if I listened to it on a cassette walkman if that would have floated like the MP3 player did when it would fall out of my shirt pocket and into the pool I was cleaning.

/you kids get off the lawn...I just raked it.
//not sure if I should listen to the entire episodes or just the last ten minutes missed when falling asleep.
 
2012-12-10 09:14:18 AM
The thread's dead, but what the Hell...

Ed Becker

"There is nothing more stress relieving than the sight and sound of a shattering cart. I would keep a stack of unreloadable carts next to the board for the times when shiatty copy, annoying sales folks, and not being able to spit out a line were the bane of my existence."

LOL. A former PD used to whip 'em at the wall in his office.

John Buck 41

"I kicked the shiat out of a lot of plastic trash cans, too."

I used to work with this quiet little dude who was the most mellow guy you can imagine... until something went slightly wrong. And then he went completely, irrevocably batshiat. Once, I came into work at there was this heavy steel garbage can in the prod studio that looked like King Kong had tried to screw it into the floor. It was just corkscrewed.... And the LPs were strewn all over the floor. I asked the news guy what the Hell happened and he calmly replied "oh... just Jeffy." Something wasn't working quite right & he flipped right the fark out. The records were on the floor because he was literally banging his head off of the counter with such force that it jogged the records off the shelf above the counter.

He used to do play by play and if there was a mic cable with a short, or the Marti wasn't working right or whatever, he'd freak out and start crying and blubbering during the commercial break. He'd also have lengthy arguments with defective equipment.

I often wonder what happened to that guy.
 
2012-12-10 09:38:09 AM

GibbyTheMole: I often wonder what happened to that guy.


He's probably in Congress now..
 
2012-12-10 09:05:37 PM

GibbyTheMole: I used to work with this quiet little dude who was the most mellow guy you can imagine... until something went slightly wrong. And then he went completely, irrevocably batshiat. Once, I came into work at there was this heavy steel garbage can in the prod studio that looked like King Kong had tried to screw it into the floor. It was just corkscrewed.... And the LPs were strewn all over the floor. I asked the news guy what the Hell happened and he calmly replied "oh... just Jeffy." Something wasn't working quite right & he flipped right the fark out. The records were on the floor because he was literally banging his head off of the counter with such force that it jogged the records off the shelf above the counter.

He used to do play by play and if there was a mic cable with a short, or the Marti wasn't working right or whatever, he'd freak out and start crying and blubbering during the commercial break. He'd also have lengthy arguments with defective equipment.

I often wonder what happened to that guy.


Uh, that would be me. Except for the crying blubbering part.

Farking Martis. I despised those POS machines.
 
2012-12-11 08:15:36 PM
John Buck 41

"Farking Martis. I despised those POS machines."

LOL... I thought just ours was crap.
 
2012-12-11 08:21:38 PM

GibbyTheMole: John Buck 41

"Farking Martis. I despised those POS machines."

LOL... I thought just ours was crap.


Nope. They were designed that way.
 
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