POLL: Were you a Maxell guy/gal? TDK, maybe?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by E5RSY, Apr 9, 2020.

Your go-to cassette brand was...

  1. Maxell

    61 vote(s)
    43.0%
  2. TDK

    61 vote(s)
    43.0%
  3. Sony

    4 vote(s)
    2.8%
  4. Philips

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  5. Fuji

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  6. Memorex

    6 vote(s)
    4.2%
  7. Scotch

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  8. BASF

    7 vote(s)
    4.9%
  9. Other

    3 vote(s)
    2.1%
  1. beyer160

    beyer160 Friend of Leo's

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    You'll appreciate this, then-

    Screen Shot 2020-04-09 at 11.35.22 PM.png

    Yep, it's a plugin to make your DAW sound like a cassette tape. Check the calendar, I ain't pullin' your leg.

    It's only $20, I'm thinking about picking it up- seriously, there are times in recording when you want to warp or distort a sound, and cassettes were excellent at that.
     
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  2. Dennyf

    Dennyf Tele-Afflicted

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    I used c-90s cuz you could fit a whole lp on one side. But I also made a lot of mix tapes. I resisted buying commercially recorded cassettes because they used the cheapest tape in the cheapest shells. I'd rather buy the lp and record it myself to cassette. Did I mention this was primarily for the car?
     
  3. Blue Bill

    Blue Bill Poster Extraordinaire

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    Hahahaahah... I just heard the demo at https://aberrantdsp.com/plugins/sketchcassette/

    Now that you can get hi-fi Grateful Dead files, I need this to remember what Dead Tapes used to sound like.
     
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  4. Dana Rudd

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    Generally TDK if they were in stock.
     
  5. mrbdxmpl

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    Mostly Maxell XL-II, but I bought a couple of cases of Denon to go with a new Denon 3-head deck...
     
  6. spellcaster

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    When I first started working in an audio store, I had access to huge numbers of demo LP's, so I bought huge numbers of c90's. I asked the store owner for a recommendation on brand and he said BASF CRo2 were the best. I probably bought eight or nine dozen BASF's before I discovered the "special mechanism" that was touted so highly made the tapes incredibly noisy when fast winding. As soon as we began handling TDK Super Avilyn cassettes, I switched and was really happy with them for years. When I moved to a different audio store, I tried Maxell UDXL-IIS tapes and found them even better. I still own about 300 cassette tapes that were recorded using a JA Mitchell Transcriptors turntable onto a Nakamichi TT700 cassette deck. Most of them sound great, except the BASF tapes which are garbage, sonically and mechanically.
     
  7. beyer160

    beyer160 Friend of Leo's

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    This could be its own thread- the Mix Tape is a lost art. When you guys met a special someone in your early 20s, how many of you made them a mix tape?

    I recall one comely young lass who declared that the Stooges' "I Wanna Be Your Dog" was her favorite song on the tape I gave her. Hubba hubba!
     
  8. Skully

    Skully Doctor of Teleocity

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    Those were the one to use. Best sound and mechanical reliability.
     
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  9. Whatizitman

    Whatizitman Friend of Leo's

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    That was it. XLII 90. I loved those. I was too poor and young to be an audiophile. But I would get those to record my friends’ CDs, and they sounded purty good. You could get them in 5 packs. That was like 10 albums worth!
     
  10. trev333

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    I've got this kicking around somewhere, unused tape, wrapping in roadworn condition.... who knows?.. it might be the missing piece for a future cassette collector's set of Fujis...:D

    I mean, who bought C60's? ,,,,,can't be that many around like this beauty...:rolleyes:

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    I found at least two moving boxs of cassettes when I moved last. I am dying to go through the 'mix' tapes from my college years. Lots of memories
     
  12. Matthias

    Matthias Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

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    TDK D90s!
     
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    I was just about the type the exact same thing.
     
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    AAT65 Friend of Leo's

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    sure miss my old 238
     
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  16. AAT65

    AAT65 Friend of Leo's

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    I used to have a cassette recorder which had the record and erase heads set so that you could do edits with no gap at all (in fact a slight overlap could sometimes be heard). I used this to construct long medleys — cueing up the LP, hitting Play&Record at just the right moment; listening back, stopping the tape at just the right moment for the next edit; cue the LP, hit Play&Record... hours of fun (when I was meant to be studying for engineering exams!). I’ve still got a couple of the medley tapes I made but haven’t listened to them in a long while...
    (The next cassette deck I got always put a little gap — maybe 200ms or so — when you started recording so my medley editing days were over.)
     
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    Break the sound barrier!
     
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  18. Flaneur

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    TDK and BASF. I didn't know anything about anything, then: these were brands that were available and affordable. :)
     
  19. 1293

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    I had some 4 track reel to reels in my studio when I was a kid in the seventies.
     
  20. Squawker

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    My go-to was TDK AD-90 for mix tapes and bootleg copies. But plenty of Maxell too.
    The guy selling bootlegs to the 2nd hand record shop in Southampton clearly preferred BASF.
     
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