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Old 2013-01-12, 12:36
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At the risk of infuriating the drummer I've reduced a bit of tape hiss using the Low Pass Filter in the SSL mixer.
Although you wanted to achieve all of this in Reason, it's worth noting that other software is capable of using more sophisticated tools to reduce hiss. There's a noise reduction plug-in that comes with Sound Forge that can do a pretty good job of taking out noise without harming the desired sound (much). iZotope makes some kind of high-end software for audio cleaning/restoration. Now, granted this would mean buying other software, but I think it's important to know the options are there.
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Old 2013-01-12, 15:44
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Nice cable, George. Yeah, that's what I am doing.
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Old 2013-01-12, 15:52
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Thanks for the info platzangst. I certainly will have a look at the two noise reduction options you mentioned.
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Old 2013-01-12, 19:44
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Cleaning tape heads can be done with a cotton swab and a bit of isopropyl alcohol. A lot of points in a player can be cleaned with alcohol - capistan, guides, but not the rubber pinch roller. Use only soapy water on that. Depending on the age and condition of your player, you might invest in a demagnetizer, too.

Pinch rollers and other soft parts of the tape path can be safely cleaned with denatured (not isopropyl) alcohol. It can be hard to find, but it works.

Also, agree with using external tools other than Reason to clean up the sound. Audacity is free, and comes with filtering and background noise cleanup functions. You can sample a variable-duration portion of the tape that contains only background noise, and it will attempt to remove it from the entire recording. Variable success rate, but better than nothing.

For me, the hardest thing to deal with on old cassette recordings is speed variation ue to poor storage/handling regimes. (I.e., played the tapes in my car and left them in the glovebox for months at a time, etc.) These wow and flutter components are extremely difficult to deal with in getting decent files from tapes.

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Old 2013-01-12, 20:09
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Nice cable, George. Yeah, that's what I am doing.
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Old 2013-01-13, 03:41
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I can recommend NAD equipment - well-built, reliable gear. They're best known for their stereo amps (and rightly so) but my NAD cassette deck is still killing it after 20 years, just never missed a beat. You can pick up second hand NAD gear for pretty reasonable prices.
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Old 2013-01-13, 08:13
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Cheers for that Dave! I didn't know Audacity had that capacity. I'll certainly give it a go.
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Old 2013-01-13, 08:21
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Thanks for the NAD recommendation. I've actually got a TEAC twin cassete deck in England but I'm in Japan. Might have to make it my hand luggage next time ... along with the turntable, speakers, guitars, amps, vinyl, cassettes, CDs, books, etc.
 

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