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I like wow and flutter

Discussion in 'General Electronics' started by Radium, Dec 21, 2003.

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  1. Radium

    Radium Guest

    Where can I find cassete recorders/players with the most amount of wow and flutter?
  2. Guest

    You need to look elsewhere if you want wow and flutter. High end cable
    offers more than anyone needs.
  3. CJT

    CJT Guest

    You can probably induce it by yourself by mechanical or electronic means.
  4. Dave Platt

    Dave Platt Guest

    Sure. Rather than driving the motor with a steady source of DC, drive
    it from the amplified-and-filtered output of a Soundblaster 16 FM
    synth. It's the only way to get really high-quality wow and flutter.
    Using a modern PCI card, or a sample-based wow and flutter inducer,
    simply won't give good results.

    #!/usr/bin/perl -e "print '!' x 100000;"
  5. Radium

    Radium Guest

  6. CJT

    CJT Guest

    I would have thought that was fairly obvious. Consider the parts
    critical to _avoiding_ wow and flutter.

    For the mechanical, pick a part that has a periodicity approximating (or
    which is a submultiple of) the effect you want, make it "out of round"
    or otherwise askew, off balance, or in frictional contact with something
    that will brake it at one or more (in the case of the submultiple)
    places, and Bob's yer uncle.

    For the electronic, modulate the drive motor. Depending on the sort of
    motor the deck uses, that can mean modulating the voltage or frequency.

    You could probably get something similar by messing with the tape path.
  7. Radium

    Radium Guest

    Any way to do this w/out damaging the tape/tape deck?
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