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SH Spotlight What is the difference between a multi-track tape, a "mixdown" and a master tape?

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Steve Hoffman, Nov 30, 2006.

  1. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Mastering Engineer Your Host Thread Starter

    The term vinegar syndrome started with 35mm mag fullcoat.

    Problem was, in the movie biz, the mag was stored in metal cans for protection which over the years reacted and caused the breakdown. The cheap indie studios stored their mag in cardboard containers on cores and these have survived for the most part.

    So because of the metal reels the entire three channel music score for 1959's BEN HUR has vinegar syndrome and is now dead while Victor Young's AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS from 1956 stored on plastic cores in Todd-AO cardboard containers can still be played. It is stinking a bit though..
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  2. william shears

    william shears Active Member

    new zealand
    I'm presuming it smells of..erm...vinegar, right? Is the smell/fume toxic?
  3. pool_of_tears

    pool_of_tears Rare Earth maven

    Eastern Iowa
    He actually did a LOT of work w/Steve Desper...transferring the 4 track tapes and locating every possible reel but it was too daunting of a task!
  4. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Mastering Engineer Your Host Thread Starter

    Well, anything is toxic in a large enough dose. Let's just say that when I was working for Warner Bros. Studios I had to wear a gas mask during collating and mastering the film scores from the 1950s. Damn near gave me a nervous breakdown; had to quit..
  5. posieflump

    posieflump New Member

    Not immediately toxic, but certainly carcinogenic. Vile stuff. I worked on the BBC mag track preservation project in London - we were lucky the project started when it did. Another five years and there could have been significant losses.
  6. Grant

    Grant Just chillin'!

    United States
    Steve, you should contact the guy whoes the Dirty Jobs show for the discovery Channel. They are always looking for stuff.
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  7. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Mastering Engineer Your Host Thread Starter

    Reopened by request.
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  8. joshm2286

    joshm2286 Forum Resident

    I have seen discussions like this here and on other websites. Thank to all for the info. I learned something new by reading this.
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