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Old 16th Aug 2019, 4:18 pm   #21
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(speeds can be corrected in software if necessary).
This is something new to me Simon, v. interesting. Do you have any links to where I may find to to do this? Thanks
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Old 16th Aug 2019, 8:37 pm   #22
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Audacity is a free program that can do this using the speed control (changing pitch and tempo just like changing speed on a tape recorder). If a tape was recorded at 7 1/2 IPS and a machine with only 3 3/4 IPS is available, Audacity can record from the low speed machine and then the replay speed can be set to double.

The link below covers changing speed with or without a change of pitch.

https://www.lifewire.com/audacity-tu...-pitch-2438167
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Old 16th Aug 2019, 9:32 pm   #23
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Thanks for the steer, Simon. Had quite forgotten about Audacity which I use regularly if infrequently. A great program with more features than I will ever use. I believe the speed changer will be fine though I've gotten mediocre results with Pitch Change and poor with removing the vocals from a music piece. Understandable this since the signals are all buried together in an analogue single track recording
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Old 16th Aug 2019, 10:29 pm   #24
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Pitch changing in Audacity should work fine, however, since the playback tone correction curves don't necessarily follow the same octave (1:2 ratio) change as the actual speed, the tone correction will be slightly incorrect after a pitch change. This could be corrected with a subsequent equalization; someone may even have calculated the required equalization required. The discrepancy is not that large so it will not be that noticeable on man recordings though.
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Old 16th Aug 2019, 10:47 pm   #25
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I use this all the time. From the 'Effect' menu use 'change speed'. I often digitize spoken word tapes recorded at 1 7/8 or 3 3/4 ips by playing them into the PC at 7 1/2 ips then selecting 0.500 in the 'speed multiplier' box to reduce the speed. (1.500 would double it). Fine for speech, music would be more problematical for EQ reasons stated above.
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Old 17th Aug 2019, 12:29 am   #26
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Will give it a go anon
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Old 4th Oct 2019, 9:16 pm   #27
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Success has been my experience too. Tapes recorded in 1963 still play well on a twin track machine. Recording was on Civic (Collaro Studio deck two track) On this recrdr they are now playing back too fast. A knowledgeable friend suggests that the surface of the pinchwheel has hardened allowing slip and giving the take up reel a too free ride
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