This paper evaluates the basic tape-to-head relationship that applies in multitrack recording in comparison to that relationship in monophonic operation. It studies such factors as frequency response, crosstalk, signal-to-noise ratio, distortion, and tape drop-outs, and shows that the only significant difference that occurs in multitrack recording is a small deterioration in the signal-to-noise specifications. The mechanical considerations of azimuth alignment and gap-to-gap spacing are also discussed.
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