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Development of a Low-Flutter Measurement Tape

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Flutter measurement tapes sold to the professional community may contain residual levels of time-base errors that are too high to permit accurate measurements. This study presents a technique for recording tapes with very low residual flutter. A recorder with atransport xervo system was used to make high-speed recordings for measurements as standard speeds. The recorder has low inherent flutter, exceeding the manufacturer's specifications. The high-speed technique reveals that a significant improvement in the recording of flutter measurement tapes is possible, especially when the method is compared to the common procedure of recording at the playback velocity.

JAES Volume 45 Issue 12 pp. 1067-1081; December 1997
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