How is the audio quality on cassette tapes? is their only purpose nostalgia and looking "retro" or are they a practical platform for listening to music on?
Well, it's a practical platform if you're looking for a portable analog format to listen to music on. It's definitely lower quality than pretty much all other formats, though...There's more background noise...More of a hiss.
The quality is lower and the sound is unique. It will put a colour on the songs you're listening to and if you like these colours it may be something for you. Different types of tape provide different colours. In terms of whether they are practical (in terms of storage/space consumtion, quality)- no they are not, but neither are record players.
I'm happy you three anons got right to the point in telling OP the consensus on this format.
OP beware, they're pretty tumblr memory at this point and getting very overpriced because of it. There was a time every cassette at a shop was less than 3 dollars.
with a good quality tape deck and a good quality type II or IV tape you can make very good, but not perfect, recordings of CDs and records. there will be slight deficiencies in the frequency extremes and a slight overall loss of fine detail but on the whole they can sound very good. reproducing that quality depends on the fine adjustment of the heads so recordings always sound best played back on the machine they were made on because a different deck will probably have its heads aligned slightly differently so played back on something else they usually wont sound quite as good
pre-recorded tapes are a completely different kettle of fish, they have never been anywhere near as good as the potential quality of a properly done home recording.
cheap tape decks including portables like in your pic dont sound good and are not capable of the high quality recordings of a good deck
when tapes were commonplace, that was what they were used for, a decent quality and affordable home recording format, because there were no other options. reel to reel machines were very expensive and impractical for most people because of the size and hassle of the tapes. even after CD came out you couldnt buy CD recorders for years and then when you could they were very expensive (kept that way by philips and sony who owned the tech and also had interests in the music business; they didnt want people to be able to make bit-perfect copies of CDs) and only dropped in price after home PCs with CDR drives became commonplace and made their continued artificially high price pointless. nobody who wanted quality reproduction used tape as a format for playing pre-recorded music. they made copies of their own CDs and records to play in the car, they borrowed albums off friends and copied them. sales of albums etc on tape were driven by kids with a radio cassette player in their room and adults who were casuals/didnt care about the quality.
they sell fucking cassettes at urban outfitters.
To me part of the fun of buying cassettes is getting limited run releases.
I use them because they're cheap. I have a friend who works at a media duplication place so I get boxes of blank tapes for free. That way when I'm playing a show, I can have tapes to sell within' a few hours notice.
this is plain stupid
i dont think id buy a bands album on a cassette but i like to record my bands on cassette sometimes because it has a unique sound i like
i wouldnt transfer digital to tape unless i found that it had a nice effect that might be useful laser. i would digitaze my bands cassette recording to digital to preserve the sound.
what is the sound?
id have to go back and heard some tracks to describe properly, but its unmistakable
Tfw no tefifon comeback anytime soon.
It's not great. I imagine low-fi, dream pop, and old school punk would sound pretty cool. However, any music with actual details and texture would sound like trash. You'd miss half of the music.
>centipede hz through a cassette tape
can confirm black sounds great on cassette
Cassettes have a distink warm sound to them found in the hissing and cracking, though it is most likely the lowest quality analogue sound you will get. For me however it's extremely nostalgic, and I feel listening to HiFi remaster of songs I would listen to on cassettes are not as fulfilling as those beautiful cracks and hisses. It makes the sound beautiful by being imperfect.