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#1 Transistorized

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Posted 22 December 2017 - 08:01 PM

I have an App on my phone called SoundHound. It is an App that you can open and it will listen to a 30 second clip of any song then tell you (using the internet) who the Artist and what the Name of the Song is.

 

Today I was listening to my Silver C100 and I always felt that the lower deck seemed to play a little slower than I would like but not enough to warrant pulling things apart again to adjust.

 

I was playing a store purchased cassette and decided to let the phone app listen in. To my surprise it came back with Not Found. What? It's only Hotel California by the Eagles....what do you mean you can't find it or know what it is? I tried again. No dice. Played it in the flat slot deck...picked up on it right away. 

 

Come to find out your deck has to be playing the song at the EXACT CORRECT speed before the App will identify it. Figuring the store purchased cassette was most likely recorded at the correct speed I proceeded to take the back off of my box. I played the exact same song off the internet while matching the motor speed on the cassette for a perfect match to the digital version speed online. Wham! Now every tape I pop in it names the songs with only seconds of listening time. Guess I must've nailed the tape speed.

 

So I learned something today. It's an easy way to tell if your deck is in the ball park of correct speed on playback. If you have time you might try the App on your phone while playing a cassette. If it is able to pick up on your song it means your tape speed is in the ball park of perfect :-) and while there are professional ways of adjusting the tape speed (as I found out today) this is an easy way to test your decks playback in a pinch.



#2 jimmyjimmy19702010

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Posted 22 December 2017 - 08:25 PM

I have an App on my phone called SoundHound. It is an App that you can open and it will listen to a 30 second clip of any song then tell you (using the internet) who the Artist and what the Name of the Song is.
 
Today I was listening to my Silver C100 and I always felt that the lower deck seemed to play a little slower than I would like but not enough to warrant pulling things apart again to adjust.
 
I was playing a store purchased cassette and decided to let the phone app listen in. To my surprise it came back with Not Found. What? It's only Hotel California by the Eagles....what do you mean you can't find it or know what it is? I tried again. No dice. Played it in the flat slot deck...picked up on it right away. 
 
Come to find out your deck has to be playing the song at the EXACT CORRECT speed before the App will identify it. Figuring the store purchased cassette was most likely recorded at the correct speed I proceeded to take the back off of my box. I played the exact same song off the internet while matching the motor speed on the cassette for a perfect match to the digital version speed online. Wham! Now every tape I pop in it names the songs with only seconds of listening time. Guess I must've nailed the tape speed.
 
So I learned something today. It's an easy way to tell if your deck is in the ball park of correct speed on playback. If you have time you might try the App on your phone while playing a cassette. If it is able to pick up on your song it means your tape speed is in the ball park of perfect :-) and while there are professional ways of adjusting the tape speed (as I found out today) this is an easy way to test your decks playback in an pinch.


I usually use my high end Yamaha Hifi deck to make a recording from my iPhone onto tape and then play that tape in my Boombox deck while playing the same song on my iPhone. It’s a great way to make the speed exact with no speed drift even after playing a full 3 minute song. :-)

#3 Van Presence

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Posted 22 December 2017 - 11:57 PM

I wonder if the app would work out what Slow Ass Jolene is.



It really is Dolly Parton Jolene on 33rpm

#4 Transistorized

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Posted 23 December 2017 - 08:59 AM

Haha. Wow!  Doubt it but I'm gonna grab my phone and give it a whirl...lol



#5 trippy1313

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Posted 23 December 2017 - 10:49 AM

That's interesting. I use soundhound as well. I've noticed before pretty simple common songs or doesn't always catch too.

Which is odd because it's supposed also pick up on just the words too. I feel it worked way better a few years ago.