RIP Lou


I like this quote:
" “Nothing can match the sound of the CD,” he had told the Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad. “It is absolutely noise and rumble-free. That never worked with tape … I have made a lot of record players and I know that the distortion with vinyl is much higher. I think people mainly hear what they want to hear.”

https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/world/lou-ottens-inventor-of-the-cassette-tape-dies-aged-94/ar-BB1etO...
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Thank you, Lou, for your contributions to this hobby that made me an adherent. Pioneers like you don't come around often enough.

All the best,
Nonoise
What a great thread on cassettes.  Thank you, Bless you, and RIP Mr. Ottens.

Every post so far is a bulls-eye in relatability for me.  To 15 year old newly-drivers-licensed music lovers, cassettes weren’t a luxury anymore than the internet is today.  A little hyperbole to make a point, but not much.

1.  It’s how we shared music as @beans57 points out.  “Copyright this” said we irreverent kids.
2.  It’s how we took music to our cars
3.  It allowed us to create mixes whether for home or car per @Parker65310....And yes...even titling was a creative process.

4.  It’s how we corrected poorly recorded or mixed LP’s.....

......My best friend and I were not just music lovers we were audiophiles and cassettes allowed us to do something rather amazing.  With our 5-7 (fuzzy on which we had) band equalizers we corrected a record’s shortcomings and recorded the improved version to cassette.  So, in the car you didn’t need an equalizer to fix a bad recording.  It was already fixed by us....the sound engineers.  Lol.  Just awesome.  Store bought cassettes of the same album were a SQ disaster, comparatively.  

I don’t yearn for the ritual of vinyl, but am glad so many enjoy it.  However, making tapes....just fantastic.  My friend and I sitting there for hours....making tapes.  And later, at the appropriate age..making the beer companies rich.

@Thosb..Do you mean you guys argued over IF tapes sounded different at all or which tape sounded better?  I can’t imagine debating the former.  We would record the same songs on different brands and formulas—-Metal v. Chromium Dioxide (IIRC).  Don’t remember what formula preceded those two.  We pretty much agreed TDK was a tough act to beat, although most were pretty solid.

Another benefit for the car:  We could increase the S/N parameter and in effect make a “louder” tape that would play louder.  It gave an overall decibel boost, basically.  Making the most of whatever watts you had in your “head unit”.

Frankly, it’s the recording of cassettes that made the difference.  Making tapes.  Simply buying tapes to play in my car wouldn’t provide a particularly fond memory for me.  The high cost, the (often) poor quality SQ, the inability share “free” music among friends.

Jbuhl....Outstanding.  Will be checking the documentary.