1K Club - QQ Shooting Star
- May 28, 2011
- NW Ontario
Four channel decks play four of the tracks at once, then jump to the other four. So two "sides" compared to four "sides" in stereo. A quad tape in a stereo machine plays only two of the channels at once, switch the program to hear the other two channels. Remember that while Quad was only adopted by a small number of people the industry had expected it to become huge at the time. Perhaps a bit more conservative approach by the industry might of saved Quad!Yeah I knew that the notch was needed for other 4 channel capable decks but how many people made dupes or recordings for others? It seems like it was probably a small number. And then on top of that wouldn’t a 4 channel recording be broken up into four sides since the tapes was made also for two channel decks? You would think that a notch would make no difference. That once the splice passed by the mechanism that it would jump channels.
Not sure why they didn’t just make a Quad blank for this purpose.....or maybe they did? You would hope that Akai and Technics would have had their own blanks to go with their state of the art decks. This was a bit before my time. Like maybe 3 or 4 years but I do remember that about by 1979 8 tracks were thought of as antiques.