James Perrett wrote:Tim - there are plenty of shoulds and oughts in your reply but no indication of your personal experience in this matter. Are you saying that in your personal experience the degradation is evenly distributed across the original recording and then subsequent generations of tape copies?
I agreed with your earlier post that the degradation wont necessarily be evenly distributed across tape generations, and offered an explanation, namely when the dynamic range of the session tape is exceeded by the live signal, as it can be.
Tim Gillett wrote: I think it depends on the dynamics of the live sound. For tape with 70db dynamic range capacity, a live dynamic of 90db wont "fit", hence the big losses. But from then on, the losses wont be as great, as the big damage has already been done. Whereas if the live dynamic was only 60db, the losses should be the same at each generation, I would have thought.
You have claimed that the losses at the live tracking are greater than at subsequent generations. I agree that they can be. But in addition to having experienced it, and I don't doubt your experience, can you suggest an explanation for the phenomenon?