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All versions of ADATs need to be cleaned regularly or they will eat your tape. This is an ugly but neccesary fact. If you don't back up your master multitrack recordings, you are making a major mistake. Don't say I didn't warn you!
 
The best way to clean the heads is the same method you would use to clean a DAT recorder or other helical scan recorders: with lint-free chamois (such as M.G. Chemicals Chamois swabs #407 or Tech Spray Chamois tipped swabs) and 99+% pure isopropyl alcohol, avoiding any vertical movement of the swab with respect to the tape's path. Improper manual cleaning is potentially much more damaging than using a dry-cleaning tape. Replacing the heads is very expensive, so do it right or don't do it! Dry cleaning tapes are very abrasive and cause head wear each time they are used. Don't use this method unless you are in an emergency situation.
 
It is worth it to have the deck professionally cleaned and checked if you're getting serious errors or dropouts
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Created: 2009-03-18 6:31 PM
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