RIP Lou Ottens - Cassette Tape inventor

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  • @emkaydeebee  6 weeks

    So many memories from my childhood. I still use the phrases “fast forward” and “forwardwind” for moving ahead to a later part of a song or just time in general... the ability to record yourself easily, or recording the top 40 off the radio at the weekend, trying to stop just before the dj started talking again... good times, good times.

  • @zecoop  6 weeks

    Let's all give a moment of silence in our thanks for Lou...
    (that would be wonderfully warm tape hiss)

    I still use cassettes quite a bit. My 4 and 8 track recorders use 2x speed and Dolby, which along with high quality Type II cassettes give a wonderfully warm sound, without much of that tape hiss. Awesome natural compression and a completely different challenge from recording in a computer DAW.

    There are now four cassette based songs up on the @fourtracktape page - way down from previous years, due to covid and post office issues, but still fun to do and listen to.

  • @lvgd09  6 weeks

    RIP Lou Ottons. I used cassette tapes for most of my life and loved it. I still think it is one of the greatest inventions ever

  • @alboe 6 weeks

    Gosh I had never heard of him.
    Cassette tapes have played a big part in my life.
    I just looked him up and he also initiated the development of the CD.
    So quite an influential guy, hats off to him and RIP.

  • @candle  6 weeks

    RIP Lou. Thanks for all those warm analogue sounds (& the inevitable hiss LOL).

    We should do a FAWM Mix Tape Exchange…

    See You In The Shadows…

  • @standup  6 weeks

    Maybe in 50/90 we can do a 4-track tribute to Lou. @zecoop

  • @zecoop  6 weeks

    I'm in @standup 😀

  • @fourzeroes 4 weeks

    At least he got to see ninety...

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  • @zecoop  4 weeks

    @fourzeroes and @standup - You guys win the internet today

  • @tuneslayer  4 weeks

    Only here would you see a thread like this.

    Few people know his invention was the basis for a religion called Cassettism. Their basic belief is that death is the result of your soul getting wrapped around the Cosmic Capstan Roller.

  • @zecoop  4 weeks

    @tuneslayer - I hope the doctor has a surgical bic pen to resuscitate!!

  • @zecoop  3 weeks

    Tribute from Amulets.

  • @fonte  3 weeks

    The most painful thing is that I read an interview with him, and he said he thought CDs sounded much better 😞

  • @zecoop  3 weeks

    @fonte - Well, he did help invent those as well. 😉

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