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I remember reading something on another website about how one should fast forward and rewind through a tape to "seat" the tape within the cassette. They said that it aligned the tape properly and removed the slack on the reel. They also mentioned this helps reduce digital dropout. Is this really needed?
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What you are referring to is to re-tension or pre-condition the tape. The only time I recommend doing this is when you have archived tapes. They should be ff/rew every year or two in a seperate rewinder to prevent sticking.

When using new tape it's not necessary.

I've never experienced or heard of a tight tape causing a digital dropout.

Even though it is "old school" to pre-condition a tape. Some still like that added insurance of knowing they're not going to have tightly wound tape.

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