ADAT error rate problem

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Does anyone have advice on fixing an Alesis ADAT XT20 with really high error rates? I just bought it off of Ebay, and it seems to be in very good, clean condition (it only has 117 hours on it). Also, I bought brand new HHB ADAT45 tape (still in the wrapper) to use in it. When I format the tape and play it back the error rate hovers around 100, but when I record any tracks the errors go up depending on how many tracks I'm recording; if I record one track the error rate jumps to around 200, and if I record all 8 tracks the error rate is around 700-800! I've researched how to clean the heads and I did this using 99% IPA and lint-free wipes (holding the cloth against the head and turning the head counter-clockwise). I've also cleaned the entire tape path. None of this has seemed to help. Does anyone have any suggestions?

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Joined: 03/03/2009

Alright, so the problem was the tape.

I assumed that the HHB tape would be good because it is recommended by Alesis in the ADAT manual, and I bought brand new tapes. I bought three HHB tapes, and when they all had the same problem, I thought it was something else.

However, I just bought some unused Maxell ADAT Pro tapes off Ebay and they work perfect (my error rate is less than 10, as apposed to nearing 1000 with the HHB).

So, my warning to anyone reading this is to NEVER BUY HHB ADAT TAPE!!

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