Dropouts and squealing sound coming from tape

If you hear a high pitched squealing sound coming from you DCC player when using a recordable tape, it is not the player but the tape. It is called the stick slip effect, caused by a dirty felt pad.

This hardly ever happens with prerecorded titles, just recordables.
During the squealing, you will not be able to make a decent recording. You will first have to clean the felt pad.

Here is a video about the problem and solution:

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I’ve had quite some prerecorded DCC’s that I bought where I heard the squealing sound upon first play. After I did the procedure as shown in the video, the sound would disappear.

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Thanks you so much for this information ! I now have my recordings back… also effected some pre recorded ones which have the white pressure pad too !

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I did not know prerecorded tapes with the 1st gen white felt exist, can you list them so @drdcc can check his copies of them?

Here are 4 of my pre-recorded. All screamed when playing … before they scream they seem to drop out a few time.

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That is pretty rare. The white felt pads are quite common, but the noise not so much.

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I have few which are not screaming but will video it next time !

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