Could you run the pre-tape out to deck 1 in, deck 1 out to deck 2 in, deck 2 out to pre tape in?
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You might try looking at some graphic eq's that have two tape monitors loops. The one I have in the closet (ADC I think) has this feature, howevever, it is a two button funtion, ie. one controls the source (tape A or B) the other controls the record mode (A to B, B to A, or both?).
You could also bypass the eq. or add eq to your recordings.
Hope this helps.
Daisy chaining the tape decks might be a problem since one is DAT and the other is analog. If I set up the chain with the analog deck first in line, analog monitoring during recording and analog playback of prerecorded material would probably be colored by the AD-DA converters in the DAT deck, which I beleive does not use a straight analog pass through when in "source" mode. My Sony PCMR300 DAT deck seems to have better (brighter?) high frequency response and a little more detail (digital edginess?)than my venerable Yamaha K-1020. But the idea is worth an experimental trial. And I will also look into graphic equalizers with eq. bypass. Thanks for the suggestions.
I have been looking around the web quite a lot about this issue and have settled on a DBX program route selector, if I can find a nice used one. The product line is no longer made by the current company, but seems to be exactly what I need to switch between as many as 3 tape decks run off of one preamp tape loop. Thanks for all the help above.
Regards to all,