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Guard Band

  1. In concept, similar to a guard dog, although the musicians that make up guard bands are often far more ferocious. They are generally employed as protection against polka bands made up of kazoo and accordian players performing Bee Gees hits through Marshall stacks turned up to “11.”

  2. A thin, unrecorded area between the recorded tracks on magnetic tape. The physical separation provided by a guard band helps to cut down on crosstalk between adjacent signals on the tape. (See also WFTD “Crosstalk“)

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