When an analog SIGNAL stored on MAGNETIC TAPE is partially transferred to the section of tape adjacent to it on a reel, the result is called print-through and is heard as a pre-echo. Thin tape, particularly when stored for a long time without being rewound or played, is highly susceptible to this problem. Storing tapes 'tail out' is recommended to minimize the effect of print-through. Also called signal transfer, or printing.
Compare: CROSSTALK, DROPOUT, SEPARATION, SOUND-ON-SOUND, SPILL, TAPE ECHO.