Stripe (time code)   

All devices in a synchronization system must be prestriped or prerecorded with time code before work begins.   
In analogue systems this generally involves recording longitudinal time code on an audio track.  Recommended level is -3 dB.  Higher levels may cause distortion, thereby degrading the signal while levels that are too low will also fail because the next time code reader in the chain will not be able to recognize the signal.  Care must also be taken that the time code track is clean of any other sounds.  Leaks from adjacent tracks can make the time code impossible to read. A device which instantly regenerates timecode to correct low level signals is called a refresher. 
In digital systems the time code will be generated internally by the device so prestriping is usually not part of the process.  


It is, however, sometimes possible to stripe time code, format and record on a DA88 or other modular digital multitrack.