Reel to reel audiotape
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Audiotape on reels:

Reel-to-reel tape recording is the form of audio recording in which the recording medium is held on a reel, rather than being securely contained within a cassette.

Invented by: Fritz Pfeumer
Launched:  1928. First practical tape recorder  from AEG was the Magnetophon K1, demonstrated in Germany in 1935.
Used for: home and professional audio recording
a.k.a.: reel to reel, reel-to-reel, audiotape, magnetic tape, tape, tape on reel
Magnetic tape size: 0.150, ½, ¼, 1, 2, and 3 inch
Number of tracks: 1,2,3,4,8,16,24 and 32, depending on tape size and audio heads design.
Common reel sizes (diameter): 3, 5, 7, and 10”
Magnetic tape backing materials:  steel, paper, plastic
Recording media: ferric oxide, chromium dioxide, evaporated metal.
Recording Speeds:

cm/s

in/s

1.2

15/32

2.4

15/16

4.75

1-7⁄8

9.5

3-3⁄4

19

7-1⁄2

38

15

76

30

Variable*

* Non-capstan machines

Magnetic tape manufacturers: BASF, AGFA, Scotch, Maxell and many other

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