Analog Tape Recording

  • John Eargle


Magnetic recording has shaped the evolution of contemporary recording in such a fundamental way that it is difficult to think of the creative process apart from the benefits of multitrack capability and ease of editing. The principle of magnetic recording has been known for over a century (14, 15), but the problems of noise and distortion kept it from being much more than a curiosity as far as studio recording was concerned. Highfrequency bias was discovered in the 1920s (2), and with it the nagging problems of noise and distortion were on their way to being solved. But the physical medium itself remained a problem, Earlier experiments had used steel ribbon and wire, with their concomitant handling problems.


Record Head Magnetomotive Force Tape Transport Tape Speed Analog Tape 
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