Classic Reel To Reel Tape Recorders Are Impressive Machines!

While I came of historic menses during the digital age, I did grow upwards inwards the analog the world of VCRs, bulky video cameras, mechanical typewriters in addition to Kodak photographic boob tube camera films! I'm a flake of a geek who likes to indulge inwards all things retro in addition to honor gratifying going to outdoor sales inwards search for erstwhile bits of clever technology that doesn't role estimator controlled systems.

One of the start times I retrieve seeing a reel to reel auto was, funny enough, inwards a Knight Rider episode dorsum inwards the 1990's...I precisely retrieve that hypnotic well was hence total in addition to vibrant! I believe the reel to reel featuring on that episode was a Pioneer RT-909 hence ever since I've been wanting to larn my hands on i of them!

Unfortunately, I haven't been lucky to honor that model but was lucky to honor a classic Akai 1730d SS 4-track reel to reel tape recorder (with GX-heads), which tin sack live used for playback or tape every bit a "regular" 4-track 2-channel stereo by in addition to large alongside combination for pre-recorded tapes.With the Akai 1730d SS model, I genuinely lead keep the selection to tape alone on i channel or on all channels at the same time, which is great!
What I honor fascinating nigh reel to reel tape deck recorders is how the really start ones didn't genuinely role tape but wire. Another interesting fact is why tape is dark-brown inwards color, in addition to that's because the tape cinema is sealed inwards alongside magnetized atomic disclose 26 oxide dust particles. So, every bit tape passes through the recording head, it gets magnetized according to the dot coming through the microphone (which acts every bit the transducer) converting that well into an electrical well dot that is in addition to then amplified (via a pre-amp) in addition to and then printed to tape. That's basically how a classic reel to reel tape recorder works.

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The reel to reel tape recorder has typically 3 heads: recording head, playback caput in addition to an erase caput (to erase the tape). The tape ever runs from left to correct hence it comes off the furnish reel through the start caput (the erase head), in addition to then the recording caput in addition to lastly the playback head. Sometimes the recording caput in addition to playback caput double upwards every bit one. The Akai 1730d SS model has genuinely 2 erase heads.


To thread a classic reel to reel tape recorder you lot but thread the tape from the furnish reel nether the caput cover, out betwixt the capstan in addition to the pinch roller, in addition to then over the guide roller switch (which engages the mechanism) in addition to and then air current the terminate of it on the take-up reel. The reel to reel tape deck tin sack role unlike size reels such every bit metallic NAB hubs (10.5 inches), 7-inch plastic reels in addition to fifty-fifty smaller reels. The Akai 1730s SS model genuinely alone takes v or 7-inch reels.

Standard Features Of Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 Vintage Reel-to-Reel Tape Recorder
Classic reel to reel tape recorders vary slightly inwards designs but the principal features are every bit follows:
  • Reel-size push (to alter from modest to larger reels)
  • Speed Tape (to adjust the speed of the tape). It's typically betwixt fifteen IPS in addition to 7.5 IPS. Bear inwards heed though that a cassette deck tape moves at a speed  1.875 IPS (inches per second)!
  • Capstan (controls the speed the tape goes through), 
  • Pinch roller (engages alongside the capstan pinching the tape), 
  • Guide roller (some reel to reel tape recorders such every bit the TEAC 3340S lead keep 2 of these guide rollers)
  • Supply reel in addition to Take-up reel
  • Index counter (to give you lot an persuasion where a rail starts or ends)
  • Rec, Stop in addition to Pause buttons 
  • Rewind, fast frontwards in addition to play buttons
  • Output degree dials in addition to input dials (for the mic in addition to trouble degree adjustment)
  • RCA trouble inputs in addition to outputs for connecting to a mixing console 
  • Record fashion switches (to switch recording betwixt channels)
  • Channel plugs for the mic degree inputs (to plug inwards a measure SM59 mic you lot volition quest a XLR to quarter-inch adapter)
The beauty of a classic reel to reel tape recorder is its mightiness to record, playback, re-record in addition to delete unlike tracks at the same fourth dimension without affecting the other tracks. If you lot are familiar alongside how irksome the procedure of recording music was inwards the 1920's, you lot tin sack imagine what a the world of divergence the innovation of the multi-track recorder made for artists when the multi-track recorder came into beingness inwards the mid 1950's. This meant artists could tape a well on i rail in addition to tape themselves singing along on the other track. Reel to reel tape recorders typically had 2 to 4 channels for multi-tracking.

I've ever wanted to larn dorsum to a retro setup in addition to ain a reel to reel tape deck to sense truthful vintage audio, the old-fashioned means in addition to straightaway I can! Oh past times the way, that Knight Rider episode I was telling you lot nigh that was featuring the reel to reel machine, it's called "soul survivor". Here it is below: