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An audio TAPE RECORDER, tape deck or tape machine is an analog audio storage device that records and plays back sounds, including articulated voices, usually using magnetic tape, either wound on a reel or in a cassette, for storage. In its present-day form, it records a fluctuating signal by moving the tape across a tape head that polarizes the magnetic domains in the tape in proportion to the audio signal. Tape-recording devices include reel-to-reel tape deck and the cassette deck.

REEL-TO-REEL or open-reel audio tape recording is the form of magnetic tape audio recording in which the recording medium is held on a reel, rather than being securely contained within a cassette. In use, the supply reel or feed reel containing the tape is mounted on a spindle; the end of the tape is manually pulled out of the reel, threaded through mechanical guides and a tape head assembly, and attached by friction to the hub of a second, initially empty takeup reel.

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  • Akai - Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording.
  • Ballfinger M 063.
  • Ballfinger - since 2005. "The ultimate analog sound is back." The M 063 H5 represents the upper end of the M 063 H range and is equipped with all the currently available equipment features. In addition, the otherwise optionally available wooden side parts and the equipment feets for vertical operation are also part of the delivery. In addition to the standard 2.00 mm track width equipment, the machine can also be supplied with 2.75 mm track width tape heads. All models.
  • Lyrec - (1950-2004).
  • Metaxas & Sins portable analogue tape recorder.
  • Metaxas & Sins - since 1981. ‘GQT’ (Georges Quellet Tribute) is a portable analogue tape machine designed for on-location recording as well as for home or studio playback.
  • NAGRA - since 1951. "Recorded moments that never die..." Portable professional audio recorders produced by Kudelski SA, based in Cheseaux-sur-Lausanne, Switzerland. All models.
  • Pioneer - Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording.
  • REVOX classics - since 1951. "Reel to reel machines. Experience true studio sound." The world turns. Revox tape machines. A success story.
  • Stellavox - since 1955. "Professional Audio Equipment." Company based in Switzerland and is most noted for their compact portable reel-to-reel magnetic tape audio recorders used by radio and TV-stations and motion picture location sound mixers as an alternative to the Nagra recorders.
  • Tandberg - Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording.
  • Teac | Tascam - Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording.
  • Technics - Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording.
  • Uher - Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording.
  • Wollensak - (1899-1972). Wollensak reel-to-reel tape recorders were prized for their robust construction and value.
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