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Reel-to-reel Tape

From Wikipedia, Chace Audio

Reel-to-reel, open reel 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 Take-up_Reel" class="linkify">take-up reel. The arrangement is similar to that used for motion picture film.

In audio post, most professional magnetic analog and digital tape utilize the reel-to-reel format including 1/4"analog tape, 1/4" digital tape, 1/2" analog tape, DASH, 1” analog tape, 1” digital tape, and 2” analog tape. Professional audiotape utilizing the cassette format includes DAT and DTRS tapes.

Home audio enthusiasts in the mid-to-late 20th century also used the reel-to-reel format to record and play 1/4" analog tape.

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