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2.00" reel tape

Filed under: — 2006-03-19 by Richard L. Hess — Last Edit 2011-12-16 by Richard L. Hess

For all formats on this page, also please look at the Noise Reduction page.

8-track has been produced as a “boutique” format in very limited quantities.

16-track was the first 2-inch audio tape. It was soon followed by 24-track which was a long-lived standard. Resources for transfer: Sonicraft, New Jersey — Dreamhire, New York — Joav Shdema, Israel

16-track was soon followed by 24-track which was a long-lived standard. Resources for transfer: Sonicraft, New Jersey — Dreamhire, New York — Joav Shdema, Israel — Sound Laboratory, National Library of NorwayTed Kendall, England

Yes, they even made a 32-track 2-inch audio tape. Resources for transfer: Sonicraft, New Jersey

See also: equalization, noise reduction, reels & hubs, speeds, synchronization, tape timing, tape winding, and track configurations.

Some users claim to have had great success with playing 16-track 2-inch tapes on 24-track heads. While it will work, it is interesting to note the relative misalignment of the two sets of tracks as the following drawing I made shows. Click [or save target as] for larger view. 4-track 1/2-inch tape and 8-track 1-inch tape use the same 0.070″ track width as 16-track 2-inch tape. The center-to-center spacing 0.130″ as opposed to 0.127″ for 16 track.

two-inch tape tracks



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