[AMRadio] Open Reel Tape -- Production resumes ?

Merz Donald S merz.ds at mellon.com
Tue Feb 15 13:00:50 EST 2005

Well, you can't beat the look of an open reel tape machine. The sound? --that's another matter entirely. The recording industry has certainly gone digital. The used-audio places are full of the best name brand tape machines and they can all be had for a song. The analog mixer is beginning to suffer a similar fate. Outboard hardware is also going soft. The compressor and effects hardware makers have had to release "plug-in" software versions of all of their products in order to protect their name in the marketplace.

Audio production is going the way of the analog radio. In the not too distant future, it will all be software and "control surfaces".

73, Don Merz, N3RHT

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[mailto:amradio-bounces at mailman.qth.net]On Behalf Of VJB
Sent: Tuesday, February 15, 2005 12:41 PM
To: Nospam at Juno.com
Subject: [AMRadio] Open Reel Tape -- Production resumes ?

Some of us who cherish the sound (and look) of our
open reel machines are heartened by this news from one
of the sellers of open-reel tape.

(you will recall late in 2004 Quategy, which descended
from Ampex,  shut down its manufacturing plant.
Workers were given little notice, but news accounts at
the time cited declining markets for tape storage.)


UPDATE Feb 14, 2005: The tape is rolling in and we're
painfully and
slowly starting to fill our shelves. (We even have
1/4" GP9 and 457 on
reels now.) Quantegy has re-instated full audio
production again.
Also, there definitely will be new studio quality open
reel audio tape
made here in Pennsylvania with the first tape being
available probably
in late May 2005 if not sooner. As soon as we have
this tape available
to you, it'll be posted on this web site. They're
going to be making
very good tape for almost everyone in the studio
through broadcast,
government, and even the home recordist. We feel
everything from the
new tape boxes through the sound and slitting of the
tape is going to
have a "classic" touch to it.

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