[AMRadio] Open Reel Tape -- Production resumes ?

Merz Donald S merz.ds at mellon.com
Tue Feb 15 13:35:38 EST 2005

Actually, the modern digital recorders that I have used simulate a tape transport. The push-button controls are marked the same as a tape deck. When you hit fast-forward, it simulates building up speed--just like a tape machine. People still say "roll tape" to start recording --even when they know it's not tape.

73, Don M.

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[mailto:amradio-bounces at mailman.qth.net]On Behalf Of peter markavage
Sent: Tuesday, February 15, 2005 1:17 PM
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Subject: Re: [AMRadio] Open Reel Tape -- Production resumes ?

That's true Don, but Paul likes to say on the air "roll some tape". It
doesn't have the same ring if you say "roll some bytes" or "move some
Pete, wa2cwa

On Tue, 15 Feb 2005 13:00:50 -0500 "Merz Donald S" <merz.ds at mellon.com>
> 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
> -----Original Message-----
> From: amradio-bounces at mailman.qth.net
> [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.)
> ------
> http://www.usrecordingmedia.com/qu456grma.html
> 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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