Analog tape recording

Recording is performed using a magnetic recording head, which creates an alternating magnetic field in an area of ​​a moving medium (often a magnetic tape) that has magnetic properties. A trace of residual magnetization remains on the ferromagnetic layer of the carrier. The trace is the track of the phonogram. During playback, the magnetic head converts the residual magnetic flux of the moving recording medium into an audio frequency signal.

  • Distortion and soft compression are pleasant to the ear, the sound transmitted through the tape takes on new colors.
  • Successful recordings made on tape in the last century still make up the golden fund of music.
  • Mixed or mastered material on tape differs markedly from computer mixes, which makes it more noticeable against the background of other recordings.
  • Studio master tapes, which, if properly stored & nbsp; for 30-40 years & nbsp; do not lose & nbsp ; its quality.
  • Tape provides a more balanced, deeper and much more realistic sound image with an unrivaled airy atmosphere, many details.

In the & nbsp; 70s, multitrack tape recorders appeared. & nbsp; They made it possible to simultaneously record a large number of & nbsp; (up to 24 or more) signals onto a magnetic tape on a tape one or two inches wide & nbsp; ( 25.4 & nbsp; or & nbsp; 50.8 mm ) . Thanks to their appearance, it became possible to record separately instruments and instrumental groups of large symphony orchestras, vocalists, etc. The sound engineer was able to independently process each group of instruments and soloists when combining recordings made at different times. Multitrack recording greatly facilitated the work of the performers, reduced the number of rehearsals, recorded takes and much more.