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Audio Format Guide - Tape

Here is a list the formats we accept for source recording, along with an image (images not to scale) and description of each. Click on the name of the format to be taken to the ordering page. Still not sure what format you have? Contact us

Audio Formats - Tape

Reel-to-Reel Tape
Reel-To-Reel (open reel) tape (1/4 inch, 1/2 inch, stereo or mono, half-track or quarter-track tape, 2-track, 4-track or 8-track tape) - Recording tape (magnetic tape) on a reel. Tape width: 1/4 inch (1/2 inch for RAW transfers only). Reel diameter: from 3-inch to 10-inch. Any track configuration acceptable, up to 4 track for 1/4 inch tape (and 8 track for RAW transfers). Common mistake: it is on a reel, it looks like tape, but it isn't! What is it? It is a reel of FILM (we can not transfer film). How can you tell if it's film or tape? Hold the 'tape' in front of a light source. Do you see timy images? It's film (please do not send).

8-Track Tape
8-track tape (8-track cartridges played in cars and home stereos) - Shell size: 4" x 5 1/4" x 7/8". Tape width: 1/4 inch.

Cassette Tape
Cassette tape - Also known as Compact Cassette. Plays in home stereos, cars, boom boxes, walkmans, etc. Shell size: 4" x 2 1/2" x 3/8". Tape width: 1/8 inch.

Micro Cassette
Micro-cassette tape - microcassettes are mostly used in dictation machines, portable voice recorders and answering machines. Music was also recorded on micro-cassettes. Shell size: 2" x 1 1/4" x 1/8". Tape width: 1/8 inch.

DAT Tape
DAT tape - Digital Audio Tape (also known as R-DAT). Used for recording audio digitally. Shell size: 2 7/8" x 2 1/8" x 7/16". Tape width: 4mm. It is mostly used by audio professionals and can be recorded (and played back) by field and protable recorders, as well as stationary professional equipment. Please note: there are computer backup systems that use DAT Tape. We DO NOT offer a computer data transfer service.

 

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