Reel-to-Reel Recorders

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Learn how to restore a reel-to-reel tape machine in this free stereo and audio gear repair video from a studio recording and electronics expert.

Series Summary

Attempt to bring back the past, the pre-digital days when studio music recordings were done on reel-to-reel tape machines and not simply sucked straight into the digital console. Maybe you find digital production to be too cold and calculating, lacking warmth of tone and sense of dimension. Or maybe you’re just interested in making good music, and you’d like to discover how reel-to-reel recording works. All you need to do is get that old tape machine in good working order and you can try recording as it was done in the old days.

In these music studio-recording videos, you will learn how to get that old four-track recorder back into top shape. Our expert explains the basic parts and operation of the machine, then gives a few maintenance tips. Learn how to clean and demagnetize the recording heads and restore the pressure roller. Then, most importantly, find out how to align the heads to ensure that your reel-to-reel records your music accurately, with the wonders of analogue sound. Now that you know how to fix up a reel-to-reel machine, hit the pawn shops to find the recorder that will make you a music star.

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