German inventors created the first reel-to-reel tape recorder in the 1920s, and it wasn’t until the 1950s that it began to catch on in the United States. Use of reel-to-reel remained high throughout the country until audio cassettes displaced them. While audio reels had much better sound quality, audio cassette players were less expensive, smaller, and portable. As a result, several makers of reel-to-reel tapes stopped production by the 1980s.
Up until the 1980s, affordable reel-to-reel tape recorders were frequently used to record voice in the house and professional recording studios, as well as to pre-record popular and classical music.
However, compact cassettes and emerging digital audio techniques eventually replaced them. Old reel-to-reel tapes were either donated to thrift stores or relegated to the audiophile’s dustbin or hidden corners of basements.Continue reading “Conversion Of Reel-To-Reel Tapes To Digital”