Vintage Digital

Reel to Reel

Classic Recording Studio Equipment

The reel to reel recording format, encompassing both stereo and multitrack configurations, represents a pivotal era in audio recording technology. Originating in the early 20th century, reel to reel tape recorders allowed users to capture and playback audio on magnetic tape. In the stereo configuration, two tracks on the tape enabled the recording and playback of left and right audio channels, facilitating the production of high-fidelity stereo recordings. This format gained popularity in the mid-20th century for its superior sound quality and versatility, finding widespread use in professional studios and among audiophiles. Multitrack reel-to-reel recording further revolutionized the industry by enabling the simultaneous recording of multiple audio tracks on a single tape, allowing for complex layering and editing of sound. This innovation transformed music production, giving rise to the concept of multitrack recording and enabling artists to create intricate arrangements and sonic landscapes. Despite the advent of digital recording technologies, reel to reel formats remain revered for their warmth, character, and historical significance in the evolution of audio recording.

In the world of two track analogue mastering audio recorders, the Ampex ATR-100 Series recorders are regarded as the finest reel to reel audio mastering recorders ever made. The fact that they are still in use today, more than forty years later is surely testament to that.
The Mitsubishi X-80 Digital Recorder was a pioneering audio recorder that offered significant improvements in fidelity and accuracy over analogue recording technologies upon its release in 1980.
The Sony PCM-3324 stationary-head 24-channel digital audio recorder, when used with the optional RM-3310 synchroniser/auto locator/remote control, offers an ideal combination of digital performance and convenience, in addition to all the prime functions of analogue recorders.
Upon the release of the Fostex B-16 Multitrack Tape Recorder, it provided smaller project studios with a 16-track tape machine that offered performance and value for the very first time.
The Tascam BR-20 Series are highly flexible and reliable professional stereo audio recorder/reproducers that use 1/4-inch-wide tape on 5, 7 and 10-1/2-inch reels, at two selectable speeds: 15 inch/s (38 cm/s) and 7.5 inch/s (19 cm/s). All models are switchable between NAB and IEC equalisation.
The Studer A827 24 Track Multi-Track Recorder is quite possibly the finest 24 track analogue audio recorder ever made, and many are still in use today around the world.
Sony PCM-3348 DASH Multitrack Digital Recorder was the State-of-the-Art Digital 48 Channel Recorder offering Professional Quality, Performance and Reliability.
The Studer D820X – developed for stand-alone use also fits effortlessly into any system through its extensive interfaces and offers advanced facilities for digital mastering.
The Studer D827 MCH 24/48 Track DASH Tape Recorder enhances the Studer reputation for superior quality, excellent performance and optimum economics. It was of course, based on the Sony DASH format of multitrack digitalrecorders.
The Sony PCM-3348HR is a 48-channel 16/24-bit digital multi-track audio recorder, using 1/2-inch tape in DASH (Digital Audio Stationary Head) and DASH PLUS formats.
The Otari MX-5050BIII has long been the standard in 1/4″ two-track analogue recorders. It features an optimised three-head design and transformerless balanced inputs and outputs to provide superior frequency response, low distortion and high signal-to-noise performance under the most demanding conditions.