The use of magnetic tape
for sound recording
originated around 1930. Magnetizable
tape revolutionized both the radio broadcast and music recording industries. It did this by giving artists and producers the power to record and re-record audio with minimal loss in quality as well as edit and rearrange recordings with ease. The alternative recording technologies of the era, transcription discs
and wire recorders
, could not provide anywhere near this level of quality and functionality. Since some early refinements improved the fidelity of the reproduced sound, magnetic tape has been the highest quality analog
sound recording medium available. However, as of the first decade of the 21st century, magnetic tape is largely being replaced by digital systems
for most sound recording purposes.
Prior to the development of magnetic tape, magnetic wire recorders
had successfully demonstrated the concept of magnetic recording
, but they never offered audio quality comparable to the recording and broadcast standards of the time. Some individuals and organizations developed innovative uses for magnetic wire recorders while others investigated variations of the technology. One particularly important variation was the application of an oxide powder to a long strip of paper. This German invention was the start of a long string of innovations that have led to present day magnetic tape recordings.
was conceived of as early as 1877 by... Read More