Tickets are now on sale for Webinar Number Four!

Open-Reel Tape Recorder Webinar: The What, Why & How of Audio Tape

All open-reel audio tape recorders need one thing to work: Tape. 

It's the software that runs on the hardware: No tape means no recording.

Audio tape is essentially a simple product, but surrounded by many questions  and answers as to its use.

In this webinar from Reel Resilience, its owner, Iain Betson, will cover:

  • What audio tape is made-up of.

  • Who is making new tape.

  • Tape formulations.

  • Print-through.

  • Sticky shed syndrome - what it is and why it happens.

  • Why "baking a tape" doesn't involve an oven (or baking) and how to do it.

  • Tips on buying new, used or NOS tape.

  • What a tape machine needs to get the best out of a particular tape.

Tickets are available here and we look forward to your attendance. 

The webinars we have run so far on lining-up the audio on reel-to-reels, setting-up the brakes and fault-finding techniques were very well received.

Videos of these are on the Reel Resilience YouTube channel.

Please look out for announcments about this webinar on this website and on the Reel Resilience

social media presence. 


Useful links to sites related tape-machines and audio:

Tapeheads Forum: A useful discussion and help resource for all tape formats.

Vintage Radio Forum: Similar to the Tapeheads forum but more "vintage kit" based, still a useful site.

Ferrograph World: Welcome to the World of Ferro!

Hi-Fi EngineTechnical manuals download site.


Hi-Fi Manuals: Technical manuals download site.

On-screen audio meters: A range of audio meter software for PPM and digital format meters. 

PC based tone generator: Not free (you can trial it for free) but about the best we have currently found.

Peak to RMS Voltage Calculator: Useful when service manuals give a peak voltage figure rather than the RMS one shown on a DVM.

dBu, dBv & Voltage converter: Useful to convert the figures given in service manuals.

Time constant calculator: Ever wondered what 35us or 70us actually means as a frequency on a Eq curve? Use this app to work it out.

Recording studio glossary: All those initials and terms explained.

An interesting read in Jazz Times on the return of reel-to-reel.


Free stuff to download!


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