Webinar: Setting-Up the Brakes on Open-Reel Tape Machines


This 90 minute webinar is a must for the owners who are serious about getting the best audio-enjoyment from their recorders. 

How well the braking system works is crucial for looking after the precious tapes you record and play on an open-reel tape-recorder. Poor condition, or setup, can lead to the machine throwing tape loops or snatching and stretching the tape.


The webinar will cover all the aspects of the braking system found on Studer/Revox quarter inch to 2 inch open-reel tape recorders. It will also be applicable to other makes of machine that use a similar setup to brake the reels. Tips on the tools required, the settings to aim for, plus past experience on what the brakes can tell you about a machine's overall condition.

Date: Saturday 27th March 

Time: 15:00 GMT

Duration: 90 minutes


You can book tickets via this link


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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