Reel to Reel

Reel-to reel audio tape recording is made out of magnetic tape used in audio recording, whereby the recording medium is contained on a reel, instead of being contained within an audio cassette.

The Process

Audio reels are played on reel to reel players. The supply reel or feed reel containing the tape is mounted on a spindle; the end of the tape is manually pulled from the reel, threaded through mechanical guides, then passing over a tape head mechanism. From this point onward, the tape is captured by friction onto an empty take-up reel as seen in this picture.

Tape Formats

Reel-to-reel systems use tape that is 1⁄4” (6.35 mm), 1⁄2″, 1″, or 2″ in width and normally moves at 7.5 or 3.75 inches (19 or 9.5 cm) per second.
The performance of tape recording is greatly affected by the width of the tracks used to record a signal, and the speed of the tape. The wider and faster the better frequency response, signal-to-noise ratio, and high-frequency distortion results. Reel to Reel tape can contain multiple parallel tracks, enabling stereo and multi-track recordings.


We usually record to CD, which holds 80 minutes maximum. Other formats are available upon request.

For further information and a FREE quote: Ph 1300 730 430