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Shaping Sound in the Studio and Beyond: Audio Aesthetics and Technology by Gary Gottlieb

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Magnetic Tape

It is useful to understand the nature of magnetic tape, the tape we use for both analog recording and recording on digital machines (rather than hard drives). Magnetic tape is composed of a thin mylar strip, a form of plastic, coated on the back with a substance used to increase traction, reduce static electricity, and improve adhesion, so the tape loads easily and packs well during winding. The front is coated with a binder solution, in which tiny metal particles are suspended (see Figure 3.26).

Figure 3.26. The components of magnetic tape. Based on a diagram by Editall.

The binding solution must hold the metallic particles ...

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