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What is a half track 2 trac recorder

Hi:

I'm new to the recording field and trying to learn all I can. What exactly is a half track 2 track recorder? I know it's a reel-to-reel deck, but what is the half track all about. Is this used to record your final mix on?

thanks
Keith

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anonymous Tue, 07/15/2003 - 20:56

a half-track deck differs from a normal stereo tape recorder in that the tape is recorded in one direction only (you can't flip the tape over, unless you want to hear it backwards!): half of the tape width is used for the left channel and half for the right.

On a regular stereo deck, the tape is actually divided into four tracks - tracks one and three are left and right in one direction, and then when you flip the tape over, tracks two and four become left and right in the other direction.

The advantage in a regular stereo deck is you get twice as much recording time on a reel of tape. the advantage on a half track is you get twice the width to record on, and with tape, everything else being equal, wider is better for sound quality.

i should add that the only tape i use these days is the sticky kind, so you oxide-heads out there:
feel free to jump in and give an expert answer!

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