full, half, 1/4, and 4 track formats?

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by redface, Oct 8, 2006.

  1. redface

    redface Guest

    what do they mean?
  2. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    Apr 19, 2006
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    If you are referring to analog tape:

    Full track - single track recorded across the full width of the tape (rare)

    Half track - two tacks on a tape, each occupying half the width of the tape

    1/4 track - (domestic standard) 4 tracks on a tape, but only two in each direction (turn the tape over to access the other two)

    four track - four tracks across the width of the tape, all usable at once.

    n-track - ditto for n tracks.

    Note these definitions do not say anything about the physical width of the tape.
  3. redface

    redface Guest

    thank you

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