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

Discussion in 'Microphones & Recording' 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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