Figure 13-10.Reel-to-reel tape recorder/reproducer.
The reel-to-reel tape recorder/reproducer (fig.
13-10) uses magnetic tape supplied on spools. Standard
audiotape is one-quarter of an inch wide and it is
available in several reel sizes and tape lengths. You must
thread the tape onto the machine where it passes the tape
heads at either 7.5, 15 or 30 inches per second (ips).
Faster tape speeds will give you better recordings.
If you have a sound source on reel tape, load the
supply reel onto the left spindle so the tape feeds
counterclockwise. Load a take-up reel of the same size
on the right spindle. Unwind several feet of tape and
thread the machine according to the manufacturers
Once you have properly loaded the recorder, you
must accomplish the following steps:
1. Set the speed selector of the recorder to the
2. Play the tape and adjust the playback level on
the VU meter of the recorder to zero (if the tape has a
tone recorded on it). If there is no tone on the tape, adjust
the playback level to fall between 80 and 100 percent on
the W meter of the recorder.
3. Place the output select of the recorder on the
audio console to audition. Using the slider for the
recorder, set the sound levels on the audition VU meter
to fall between 80 and 100 percent.
4. Once you have set the sound levels, cue the tape
to the audio portion to be played. Stop the tape at the