R2R: a beginner’s guide

New to all things open reel? Don’t yet know your two-track from your four-track? Need a quick reminder of NAB EQ versus CCIR? We’re here to help.

What is R2R tape and what’s so great about it?
 A brief history of music recording & where tape fits in
Tape formats

Music on tape: what’s available, who’s producing what and what can you (legally) buy?
What exactly is (and isn’t) a master tape?

R2R decks: a guide to buying

Taking care of your tapes