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A New Tape Transport System with Digital Control

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This paper analyzes a new design of tape transport system, developed for its use in a professional stero recorder. Including only a few mechanical moving parts and five optical sensors, all its operation is electronically controlled without relays. A microprocessor based system commands all the transport functions, including multi-point search, by means of nine memories through a calculator type keyboard; it features constant tape tension and several characteristics. The equations of the tape's movement and the theoretical optimization of the fast search to cue algorithm will also be analyzed.

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