In the past, all master recording was done monophonically on full-track, quarter-inch magnetic tape, but today most master recording is done stereophonically on three-channel half-inch tape. This four-part paper emphasizes the solutions to the problems which are peculiar to three-channel recording and multichannel magnetic recorders. First, the basic technical requirements and differences from single channel recorders are outlined; second, mechanical problems of securing ease of operation and flutter and wow are discussed; third, the signal-to-noise considerations of track width and spacing, and equalization are discussed; and fourth, practical operation of multichannel recorders in a recording studio is described.
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