Corey Bailey
           Audio Engineering
USEFUL INFORMATION TIME CHARTS
The charts on this page are provided to give you an idea of running times for various reel-to-reel audio tapes and records. Starting with analog tape, the chart below, from the box of an old reel of Irish brand tape, is calculated for 7” reels. The lengths shown on the left of the chart represent the different thicknesses of audio tape. The Single Track listing is for recording in one direction (Full Track) or 2 channel stereo. The Dual Track listing is for recording in both directions (1/2 track mono). The same “Dual Track” column can be used to calculate 1/4 track stereo recorded in both directions. This tape is from the late 1950’s; notice the price stamped just below the brand logo. It’s barley readable, but it is $2.88. Pretty pricey for 1958. 1200’ is 1.5 mil thickness (1 mil = one thousandth of an inch) 1800’ is 1 mil thickness. 2400’ is 0.5 mil thickness. My deepest sympathies if you have any audio tape that is 0.5 mil (1/2 mil).  It was fragile in its day, and it is incredibly fragile now. The tape in this particular box is 1.5 mil acetate, and it played just fine. There is a picture of the reel here if you are interested. RECORDS The running times listed above represent the absolute maximum time available. The average running time for a 10” Dia 78 RPM record is about 3 minutes. The average running time for 12” Dia 33-1/3 RPM records varies from 18 to about 22 minutes. Return to TOP of page © 2012 Corey Bailey
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