Category Archives: Tapes

ATR Magnetics Seminars

ATR Magnetics announces Spring Calibration and Alignment Seminars.

Topics cover: theory of magnetic recording, mechanical and electronic calibration of machines (tape operating level, speed, azimuth, zenith, head wrap, bias and equalization adjustments), choosing tape formulations, media care and storage and trouble-shooting and maintenance issues.

Planned dates for 2013 seminars are:ATR tape

  •     Friday, March 22nd,2013,
    9:30 – 5:00
  •     Friday, April 26th,2013,
    9:30 – 5:00
  •     Friday, May 3rd, 2013,
    9:30 – 5:00

Cost per day is $250, with discounts available for ATR customers. See details at and


Data-sheets for RGMi 900,911,468,LPR35 Tapes.



The RMGi US site hosts an interesting set of data-sheets covering all their tape products. Please note that starting 01/01/2012 RMGi has transferred tape manufacturing and marketing to Pyral (France).

Here are the documents in pdf format:

List of 3M Audio Tapes from the ‘100’ to ‘Master XS’ (1943-1980)

English: a box of 3M 996 master audio tape, pr...

3M Tape

All the 3M open reel audio tapes ever produced, grouped in a single table, hosted at the Audio Engineering Society site.

Each tape model is annotated with years of production, oxide types, thickness, magnetic parameters.

View the document in pdf format at AES site here.

Review: RMGI 468 Tape



A detailed review of the RMGI 468 tape (reissue of the BASF/EMTEC 468 classic) available on the RMGI US site. Please note that Pyral (France) has taken over manufacturing of RMGI tapes as of 01/01/2012.

View the 468 review in pdf format here.

Tape Loops for Analog Echo Devices (Roland, Korg, Dynacord)

Robert L from Croatia produces and sells tape loop replacements for analog echo devices. Loops are hand-crafted using hi-quality modern tape including BASF LGR 50, Ampex 457, 478. Tape is 50% thicker than original replacement parts and coated with low friction lubricant.


  • TL4m for Roland RE devices and Korg SE devices
  • TL0.51m for Dynacord devices

Visit Robert L site here.


Agfa, BASF and IGF Tapes

Comparison table for Agfa, BASF and IGF tapes at AES.  A lot of useful info including years of production, oxide types, thickness, magnetic parameters and more. View this beautiful resource at the AES site here.

Reel2reel Tape Makers and Dealers (2012):

Tape brands and sources:

  1. ATR MagneticsProducts page.
  2. RMG International. Manufacturing of studio and broadcast was took over by Pyral on 01/01/2012.
  3. Quantegy: ReelDeal sells Quantegy tapes.
  4. Zonal: distributes Zonal tapes.
  5. Darklab-Magnetics: accessories and tapes
  6. MRL Tapes: Calibration tapes.

Dealers (partial list):