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The three eras of pre-digital recording in 18 photos (1877 - 1975)

Enter a world of tape, circuits and mechanical madness

  • Cameron Holbrook
  • 28 February 2018
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The Electrical Era (1925 - 1945)

Two engineers teaching sound recording discs on a Vitaphone; an early recording mechanism that was used for the synchronization of sound and film.

An engineer at Western Electric using an electromechanical disk cutter to put together a master recording.


Invented in 1931, the Blattnerphone was the first mechanism to record audio on thin magnetic steel tape.

Employees at a radio station in Sweden gathered around a Magnetophon K4, the reel-to-reel recording system that significantly reduced tape-hiss on recordings (1940).

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