27 January—On this day
Posted on: Wed 27 Jan 2021
On this day in 1948 the first tape recorder was sold, making it possible for people to use a compact, handheld device built to capture moments in time.
The tape recorder converts audio signals into magnetic energy, imprinting a record of the signal onto a moving tape, covered in magnetic particles.
Editing was achieved by physically cutting part of the tape using a razor blade.
Digital surfaced in the 70s and eventually overtook tapes, due to the convenience and versatility with editing.
Produced by Kate Johnson
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