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    • - Scotch types 111 and 112 acetate-base tapes are introduced.

    • - Magnecord introduces its PT-6, the first tape recorder in portable cases.

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    • - Ampex introduces its Model 300 professional studio recorder.

    • - Magnecord produces the first U.S.-made stereo tape recorder, employing half-track staggered-head assemblies.

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    • December - The first mono pre-recorded tapes are sold by Recording Associates in NYC.

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    • April - RCA begins considering mass production of a low-cost tape machine once the armament and defence boom is over and labour and material

    • November - Magnecord demonstrates their Binaural Magnecorder publicly for the first time at the New York Audio Fair.

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    • September - Binaural recording session is held at Engineer's Hall in New York for Atlantic Records with Wilbur DeParis and his Rampart Street

    • October - Emory Cook debuts his two-channel binaural records at the New York Audio Fair and Atlantic Records issues "the first commercial binaural

    • November - Emory Cook debuts 2 channel binaural records at the New York Audio Fair 1 image

    • December - Rafael Kubelik and the Mercury Orchestra recorded in stereo on a Magnecord 1 image

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    • November - Binaural Recordings Cincinnati Symphony to be issued by A-V Tape Libraries

    • - Ampex introduces the first high speed reel-to-reel duplicator as its Model 3200.

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    • March - A-V Tape Libraries release the first two commercial binaural tapes as part of their Concert Classics series.

    • March - The Livingston Electronic Corp. announces their new tape label, Audiosphere, Inc.

    • March - A-V Tape Libraries release the first two commercial binaural tapes 1 image

    • June - RCA Victor introduces a 2 track stereo recorder, model RT-11, with in-line or stacked heads.

    • June - RCA Victor is the first major label to issue pre-recorded tapes.

    • July - We thought RCA Victor's announcement would, so to speak, unplug the dike and that there would be a story.

    • October - Audiosphere (Livingston) releases a "Bi-Fi" playback only machine to help move the stereo industry forward .

    • November - Livingston plans to tape and release material for five independent record companies, Atlantic Records, Empirical, Esoteric, Oceanic and

    • December - Webcor/Concertapes & Audiosphere distribute their first binaural (stereo) catalogues.

    • - The first commercial 2-track stereo ? tapes are released.

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    • May - Livingston adds three more independent record companies- Riverside, Boston and Conoisseur.

    • September - High Fidelity Recordings Inc. Hollywood California starts producing stereo tapes

    • December - December 1955 Ampex introduces the

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    • March - Omegatape offers stereophonic tapes.

    • October - Bel Canto issues stereophonic tapes

    • October - Omegatapes issues stereophonic tapes

    • November - Sonotape releases seven stereo tapes.

    • December - Tape Recording publishes the first stereo directory of tapes with approximately 150 titles listed.

    • December - Sony Sterecord releases five tapes.

    • December - Bell advertises their new stereophonic tape recorder.

    • - Concert Hall Society releases binaural tapes.

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    • February - Ampex delivers an eight-track recorder to Les Paul and Mary Ford.

    • April - Connoisseur stereo discs (records) are heard at the London Audio Fair.

    • May - Stereo Tape One-Stop in Palisades Park, NJ, issues a 48-page catalog with 350 titles.

    • May - Stereophony Incorporated issues stereo tapes.

    • June - Klipschtape offers 15 IPS tapes. John Fargle, manager of the Klipschtape division, announces they will make available six stereo releases at 15

    • June - Sonotape releases a stereophonic alignment tape.

    • June - Urania releases stereo tapes.

    • July - Phonotapes, located in NYC, releases 3 stereo tapes.

    • July - Mercury releases a sampler and twelve stereo tapes, priced at $12.95.

    • July - Capitol releases 13 stereo tapes, Inline 7 1/2 IPS.

    • August - Vanguard based in New York City, releases nine 1/2 track stereo tapes for stacked or staggered heads, priced between $11.95 and $14.95.

    • August - Blue Note releases two stereo tapes, Art Blakey - ORGY IN RHYTHM: BNST 101 and 102, produced by Rudy Van Gelder.

    • September - Stereophonic rental library of Chicago offers tapes for $1.65 For 30 day rental. Perhaps they became the source for Cal Western

    • September - Audio Fidelity in NYC, releases 5 stereo tapes at $12.95 stacked or staggered.

    • September - Contemporary in Los Angeles releases 6 jazz stereo tapes, CT 1-6 Shelley Manne CT-1, Barney Kessel CT-2, Curtis Counce CT-3, Shelley

    • October - Concertapes in Winnetka, IL, release first stereo tapes.

    • October - Columbia releases ten stereo tapes.

    • November - Stere-O-Craft releases 8 stereo tapes , TN 100-107. Primarily jazz and one blues tape.

    • December - Stereo music on tape had reached its highest level of popularity among audiophiles.

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    • February - Hi-Fi Tape Recording published their first catalog offering tapes from the following distributors:

    • - Stefan Kudelski introduces the Nagra III battery-operated transistorized field tape recorder

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    • - Philips introduces the Compact Cassette tape format, and offers licenses worldwide.

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    • - The Dolby Type A noise reduction system is introduced.

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    • - Dr. Thomas Stockham begins to experiment with digital tape recording.

    • - 3M introduces Scotch 206 and 207 magnetic tape, with a s/n ratio 7 dB better than Scotch 111.

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    • - 3M introduces Scotch 250 mastering tape with an increase in output level of over 10 dB compared to Scotch 111.

    • - DuPont introduces chromium dioxide (CrO2) cassette tape.

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    • - Digital tape recording begins to take hold in professional audio studios.

    • - Ampex introduces 456 high-output mastering tape.

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    • - 3M introduces metal-particle cassette tape.

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    • - Sony introduces a palm-sized stereo cassette tape player called a "Walkman"

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    • - Philips demonstrates the Compact Disc (CD).

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    • - Sony releases the first CD player, the Model CDP-101.

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    • - 3M introduces 996 mastering tape, a 13 dB improvement over Scotch 111.

  • Add Info Here   View 1991 in detail

    • - Ampex introduces 499 mastering tape.

  • Add Info Here   View 1992 in detail

    • - Ampex introduces 499 mastering tape.

    • - The Nagra D is introduced as a self-contained battery-operated field recorder using Nagra's own 4-channel 24-bit open-reel format.

  • Add Info Here   View 2020 in detail

    • - Here is the info of FEB R-R tape 1 image

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  • https://www.soundfan.it/en/history.html
  • https://www.recording-history.org/technology/history-of-the-technologies-for-recording-music-and-sound-an-overview/
  • https://www.recording-history.org/HTML/wire2.php
  • https://www.aes.org/aeshc/docs/company.histories/ampex/leslie_snyder_early-days-of-ampex.pdf
  • https://www.aes.org/aeshc/docs/recording.technology.history/tape.html
  • https://www.aes.org/aeshc/docs/audio.history.timeline.html
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