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June 19, 2008

Mtg: A Brief History Of Magnetic Tape Recording At Ampex – 1944 To 1962

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TUESDAY September 9, 2008
SCV Magnetics Chapter
Speakers: John M. Leslie and Jay McKnight, AMPEX (retired)
Time: Cookies, Conversation & Pizza at 7:00 PM; Presentation at 7:30 PM
Cost: none
Place: Western Digital, 1710 Automation Parkway, San Jose
RSVP: not required
Web: www.ewh.ieee.org/r6/scv/mag

This talk covers the History of Magnetic tape recording at Ampex Corporation from its inception in 1944 to 1962. ? It includes highlights of: (1) what led a small motor manufacturer to become a major producer of magnetic tape recorders and an industry leader for decades; (2) development of the Ampex 200A; (3) the Model 300, which became the backbone of both the audio and data recording industries; (4) the Model 350 which became the workhorse of many radio and recording studios; (5) multi-channel recorders for widescreen theater productions; and (6) development of the Ampex VR-1000 videotape recorder that revolutionized the television broadcast industry. ? The paper also includes comments on the equalization characteristics used in Ampexâ??s audio and data recorders. ? It closes with a look back at events that slowed the momentum of the “glory years” of Ampex.

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