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A microcassette in front of a compact audio cassette.
A microcassette in front of a compact audio cassette.

A microcassette is an audio storage medium introduced by Olympus in 1969. It uses the same width of magnetic tape as the compact audio cassette but in a much smaller container. By using thinner tape and half or a quarter the tape speed, microcassettes can offer comparible recording time to the compact audio cassette. The original standard microcassette, the MC60, gives 30 minutes recording per side at its standard speed of 2.4 cm/s, and twice this at 1.2 cm/s. Unlike the compact cassette, a choice of recording speeds was provided on the original recorders and many others. For transcription purposes, continuously variable speed was provided on many players. Jump to: navigation, search Image File history File links Download high resolution version (2360x1535, 1890 KB) Description: A photograph of a compact audio cassette and a microcassette. ... Jump to: navigation, search Image File history File links Download high resolution version (2360x1535, 1890 KB) Description: A photograph of a compact audio cassette and a microcassette. ... Audio storage refers to techniques and formats used to store audio with the goal to reproduce the audio later using audio signal processing to something that resembles the original. ... This article refers to a Japanese camera maker. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1969 was a common year starting on Wednesday For other uses, see Number 1969. ... Magnetic tape is a non-volatile storage medium consisting of a magnetisable coating on a thin plastic strip. ... Typical audio Compact Cassette. ...


Because of the format's relatively low fidelity, microcassettes have mostly been used for recording voice. In particular, it is commonly used in dictaphones and answering machines. However, it has also been used as a medium for computer data storage, and as a medium for recording music. For the latter purpose, devices for recording microcassettes in stereo were produced and, for higher fidelity, microcassettes using metal tape were sold. Lo-fi — from Low Fidelity — describes a sound recording which contains accidental artifacts, like distortion, or environmental noise, or a recording which has a limited frequency response. ... Jump to: navigation, search Human voice consists of sound made by a person using the vocal folds for talking, singing, laughing, screaming or crying. ... 1917 Dictaphone advertisement A Dictaphone is a sound recording device most commonly used to record speech for later playback or to be typed into print. ... An answering machine, also known as an answer machine (especially in UK and British commonwealth countries), ansafone (tradename [1]), ansaphone (tradename [2]), answerphone or telephone answering device (TAD), is a device for automatically answering telephone calls and recording messages left by callers who are unable to answer the phone. ... Jump to: navigation, search A computer is a device or machine for processing information from data according to a program — a compiled list of instructions. ... The terms storage (U.K.) or memory (U.S.) refer to the parts of a digital computer that retain physical state (data) for some interval of time, possibly even after electrical power to the computer is turned off. ... Wikibooks Wikiversity has more about this subject: School of Music Look up Music on Wiktionary, the free dictionary Wikisource, as part of the 1911 Encyclopedia Wikiproject, has original text related to this article: Music MusicNovatory: the science of music encyclopedia The Virginia Tech Multimedia Music Distionary, with definitions, pronunciations, examples... In popular usage, stereo generally to dual-channel sound recording and sound reproduction – sound that contains data for more than one speaker simultaneously. ... High Fidelity is also the title of a book by Nick Hornby and a film directed by Stephen Frears, based upon Hornbys book. ...


Comparible products to the microcassette include the minicassette, produced by Philips, and the picocassette, produced by Dictaphone. Of the three formats, the microcassette was the most common. In 1992, Sony released the NT memo recording system which employs a small cassette, but records digitally. Jump to: navigation, search Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V. (Royal Philips Electronics N.V.), usually known as Philips, (Euronext: PHIA, NYSE: PHG) is one of the largest electronics companies in the world. ... 1917 Dictaphone advertisement A Dictaphone is a sound recording device most commonly used to record speech for later playback or to be typed into print. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1992 was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... Jump to: navigation, search Sony Corporation (Japanese katakana: ソニー) (TYO: 6758), NYSE: SNE is a global Japanese consumer electronics corporation based in Tokyo, Japan. ... NT was a digital memo recording system introduced by Sony in 1992, sometimes marketed under the name Scoopman. ... Jump to: navigation, search A digital system is one that uses numbers, especially binary numbers, for input, processing, transmission, storage, or display, rather than a continuous spectrum of values (an analog system) or non-numeric symbols such as letters or icons. ...


See also inches per second and audio tape length and thickness for comparisons with other media. In sound recording, magnetic tape speed is often quoted in inches per second (abbreviated ips) for historical reasons. ... Since the widespread adoption of reel-to-reel audio tape recording in the 1950s, audio tapes and tape cassettes have been available in many formats. ...

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External links and references

  • Olympus History (includes reference to first microcassette recorder)
  • A picture archive of Microcassette designs

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Ndeva - Digital Dictation Specialists: Philips (226 words)
The Philips LFH 488 Pocket Memo is a handheld minicassette recorder with advanced facilities such as its recharge option allows batteries to be charged whilst you are using the recorder.
The Philips LFH 725 is a minicassette desktop dictation kit incorporating a hand-help microphone with 4-position switch for one-handed operation.
The Philips Minicassette conference recording kit 732 is a comprehensive recording setup that comes complete with hard carry case, two dictation recorders for duplicate recording, two conference micro...
Phillips Pocket Memo Dictation Machine (127 words)
This reliable, durable and very easy to use Phillips Pocket Memo 588 recorder weighs only 3.8 oz, and incorporates a quality minicassette system, that is perfect for playback and recording.
The sturdy Pocket Memo 588 Mini cassette recorder from Phillips is simple to operate, and features a very handy Slide Switch Control that provides instant dictation, stop, rewind and listen operation with just one finger.
Includes a protective pouch, a minicassette, and a belt clip.
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