Audio cassettes

In addition to the analog records and dubplates, we see the audio cassette as an important niche product that we really wanted to include in our portfolio! Our tape products are available in many different variants and individually assembled according to customer requirements. In addition to the housing colour, the belt length can be selected by the minute and all tapes can be individually printed. Our cassettes are available as empty cassettes or recorded with personal audio data. We offer a wide range of print supplements (covers) and packaging (snapboxes, pushers).

About the cassette

Philips can be described as the inventor of the tapes as we know it today. The cassette was first introduced in 1963. At that time, it had to prevail against various other tape cassette types until it dominated the market in the early 1970s. The cassette was distinguished above all by its compact size and cheap production.

At the beginning, the tapes only supported mono, later also stereo. Over the years, new technologies have improved the sound quality of the magnetic tapes, such as Dolby B noise reduction, which has brought enormous quality advances. The first car radio with a cassette player was launched by Philips in 1968 and the legendary Walkman was presented to the public by Sony in 1979.

However, with the advent of the floppy disk and the increasing digitalization in the 1980s, the cassette became less and less important. In the meantime, the cassette has largely been replaced by digital technology. In countries in Africa and South Asia, however, tapes are still used as a common record. But it is not only there that the cassette continues to enjoy great popularity. There are also increasing sales of cassettes in Europe, the USA and other countries, which, like the record, are experiencing a small renaissance.

Since we love analog media, we still have cassettes in many colours and variants produced by lovers for lovers of the medium.

We appreciate your enquiry!

Construction of a cassette

Audio cassettes consist of many individual parts. Inside there is a magnetic tape made of coated plastic, which is wound on two belt winding rollers. The coating of the plastic strip can be made of ferro or chrome. This tape is played with stereo with 4 tone tracks (two for each direction) by magnetizing the ferro or chrome metal particles. The playing time can be selected up to 45 min on each side (C90). In front of the actual tape there is also a pre-tape.

The many individual parts are held together by a plastic housing with several openings: holes for the sound shaft and pressure roller of the playing device as well as an opening for the tape incl. Felt plates as a support on the top and the two extinguishing tabs on the bottom.

What is a extinguishing clip?

In the case of audio cassettes, the deletion can be prevented by, for example, overplaying the recording: an open recess on the left side of the top edge (see picture) indicates that the relevant side of the cassette is protected against deletion.

Such a protected cassette can only be played – but not easily used for new recordings. Cassette recorders have a sensor to check this recess.

For re-playing, the recess must be glued over. On unplayed sold cassettes, the recess is initially obscured by a breakable tongue and can thus be played without any problems or already existing recordings can be overplayed.

All production steps from a single source

The production of audio cassettes consists of several steps. Since we love analogue media, we make sure that in addition to the love we put into every production, the technical parameters are also optimally exploited.

If you order audio cassettes from us, the audio material is processed by a technical mastering. The mastering is already included in the price and so we can ensure that the audio material is optimally processed for playback on cassette without changing the sonic characteristics of the audio files.

The mastered audio material is carried out with the help of high-performance duplicating machines from 1984. The tape is fully automatic at speeds of up to 128 times the speed and optimum sound quality.

Since you can order individual band lengths from us, the recorded or unplayed tapes are wound into the cassette housings with a fully automatic Audio Cassette Loader. While the duplicating machine stores certain signals on the tape when playing the tape, the loader can interpret them and make tailor-made cuts.

The cassettes are printed by pad printing. The printing process is ideal for printing cassettes and ensures long-term durability and even filigree motifs can be printed with it. You can simply send your motifs to us. It is important that you observe our specifications. We will gladly make them available to you upon assignment and beforehand on request.

The covers are manufactured precisely for the snapboxes and printed on both sides by offset printing. You can choose from covers without a flap, with a flap or with two lashings.

How the covers are printed you decide with your layout. After each order you can easily submit your design to us. It is important that you observe our specifications. We will gladly make them available to you upon assignment and beforehand on request.

We would be happy to advise you on whether your wishes are feasible. Call us or write us an e-mail!