The 8-Track Cartridge, also known as ‘Stereo 8’, is a magnetic tape-based recording format which was popular in the USA and to a lesser extent, the UK, back in the mid ’60s to late ’70s.
The cartridge is based on an endless loop of 1/4 inch tape running at 3 3/4 ips with the 8 tracks providing 4 programmes of stereo music running concurrently.
We can transfer your 8-track cartridges to CD using either of two decks – an AKAI GXR-82D (with glass-crystal head) or an AKAI CR-83D (right), and on both decks, head azimuth adjustment can be performed to optimise track separation and sound reproduction, before commencement of digital restoration and transfer to CD.
Broadband hiss and noise levels are reduced or removed during the transfer process.
The 8 tracks equate to 4 individual stereo programs, and as standard service, individual songs are separated to give full track skip/search functions. CD text is added for convenience, and your disc is returned to you in a CD jewel case.
Alternative file formats (FLAC, .mp3) can also be accommodated if preferred.
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|8-track cartridges ||£25 / cart |
8-Track Cartridge Facts
- Primarily devised for in-car entertainment, the 8-track was developed in 1964 by a consortium consisting of the Lear Jet Corporation, Ampex, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Motorola and RCA Victor Records. It enjoyed a brief period of popularity in the UK, but failed to make any impact in the majority of Europe.
- Any one of the four stereo programmes are accessed at any one time by the reproducing head being physically positioned at the correct height in relation to the recorded tracks.
- This is achieved by pressing the ‘Program Selector’ button which invokes the mechanical shifting of the head (accompanied by a noisy ‘clunk’!), aligning it with the next pair of channels on the tape. Occasionally this could lead to playback errors such as ‘bleed’ or ‘channel cross-over’ as the head would sometimes lose its correct alignment, hence the occasional need to check and adjust head azimuth.
As with studio NAB carts, the pressure pads within the 8-track cartridge shell are often found to have deteriorated over the years becoming at best, ineffective and at worst – sticky. This can damage both the tape and the tape head if playback is attempted. We initially check the pressure pads, and replace them if necessary before transcription.
Contact us to discuss your requirements fully.