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Microcassette tape is divided into several different groups based the amount of audio that they can record. For example, an MC-30 microcassette tape can record 30 minutes of audio with 15 minutes on each side, an MC-60 tape can record 60 minutes of audio with 30 minutes on each side, and so on.
These classifications allow users to choose the MC tape that is best suited for their needs. There are many applications for which these tapes can prove useful. One of the most common uses for microcassettes is recording messages in telephone answering machines. These tapes are engineered to make clear recordings of the human voice so they are ideal for this application.
An MC-90 cassette is a great choice for recording telephone messages because of its large audio storage capacity. An MC-30 tape is useful for making quick recordings of important information. A handheld microcassette recorder can be loaded with an affordable MC-30 tape for making easy, hands-free audio notes and memos. Students and busy professionals can store useful voice notes and quickly recall the information in this way.
Some of the companies who manufacture microcassettes are well-known for a tradition of excellence in audio technology. Certron, Maxell, Sony and TDK have produced high-quality microcassettes for years, making this technology a trusted tool for audio applications. Some companies, like Certron, produce microcassette head cleaners, which can be used for 25 cleanings to keep recording devices functioning at peak performance.
Whether you are looking high-quality Maxell microcassette tapes, Sony microcassette tapes, or another MC tape option, Malelo has what you are looking for. In fact, we have more in stock than we could possibly list on this page. If you have something in mind that you do not see here, please call us at 773-927-6066 and we will be happy to assist you.
A Microcassette (often written generically as microcassette) is an audio storage medium introduced by Olympus in 1969. It uses the same width of magnetic tape as the Compact Cassette but in a much smaller container. By using thinner tape and half or a quarter the tape speed, microcassettes can offer comparable recording time to the compact cassette. The original standard microcassette, the MC60, gives 30 minutes recording per side at its standard speed of 2.4 cm/s, and double that duration at 1.2 cm/s; an MC90, giving 45 minutes per side @ 2.4 cm/s, is also available from a few manufacturers. Unlike the Compact Cassette, a choice of recording speeds was provided on the original recorders and many others; the tape also spools in the opposite direction, from right to left. For transcription purposes, continuously variable speed was provided on many players.
Microcassettes have mostly been used for recording voice. In particular, they are commonly used in dictation machines and answering machines. However, Microcassettes have also been used as a medium for computer data storage, and as a medium for recording music. For the latter purpose, devices for recording in stereo were produced in 1982 and, for higher fidelity, microcassettes using Type IV ("metal", i.e. coated with pure metal particles rather than oxide) tape were sold. This was an attempt by Olympus to cash in on the burgeoning Walkman market; one model, the Olympus SR-11, even had a built-in radio and offered a stereo tie-clip microphone as an accessory, which made the unit somewhat popular with concert-goers who wanted to record the concerts they attended without drawing attention to themselves with larger, bulkier full-sized cassette recorders. Unfortunately, both these "high-fidelity" microcassette recorders and the special Type-IV blanks they required were relatively expensive and of limited availability, so the system was not widely adopted and Olympus phased them out after only 2 years on the market. (Battery life was also a problem, since the relatively high bias currents required by Type-IV tape, combined with the state of battery technology at the time, meant that even a brand-new pair of alkaline batteries might give out in as little as 2 hours when the unit was in recording mode.) "Standard" microcassettes are still used in the underground music circuits for recording and distribution of experimental music and field recordings/sound collage, mostly due to their lo-fi qualities.