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A recorder (from Latin : recordari = to remember) is a device for recording and reproducing electrical signals , in particular of an audio-visual type. The signal recording by a recorder can be analog or digitized .

Device types

Revox PR99 Mk II, around 1985.
Voice recorder - tape cassette (1970s)

There are different types of devices, for example:

Media types

Technology: recording systems

LTO magnetic tape cassette, technology developed in the late 1990s


  • Roland Enders: The home recording manual. 3rd edition, Carstensen Verlag, Munich, 2003, ISBN 3-910098-25-8
  • Hubert Henle: The recording studio manual. 5th edition, GC Carstensen Verlag, Munich, 2001, ISBN 3-910098-19-3
  • Gustav Büscher, A. Wiegemann: Little ABC of electroacoustics. 6th edition, Franzis Verlag, Munich, 1972, ISBN 3-7723-0296-3
  • Hans Joachim Geist: Large practical book of communication technology. 1st edition, Elektor-Verlag, Aachen, 2001, ISBN 3-89576-109-5

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