King’s Lynn students get to grips with historic recording equipment

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Music students at the College of West Anglia are going back to the future by getting to grips with some technology from the past.

The college has secured a refurbished 24-track analogue tape recorder, which is more than 30 years old, and was used until the mid-1990s when digital recording techniques became more popular.

However, amid growing interest in reviving analogue recording techniques, which some believe offer better sound quality, college officials say the machine gives its students a unique opportunity.

Music lecturer Mike Campbell said: “The fact we have this facility means that students will be develop a better understanding of how recordings were made before the advent of digital technology. We are now able to offer something that even many universities do not.”

Students Joshua Simpson and Sally-Ann Pottle are pictured above trying out the 24-track machine.