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The Last Audio Cassette Factory

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Sept. 1 -- Springfield, MO-based National Audio Company opened in 1969 and when other major manufacturers abandoned tape manufacturing for CD production in the late 1990s, the company held on tight. Now, the cassette maker is pumping out more cassettes than ever before. (Video By: Jeniece Pettitt, Ryo Ikegami) -- Subscribe to Bloomberg on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/Bloomberg Bloomberg Television offers extensive coverage and analysis of international business news and stories of global importance. It is available in more than 310 million households worldwide and reaches the most affluent and influential viewers in terms of household income, asset value and education levels. With production hubs in London, New York and Hong Kong, the network provides 24-hour continuous coverage of the people, companies and ideas that move the markets.
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Astralis Lux (14 дней назад)
Are they still around?
Bright Shadow (16 дней назад)
Last one...
George George (27 дней назад)
At 2:11,the electronics repair technician however is easy recognizable by the look even from the first sight in all over the world.Archetypal figure.
Di Si (1 месяц назад)
With the event of mp3, even CDs became less popular
Nick Jones (2 месяца назад)
Love this! I still have loads of cassettes form the earliest days of my musical career featuring demos, gigs, releases, tv and radio sessions, rough mixes and of course really badly played home jams. I love those cassettes!!
KINGZ KESH 23 (2 месяца назад)
Olden days are best
John Stark (2 месяца назад)
Just got done rebuilding and recapping with calibration of a Teac C-3X. I am more a reel to reel sort but cassette fits in the car better. I have a rebuilt Kenwood head unit, pull out in the car as well. CD's suck, MP3's are worse!
J Camp (3 месяца назад)
Love it. Who else loves listening to analog tape in 2018!
David Annett (2 месяца назад)
Tape rocks!
Prabhakar V (3 месяца назад)
Steps must be taken to revive cassette industry.
fer53953 (3 месяца назад)
Wow great .....thumbs up for you guys...thank you guys.....dont stop...until all use tape again..
233kosta (3 месяца назад)
Will chrome tape be making a comeback?
supernanotech1 (4 месяца назад)
This is so cool do they make Data Cassette Streamer Cassettes also, I have a bunch I need to get data off of or try to i can see our future with handing down photos and so on with our grandkids way in the future... cause I cant get one bit of a system or information on how to read it. make sure you pass on your knowledge so its not lost to time. THANKS FOR THE VIDEO!!!
Pablo Pazos (4 месяца назад)
nice
Rajesh Kumar (4 месяца назад)
Thanks
Malik Awan (5 месяцев назад)
nice
PearlJammer07 (5 месяцев назад)
Long live the cassette!
Bharatsinh Rathod (5 месяцев назад)
Very nice
Lisa Marsh (6 месяцев назад)
Yes! I love cassettes.I will buy more cassettes.Cassettes forever!!!!☺☺☺☺
Volker King (6 месяцев назад)
today 7.6.2018 i repair my Pioneer CT-F1250 Tape Deck Recorder and build in two new Pinch Rollers. This Tape Deck is from 1979 and ago 1year i change all the belts inside to brand new one. For sure this Deck don't have Dolby-S i hope the Factory record in Dolby-S.
mjimih (6 месяцев назад)
my 2001 Honda Civic factory tape deck still plays my awesome cassettes from the 80's n 90's.
Laser Lens (6 месяцев назад)
Go make metal tapes. Then we'll talk.
E hhh (6 месяцев назад)
How do you keep the factory going with all those expenses with making only 2000+ cassette tapes a day?? Not to mention all the staffs salarie$$ ?? Unless you sell your tapes at $100 @ lol
Robert Szymanski (6 месяцев назад)
I have a Tascam 4 track...do these guys make Type II chrome tape? It's better for the recording heads.. some one please tell me! I bet I'm not the only one that has four track recorders. The new digital multi track recording devices are way beyond my comprehension....
sire cartier (6 месяцев назад)
Analog is dying much faster than expected
obvious_humor (7 месяцев назад)
was this video's audio recorded on a cassette tape? it sounds so fuzzy and bad.
Tman33smith (7 месяцев назад)
tricia was so nice, I miss her at NAC :(
Alex the Memelord (8 месяцев назад)
I buy their blank chrome tapes all the time
WolfDogFilms (8 месяцев назад)
I hope they keep the cassette market alive
GerardPedrico (8 месяцев назад)
To Europeans, a legacy product has significant symbolism because you can contemplate on how emotional it can trigger social change and is the so-called "memorable product of the masses meaning that many age generations can relate too". You can start a profound conversation by using the tape cassette: a socal gathering product. Nowadays, MP3 ACC FLAC 3GP digital music formats are associated with individualism and one particular age generation. With a cassette tape as a physical-tangible product in one hand, a guy from a previous age generation can start a conversation with his counterpart from today's age generation. Yes... there are elements of sentimentality and nostalgia involved.
Boreasrex11 (8 месяцев назад)
Glad these old folks still have their jobs, but I have hated cassettes for forty years.
Antonietta (8 месяцев назад)
Now you know where HANNAH BAKER got her Cassette tapes from *13 REASON'S WHY*
Eric Brown-Bey (8 месяцев назад)
Some dumb ass in the comment section saying that people born in the 2000s have never handled a CD in their life that is utterly bullshit after cassettes stop being used the main format of Music in the 2000s was on CD before MP3 on the internet
Gerald (8 месяцев назад)
Very cool.
P. Wingert (8 месяцев назад)
I engrave lyrics to my favourite songs onto stone tablets
anti stuupid (8 месяцев назад)
Can't fight destiny brother u are going to lose every penny trying to hold on to the bullshit we used to call cassettes lol I hated those things always got tangled up. A and b side lol .
HardRockMiner (9 месяцев назад)
Columbia House will be back!! Lol
Kyle (9 месяцев назад)
Give me fuel give me fire give me that which I desire!!!
deavman (9 месяцев назад)
Bullshit that yuppies always go for..
Mudkip909 (9 месяцев назад)
that company opened on the same year as neil planted the flag on the moon
rock ok (9 месяцев назад)
i still have my walkman..i love analog machine
big Ernesto (9 месяцев назад)
I just love it
beatersho (9 месяцев назад)
Thanks guys for keeping them around! My 79 camaro can only run cassettes and I can’t tell you how many cassettes from them I have loaded with my songs!
Soda Pop (7 месяцев назад)
Your '79 Camaro can only run cassettes 'cause you're too cheap to spring for a radio with a CD player and/or mp3/mp4 player. Do you also have a CB radio in your Camaro?
00UncommonSense00 (9 месяцев назад)
I was at my local Guitar Center last month and noticed that they had an entire section of vinyl and tape. 33 speed records and cassette tapes. I ask the salesman what was up and he said that they are selling the dogshit out of old analog media. The turntable and cassette deck are making a huge comeback. Reel to reel is also breathing new life into analog. It really is amazing.
symmetry08 (9 месяцев назад)
Cassette tapes or players have one area where it will advantage over CD is that it can play in most shaky environment. IT could be most shaky sports car and tape will be fine playing it.
IYN (9 месяцев назад)
Audio Cassettes are very unpleasant way of recording, playing and keep in storage for audio (same for video tapes). Recording heads in pro-factories have to be aligned correctly otherwise your playing head at home might be offset from the recorded track on the tape (loss of highs, more than the loss over mp3 compression!!!). Tape tends to get stretched and wrinkled with time = loss of quality and consistency (worse than any mp3)! Cassettes (as well as CD | DVD) take HUGE space to keep! Nowadays with digital conversion of [24 bit | 96 000 Hz] no human being is able to tell the difference between that and the band playing in front of the listener in a studio environment!
Soda Pop (7 месяцев назад)
Thanks, Professor.
ktbeatty (9 месяцев назад)
Funny, iPods and mp3s are as dead as the cassette tapes he's making. Cassette tape sucked for audio even in its day. It existed solely for convenience, not for audiophiles. Sure, I made many a mix tape back in the day, but the sound got shittier and shittier and shittier the more you listened. There is definitely a unique warmth to the analog sound of a record needle on an LP that is missing in todays super clean digital files, but you can keep the 8 tracks and audio cassettes in the 70s and 80s.
Nakul Dalakoti (9 месяцев назад)
Tell me which car company offers cassette tape player as an option...😂😂😂
B D (9 месяцев назад)
Nostalgic purposes yeah but with all the new technology please stay with nostalgia and maybe a few hundred years hopefully you'll still be around bring the 8-track back Nostalgia purposes peace out
T S (9 месяцев назад)
Hard to destroy a cassette tape other then with fire.. you can snap it in half and put it together with other broken tapes parts and have a working tape with maybe a little skip from where you spliced it.... try that with a CD
William Hitchcock (9 месяцев назад)
I just ordered 140 blanks from them last year (2017) Didn't know they were the last ones until today. I used them as part of a prize system for a holiday party. Put a different '80s song on each one recording from MP3 files on a computer.
Zeamus634 (9 месяцев назад)
I don't know of one single person that still uses cassette tapes 🤔
ROMAN PANMEI (9 месяцев назад)
I remember my MLTR audio cassette in childhood days.
Luís Antônio Marrega (9 месяцев назад)
Eu gostava de gravar musicas e som ambiente nas fitas cassete era muito legal e tinha todo um ritual pra fazer. Rio de Janeiro RJ Brasil
popanollie1 (9 месяцев назад)
thanks was able to discover two bands watching this ..tiny moving parts and haggus.
Markeus Horst (9 месяцев назад)
Cassette tapes again
Blc ME (9 месяцев назад)
I miss listening to GNR, Iron maiden, Mr. Big,, smokie..etc etc on my cassette.. Those were the best of times.
klogg1987 (9 месяцев назад)
whats the point of analog tape if the recording was done 100% digitally?
Slosh Mike (9 месяцев назад)
I have close to 400 original sealed unused cassettes from the 80's and 90's.  Most are Maxell, TDK, Sony, and BASF.  60 and 90 minute type II.
SilverStone (9 месяцев назад)
Yes! Finally! I'll be ordering some tapes
Salocin Dot TEN (9 месяцев назад)
So that's where the Marvel GOTG Awesome Mix comes from..
SurferJoe71 (9 месяцев назад)
Glad to see you stayed with your company
Rick94rr (9 месяцев назад)
What?! It was so short, I need more!
Drake Pohl (9 месяцев назад)
Now I want some Metallica on cassette
Capdevila Fabian (9 месяцев назад)
long life to the casette
louis tournas (9 месяцев назад)
Bring back VHS. It is a great medium for recording video off the air. Even if there is some noise, it keeps on recording. On digital mediums, if there is a bunch of errors in the encoding, the software decoder burps and jams up.
asherael (9 месяцев назад)
Love the product, wish wish wish they'd make Type 4 metal tapes!
Soda Pop (7 месяцев назад)
People are selling NOS Metal tapes on Ebay, but they aren't cheap.
betoen (9 месяцев назад)
You have to feel happy for this people.
riceeater123 (9 месяцев назад)
What's next? VHS video coming back too?
Soda Pop (7 месяцев назад)
Yes.
Jose Nilton Anchieta Lima (9 месяцев назад)
muito legal mesmo parabéns👏👏👏
I J (9 месяцев назад)
Where is OCEA? These people, company, should be wearing at most, gloves. Full hazmat suit should be accompanied by and near any machinery producing the actual film tapes. Seeing the person with a ring on, while handling the storage of cassette tapes, makes me cringe to death over quality control. Anyone can Bitch about what I just said. Until you work in a factory that’s making millions of dollars worth of product orders.......one wrong display that’s it.....
I J (7 месяцев назад)
Soda Pop go check out Bridge publications and what they do, compared to this ghetto ass place.
I J (7 месяцев назад)
Soda Pop and you don’t know what you’re talking about, never worked ina factory have you ? Has nothing to do with food, that’s the fda buddy.
Soda Pop (7 месяцев назад)
They're making cassette tapes, not preparing food.
Gabe's YT (9 месяцев назад)
We'll need a lot more of these...
22k203902 (9 месяцев назад)
Love it, just a big smile on my face!!!
TheTheo58 (9 месяцев назад)
Back in the mid 70's as a teenager,, I had a cassette and open reel tape deck (Sony and Teac) This was during the era when cassette decks were progressing with low noise/metal bias/functions catching up with open reel performance. While I'm sure a lot of open reel machines are still in use, I had read something about open reel tape making a come back. While I've not seen any in stores in years, someone probably makes them for specific applications.
Floris du Trottoir (9 месяцев назад)
It's not the last one. There is one in the Netherlands too for what I know
David Salley (9 месяцев назад)
I just bought a com truise cassette because my truck has a tape deck. I assume these guys made it.
Soda Pop (7 месяцев назад)
com truise sings?
iOSgaga (9 месяцев назад)
what's the point to this? the high quality cassette players aren't even portable and require separate speakers. Do you think ot would be great if 8track tapes were to be widely used again? WHY? The ultimate sound is from HD uncompressed from original master track, played through at the least studio quality monitors.
Soda Pop (7 месяцев назад)
Don't like 'em..Don't use 'em..Simple!
Jon Glen (9 месяцев назад)
The title of this video would make a perfect band name.
S p r u n g t o l (9 месяцев назад)
I played cassettes from 1980 to 2002. It sucked when dealing with the player. We couldn't find proper rubber band replacements. Now i prefer playing music using direct drive turntable. No hassle with rubber thing. And it's amazingly superb when listening to quality HiFi audio from it.
Alan Liefting (9 месяцев назад)
Shame they cannot be recycled.
Mrlz56 (9 месяцев назад)
Analog is king! HiFi isn't digital. the best sound available comes from a vacuum tube. Guitar players have known this from the early dayz.
te34567 (9 месяцев назад)
RIP
Bacio Global (9 месяцев назад)
Warm analog sound is a bunch of crap
paulparoma (9 месяцев назад)
What an admirable, well-mannered group of people doing something meaningful. I hope they stay in business for many more years to come.
Subgunman (9 месяцев назад)
There is another cassette factory in Northern Europe as well for blank tapes.
seiph80 (9 месяцев назад)
Having to rewind and fast forward to get to the song I want? No thanks. Having to deal with tape getting stuck? No thanks. Having to deal with tape hiss, with or without Dolby? No thanks. Having to find space to store tapes? No thanks. If people want to buy those regardless of those things, that's fine, but I won't go backward; the last one I bought, a blank one, was back in 1999. All this and vinyl "resurgence" is a fad, nothing more (we've seen these before); are we really going to give up the convenience of having in the palm of my hand hundreds, if not thousands, of songs for these? Are we going back to VHS? Are we really running out of ideas? I await your criticism and negative, hateful comments.
R.a. Wheeler (9 месяцев назад)
I am glad to see cassettes are making a comeback. True it's simpler with MP#s, but music today has lost the analog sound. I use to fine tune the azimuth on mine, and i'll say this it makes all the difference.
bestamerica (9 месяцев назад)
' american company audio cassettes tapes can make it videotapes again... cassettes tapes videos with digital videocameras... same as VHS tapes / VHS-C tapes / 8mm tapes / Hi8mm tapes / Beta tapes / Digital tapes
Mark F (9 месяцев назад)
Lame. Might as well bring back the 8 track as well. Tape is good for data back ups but audio. No thanks
elton badham (9 месяцев назад)
The Last Audio Cassette Factory ? were ? the world ? analogue analogue analogue bring back the analogue cool you keep it old school.:)
seiph80 (9 месяцев назад)
no way; are you going to give up your cell phone? no computers? I doubt it; it's cool for those who like those physical items, but it's pure hype when they say that it's a come back... people who are getting into this are going for a ride.
László H. (9 месяцев назад)
Legalább 7 darab működő és 2 darab nem működő magnóm van. A legöregebb kazettám egy BRG ami legalább 40 éves lehet. Én magy híve vagyok a kazettáknak.
Nicholas Pharris (9 месяцев назад)
Cassettes are the worst sounding medium that music has ever been put on to. This makes absolutely no sense at all. I came from the era of cassettes and I do not miss them at all. I never liked the sound of them. Nevertheless I am glad for this company that they have been able to survive.
seiph80 (9 месяцев назад)
Agree, I couldn't EVER see myself going back to those relics.
Theomite (9 месяцев назад)
See? You prep for trend shift when you establish your business in the format launch days and you'll survive the phase shift until the retro shift occurs. And once that happens, you'll never really fret a phase shift again because you'll be a veteran technology that nobody wants to screw over a second time.
Bradford D. (10 месяцев назад)
I still have a few cassettes and listen to them on occasion but I also have vinyl albums and reel to reel tapes. I need a vinyl player and an 8-track player though since I have a reel to reel. I don't have any 8-tracks like I used to but I see them on occasion so I'd like to have the option to play them if I find any I like. I used to have over 400 8-tracks lol. I may be 38 with about 17,000 .mp3s on my phone but I still like the old formats though.
sfs2040 (10 месяцев назад)
A nice story but I'll stick to my digital sources, thanks.
seiph80 (9 месяцев назад)
same here!
Nathan Mofield (10 месяцев назад)
I bought an old Sony RTR last year and the sound is the best I have ever heard.
wren460 (10 месяцев назад)
I am still waiting for that 8-track comeback!
Elias Lugo (10 месяцев назад)
👍🏻😎🇺🇸👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏
Алексей Рожевский (10 месяцев назад)
А чего страшные такие? Почему нельзя сделать что-то похожее на Sony EF или Denon DX1???
TakeAmericaBackfromISRAEL (10 месяцев назад)
Grateful Dead tape trading was HUGE in the 80's and 90's! I remember coming home to find some new Dead shows on cassette in my mailbox back in the day, that was fun. Hand written letters too.
George Smith (10 месяцев назад)
I still have all my cassettes from the 1980's and have a working Walkman cassette player. I have a Sony HX PRO connected to my computer to record CD to cassette tape. My vintage 1988 BMW plays the cassettes I make. To me cassettes never went away.

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