AMPEX was located in Redwood City, California and developed the first practical video recorder for broadcast use in 1958. The company is still active in the field of data recording.
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2" Quadruplex VTR's
ACR-25 The ACR-25 was the first automatic cassette recorder/reproducer. This machine revolutionized the playback of spot material by automating entire multi-spot sequences.
ACR-25B The ACR-25B was an updated version of its predecessor and included a digital TBC in place of the original analog unit.
AVR-1 The AVR-1 was the ultimate Ampex quad and featured an advanced transport design and many automated features designed for ease of use and top performance.
AVR-2 The AVR-2 was the first Ampex quad to feature a digital TBC. It was a 2-part machine with the transport and electronics in separate, table-top size cabinets, allowing it to be moved easily and configured in different arrangements including a console.
AVR-3 The AVR-3 was the last Ampex quad machine introduced. It offered a transport similar to the AVR-1 but without the vacuum columns, and featured a digital TBC.
FR-900 The FR-900 is not a video recorder in the traditional sense of a quad, but is a wideband, transverse scan recorder with a 6 MHz bandwidth. One application was by NASA for the recording of images from the Lunar Orbiter program in the late 60's.
VR-1000B This is a 13 page brochure from 1959 on the NEW VR-1000B. The machine featured a number of enhancements over the original VR-1000.
VR-1100 The VR-1100 was the first solid state quadruplex VTR from Ampex. This is a 10-page brochure from 1964 showing the early version of this machine in a number of installations.
VR-1100/E This catalog page also shows the compact /E version.
VR-1100HB This advertisement is for the High Band conversion for the VR-1100.
VR-1200/E The VR-1200 was the third model solid state quadruplex VTR from Ampex. This catalog page also shows the compact /E version.
VR-1200B This is the full brochure for the VR-1200B. The B version offered several updates to the original 1200 and was made for many years, possibly the most popular quad ever produced. It was available in either side-car or monitor bridge configurations.
VR-2000B This is the full brochure for the VR-2000B. The B version offered improvements in several areas over the 2000 which was the first Hi-Band quad. It was available only in the side-car configuration.
VR-3000 This is the first portable quadruplex VTR. It was introduced in 1967 and continued in production for over 10 years.
Note: The HS-100 and HS-200 Systems are listed under the AMPEX Miscellaneous tab to the right
Quadruplex Accessories & SubSystems
Amtec Automatic Time Element Corrector
Colortec Direct color recovery system
DOC and Auto Chroma Modules for these systems.
Original Editor An 8-page Introduction to the very first editor introduced in 1962.
Editor Several later versions of the basic edit system.
Editec Mk I One of the automated controllers for the editor.
Editec Mk II Another automated controller for the editor.
Electronic Timer For the VR-2000/1200 with simple automated functions and digital readout.
Multilock Multi-machine synchronizer
VHO Provided a fast and easy method for head optimization.