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May112016

Retro Tech: The 3M Cantata 700 Background Music Machine

Another delve into unusual audio technology from the past. In this video I take a look at the 3M Cantata 700, a format that boasts the largest music cartridge ever made.

If you think 8-track tapes were a bit bulky, wait until you see this. 

If you want, you can CLICK HERE to download a 1hr MP3 of Music recorded from one of the Cantata tapes (I forget which one). This is all I am able to capture at the moment as the machine has now taken to chewing up tapes and making horrible rattling noises.

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For those of you who have Cantata cartridges, would you consider helping me add information about them to the Musicbrainz database? I have been limited by the amount of information I can add, as I have no physical cartridges, and sometimes information on certain releases is spotty at best.

You can see what has been added so far here:
https://musicbrainz.org/label/3b614045-d981-47af-b337-383093fe6c95

And I made a thread on the forums specifically for this here:
https://community.metabrainz.org/t/3m-cantata-music-research-thread-cantata-700-cantata-mark-ii/223661

March 6, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterEsotaria

need the roller pressor for cantata 700 , can anyone help me? thank you

February 22, 2018 | Unregistered Commenterjuvenal murilo

need the pinch roller for cantata 700 , can anyone help me? thank you

February 22, 2018 | Unregistered Commenterjuvenal murilo

I'd love it if you could make available all six hours of the tape available for download, or however many there are. I worked at a Mr Steak in 1973 that had one of these things, and some of the tracks on the reel from where you got the first hour were the butt of many jokes and laughs.

March 9, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterMarty Backus

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