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Not the breakfast food. In audio, pancake is slang for a reel of recording tape without the actual reel flanges. In other words, it is simply the tape wound onto a hub with no side supports. Recording studios often buy tape in this form because it costs less due to the expense of the reels. To use it a studio will either spool tape off of it onto other reels or swap the actual reels from another reel of tape.

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