Color Audio Cassettes - C-Zero Selection Guide

Here's our selection of audio cassettes including the widest assortment of color cassettes in the world.

This page is updated frequently with most recent arrivals at the top of the page. Note the SKU which is used for ordering blank tapes in the online shop. We will ship your blank and duplicated tapes anywhere in the world. 80% of our cassette production is exported to the USA, Europe, UK, Australia, and Japan.

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January 2021

The Classic Cassette (Sonic Weld)

clear cassette with black liner - the classic

Tabs out, clear with black liner, black hubs and black rollers.
SKU: C0-TONCLEARSWL

Transparent Cassette With Black Hubs

transparent cassette with black hubs

SKU: C0-TONRTRANSBHYL
Clear liners, yellow leader, black hubs and rollers, 5 screws

Transparent Cassette With White Hubs

transparent cassette with white hubs

SKU: C0-TONRTRANSWHYL
Clear liners, yellow leader, white hubs and rollers, 5 screws

Orange Cassette

orange cassette
SKU: C0-TONRORANGE
Tabs out, yellow leader, screws

 

Kelly Green Cassette 348

green cassette

SKU: C0-TONRGREEN
Tabs out, yellow leader, screws. Like Pantone 348

Black Cassette With Yellow Leader

black audio cassette with yellow leader, tabs out
SKU: C0-TONRBLACKYL
Tabs out, yellow leader, screws

Aqua Blue Cassette

aqua light blue cassette
SKU: C0-TONRAQUABLUEYL
Tabs out, yellow leader, screws

 

White Sonic Yellow Leader

 

White Screw Yellow Leader

 

Cassette with Metallic Foils Restocked

audio cassette with blue metallic foil

SKU: C0-TOMETBLUEFOILSW
Tabs out, sonic weld

audio cassette with green metallic foil
SKU: C0-TOMETGREENFOILSW
Tabs out, sonic weld

 

audio cassette with red metallic foil
SKU: C0-TOMETREDFOILSW
Tabs out, sonic weld

 

 

 

 

 

Fall 2020

Baby Blue

baby blue audio cassette color
SKU: C0-TONRBABYBLUE
Baby blue, sonic weld, clear leader, tabs out

Yellow Tint

yellow tint music cassette color
SKU: C0-TONRYELLOTINT3
Yellow tint with a slight tinge of green, sonic weld, clear leader, tabs out

Brown

brown audio cassette color
SKU: C0-TONRBROWN
Light coloured brown, sonic weld, clear leader, tabs out

Green Sonic

green sonic cassette color
SKU: C0-TONRGREENSONIC
Tabs out, sonic weld, clear leader

Dark Blue

dark blue 287 sonic cassette color
SKU: C0-TONRBLUE287
AKA Blue 287. Tabs out, sonic weld, clear leader

Smoke Sonic

smoke sonic cassette color
SKU: C0-TONRSMOKESONIC
A smokey transparent grey/brown. Tabs out, sonic weld, clear leader, grey liner.

Fluorescent Orange

fluorescent orange cassette color
SKU: C0-TONRFLOORANGESW
Fluorescent orange resdesign with soft windows. Tabs out, sonic weld, clear leader. Glows under blacklight!

Winter 2019

Check out our video guide to our new cassette shell arrivals! Many of these are available in limited quantities, so act fast!

Pink and Blue Sonic


SKU: C0-TOPINKBLUE
Bicolor pink and blue, sonic weld, soft windows
Limited stock

 

 

 

LIGHT GREY


SKU: C0-TINRLIGHTGREYRL

Normal notch, tabs out, red leader, ridged-edge design with screws

 

LIGHT PEACH


SKU: C0-TINRLIGHTPEACHRL

Normal notch, tabs in, red leader, ridged-edge design with screws

 

WHITE BRICK


SKU: C0-TINRWHTBRICKRL

Normal notch, tabs in, red leader, brick-style edges with screws, side A/B side lettering
Limited stock

 

 


Maltese Cross Cassette Case


Maltese Cross Cassette Cases make a great alternative to hard plastic norelco cases or O-Cards. We offer custom-printing with or without a tape duplication package, and we also have blanks available in the online shop.

Old Computer Cassette!


SKU: C0-TONROLDCOMPUTER

This wonderful new cassette is similar in color to our favorite personal computers of the 80s. Our Pantone device suggests Pantone 453 as the closest color match, and sure enough an old Mac shows up in the top google search results for this color! We will be alternating between red and yellow leaders - lLet us know if you have a preference.

 

GOLD METALLIC CASSETTE RESTOCKED


SKU: C0-TONRGOLDRL
Metallic gold, normal notch, tabs out, red leaders, with screws
Limited stock

 

 


SKU: C0-TONRLAVENDERRL
Lavender, normal notch, tabs out, red leaders
Limited stock

Custom-Printed Slipcases


 

A great way to package up your double-cassette releases. We can offer these custom-printed slipcases for any quantity starting from as few as 20 pieces. Ask for a custom quote on your double-cassette package or order just the printed slipcases in our shop. We can do slipcases for 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 audio cassettes.

 

RED TAB OUT CASSETTE


SKU: C0-TONRRED
Very limited stock

 

 

!!!!! TAB PLUGS !!!!!

Convert our tab out cassettes to TAB IN!! Now you can record on any machine! Now available in yellow.
Order in the online shop



 

BLUE TINT SONIC CASSETTE


SKU: C0-TONRBLUETINTSONIC
Normal, tabs out, sonic weld (no screws)

 

GOLD PLATED CASSETTES



SKU: C0-TINRGOLDPLATED
Gold-look painted with mirror finish
Tabs in, for Type I normal bias tape

 


SKU: C0-TONRYELLOWTINT2
sold out

 

CHROME NOTCH HI-DEF HOT COLOURS

These high definition shells are available as blanks with Maxell XLII-S tape in the online shop

They can be added to a duplication order if you choose a chrome or high bias tape, for $1.00 extra per tape (except the red tint which is already included on the dupe calculator).


Top quality cassette shells with independent bridge piece for higher resolution recordings. Chrome notch, tabs out.
Model: Shape MK10 GEN II Made in USA


SKU: CO-TOCRHIDEFPURPLE
1000+ available

 


SKU: C0-TOCRHIDEFWASABI
1000+ available


SKU: C0-TOCRHIDEFPINK
only 30 pieces available


SKU: C0-TOCRHIDEFSMOKE
Sold out

 


SKU: TOCRHIDEFCLEAR
Sold out

 

 

 

Chrome Red Tint Hi-Def


SKU: C0-TOCRREDTINTHIDEF
Red tint, 5 Screw, Chrome notch for 70 us EQ and chrome tape
with independent bridge piece for higher resolution recordings
Model: Shape MK10 - Made in USA
500+ available

 


Precision TABS IN Red Bridge C-Zero for Type-II High Bias Chrome Cassette Tapes

high-precision c-0 for Type-II tapes
SKU: C0-TICRRBHIDEF

Restocked. This is a high-precision cassette shell for high-bias (Type-II, chrome, cobalt) tapes. It has a chrome notch on the top of the cassette so all auto-sensing cassette decks will record with the correct bias and play back with 70 µS equalisation.

LOW STOCK

Buy these in the online shop

Chrome notch tabs in cassette



SKU: C0-TICRCLEARSONIC
Clear cassette with black liner, chrome notch, tabs in, no screws
These cassette will allow recording in any chrome-compatible recorder
Buy these with chrome tape in the online shop

 

 


 

Matte White Cassette

This cassette has no borders so you might want to try edge-to-edge printing.

 

matte white cassette
matte white cassette

SKU: C0-TONRWHTMATTERL
Flat surface without raised borders around the edges, no screws, red leaders, soft windows, tabs out.

 

Fluorescent Orange-Tinted Cassette

 


Under black light

Fluorescent orange tinted cassette
Fluorescent orange tinted cassette
SKU: C0-TONRFLOORANGE

 

Brighter than our campfire cassette, and it fluoresces under black light.
Tabs out, no screws, clear leaders


Gold foil tabs out cassette
SKU: C0-TOMETGOLDFOIL

 

 

Glitter Cassette Tapes

We've made more glitter tapes!

Glitter cassettes

 

 

blue glitter c-zero
SKU: C0-TINRGLITTERBLUE
gold and blue glitter c-zero
SKU: C0-TINRGLITTER-G-B
gold and green glitter c-zero
C0-TINRGLITTER-G-GR
green glitter cassette c-zero
SKU: C0-TINRGLITTERGREEN
blue gold silver gliiter cassette
SKU: C0-TINRGLITTER-GBRS
red gold glitter cassette
SKU: C0-TINRGLITTER-G-R
red glitter cassette c-zero
SKU: C0-TINRGLITTERRED

silver green red cassette c-zero

SKU: C0-TINRGLITTER-S-GR-R

green and blue glitter cassette
SKU: TINRGLITTER-GR-B
gold glitter c-zero
SKU: C0-TINRGLITTERGOLD

silver glitter cassette with soft window
SKU: C0-TONRGLITTERSILVERSOFT
Tabs-out with clear leaders. Has soft windows which cannot be pad printed over, we suggest using the opaque shell pad print template to avoid the window area.

The glitter is embedded inside the plastic so it will never scratch off.

All glitter cassettes come with the record tabs in, and are sonic welded (no screws) unless otherwise noted.


 

New: Triple Norelco Case

triple audio cassette norelco case
SKU: CASSBOX-TRIPLE

Dimensions: 4" x 4.25" x 0.625"
J-Card dimensions (approx): Front: 7.75" x 4", spine 0.5", flap 15/16"


 

Metallic Foil Cassettes

 

Silver Metallic Foil Audio Cassette
SKU: C0-TIMETSILVERFOIL
This is the best choice for your tabs in tapes for home recording.
Tabs in, clear leaders, screws, for normal equalisation
Sold out

 

Metallic Gold Foil Audio Cassette
SKU: C0-TIMETGOLDFOIL
with screws
Also available tabs out with red leaders and no screws


Metallic Red Foil Audio Cassette
SKU: C0-TIMETREDFOIL
Sold out


Metallic Green Foil Audio Cassettes
SKU: C0-TIMETGREENFOIL (with black screws)

 


SKU: C0-TIMETBLUEFOIL
Now with red leaders and screws

 

All of these metallic reflective foil cassettes have the record tabs in except where indicated

 

 

FLO-ORANGE AND FLO-GREEN NORELCO CASES

Check out these remarkable fluorescent cases and cassettes!

Fluorescent green audio cassette cases and cassettes
SKUs: CB-006 and C0-TONRFLOGREENTINT



 


 



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Flo Green Tinted Cassettes

Flo Green Cassettes


SKU: C0-TONRFLOGREENTINT
Glows under black light!


 

Double butterfly cassette cases back in stock:

double cassette casedouble cassette casedouble cassette case

Side-by-Side Double Cassette Cases are also available

side by side double all clear cassette box

Contact us for a custom quote on your upcoming double-cassette release!

 

Available Audio Cassette C-Zeros

Glossary to help you choose the proper C-Zero for your application

TI = Record tabs in
TO = Record tabs out
NR = Normal bias recording, 120 µs EQ playback
CR = High bias recording, 70 µs EQ playback (for chrome or cobalt tape)

Many people put chrome or cobalt tape into normal shells. To do this you MUST have a cassette recorder with a BIAS Selector button. You will not be able to record correctly on later-model cassette decks which use an auto-sensing pin to determine the bias and EQ.

See more info at the bottom of this page



CHROME NOTCH CASSETTES

These C-Zeros below have the special chrome notch which serves two purposes:
1: on recording, auto-sensing decks will apply high bias and 70 microsecond record EQ
2: on playback, auto-sensing decks will apply 70 microsecond playback EQ

70 microsecond EQ is used to reduce the playback hiss by 4.5 dB, but we also lose 4.5 dB of high-frequency performance.


SKU: C0-TICRCLEARSONIC
Tabs in, sonic weld (no screws)
500+ available

SKU: C0-TICRRBHIDEF
Tabs in, high definition, red bridge
Low stock

SKU: C0-TICRHIDEFWB
Tabs in, good quality but cassettes are scuffed and scratched
90 available

SKU: C0-TOCRCLEAR
Tabs out, with screws
500 available

SKU: C0-TOCRHIDEFCLEAR
Tabs out, Hidef bridge
100+ available


SKU: C0-TOCRHIDEFSMOKE
Tabs out, hidef bridge
100+ available


SKU: C0-TOCRHIDEFPURPLE
Tabs out, with screws
1000+ available

SKU: C0-TOCRHIDEFWASABI
Tabs out, Hidef bridge
1000+ available

SKU: C0-TOCRHIDEFPINK
Tabs out, hidef bridge
Only 30 available

SKU: C0-TOCRREDTINTHIDEF
Red tint, tabs out, 5 screws, Hi-Def anti-resonance bridge
2000+ available

These high definition shells are available as blanks with Maxell XLII-S tape in the online shop

They can be added to a duplication order if you choose a chrome or high bias tape, for $1.00 extra per tape (except the red tint which is already included on the dupe calculator).


SKU: C0-TOCRHIDEFGOLDFOIL
Gold foil, tabs out, hidef bridge
Only 50 available
     

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TABS IN or TABS OUT

Note: Most of our cassettes are TABS OUT (check out tabsout.com for a cassette podcast) and for normal bias tape. If you want to record on regular cassette decks you must put a piece of scotch tape over the record tab holes, or choose the TAB IN cassettes... or disable the record tab sensor on your machine with some duct tape or a paperclip!

 

Notes:

tape selector

cassette tape type detector slots

take up the slack tape before using

  • TI = Record tabs in, any machine can record on these tapes

  • TO = Record tabs out, for duplicated cassettes or professional machines, you can record on these tapes if you put some scotch tape over the hole or if you use professional duplicators.

  • NR = Normal tape (aka Type I tape or ferro), machines record and play back with a 120 µS equalisation curve.

  • CR = for high bias tape (chrome or cobalt), has an extra notch to tell the record machine to use higher recording bias and to use 70 µS record and playback EQ. One of our tricks is to use standard normal bias cassette shells with high bias cobalt or chrome tape, and a special equalisation during recording. This lets us have louder and brighter cassettes.

  • Type IV = c-zero has a notch for metal bias

  • Screws: the two halves of an audio cassette shell are either held together with 5 screws, or are sonic-welded with no screws. One type is not neccessarily better than the other.

  • Liners: also known as slipsheets or foils, every cassette has liners to support the tape hubs. The tape liners play a critical role in permitting a smooth rotation of the tape hubs. The liners are rippled to apply a slight spring pressure on the tape hubs.

  • Pressure pad: The pressure pad is a wool pad mounted on a spring and applies pressure on the tape as it passes over the recording and playback head.

  • Leader tape: every C-zero has about 15 to 20 seconds of leader tape. The leader tape is usually a clear, frosted, red, or blue-tinted plastic. You cannot record on the leader tape.

  • Magnetic leader: We also have cassettes loaded with magnetic leader tape to permit instant-start recording. For example court reporters may want instant start cassettes so they don't miss a word.

  • Rollers: Most C-zeros have a roller in each lower corner to guide the tape. Rollers that are out-of-round cause wow in the recording. Rollers that are not precisely made can also cause azimuth problems. Some cheap cassettes did not have rollers.

  • Guide posts: Most C-zeros have guide posts located before the rollers to help isolate fluctuations in the supply and takeup hubs from causing wow and flutter in the recording.

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