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j.harv
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 05, 2017 7:45 pm    Post subject: New song to Tape Akai MG1212 Reply with quote

I'm usually posting songs I do on a Tascam 388, but I recently got an Akai MG1212 12 track and just whipped this kinda sloppy song up today.

https://soundcloud.com/jasonharvey/lay-down-jason-harvey-akai-mg1212
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 19, 2017 8:01 am    Post subject: Re: New song to Tape Akai MG1212 Reply with quote

how do you like the akai compared to the 388? i've always been interested in them since they're contemporaries. seems like the akai's are all broken everywhere and no one wants to fix them.
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j.harv
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 19, 2017 9:29 am    Post subject: Re: New song to Tape Akai MG1212 Reply with quote

markjazzbassist wrote:
how do you like the akai compared to the 388? i've always been interested in them since they're contemporaries. seems like the akai's are all broken everywhere and no one wants to fix them.


I like it. It's similar to a 388 workflow wise. The 388 will always be my main machine, but this one is fun to mess around with. Finding the tapes is the hard part. And when you do, they go for ridiculous prices. I found 3 new sealed tapes for a good price and got 5 used tapes for a reasonable price.
As for repairs, mine was not functioning when I got it. But I like to tinker so I broke out the screw driver and dived right in. The main transport problem is usually a hardened idler tire. It's an easy fix. The powersupply board has a small battery that's prone to leaking. I fixed that also.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 19, 2017 11:47 am    Post subject: Re: New song to Tape Akai MG1212 Reply with quote

j.harv wrote:
markjazzbassist wrote:
how do you like the akai compared to the 388? i've always been interested in them since they're contemporaries. seems like the akai's are all broken everywhere and no one wants to fix them.


I like it. It's similar to a 388 workflow wise. The 388 will always be my main machine, but this one is fun to mess around with. Finding the tapes is the hard part. And when you do, they go for ridiculous prices. I found 3 new sealed tapes for a good price and got 5 used tapes for a reasonable price.
As for repairs, mine was not functioning when I got it. But I like to tinker so I broke out the screw driver and dived right in. The main transport problem is usually a hardened idler tire. It's an easy fix. The powersupply board has a small battery that's prone to leaking. I fixed that also.


hmm good to know. are they 15 IPS or still 7.5? i believe the tape width is a little larger right? 1/2" but 14 tracks? so just a little wider than 388. i believe the head on those akai are built for life, like they never wear because they are super glass?

i've done a bit of research on them but that repair stuff is what has scared me off.

do you feel the bass response is similar to 388? worse or better? their specs only have 50 hz as the lowest freq whereas 388 goes to 30 hz.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 19, 2017 2:19 pm    Post subject: Re: New song to Tape Akai MG1212 Reply with quote

markjazzbassist wrote:
j.harv wrote:
markjazzbassist wrote:
how do you like the akai compared to the 388? i've always been interested in them since they're contemporaries. seems like the akai's are all broken everywhere and no one wants to fix them.


I like it. It's similar to a 388 workflow wise. The 388 will always be my main machine, but this one is fun to mess around with. Finding the tapes is the hard part. And when you do, they go for ridiculous prices. I found 3 new sealed tapes for a good price and got 5 used tapes for a reasonable price.
As for repairs, mine was not functioning when I got it. But I like to tinker so I broke out the screw driver and dived right in. The main transport problem is usually a hardened idler tire. It's an easy fix. The powersupply board has a small battery that's prone to leaking. I fixed that also.


hmm good to know. are they 15 IPS or still 7.5? i believe the tape width is a little larger right? 1/2" but 14 tracks? so just a little wider than 388. i believe the head on those akai are built for life, like they never wear because they are super glass?

i've done a bit of research on them but that repair stuff is what has scared me off.

do you feel the bass response is similar to 388? worse or better? their specs only have 50 hz as the lowest freq whereas 388 goes to 30 hz.



It runs at either 7.5ips with the 10 minutes of recording time or 3.7ips with 20 minutes.

The bass response on the 388 is a little beefier but the Akai handles it well. The song I posted above had another mix with louder bass. I though it was too much but after hearing it again it sounds good.

Over all, it's a cool machine. And yes, 1/2 inch tape. 14 track total. 2 of the tracks are for sync tone and a control track. So you have 12 tracks to record with. You can push it into the red quite a bit without getting too much noise so you can run it pretty hot.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 22, 2017 11:09 am    Post subject: Re: New song to Tape Akai MG1212 Reply with quote

very cool man thansk!
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Gregg Juke
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 24, 2017 11:51 am    Post subject: Re: New song to Tape Akai MG1212 Reply with quote

Woh! Beck meets Pink Floyd! Whodda thunk it?

I like the simple texture and the contrast between the distorted vox and the harmonies. What was the vocal chain like?

This was recorded years ago in a friend's studio that had the Akai 12-track as the center-piece:

https://soundcloud.com/nocturnal-productions/show-you-care

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