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The Tascam 238 rocks.

Post by Jon Nolan » Mon Feb 05, 2007 1:28 pm

I'm having so much fun writing tunes and recording them on this thing. what a cool little rig!


that's all. I'm just saying.

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Post by Spiderhead69 » Mon Feb 05, 2007 2:43 pm

if it allows you to be creative, it's all good....

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Post by RefD » Mon Feb 05, 2007 3:28 pm

it IS a blast and you're less afraid to screw with stuff and experiment cos of the format being so inexpensive.

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Post by inflatable » Mon Feb 05, 2007 4:13 pm

RefD wrote:it IS a blast and you're less afraid to screw with stuff and experiment cos of the format being so inexpensive.

lucky!
How is cassette tape inexpensive? It's more expensive than hard drive space per minute. And what happens when you need a tape in the middle of the night?

At least with digital you can erase anything you don't want to make room for new things. Plus you can always backup projects to cheap CD-R media or DVD.

Sure, you CAN tape over things on cassette, but it's never like the first time.
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Post by creature.of.habit » Mon Feb 05, 2007 4:17 pm

inflatable wrote:How is cassette tape inexpensive? It's more expensive than hard drive space per minute. And what happens when you need a tape in the middle of the night?

At least with digital you can erase anything you don't want to make room for new things. Plus you can lways backup projects to cheap CD-R media or DVD.

Sure, you CANn tape over things on cassette, but it's never like the first time.
dude are you nuts?

do you have any idea of how good a 246 or a 238 actually sound?

sorry, but who cares about hard drive whatever...

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Post by kayagum » Mon Feb 05, 2007 4:30 pm

Lessee....

I can fit two 7:30 songs per 60 minute tape (XLII) for $2 / tape on my 238s. (Or if you're a pop songwriter, you can double it for fitting four 3 min songs... but let's be conservative here...)

For $80 (or the equivalent of a 80GB external HD), I can record 80 songs. Sure, you can fit more than 80 songs on the hard drive, but do you have 80 songs that you've written? Doubt it.

Plus, you commit to 8 tracks. Without all that overdub and virtual track crap, you actually commit to a full song.

It's not all about the high tech gear, necessarily.
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Post by creature.of.habit » Mon Feb 05, 2007 5:01 pm

kayagum wrote: It's not all about the high tech gear, necessarily.
unless high tech gear means acoustic gibsons :shock: , i agree..it's nothing about the high tech gear.

i use my tapes several times, i really don't care at all, it sounds remarkable, nothing short of it.

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Post by shedshrine » Mon Feb 05, 2007 8:57 pm

Yea! Hard Drives! WHooohooo!
YeaH! Tascam 238s! WHooHoo!

Alrighty then, got that out of the way...


Picked up these two analog lovelies here in the TapeOp Buy/Sell/Trade.
They mate nicely (no offspring yet)
Excellent UK review of the Tascam 238S Here

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Some yummy fresh tape too :D
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Post by RefD » Mon Feb 05, 2007 9:25 pm

creature.of.habit wrote:
inflatable wrote:How is cassette tape inexpensive? It's more expensive than hard drive space per minute. And what happens when you need a tape in the middle of the night?

At least with digital you can erase anything you don't want to make room for new things. Plus you can lways backup projects to cheap CD-R media or DVD.

Sure, you CANn tape over things on cassette, but it's never like the first time.
dude are you nuts?

do you have any idea of how good a 246 or a 238 actually sound?

sorry, but who cares about hard drive whatever...
amen, creature!
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Post by creature.of.habit » Tue Feb 06, 2007 5:04 am

shedshrine wrote:Yea! Hard Drives! WHooohooo!
YeaH! Tascam 238s! WHooHoo!

Alrighty then, got that out of the way...


Picked up these two analog lovelies here in the TapeOp Buy/Sell/Trade.
They mate nicely (no offspring yet)


Some yummy fresh tape too :D

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jebus shed, a 200b....

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i tried to apply some sort of wood panels to mine when i had it, biggest and bulkiest desk i ever had. sounded good though.

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Post by creature.of.habit » Tue Feb 06, 2007 5:08 am

RefD wrote: amen, creature!
can i get another?

i saideehhh, CAN I GET ANOTHA?

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Post by Jon Nolan » Tue Feb 06, 2007 5:42 am

creature.of.habit wrote:
RefD wrote: amen, creature!
can i get another?

i saideehhh, CAN I GET ANOTHA?

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uh, amen?


this thing does sound pretty flipping good for such tiny tape, and i don't even have the "S" model. yep, i am totally digging the limited format. just good fun, i'm not openign a studio with it as the centerpiece or anything! :)
Plus, you commit to 8 tracks. Without all that overdub and virtual track crap, you actually commit to a full song.

It's not all about the high tech gear, necessarily.
word.

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Post by getreel » Tue Feb 06, 2007 6:35 am

I had a 488 and the bass player for my old band had a 238. They both rock! the 488 has the built in mixer. I made some great recordings on that thing, but then I ran out of money and had to sell it. I was young....then.

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Post by Jeff White » Tue Feb 06, 2007 7:16 am

I've been toying with the idea of buying (re-purchasing, actually) a Tascam 424mkII. How does the 424 compare to the 238 or 488??? The 424mkII has dBx and sounds great, from what I remember. It's also built like a tank.

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Post by RefD » Tue Feb 06, 2007 8:56 am

ipressrecord wrote:I've been toying with the idea of buying (re-purchasing, actually) a Tascam 424mkII. How does the 424 compare to the 238 or 488??? The 424mkII has dBx and sounds great, from what I remember. It's also built like a tank.

Jeff
238 and 488 put 8 tracks onto the cassette, 424 puts down 4.

isn't the 238"S" the version with Dobly S NR instead of dbx?

me no rikey dbx, not one rittre bit.
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