multi track cassette recorder using my own preamp/mixer... ?

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jaquarat
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multi track cassette recorder using my own preamp/mixer... ?

Post by jaquarat » Fri Oct 15, 2004 10:56 am

is this possible? i like the simplicity and sound of cassette but would like to use my own preamp/mixer instead of the shi**y ones built into the typical tascam/fostex/yamaha etc. is there something out there for me? (also a more robust cassette mechanism that doesn't slow down or speed up would be nice too.)

thanks!

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Re: multi track cassette recorder using my own preamp/mixer.

Post by howiemarx » Fri Oct 15, 2004 11:10 am

tascam has the 238- 8 track cassette rackmount, and the 234 4 track cassette rackmount.

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Re: multi track cassette recorder using my own preamp/mixer.

Post by kayagum » Fri Oct 15, 2004 11:49 am

The 238 (and particularly the 238s with Dolby S instead of dbx noise reduction) is fantastic. Easy to find on EBay for under $300.

http://www.stack.nl/~erwint/multi/tascam.html

Actually, the 238 with a humble Mackie 1202 is quite a nice guerilla setup. Even though I have upgraded, I still have and use the setup when I have to document quick music ideas since I'm so used to it.

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Re: multi track cassette recorder using my own preamp/mixer.

Post by jajjguy » Mon Oct 18, 2004 10:10 am

i used to use a tascam 244 with a mackie 1202 for preamps and mixing. I recorded in through the effects returns on the 244, and mixed out from the tape direct outs. Huge improvement over using the built-in preamps and mixer.

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