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Link to "5 Things I Miss About My First Tape Recorder"

Discussion in 'Home Recording Studio' started by Dadocaster, Mar 15, 2018.

  1. Dadocaster

    Dadocaster Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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  2. mad axe man

    mad axe man Senior Stratmaster

    Jul 23, 2016
    ontario canada
    i still got em...had the tascam 246
     
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  3. Groovey

    Groovey Most Honored Senior Member

    Nov 17, 2016
    NC. USA
    Mine are in a box at the bottom of the closet.

    Wasn't my first recorder but was a favorite.
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    Used it with something like this.

    IMG_6521_65de5c9e-2e33-4180-bd14-68ddb776d280_900x.jpeg
     
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  4. Dadocaster

    Dadocaster Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

  5. Groovey

    Groovey Most Honored Senior Member

    Nov 17, 2016
    NC. USA
  6. chrimturn

    chrimturn Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    41
    Jun 14, 2013
    Cincinnati
    My grandpa was a talk radio pioneer here in Cincinnati. His prime was back in the 50’s and 60’s...Had a show called “Party Line” on WKRC (started back in 1954). Retired in 1979 and freelanced from his home. The studio is merely a shell of what it once was, but I was just over there recently and took a picture of this old rack unit that’s still in there.
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  7. rocknrollrich

    rocknrollrich Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    47
    Jan 8, 2016
    philadelphia
    Great article. I feel the same fondness for my old tascam 4 track.
    I still have it somewhere.

    At one point a few years ago, I decided to take all of the recordings I had made, and convert them to CD 's.
    Then later to the computer.

    It was a treat to listen to the performances and mixes.
    Some of them are unbelievably clean and sound pretty darn good.
    Better than I would have expected from a cassette .
     
  8. Dadocaster

    Dadocaster Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

    I did a little Christmas project one year doing comical covers and turning them into Christmas songs. Wish I had those tapes.
     
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  9. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    59
    May 21, 2010
    Sheffield, UK
    My first tape recorder was Dad's Civic 4 track. Then I went though these

    akai1800ss.jpg fostex.jpg A3340s.jpg tascam424.jpg Yamaha MT4X .jpg

    I still have the last one somewhere I think, though I haven't used it since 2001, unless it has been "appropriated".
     
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  10. s5tuart

    s5tuart My Dad used to say.... Strat-Talk Supporter

    I don't have any of that old tat left! :p
    I had a PortaStudio that was instant writers block. Turn it on and in 5 seconds all my ideas disappeared, never to surface again!
     
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  11. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    59
    May 21, 2010
    Sheffield, UK
    I have a computer to do that for me now. :D
     
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  12. Dadocaster

    Dadocaster Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

    I abandoned the old stuff on the curb during the last divorce.
     
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  13. hornpiper

    hornpiper Senior Stratmaster

    Apr 23, 2014
    Portland, OR
    This is no bull, I think the first "tape recorder" I ever saw and was recorded on was a "wire recorder" contraption, in the mid-60's.. '64, '65?. The father of one of the guys in the band I was in got this thing somewhere, and recorded the band at his house. Wow, maybe we could make a real record somehow with this thing! I'd never seen a recorder of any kind before, and the thing blew my mind. I thought it was the coolest, high-tech thing ever, and thought he was so lucky to have one! I haven't seen a recorder that used a wire spool of some kind like that since.
     
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  14. Chont

    Chont Senior Stratmaster

    Sep 25, 2012
    Pennsylvania
    I still have my MT4X. Twas a lot of fun.

    Jeez i see these things going for north and south of $200. Is there really a market for them? maybe i'll try and sell mine.
     
  15. jaybones

    jaybones Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    I remember back in the day using a Tascam 4 track.

    Digital made everything so much easier, but we were reusing a tape to record an original. The lyric was “hanging on by a gossamer thread”.

    When we re-recorded it, the previous recording bled through, and was in almost the exact spot.

    Gave an interesting delay type effect that we decided worked well in that spot. Ended a verse and before the last chorus, so we ended up adding it to the later professionally recorded and mixed version of that song.

    Never did have the magic of the serendipitous effect though...
     
  16. Robins

    Robins Dr. von Loudster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Dec 22, 2010
    Germany
    Well, yeah they were a big thing back in those days.

    We did our first demo recording mastered on a Video 2000 machine running at halve the speed. Best sound ever.
    Absolutely zero tape noise.
    But I really enjoy hard disk recording and digital these days.
    It was a pain back in the days to keep those tapes alive and sounding good.

    All the best,
    Robin
     
  17. Dadocaster

    Dadocaster Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Thread has risen from the dead but that's OK since @Stark has his thread running about his old school rig he is putting together.

    I am super frustrated right now and I swear I might buy a six pack of beer, get my drum machine and cheap multi effects out of the closet and pretend to do old school into the DAW.
     
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  18. Stark

    Stark Ghost of Johnny Thunders Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    49
    Jul 16, 2011
    Richmond Annex, CA
    Please rock that gear, Dado!!
     
  19. mutato

    mutato Senior Stratmaster

    Jul 10, 2007
    RI
    I have fond memories of recording a ton of music on our Akai MG614 four track. Amazing sound we got out that machine. Still have it and have recently been off loading four track cassettes to digital files.
     
  20. JRSIV

    JRSIV Strat-Talker

    204
    Sep 22, 2009
    Las Vegas, NV
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    The B&W photo makes it look a bit more ancient than it probably is...my first multitrack recorder, The Tascam 424. Still have it, and although it's been retired I can plug it in and it'd be ready to go.

    I wrote a page about the evolution of my home studio's on my website:
    https://johnstevensonmusic.com/studiostories/
     
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