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analog recording advice
« on: February 17, 2006, 10:56:36 am »

Hi, I'm seeking some some advice. ..

looking into getting hold of an analog 8 or 16 track recorder. Preferably 1" 8 track . . . or 2" 16" - (though it seems more common to find 1/4 / 1/2 inch)

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Re: analog recording advice
« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2006, 11:47:38 am »


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Re: analog recording advice
« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2006, 12:50:12 pm »

You will not get that "tape compression" with a 1/2" narrow format deck like the Tascams/Fostex'

The Fostex E-16 is a damn good deck if you can get along with the narrow fromat "sound". You might get away with finding a decent one in your budget range.

The pro machines (1",2") will get you tape compression if that is what you want, but the alignment tape alone will blow your budget. A good 2" MCI is a great machine and can be had for $4000 and above. It will need wrok like cleaning and various pain-in-the-ass fixes, but they are good decks once you iron out the problems.

Good luck with whatever you decide on.


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Re: analog recording advice
« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2006, 04:43:33 pm »

I'd grab a 3340 and start with it, and maybe down the line search out a good 1" eight-track.

Or, consider getting a good two-track to record drums, dump that digital, and continue in digital.

As for the Fostex/Tascam 8/16s, they're fun, but too many tracks crammed on small tape ...noise reduction is used to compensate, and sounds weird.

I'd try the two-track idea first, borrow a deck, give it a try.


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Re: analog recording advice
« Reply #4 on: March 24, 2006, 01:08:13 pm »

Check some of the "post production" facilities... I've found some Studer 1" 8-track machines [especially in London] that were had for a song [not even a good song!].  Analog decks take up what many video houses consider valuable real estate so they will often be more than happy to get rid of them for little more than cartage.

It's worth a shot... so you might as well give it one.

Best of luck with it!!

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Re: analog recording advice
« Reply #5 on: March 24, 2006, 03:09:09 pm »

Even some radio station "backrooms"(Or at home in the engineers closet?). Would be worth a phone call to the "Chief Engineer"? A classified as in a local newspaper? You might find these things anywhere...


Try to make 'em gather up and give you the paperwork(Manuals) BEFORE you turn over your cash(Might help them remember where they put it all..?)...
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