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11th May 2013
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Small "high quality" stereo cassette recorder

I'm looking for a small stereo cassette recorder that I can hook up with my mixer and send tracks to. Add a little grime, wow and flutter and compression to the tracks I think need it.

The portastudio's I've seen are pretty big and have a bunch of things I don't need. Are there any good, small options?

PS. besides Nagra and VCRs, are there any small cheap reel to reel's out there that can do a better job than cassette for this?
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You could try with Nebula 3 using 3rd-party free cassette samples, there are some authentic stuff for Nebula...
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14th May 2013
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I'm looking for a small stereo cassette recorder that I can hook up with my mixer and send tracks to. Add a little grime, wow and flutter and compression to the tracks I think need it.

The portastudio's I've seen are pretty big and have a bunch of things I don't need. Are there any good, small options?

PS. besides Nagra and VCRs, are there any small cheap reel to reel's out there that can do a better job than cassette for this?
I use primarily cassette tape for all of my work until it goes into the computer. I've found two really great tape recorders. First, if you want a high-fidelity cassette recorder that can add a bit of grime and compression, consider used Marantz field recorders. They're fantastic. If you need wow and flutter, most of them have a pitch knob. You can move it by hand. :D

I have two Panasonic RQ-355 cassette recorders. Great recording through their own microphone and if you run audio into the line in, it's easy to overdrive in a beautiful way. Just amazing low-fidelity. If you work with the levels and keep it from distorting, it's has a nice quality - warm, flat and beautiful. See here: Panasonic RQ 355 Portable Cassette Player Recorder Great Condition | eBay
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Oops...the cheap ones are mono.

There's a Marantz PMD430 field recorder that outputs stereo and has 2 mono inputs: marantz pmd430 | eBay

Not as cheap - they're fairly coveted.
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Mind that with a 3-head cassette tape deck, you can monitor off the just-recorded tape in realtime. This allows you to use the deck as a near-realtime insert. The delay is just about 1/4 of a second or less. Way easier than recording to tape, rewinding and playing back. Especiall if you want to experiment with driving the electronics.
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Aside from Marantz, the Nakamichi Dragon is the beez neez for quality stereo cassette sound in recording and playback.
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