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4-track recording with 8-track 1/2" recording Recorders, Players & Tape Machines
Old 17th December 2010
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4-track recording with 8-track 1/2" recording

I'm thinking of using a 8-track 1/2" recorder for 4-track recording, duplicating each track (1->1+2, 2->3+4, 3->5+6, 4->7+8) so that the track width will become similar to that of a 1" recorder.

Does that make sense or should I be prepared to some phase issue or something?

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Old 17th December 2010
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If you just duplicate 4 of the tracks on the other 4 tracks, it won't sound better, just louder as you have 2 of everything. If you could somehow replace the 8 track heads with 4 track heads, which would just record/play 4 tracks on the entire tape width, it MIGHT sound better. However, unless you are a tinkerer and can do that yourself (and modify the electronics) the cost would far exceed what you would pay for a MUCH better professional 1" machine.

The truth is both the Tascam and Fostex 8 track 1/2" machines are not that good. They were never considered a professional format and were designed for musicians to get their ideas down like a sketch pad before the multitrack cassette came along. I know they may look like a cheap way to experience the "magic" of tape but you would be much better off to buy something like an Alesis HD24 which is a MUCH better sounding machine.
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