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Old 21st September 2019
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Originally Posted by norfolk martin View Post
The AKAI 1212s did something similar. Not much of a market for them, however.
I met a guy who had one. It ran at 7 1/2 ips (as the high speed!) and gave 10 minutes of recording time. He was largely disappointed in it and considered it fit only for "demos".

People today forget - or perhaps never knew - that the playing field for tape recorders was not at all level. The recording studio world was roughly divided into places that made "records", and places that made "demos". And the deciding factor was usually the tape deck and its "large" or "small" format.

This division was much sharper than it is today, when super clean (super cheap) accurate capture is a given and the difference between cheap and expensive DAWs is only a matter of features, not a matter of signal-to-noise ratios.