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Old 16th August 2007
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Syncing Tape Machines

Hi, I have two 8-track 1/2" TASCAM 48's.

My tech friend brought up the idea of syncing the two machines to make a combined 12 tracks.

Is that more hassle than it's worth?
Old 16th August 2007
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Yes. Syncronizing tape machines successfully requires a lot of hardware syncronizers, specialized cables, house sync, and a lot of specialized knowledge. You're better off selling the machines and buying a 2" 16 track.
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Yes. Syncronizing tape machines successfully requires a lot of hardware syncronizers, specialized cables, house sync, and a lot of specialized knowledge. You're better off selling the machines and buying a 2" 16 track.
That's what I was thinking. Of course i just had my first compressor repaired. I'm not all that into wierd science.
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Yes. Syncronizing tape machines successfully requires a lot of hardware syncronizers, specialized cables, house sync, and a lot of specialized knowledge. You're better off selling the machines and buying a 2" 16 track.

Syncing machines is high on the list of things I don't miss from the "good old days".

P.S.- 8+8=16 Minus one track per machine for SMPTE leaves 14, not 12. You just have to be careful what you put next to the SMPTE.
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