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Taperecorder - eighttrack - what to get?
Old 22nd August 2007
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Taperecorder - eighttrack - what to get?

I currently use a tascam 38 8-track tape recorder. I don't like how it sounds with dolby DBX noise reduction, so I run it without it. But, since it's built to run with the noise-reduction units, I then get too much noise. I'm gonna change the heads, and see if this helps, since the current ones are pretty well used.

But I then started to look at alternatives. I'm looking for 8-track-recorders, since it's all that I need. Obviously 24 tracks are better, but it means tape costs more and the machines cost more. Therefor, I'm looing for an 8-track, 1/2", or 1" machine.

The alternatives I came up with, using the internet are:
Otari MX5050, 1/2" 8-track.
Otari MX7800, 1" 8-track.
Otari MX70, 1" 8-track.
Revox C278, 1/2" 8-track.
Studer a800 MarkIII, 1" 8-track.

Now, the 1/2" machines seem to go at not too high prices (the revox c278, and otar mx5050). About $500 to $700. But are they any good? Is there a big difference if you go up to 1" machines, in sound quality, ammount of noise....?

What about the revox machine, is it any good. Apparently it was 11'000 Switzer Francs new ($12'000 mayby), which is quite a lot, so it can't be that bad, or is it? How does it stand up against the otari mx5050 1/2" machine? Which ones are more reliable? Would trhe revox machine sound alot better than the tascam 38 I'm currently using?

What is a decent price for a 1" machine? I talked to guy here in Stockholm, that said he would not pay more than 25'000 SEK (approx $2'700) for one in great shape.

What would be the best alternative?
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Old 22nd August 2007
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There's a big difference between 1/2" and 1" (bandwidth, noise floor, headroom). This ones a no brainer, get the Studer A800, king of all tape machines. Nothong wrong with the Otari's, but man... A800...
Old 22nd August 2007
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You have already mentioned tape costs, but you have got to look at this:

ATR Services, Inc. - ATR-108C.

Insane.. I have an ATR 102 stereo machine and absolutely love it.

If, however you live in the real world like me :( then the Studer would be my preffered choice, really solid deck.
Old 22nd August 2007
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2nd on the Studer 1" 8-track... Townsends been using his since he bought it new, or so he states in an article. The ATR is a great machine, however I have never used one. My close friend is an Ampex guy, kind of turns his nose up at Studer. =)

One other suggestion is a Scully 1" 8 track
Old 23rd August 2007
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Quote:
Originally Posted by kalle1978 View Post
I currently use a tascam 38 8-track tape recorder. I don't like how it sounds with dolby DBX noise reduction, so I run it without it. But, since it's built to run with the noise-reduction units, I then get too much noise.

I'm gonna change the heads, and see if this helps, since the current ones are pretty well used.
I had one of these machines with no DBX, and it was a bit noisy but not anything to worry about if the levels are right

The machine is designed to be used without the DBX

save your $$ on replacing the heads, the noise is probably not because of the heads , but you could get another machine pretty cheap and swap out the heads



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Old 23rd August 2007
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im not a fan of tracking to 1" I say you save the cash and get yourself into a 2" machine... If it's an 8 track you want, get an 8 track headstack for it
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