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What was your first multitrack recorder?
Old 23rd October 2008
my first was the venerable tascam 144
then a couple of years later i upgraded to the slutty (at the time) 688
that flipup meter bridge was the shizzle back in the day
Old 23rd October 2008
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My 1st and like many a new Tascam 244. I cant beleive it was near a grand from Ace Music here in town!!....lucky I lived at home back in 1983. Did trade up to that Audio Technica ATRMX64 whatever its called 4 track. Never got my hands on the almighty 388, man...that was the bomb, a reel to reel portastudio. I still want one...!
Only thing left from those days is my Effectron, 79 Strat, and Ovation 12 string.
Old 23rd October 2008
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Fostex B-16!
Half inch 16 track. That thing had some mojo!
Old 23rd October 2008
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Ross 4x4 in like '87. What a smooth machine!
Old 23rd October 2008
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Boss BR-8!! Wow I forgot about zip disks......
Old 23rd October 2008
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not counting the little tape recorder thing like you see in elementary class rooms, a little fostex 4 track. I didn't have a mic stand, so I'd sit the mic in my crotch while I played guitar. I got a lot of subcockal region frequencies that way.
Old 23rd October 2008
tascam 644
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this is old but I'll bite...
Tascam MS16 w/30ips option
Old 24th October 2008
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Hi there,

tascam 3340
tascam 144
studiomaster 4 track cassette
tascam 38
akai M 14d
20 years goes past.....
ampex 440b
tascam 85/16
ampex mm 1200

Old 24th October 2008
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Fostex x28 4 track. I thought I was the man in 1990!
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Sony SOS 1975
Old 24th October 2008
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The first multitrack I owned was a Tascam DA-88, but we borrowed a Tascam 424 4-track for the two years prior. I loved that machine. We would use adapters and plug 57s and 58s right into the machine, no frills.

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Old 24th October 2008
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a teac 1200 1/4 track stereo w/ sound on sound.
then a teac 2300 1/4 track
then a teac 2340.
then a teac 3340. finally put that out for garbage pick up in 2006 (it broke my heart), after cleaning out my parents's attic.
then a scully 2 and 4 track.
then a tascam 80-8 8 track.
them a mci 24 track.
then studer a-800's and a-80's, and the occasional otari mtr-90.
and that gorgeous last ampex 24 track machine...
and the studer 820's and 827's
then the sony 3324 and 3348. and once, the mitsubishi 32 track digital...

the end.
Old 24th October 2008
TEAC 2340 (ca. 1973-74)
TEAC 3340 (ca. 1976-77)
Old 24th October 2008
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Teac A-3440 here, cost about $1100. Paid for with a minimum wage job, I recall that was about $2.65 an hour then. Bought a used Lamb mixer, replaced it with a Teac 2A mixer a while later. Replaced that setup with a Fostex 80 and Ramsa WR8112 mixer.
Want me to keep going?
Old 24th October 2008
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Fostex X-28H
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I can't remember the model # but it was the old 1/2 inch Ampex 4 track. (was it the a440?)

No transport logic on that baby. 2 switches and a button required for punch ins.

One of my all time favorite projects was recorded on a Tascam portastudio.
Old 24th October 2008
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TWO Fostex X-15's.
Old 24th October 2008
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Mine was a Yamaha cassette 4 track. The only EQ was a post playback EQ.
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I had a couple of 70s era 2-track, 1/4" reel to reels. I think they were made by Teac or Realistic or something. My dad taught me how to "ping-pong" tracks like the Beatles. What he failed to show me was how to write songs like the Beatles.
Old 24th October 2008
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Fostex X-15 (1985)
It's sitting here beside me in its original box!!
Old 24th October 2008
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Fostex 812 + Fostex A80. Still have my first 456 reel for memories.
Old 24th October 2008
Yamaha MT1X, their version of the PortaStudio. 4tk Cassette. Nice box, did tons of great recordings on it.
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Tascam 40-4
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Dokorder Reel to reel four track tape machine 1974
Old 24th October 2008
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Fostex B16
Old 31st October 2008
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teac 2340 , That thing was nice . Tape was cheap and it sounded great .
Band live to two tracks vocals and over dubs to 3 and 4 .
Punchy bliss , still sounds great
Old 31st October 2008
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Cubase SX1
Old 31st October 2008
Yamaha Mt-100 II when I was 17

Had to deliver a lot of papers for that
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