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What was your first multitrack recorder? Recorders, Players & Tape Machines
Old 31st October 2008
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First was 2 Realistic tapes decks: submix/re-track to left then right channels.

Next was my Sony TC-788-4: a 4 track R-to-R. Great sounding unit. 7.5 AND 15 ips.

Next was Fostex R-8. POS never sounded as good as the Sony, but 8 WHOLE TRACKS - OMFG!!!

Memories...
Old 31st October 2008
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I forget if I ever chimed in.....

Realistic quartertrack, 1/4" deck that would record sync!!!!!!!
I used that and a TEAC and would transfer between decks.

My first real multitrack was an Akai Quad reel to reel that I bought with money from my first job.... a paper route!
The night before I bought it I literally bolted awake in bed and realized that it didn't have sync!
I spent the next year figuring out (by myself!) how to add sync.
I eventually managed to do it, too!

When I was nineteen in 1975 I convinced an wealthy, older friend that we needed to buy a studio.
We bought a studio out that had an Ampex 1" 8-track that was built from AG-440B electronics on a modified 300 transport.
You can see that studio here:YouTube - Century Foxx 1977 - '70's Rock Band in Studio
Old 31st October 2008
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Teac 2340sx

Old 31st October 2008
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A Teac A-3340S 4-Track, which still gets some rare use if I am craving some nostalgia or looking for lost high school/college era tracks.
Old 31st October 2008
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My first multitrack recorder was Pulsar II + Alesis AI3 combo
Old 31st October 2008
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same here

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Dokorder Reel to reel four track tape machine 1974
Likewise! - if any of these still exist - it's probably in a museum somewhere!
Mine would have been about 1977 - I think they went out of production a year or so later. The Dokoder cost £500 - equivalent to around £5000 in present day terms (let's say $10,000 in USA). It didn't do very much, compared to machines you can buy for peanuts these days..
Old 31st October 2008
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Yamaha MD4

4 track recorder using MiniDiscs, though you had to get special Data Discs that cost 10 times as much as stereo-MDs.
Insane amount to spend on such an obscure format. In hindsight, I probably should have gotten a compact cassette 4 track, and spend more on outboard gear instead.
Old 1st November 2008
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Likewise! - if any of these still exist - it's probably in a museum somewhere!
Mine would have been about 1977 - I think they went out of production a year or so later. The Dokoder cost £500 - equivalent to around £5000 in present day terms (let's say $10,000 in USA). It didn't do very much, compared to machines you can buy for peanuts these days..
I remember the furor and teeth-gnashing when Dokorder went out of business. IIRC the parts supply dried up almost instantly, and there were a lot of people stuck with fairly new decks that suddenly couldn't be serviced.
Old 1st November 2008
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Fostex DMT-8 (yikes!)
Old 1st November 2008
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- Teac A-3340. Used it with a Tascam M-312 console.

- Fostex R8. Used that with the 312 and later with a Tascam M2524.

- Tascam MSR-16. Used that with a Tascam M-3700 32X8X2 w/balanced option and JL Cooper outboard automation.

- Added Pro Tools 2.something with an Audiomedia card to that setup and ran the PT system synced to the tape machine for added tracks and/or early DAW editing capability. Sidenote - my original Pro Tools rig was on a Mac Clone...remember those?? It was a Power Computing Power Tower Pro, hahaha.

- Sold the MSR-16 in favor of Digi 001. Used that with the 3700 console.

- Added Pro Tools III TDM. 3700 console went into storage. Welcome to outboard preamp land.

- Ditched the PT III system and digi 001 for a Mix+ system which i still use to this day.

- Added an IE console 26X8X2 which i am restoring and updating currently.

- Planned is an Otari or MCI 2" at some point in the near future. I have to own one before they become completely obsolete.
Old 1st November 2008
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Tascam 244 - Good times!
Old 1st November 2008
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another old-timer waxes nostalgic for the TEAC 3340!

we would bounce to 2 tracks on another deck and then transfer the tape back to the 3340 for two more overdubs. Sometimes we would mix in an open mic during the bounce and add percussion, acoustic guitar, even a vocal.

simul-sync! how I don't miss it!
Old 1st November 2008
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Tascam 424
and now 15 years later
to
Ampex mm1200 2" 16
Old 1st November 2008
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Lafayette mono tube reel to reel. My older brother would put a guitar pick between the erase head and the tape and he would have sound on sound.
Glenn.
Old 1st November 2008
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Tascam Portastudio 244.

Should've kept it.
Old 1st November 2008
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Quote:
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- Planned is an Otari or MCI 2" at some point in the near future. I have to own one before they become completely obsolete.
don't get an MCI.
i was the engineer in a studio in the early '80's which had a jh-24.

my other part time job was keeping it running...
Old 1st November 2008
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Teac 3340 w/ simul sync!!
Tascam 34
Fostex E16
ProTools III
ProTools Mix+
ProTools HD2


god what a downfall! what happened to you?
Old 1st November 2008
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Yamaha 4 track.
Old 1st November 2008
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Custom built 1" 8-track with Ampex 350 electronics & transport. I can't help it if I was born with a gold roll of Scotch 250 in my arse.
Old 1st November 2008
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don't get an MCI.
i was the engineer in a studio in the early '80's which had a jh-24.

my other part time job was keeping it running...
I have owned THREE JH24s since '86 and all have worked just as reliably as any other multitrack I have used.
One deck was from a studio I was a partner in and we bought that deck in '80.
It ran just as reliably as our MTR-90II and just as reliably as the EXPENSIVE AS HELL Sony 3324 DASH machine.

The number of hours I spent doing anything beyond normal maintenance that ANY tape machine would require were tiny in comparison to the number of hours I spent doing actual paying sessions.
Old 1st November 2008
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otari mx7300
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I have owned THREE JH24s since '86 and all have worked just as reliably as any other multitrack I have used.
One deck was from a studio I was a partner in and we bought that deck in '80.
It ran just as reliably as our MTR-90II and just as reliably as the EXPENSIVE AS HELL Sony 3324 DASH machine.

The number of hours I spent doing anything beyond normal maintenance that ANY tape machine would require were tiny in comparison to the number of hours I spent doing actual paying sessions.
i guess the one i was referring to was an exception, then. i didn't own it.
i was constantly swapping out cards depending on which tracks the clients were going to track on that day....
and the auto locator also went down from time to time.
Old 1st November 2008
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First was a TEAC A2340SX purchased in 1981 and sold during a move.

But my favorite is the TASCAM 234 Syncaset purchased a few years later. Compact size, ergonomics, decent sound quality and low media cost made this a great fit for producing demos.

Sky
Old 1st November 2008
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vestax cassette 6 track. Buddy of mine has it and I think it still works.
Old 24th November 2008
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Fostex X-15 (1985)
Fostex A8 (1987)
Fostex B16 (1989)
etc.
Old 25th November 2008
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Tascam 388
Old 26th November 2008
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My first multitrack is the Nagra VI I bought recently - up until now I have stuck with stereo only. heh


Old 31st March 2011
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Started out with a 144!
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Old 31st March 2011
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Scully 8 track

Old 31st March 2011
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'88-'90 - two cassette decks with built-in mics facing each other

'90-'95 - Tascam 688, what a great machine

'95-'98 - ADAT, what a ****ty machine

'98 - MOTU rig, the core of which I use to this day
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