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ejm

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Feb 3rd, 2015 09:39 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Almost, anyway.

NAMM has come and gone. AFAIK Tascam did not introduce any new products in this area.

The few that they do still list on their web site do not offer:
- MIDI for syncing up a drum machine, etc. (This is a major issue for me.)
- A CD drive for burning CDs and backing up work. (Truth be told I could probably get by without this.)

Oh well. When my 788 dies it looks like it's off to the PC/MAC world.


Juice Nichols
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Feb 4th, 2015 06:56 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yup, and they've been dying for several years now. Most of the ones I've had the chance to fool around with are so complicated by comparison that they're not worth the learning curve involved with operating them. Can't stand those dinky LCD screens that are used to navigate around either.

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Feb 4th, 2015 07:04 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

And to think I paid $1000 for a Tascam 144(?) Portastudio back around 1979. It was the first cassette multitracker and I could record 4 tracks on cassette tape (2 at a time).

I considered going to a 21st century dedicated unit but already had dug in some years back using Win 98, Sony Vegas, Sound Forge, etc. A lot of time spent learning the tools, and I don't ever see going back to a portastudio box.

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Feb 4th, 2015 02:58 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Unfortunately, it's PC or Mac-based recording or bust these days.

I still have my Tascam 788 at home for song demos.

Achase4u

U.S. - Virginia

Feb 4th, 2015 05:06 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I think we should all pony up for Studer a800's and Trident boards. Then we can avoid the PC issues...

Perhaps just one studer and console in a place most central to all of us in the world where we can time share the studio :-)

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Feb 5th, 2015 06:11 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

And I'm glad it's dead.

I couldn't be happier the minute digital recording became viable at all - I didn't miss the substandard format, crappy, mixer, limited I/O, restrictive track count, tape hiss.

I got some good stuff but you could always tell it was recorded on "one of those" and not in a good way.

Juice Nichols
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Feb 5th, 2015 07:02 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I think we should all pony up for Studer a800's and Trident boards. Then we can avoid the PC issues..."

I'm in as long as we set it up in my studio. Everyone can come and use it whenever they want. BYOT!


ejm

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Feb 5th, 2015 08:44 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Perhaps I should have said "digital" and "stand alone" portastudio.

I don't keep track of such things, but I suspect that it has been a LONG time since Tascam offered anything "porta studio" dealing with tape (especially for the home). Their web site shows a few rack mounted cassette decks.

(This message was last edited by ejm at 10:54 AM, Feb 5th, 2015)

Achase4u

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Feb 8th, 2015 03:16 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I think the last porta tape was the mid 90s

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Feb 8th, 2015 04:39 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yeah, that's about right.

I started with 4-track reel, then went to cassette, then went to DAW in the 90s. I fiddled with Sonar, ProTools, etc., and got fed up chasing the latency issue. About a year ago I bought a DP-24 digital hardware recorder workstation and could not be happier.

(This message was last edited by Peegoo at 07:05 PM, Feb 8th, 2015)

Achase4u

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Feb 8th, 2015 05:16 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Latency is rough if you don't have direct monitoring(still goes through the A/D but much faster)

Nothing beats analog monitoring. Even through a bunch of gear and a desk it smokes digital.

bongo122819

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Mar 4th, 2015 09:13 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

after going thru the Cassette based Portastudio (4 tracks) then the 788 (8 tracks/Hard Drive based-which went up in smoke one afternoon) now I'm on the DP-24 (SD card based) and am reasonably happy with it since I'm not trying for state of the art quality in my home studio.
Yea, the editing is tedious, the SD card slow, but all in all the learning curve was simple and I am not eager for another extended learning curve.

saturn

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Mar 4th, 2015 02:50 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

One area portastudios are very much alive in is the micro studio, truly portable, like the Boss BR-80 for example. So simple to use, and decent quality effects and drums, all in a genuinely pocketable package.

Nothing quite as effective available so compact.

Steve R.

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Mar 6th, 2015 07:29 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Guess that means no more albums for me after my little idiot-proof Korg D1600 finally kicks it, then. It's the only thing I've ever recorded on really. Can't see ever having the time, energy, attention span (and ability) for the learning curve that comes with Pro Tools et al.
Don't get me wrong, some of my songs end up in Pro Tools or Logic after I take them up to collaborators to work on, or for mixing but I've no idea what the hell they're doing with them. It's a mystery to me. At least the Korg has knobs and faders that this idiot can touch!

Portamusic

(This message was last edited by Steve R. at 11:04 AM, Mar 6th, 2015)

saturn

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Mar 8th, 2015 11:43 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Sweet tune Steve!

Steve R.

Florida,USA

The Empire's slipping away...
Mar 9th, 2015 06:57 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks for the listen, mate. Where are you in the UK? I left the old country back in '82 and I'm still writing songs about it, apparently...

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Mar 12th, 2015 09:08 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Nice production, performance and songwriting on "Please Emmalene", Steve. You pulled that off on a portastudio? Very impressive.

Steve R.

Florida,USA

The Empire's slipping away...
Mar 12th, 2015 12:42 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks mate. Have to be honest though, the drums were tracked at a friends home studio, with proper mics and all. Mixing was done there too. I stood there and watched, wondering what the hell all the squiggly lines meant. Still don't know...
Thanks very much for listening,
Cheers,
Steve R.

PS.Emmalene is off to UF this fall. How can this be?
Hope the parents' dorms are nice...

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Mar 12th, 2015 06:01 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I read some of this thread when it was started and, at the time, I was no longer using my Korg D888 because I had every thing I needed on my computer with a Foscusrite interface.

However, today, I decided to mess with my Korg a bit and the thing that stood out was the 'hands on' feel of using it. I didn't do much but some editing on a song I'd done quite some time ago and I really enjoyed tweaking things using the slides, buttons and dials of the thing. After using my computer exclusively for recording, it was a pleasant change.

My advice, if you have a stand alone studio, don't get rid of it. You never know what you may miss once something like these is gone. 8)

Friend of P

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Apr 7th, 2015 12:27 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm actually going the other way: getting away from computer/DAW recording in favor of a standalone device. There are still a number of options out there. Tascam is making new DP-006, DP-008EX, DP-03SD, and DP-32SD. Meanwhile Zoom has the R8 and R16 out. They all record to SD cards. Bongo mentioned slowness of SD cards and that all depends on what card you're using. They have different speeds and you get what you pay for. The pricier faster ones like the SanDisk extreme are pretty swift.

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