Home Tape / Timecode Multitrack Method in Detail

Yamaha KX-260 Stereo Tape Deck

I’ve talked recently about the use of a timecode sync in home multitrack tape recording, and for this post I’m going to expand on that with an example recording, then a breakdown of exactly how the track was put together. Continue reading

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Rolling Stones – Voodoo Lounge Cassette (1994)

Rolling Stones - Voodoo Lounge audio cassette

One of the reasons bands like The Rolling Stones have enjoyed such longevity is that they’ve created and played from the listener’s viewpoint. They’ve never appeared bothered about looking clever, or skilled as musicians. All that matters in the music is Continue reading

Mid 1990s TDK SF 60 Compact Cassette Tape

Mid 1990sTDK SF 60 Compact Cassette Tape

A lot of people don’t realise that Tape Tardis was set up as a photo blog. As the content progressed, the posts incorporated more and more information, until the site was serving primarily as an information source, which just happened to have some nice pictures.

This post, however, Continue reading

Classic EMI White Label Chromium Dioxide Audio Cassette

Classic EMI White Label Chrome Audio Cassette

Here’s a fine example of a major recording label maintaining the highest standards in its audio cassette output in the early 1990s. It’s a German-made EMI tape from 1992, featuring Pinchas Zukerman (violin) and Daniel Barenboim (piano) performing Beethoven’s Violin Sonatas, Nos. 5, 8 and 9. Continue reading

Spin Doctors – Pocket Full of Kryptonite Cassette

Spin Doctors - Pocket Full of Kryptonite cassette

It’s often hard to remember why you bought albums. Singles are easier to explain – at least you have a specific track to analyse when trying to determine what appealed to you. With albums, you know you like the artist, but you may not be sure which of the tracks, if any, first caught your attention.

As regards Pocket Full of Kryptonite by The Spin Doctors, however, I know Continue reading

Rhythm Divine 1 and 2 Audio Cassettes

Rhythm Divine Audio Cassettes 1 and 2

Whilst my street-cred mates would never have anything to do with compilation albums, I didn’t have the slightest problem with the idea. Right from as far back as I can remember I was pestering my Mom for K-Tel double albums and playing them repetitively until the record player needed a new stylus. Continue reading

The Tascam 424 Portastudio

Tascam 424 Portastudio

I thought I’d do something a bit different today and take a concise look at an archetypal piece of tape recording equipment. This is a Tascam 424 Portastudio – a multitracking device which gave home recording enthusiasts (often musicians, but sometimes amateur producers) their own small recording studio, in the days before hard disk digital multitracking became available to the masses. Continue reading