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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1990 Memorex dBS+ 60 Audio Cassette

Memorex dBS+ 60 cassette

I can’t help feeling that I’ve been harsh with Memorex tapes over the course of this blog. The generation with which I had the most affinity (early ‘80s) were not well designed for the long term, and the high bias variants I used did not produce the sparkling trebles of their rivals. But in a recent test, I found that the actual tape contained in an early ‘80s Memorex MRXI (a normal bias Type I) acquitted itself very well sonically once the design flaws in the cassette were resolved. That prompted me to evaluate a later Memorex Type I… Continue reading

Audio Tape Shoot-Out: BASF, TDK, Memorex, That’s

Classic Audio Tape Shoot-Out 1

Okay, so this is in no way a fair contest, but unfair usually makes for more interesting reading, so no apologies for that. In this post, I’m comparing the performance of four well-kept and barely used 60 minute audio tapes, made between the early 1980s and the mid 1990s. The idea was not to make a champion of a particular brand, but to explore how varied old audio cassettes can be in the way they handle a modern recording. 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

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