Midistudio/Syncaset computer control via Tascam ATS-500

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  1. bgencarelle

    bgencarelle New Member

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    Using a combination of a MIDI to SMPTE adapter, a Tascam Midistudio 688 and 644 and an ATS-500, I have been able to both sync and control my tape machines and recording software to a common time base. I can also stop and rewind a slave deck from inside my DAW. Really easy to do, once you have it figured out.

    If this post gets interest, I will post vids and a step by step.
  2. cmaffia

    cmaffia Moderator Staff Member

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    You don't need permission :) Presentation please?
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    Ok. Will do! I have been working on something related, got distracted. I want to try to make a prototype replacement control unit for these things to let them get controlled by non-obscure hardware.
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    I have the ATS-500 pair and its IF-500 parallel interface.
    The ATS works well with the 238.
    To synchronize the MSR16 through the IF500
    I need the "TASCAM ATS-500/IF-500 SERVICE MANUAL". (not the Owner's)
    you got it?
    Can you scan it and give me a copy?
    Thanks in advance!
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    bgencarelle New Member

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    I don't have it, but Tascam EU was VERY kind to me while Tascam US was less so.

    I will still post the ATS-500 video later, but this is what I have been doing that kept me distracted:



    I made a serial to MIDI bridge that lets you control these things without any fancy hardware and I have put the code and specs in my github @
    https://github.com/bgencarelle/Tascam-MIDI-bridge
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    cmaffia Moderator Staff Member

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    Stupendous! Well done and bravo! Look forward to your updates.
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    Yeah, I love this type of DIY-ing. Big thumbs up!
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    Very interested in this project, don't stop posting on its progress :)
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    Tangled in a tape New Member

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    Hi bgencarelle!
    Are you using Ats and IF 500?
    Congratulations!

    May be you can help me ....
    From my daw
    i control my msr24 or my tsr8 with the ATS-500. (or both machines each other).
    I buyed an If-500 to sync paralell machines like the MS-16, but i don't have the schematic of the "ATS / IF cable" (second point in the page 35 of ATS-500 / IF-500 owner's manual)
    Have you the schematic or can you draw it and give me it?
    Thaks in advance.
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    This is really, really, cool!