Portastudio 414 - "Watery" "Wobbly" Recorded Sound

Discussion in 'TASCAM Analog Forum' started by taconako, May 7, 2020.

  1. taconako

    taconako New Member

    May 2020
    TASCAM 414
    Hi there,

    Recently, when playing back recorded material on my Portastudio 414, the sound comes through as what I can best describe as "watery" and with a wobble to it. It's strange.

    I've tested all outputs and monitors, but the sound remains affected in this way.

    Could it be a motor issue? The frequency of the "wobble" is synced with the sound of the motor.
    (The motor has also recently gotten louder when playing/recording).

    I've also tried various types of tapes and yet the problem carries through.

    I will say I haven't been too up on maintaining the machine, and now I fear it is striking back due to my misuse...

    Please let me know what's up! Thanks.