Portastudio 414 - "Watery" "Wobbly" Recorded Sound

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  1. taconako

    taconako New Member

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    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.