Tascam 644 : unit turned on, capstan on ?

Discussion in 'TASCAM DIY Repairs and Mods' started by TESTA, Jul 18, 2018.

  1. TESTA

    TESTA New Member

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    Hi,

    it's probably totally normal...but... when i turn on the unit, the capstan is turned on too...

    it shouldnt ?
  2. TESTA

    TESTA New Member

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    found the answer here....

    "I wish I could be as positive about the decision to include a drive system which leaves the capstan motor running even when a cassette is not being played. I know this is common amongst mains-powered cassette recorders and I'm sure this is one of Tascam's tried and trusted designs. But on a machine which for anything up to seventy-five percent of its time is likely to be used solely as a mixer, I cannot see the point of having a motor spinning away to no good purpose. Surely a switch could have been included to turn off the tape deck when not in use?"

    http://www.muzines.co.uk/articles/tascam-688-midistudio/454
  3. bgencarelle

    bgencarelle New Member

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    Yes it is on, but it is also pretty easy to add a switch, if you don't mind getting your hands dirty!