The Sound of Ancient TASCAM Technology

Discussion in 'Song Mixes: Tracks for review and critique' started by Mark Richards, Apr 30, 2021.

  1. Mark Richards

    Mark Richards Well-Known Member

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    While rummaging through my storage facility, I came across a 15 IPS 2-Track master tape I engineered and mastered back in the day at my commercial studio.

    The tape box indicates this tape was part of a session for a cover band called Upton Xpress.

    The multi-tracking was done in our demo room, which had a 15 IPS Tascam 80-8 MTR with Type 1 DBX and biased for Ampex 456 tape; and two Tascam M-3 consoles daisy chained for 16x8 operation.

    The master was made on a Tascam 3300-2T half track deck, no noise reduction, biased for Ampex 456 tape. (I had to bake the 456 tape before I could dub it over to digital.)

    On my playback deck's VU meters, the 2-Track master swings through about -2 VU with peaking to +3 VU.

    I dubbed at unity gain onto my DP-24 with no added compression, eq, or fx. So by digital standards, this song is pretty hot, but my ears couldn't hear any distortion in the dub.

    I thought you folks might get a kick hearing what "ancient" TASCAM technology sounded like. I recommend downloading. Playing it online in Dropbox doesn't do it justice. ;)

    Reference headphones like the Sennheiser HD 600, AKG K701, Beyerdynamics DT-880, etc. will give you a realistic representation of how this track sounds over my reference system.
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  2. -mjk-

    -mjk- Moderator Staff Member

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    Love that vintage sound, Mark! Good dub over to digital.
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  3. JSchmo_Bass

    JSchmo_Bass Well-Known Member

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    Nice! definitely has the tape “glue” to the mix. And those 80’s drum sounds, right? Nice ‘verb.
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  4. BazzBass

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    great job transfering this

    ahhhh tape........
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