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2018/10/12 10:04:36 (permalink)

WOW! Is the PortaStudio Back?

OK so it's not so Porta but this is what TASCAM shudda made when the 688 era ended.
 
The Model 24   $1000 US
 
  • All-in-One, Multitrack Recorder with 22 channel Mixer and USB Audio Interface
  • WAV 48kHz/24-bit, 24 channel multitrack recording to SD, SDHC and SDXC cards
  • Built-in USB Audio Interface to send/receive audio data to/from DAW
  • 22 Inputs (20 Balanced, 12 Monaural, and 4 Stereo)
  • 16 TASCAM Microphone Preamps
  • Input Mode switch on every input channel
  • TASCAM Ultra-HDDA Mic Pre-amp (Channels 1 to 12)
  • Preamp Gain Controller with Overload indicator (Channels 1 to 12)
  • 3-band EQ with a sweepable mid-range frequency (Channels 1 to 12)
  • 100kHz Low-cut Filter (Channels 1 to 12)
  • 7-band Graphic EQ
  • 16 Pre-set Effects
  • 100mm Long-throw Faders for precise adjustment
  • Mute, Main/Sub, PLF switches on every input channel
  • Bluetooth® input supporting both AAC and SBC codecs
  • SUB Outputs via XLR Balanced and RCA Unbalanced connectors
  • LINE Inputs via RCA Pin and ⅛" Stereo Mini jacks
  • 3 AUX Outputs (Monitor 1, Monitor 2, FX)
  • 1 Stereo Output for Control Room
  • Phantom Power (+48V)
  • ¼" Stereo Headphone Output
  • Backlit buttons for key operations such as REC and Play
  • Multi Jog-dial for quick menu operation
  • 12-segment LED Output Level Meters
 
 
A 12 or 16 channel variant and USB 3 would make it better!
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Re: WOW! Is the PortaStudio Back? 2018/10/12 10:12:33 (permalink)
Is this the 5th entry in the multichannel "analog mixer" interface genre?
 
1. Behringer UFX1604 & 1204
2. Soundcraft MTK 12 & 22
3. PreSonus StudioLive
4. Allen & Heath ZEDR16
5. Tascam Model 24
 
Edit: Clarified.
post edited by soens - 2018/10/13 20:55:29
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Re: WOW! Is the PortaStudio Back? 2018/10/12 14:33:38 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby simeon 2018/10/13 17:47:31
The latest generation digital mixers offer similar features
Behringer XR18 (about half the cost) doesn't have knobs/faders and doesn't record to SD card, but it has more extensive EQ/processing, and built in multi-channel audio interface. 
 
 

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Re: WOW! Is the PortaStudio Back? 2018/10/12 16:29:16 (permalink)
seems like all the earlier ones only had 16 bit audio,
or 44.1khz, some limiting factor that made me never consider.
 
i had a tascam 688, back in the day, a great sounding machine.
 

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Re: WOW! Is the PortaStudio Back? 2018/10/12 22:32:09 (permalink)
I had a Porta 05 4 track cassette back in 1987 that I loved. I still have it. I also got a Portastudio 564 4 track minidisc recorder in 1997. I didn't use that for long cause I got my first computer based DAW in '98, running Vegas Audio. But I still have a real soft spot for my old Porta 05.
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Re: WOW! Is the PortaStudio Back? 2018/10/13 00:01:46 (permalink)
batsbrew
seems like all the earlier ones only had 16 bit audio,
or 44.1khz, some limiting factor that made me never consider.
 
i had a tascam 688, back in the day, a great sounding machine.
 


I dreamed of having a 688, but it was way out of my price range at the time.
 
I ended up upgrading my Yamaha MT1X 4 track to a Yamaha MT8X 8 track which was great, although only being able to record 4 tracks at once was a major limitation when recording bands.
 
For most of my own stuff though, I relied on MIDI hardware, striping trk 8 with timecode via a JLCooper PPS100. This gave me 7 tracks for vocals & guitar, which was more than enough.

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Re: WOW! Is the PortaStudio Back? 2018/10/13 02:24:19 (permalink)
I started with splitter cables and 2 cassette decks. I'd merge the guitar and whatever was coming from the first cassette deck and record on the second.
 
I love how great gear is becoming. I love recording live, but I still have challenges... things to learn.
 
The model 24 linked above looks so intuitive. I think I could work it without opening the manual.
 
It looks light and easy to use. Tempting.

StudioCat > I use Windows 10 and Sonar Platinum. I have a touch screen.
I make some videos. This one shows how to do a physical loopback on the RME UCX to get many more equalizer nodes.
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Re: WOW! Is the PortaStudio Back? 2018/10/13 11:05:55 (permalink)
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The model 24 linked above looks so intuitive. I think I could work it without opening the manual.
 
It looks light and easy to use. Tempting.




 
I agree. I was looking at this a little while ago;
 

 
Have to admit I'm getting a little burned out with PCs and DAW software The thought of going back to a hardware unit (I used a Boss BR-8 for years) is quite appealing.

 
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Re: WOW! Is the PortaStudio Back? 2018/10/13 11:22:40 (permalink)
Looks great, but based on the 90 Day warranty that came with my us-16x08 I would be leery.  I took a quick look and didn't see the warranty info on this new gear, so perhaps that has improved.

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Re: WOW! Is the PortaStudio Back? 2018/10/13 11:35:51 (permalink)
I have a tascam 2488. Mostly sits on the shelf unless i need more than 16 inputs.

StudioCat > I use Windows 10 and Sonar Platinum. I have a touch screen.
I make some videos. This one shows how to do a physical loopback on the RME UCX to get many more equalizer nodes.
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Re: WOW! Is the PortaStudio Back? 2018/10/13 14:04:51 (permalink)
I had a Tascam 4 track cassette recorder.  Was pretty good considering what it was.  I then went to a Fostex hard drive unit with a built in CD burner and I liked it until I found Sonar (V6) and then it was "history".  I don't think I could go back to a standalone recorder.
 
I have a laptop that I use with my MOTU 896Mk3 Hybrid for "off site" recordings.
 
 
 
 

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Re: WOW! Is the PortaStudio Back? 2018/10/13 16:07:33 (permalink)
I still have a 424 sitting on a shelf under my desk as a reminder of "what was" when digital recording got frustrating. I was a bit surprised the ones online are listed for the original price. I only unpackaged it once in the last 20 years to offload tapes with it, but hobbled along on that till Cakewalk was recommended to me. That one in the OP is a monster in comparison.

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Re: WOW! Is the PortaStudio Back? 2018/10/13 17:56:01 (permalink)
I started with a dual cassette deck in the early to mid 80s that could dub from one side to the other. I then got a PortaTwo and later a Korg D8. I got a Roland TR 505 when they came out and not long after a Roland S-550 that had a midi sequencer. In 1990 I got my first PC and I got the Cakewalk midi sequencer. I was using the PortaTwo then and had a Tascam MTS-30 that allowed me to sync midi to tape.
 
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Re: WOW! Is the PortaStudio Back? 2018/10/13 17:56:01 (permalink)
I started with a dual cassette deck in the early to mid 80s that could dub from one side to the other. I then got a PortaTwo and later a Korg D8. I got a Roland TR 505 when they came out and not long after a Roland S-550 that had a midi sequencer. In 1990 I got my first PC and I got the Cakewalk midi sequencer. I was using the PortaTwo then and had a Tascam MTS-30 that allowed me to sync midi to tape.
 
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Re: WOW! Is the PortaStudio Back? 2018/10/14 17:24:45 (permalink)
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I started with a dual cassette deck in the early to mid 80s that could dub from one side to the other. I then got a PortaTwo and later a Korg D8. I got a Roland TR 505 when they came out and not long after a Roland S-550 that had a midi sequencer. In 1990 I got my first PC and I got the Cakewalk midi sequencer. I was using the PortaTwo then and had a Tascam MTS-30 that allowed me to sync midi to tape.
 
I love working on a DAW 


 
Interesting. I started with one of those tiny Fostex X-15 4-tracks and then went to a TEAC A3440S 4-track reel to reel. But oddly enough, I later ditched the TEAC in favor of another 4-track cassette unit by Audio Technica called the RMX64, arguably the best 4-track cassette portastudio ever made. They somehow managed to get 16k of high-end from it (and yes, that's at 20 down and 0-VU at 3 3/4 ips). Lots of bells and whistles like XLR ins, two headphone outputs, 2 effects send, channel inserts, parametric EQ, Dolby C, lighted VU meters, and an excellent tape transport. It really did sound comparable to my TEAC reel to reel. If it had 8-tracks I might still be using it today.
 

 
I also had those horrible Roland drum and bass machine units, the TB-303 and TR-606. Then I went to the TR-707 which sounded miles better, but you were still stuck with forced quantization and no way to turn it off, which made them sound very robotic, and some drum patterns couldn't be done at all such as a bolero. Then I went to an Alesis HR-16 and all was right with the world.
 
I miss those days, but find DAW recording much easier and way more flexible. No turning back now I guess.
 
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Re: WOW! Is the PortaStudio Back? 2018/10/16 04:49:28 (permalink)
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Looks great, but based on the 90 Day warranty that came with my us-16x08 I would be leery.  I took a quick look and didn't see the warranty info on this new gear, so perhaps that has improved.


Not the industry best:1yr parts, 90 days labor. Heads & disc drive parts is 90 days but this unit has neither.

By comparison my Behringer counterpart has a 3 yr warranty.
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