#1
I've been looking for a cheap 4-track recorder and found this:

http://www.harmony-central.com/Events/WNAMM96/Tascam/porta-03.html

found one for about $50

good deal or bad? how's the quality of this 4-track recorder?

edit: has a spliced power cable, but I figure I can get from a radioshack or something

thanks
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Last edited by ilikeguitar90 at Mar 25, 2009,
#2
absolutely horrible, give me the link so i can buy it to save other people the grief.
just kidding, it doesnt look half bad though, and 50 bucks isnt all that much.
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#3
why would you go with a tape recorder when you can get software? I have used both standalone recorders as well as computers (both digital) and they both get good sounding recordings, but computers allow you to edit the production in a way standalones just cannot. on top of that, that 4 track analog recorder will have tape noise, more noise added when bouncing tracks, and no effects to help recordings (vocals need reverb etc....). How are you gonna master a track on that thing too? it'll just sound like mud. How are you supposed to get the recordings onto a computer? basically, just get a thing for the computer to record with and some software. Also, if you must get a standalone, get a multitrack recorder that ISN'T analog.
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#4
Quote by Tatersalad1080
absolutely horrible, give me the link so i can buy it to save other people the grief.
just kidding, it doesnt look half bad though, and 50 bucks isnt all that much.


Thanks for the response. From what I've seen, this is pretty cheap for a 4-track. Do you think if I hold out and be patient that I can possibly get a better deal on something else? Or do you think I should just go for it?

Sorry for all the questions, but I'm not too familiar with the quality of 4-tracks by brand or anything haha.
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Quote by FightinIrishPJ
why would you go with a tape recorder when you can get software? I have used both standalone recorders as well as computers (both digital) and they both get good sounding recordings, but computers allow you to edit the production in a way standalones just cannot. on top of that, that 4 track analog recorder will have tape noise, more noise added when bouncing tracks, and no effects to help recordings (vocals need reverb etc....). How are you gonna master a track on that thing too? it'll just sound like mud. How are you supposed to get the recordings onto a computer? basically, just get a thing for the computer to record with and some software. Also, if you must get a standalone, get a multitrack recorder that ISN'T analog.


every time I record something with computer or anything digital, I can't overdub it because of latency issues. I was using a cheap $20 tape recorder from radioshack and recorded each track seperately and no latency issues...
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