Recent Posts

Pages: [1] 2 3 ... 10
Tascam 424 mkiii / Recording to a 424 FROM a computer
« Last post by freemoney on December 15, 2017, 05:13:35 PM »

I just got my 424 but I don't have a drum machine. I can get a decent drum machine VST on my laptop (2015 macbook pro) but I'm trying to figure out what cable(s) I'll need to record the sound output of my computer to my 4 track. Headphone to quarter inch? Any help appreciated
Tascam 424 mkiii / Re: 424 problems
« Last post by mike on December 15, 2017, 05:45:10 AM »
Whoa, never heard of that one, Pete. That's not a very technical solution from the tech  ::)... I'm thinking, is it possible the tape shell is warped? Or does this happen with any tape?

Tascam 424 mkiii / Re: 424 problems
« Last post by fromthenorthwest on December 14, 2017, 11:51:36 PM »
My mistake so it actually does rewind still, just no FF or play. The reason I'm asking is because the tech didn't really have much to say other than it needs to be pushed up, which wasn't that helpful. There is another guy I may bring it into tomorow for another look, as I have just been looking forward to doing some recording over this winter!
Tascam 424 mkiii / 424 problems
« Last post by fromthenorthwest on December 14, 2017, 11:16:11 PM »
I'm having a problem with my 424 that I wonder if anyone else has ever encountered. The tape won't play unless I physically push on the tape upwards towards the top and away from the play head. Same problem with rewind and ff. Anybody else experience this ever? I'm looking for something to shim in underneath the tape to push it up, but am thinking there must be a better solution. Thanks!
General 4-track Discussion / Re: Random Slow Motion
« Last post by mike on December 14, 2017, 05:47:42 AM »
Hmmm, never experienced anything like that... have you tried another tape? Perhaps you need new belts?

Godspeed my friend,
General 4-track Discussion / Re: Random Slow Motion
« Last post by Desert Buff on December 13, 2017, 05:47:11 PM »
Well shit.  Now the deck won't move.  "Play" does nothing.  Powered down and powered back up in "Cleaning mode".  Play still does nothing. 

I'm gonna power down for a few hours and hope my 424 isn't dying :'( :'( :'(
General 4-track Discussion / Random Slow Motion
« Last post by Desert Buff on December 13, 2017, 05:25:37 PM »
Has anyone else experienced a random slowdown of their tape speed?  I was recording some ideas about an hour ago, walked away to make a cup of coffee, then came back to double a guitar part.  Upon playback, the original guitar and drum tracks were way slower -- like 1-1/2 steps in pitch.  I'm the only person at home right now.  No change to tape speed or pitch knob.

Weird, right?  This is on my 424 mkIII.  Brand new "Studio Master" tape.  Any suggestions are appreciated.
General 4-track Discussion / Re: Great records recorded on 4 track machines
« Last post by Desert Buff on December 12, 2017, 02:32:44 AM »

Go ahead and challenge yourself to stomp an invisible kick drum pedal in 16th notes. 
The Wizard Is In / Re: Broken level knob?
« Last post by Operation Audio on December 09, 2017, 07:45:43 PM »

Sounds like a bit of a pickle..

The shortest answer is to replace the potentiometer in your deck. The pots are all plastic garbage, so I would try to find a good metal shafted pot as the replacement. Real estate can be a challenge when upgrading parts, so you'll need to get a sense of the available space as well as the dimensions of the replacement part.

Option 2 is to find an inexpensive headphone amplifier and drive it from the headphone output instead. Assuming that your phone's knob is running 1/2 way up or so, you'll have sufficient control of the level once it enter the headphone amp to either attenuate or boost it to your liking.

This of course adds a new piece of gear, but one that can be integrated into any sort of situation in the future. Headphone distro in a working environment is very important and absolutely critical when working with musicians and singers who demand their own mixes and level control there of.

Properly functioning gear is always better, but if you aren't able to fix it or there isn't an adequate technician near you, the headphone amp is a very worthwhile piece and an easy way around the main issue.

General 4-track Discussion / Re: Albums recorded on 4 track cassette
« Last post by mike on December 09, 2017, 07:16:07 PM »
Welcome, Fran! Great to have you onboard.

There's also a thread that serveruser started on the same topic. Check it out:

Thanks for the kind words and thanks for being here,


Pages: [1] 2 3 ... 10