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    8 tracks on 2 inches

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    Is there a tape machine in existence that records 8 tracks on 2 inches?I've seen plenty on a half inch and I've seen the an MCI 8 track on 1 inch and the studer A-80 8 track on 1 inch but i've never seen one on 2 inches. Im not looking to purchase one or anything im just kind of interested to know if one exists.
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    Quote Originally Posted by johnbilben View Post
    Is there a tape machine in existence that records 8 tracks on 2 inches?I've seen plenty on a half inch and I've seen the an MCI 8 track on 1 inch and the studer A-80 8 track on 1 inch but i've never seen one on 2 inches. Im not looking to purchase one or anything im just kind of interested to know if one exists.
    ATR make one. It costs a fortune.
    http://atrservice.com/atr108c/

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    do you know how much it costs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnbilben View Post
    do you know how much it costs?
    According to their pricelist, it was $30'000. That was four years ago, mind.

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    Holy mother of God!!!!! So for the running price of a Surburban SUV you could have an 8 track machine? Yeow. Time to sell the kids.

    I think I would have to pass.
    The interface said to use "Windows XP or higher"...

    ... I used tape...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jjones1700 View Post
    Holy mother of God!!!!! So for the running price of a Surburban SUV you could have an 8 track machine? Yeow. Time to sell the kids.
    I think I would have to pass.
    These are technically 9-track machines, since they have a dedicated timecode channel as well. 9 tracks for the price of 8! Bargain!

    Also, you can buy them in pairs so you can lock them together and have the equivalent of a 4" 16-track machine. But they didn't want to say how much it cost.

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    An experienced shopper could easily haggle it down to $10,000.

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    The legendary Studer J37s used at Abbey Road were 1" 4 tracks so that kinda track real estate isn't unprecedented. I read that the Beatles tapes on that format have remarkably low tape hiss (they used CCIR/IEC eq curves too--so that may have helped).

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