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    Hi everybody, I'm interested in getting a cassette recorder that operates at high and low speeds and was hoping someone could fill me in on my options. I've heard the 424 mkII does. Any info would be appreciated. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Punch and Bebe View Post
    cassette recorder that operates at high and low speeds
    I've heard the 424 mkII does.
    And a fine job it does!
    Excellent recorder. Especially if you're just cuttin' your teeth on tape tracking.
    I've got a couple of 'em, along with the 238, 414mkII, 464, 488mkII, 644, & 688's. Love 'em all. I get some killer recordings on high speed. I highly recommend the 424mkII.


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    Just curious, are you referring to multi-track or stereo recording? The 122(b) cassette deck has low and high speed recording if you are looking for a stereo mixdown cassette deck. Otherewise, what Vessel stated is the truth. I've got a 424 mkII and love it!
    The interface said to use "Windows XP or higher"...

    ... I used tape...

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    I mean multitrack recording. I have a suitcase full of tapes recorded on a portastudio mostly at standard slow cassette speed, so I'd like to listen to them and separately be able to make new recordings taking advantage of a higher tape speed. Are there any 8 tracks that allow that?

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    The Tascam 488 has varying speeds. But I don't know if something recorded as standard will transfer just by utilizing varispeed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Punch and Bebe View Post
    . Are there any 8 tracks that allow that?
    I'm pretty sure there aren't. Remember the width would be roughly half of the 4 tracks, so I guess the quality would really suffer if they let you run 8 tracks at normal (1 7/8 ips) speed on cassette. I've only ever seen double (3 3/4ips) on the 8 track cassette recorders.

    with the 4 tracks it would be cool to have a list of the ones that gave the options of the two speeds - I'll be in the market one day to archive old tapes also, and I've got some recorded at both speeds. keep in mind also that you'll want to find a deck with the same noise reduction as was used on your old tapes.

    the one model that really disappoints me regarding the 2 speeds is the Tascam Syncasset 234. If it had the two speeds, I'd definitely be after one of these, but as I understand it (and from looking at spec sheets) it only offers 3 3/4ips. now, the similar looking Syncasset 134(B) DID offer both speeds however it uses Dolby B & C noise reduction which renders it useless to me. If I were rich or maladjusted I'd have someone frankenstein one of these to use dbx...

    so... I'd be happy if I missed some model somewhere, but i believe that there does not exist a rack mount style (not portastudio style) 4-track cassette deck that offers both 1 7/8 and 3 3/4 ips AND dbx noise reduction. (any here know of any?) sometimes people believe the Syncasset 234 has two speeds, but from my investigations I've found this not to be true, (unless somehow there were various models, anyone have a 234 that runs both speeds???!!!)

    so the models that have both speeds are mostly portastudio style:
    424, 424 mkii and many others of which someone with more first hand knowledge than I could gather together the names of and make a list, if they felt so inclined......
    "Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric. " - Bertrand Russell

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    Wonderfully helpful. Thanks guys. Our bass player it turns out has a 424 (not sure which version yet) tucked away so I'm going to give it a go with that first.

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    Ha ! What would a band be without a bass player eh ?

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