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    If my Tascam portastudio doesn't have dbx noise reduction built-in?

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    What options do I have? Can I get a separate dbx module and run it through my recording chain? Or would I be better off just getting a portastudio model that has it built-in? Thanks in advance for any advice.

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    I thought all the Tascam portastudios had dbx. Which models are you referring to that don't?
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    Quote Originally Posted by RRuskin View Post
    I thought all the Tascam portastudios had dbx. Which models are you referring to that don't?
    The only one I can think of is the MF-P01. It's a base line 4 track cassette with only 1 input, no eq, no dbx, fly wheels for track input volume and one master fader. I own one, but I don't use it anymore because I am too limited by it.
    Instead of a Do Not Disturb Sign, I need one that says "Already Disturbed. Proceed With Caution".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rokket View Post
    The only one I can think of is the MF-P01. It's a base line 4 track cassette with only 1 input, no eq, no dbx, fly wheels for track input volume and one master fader. I own one, but I don't use it anymore because I am too limited by it.
    Not at all familiar with this unit. Does it have discreet outs for each tape channel? Without them you won't be able to decode your dbx (or other nr) encoded tracks.
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    Mellotron,

    You would want to make sure that whatever noise reduction unit you purchased in dbx flavor would be the Type II variety, not Type I. Something like the dbx 224 or 140 models fit the bill.

    But +1 for the question about what model Portastudio do you have??

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    I have the Ministudio Porta02 (mkII). I'm not sure if the absence of noise reduction is a bad thing? I think this is a newer model, released in 1998, so I don't know if the signal to noise ratio was improved by then? Or am I totally wrong with this?

    Should've mentioned this earlier. Hope this makes it more clear =)
    Last edited by mellotron; 08-31-2008 at 13:21.

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    Arrow ...

    You might consider upgrading to a 414mkII or 424mkIII. Adding external NR to a Porta 02mkII doesn't seem practical. The 02mkII was a scratchpad recorder with single speed and no NR. The 424mkIII would sound noticeably better.
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    Good call, Dave. He'd know.

    Th 414 mkII is a really cool unit too, and you can find those on eBay CHEAP. Really feature-packed relative to the Porta 02, and similar footprint.

    More practical and maybe even a cheaper optioin if you sell the Porta 02 than picking up external n/r.

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    Arrow Yeah, ditto that.

    414mkII's go cheap a lot. It's a pretty consistent sleeper deal & a good midline recorder. 424mkIII's best in that line and is also worth the bump in cost. 424mkIII's can be a sleeper deal too, maybe about half the time. YMMV
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    Quote Originally Posted by RRuskin View Post
    Not at all familiar with this unit. Does it have discreet outs for each tape channel? Without them you won't be able to decode your dbx (or other nr) encoded tracks.
    No it doesn't. It's basically only an idea platform. You only get the four tracks, no bouncing, no stereo tracks.
    Instead of a Do Not Disturb Sign, I need one that says "Already Disturbed. Proceed With Caution".

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