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    Question about 2 inch 24 tracks machines...

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    so when did this format come out and who was the first to do it?

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    The format came out around 1970 and I think all the biggies of the day had their own versions. Ampex was probably first by a hair in that they were the biggest tape supplier to the industry and were machine manufactures as well so odds are that if they had plans to slit 2" tape, they had a machine that could record on it too.

    MCI, EMI, Ampex, Studer, Scully, & 3M were all early adopters of the format. Otari didn't offer a competitive model until the early 80's and TASCAM was the last one to make an initial model in the late 80's.

    Interestingly though, 16 channel two inch machines came first before their 24 track cousins and for a very short time, 3M produced a 3 inch, 32 track machine but ran into too many mechanical problems as the reel motors, guides and heads were stressed to a far greater degree then they originally imagined and the format died a quick death.

    Studer is the last remaining manufacturer to produce and sell 24 track, 2 inch machines and they are called the A827. Otari recently stopped production and has removed it from their product offering on their web-site.

    I have an article called "50 years of magnetic recording" in one of my old Mix magazines and can dig it out when I have time to give more exacting dates and names. All the above writing is strictly from memory so don't flame me if I screwed up a date or two!

    Cheers!

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    I scoured through my back issues of Mix and found the article!

    Unfortunately it document who did what first.

    It was more or less a photo essay showing some of the earliest machines dating back to 1935 from a German company called AEG and showed quite a few pictures of the post war Ampex machines and the one that Les Paul had custom built which was a one inch, eight track machine.

    The essay also showed a few models from 3M from the mid to late sixties of a couple of one inch, eight tracks and a single picture of a two inch, sixteen track machine that had a proprietary noise reduction system that was said to offer better results then Ray Dolby's earliest attempts at Dolby A.

    It also talked about Sony's recent leap into the forefront of the recording market with their purchase of MCI.

    All this from a 1985 six page article from Mix Magazine's October edition.

    Cheers!

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    Originally posted by The Ghost of FM


    Studer is the last remaining manufacturer to produce and sell 24 track, 2 inch machines and they are called the A827. Otari recently stopped production and has removed it from their product offering on their web-site.

    There is hope...

    The A827 is still being produced, the latest model is called the A827 Gold Edition http://www.studer.ch/products13.htm

    Nearly brings a tear to my eyes Its so beautiful!


    SoMm

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    Just 22.500 on eBay! Just 6 hours left. Hurry, hurry!

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...category=15199
    Random Pavarotti Disease Victim.

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    Originally posted by regebro
    Just 22.500 on eBay! Just 6 hours left. Hurry, hurry!

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...category=15199
    If buddy is willing to sell me the machine for a dollar down and a dollar per month, I'll gladly buy it from him!

    Waddia think my odds are

    Oh well.

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    Re: I visited a studio, where the guy had a Studer A80mkIV,... whew!

    Originally posted by A Reel Person
    It was much bigger than the A827, with all the electronics integrated into the VU section, all modular r/r amps, up on the VU panel. It was low use and mint.

    He offered it to me at a nice $8K, delivered!

    see:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...category=15199
    Well, let's see... as he rubs his chin, If I sell my current stuff, my car, my....soul....

    I'll still be short!

    Oh well.

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    I visited a studio, where the guy had a Studer A80mkIV,... whew!

    It was much bigger than the A827, with all the electronics integrated into the VU section, all modular r/r amps, up on the VU panel. It was low use and mint.

    He offered it to me at a nice $8K, delivered!

    see:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...category=15199
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    My studio is suspended in mid-air....believe it or not! and, I think if I put that machine up there, it would go right through the freakin' floor and fall 35 feet straight down.

    Unless I set-up the studio in the basement....then maybe....

    Ahhh! forget it. I am happy with my MS-16

    Thanks for the wet dream though anyway, ARP

    Cheers!

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    Arrow It's a pretty impressive machine to stand right next to.

    It easily stands over 6 feet tall. All the electronics adjustment points are just layed out for'ya, on each VU module. It's pretty awesome. Huge.

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