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    What's The First Equipment You Recorded With?

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    Mine was a 1/8" portable reel-to-reel tape recorder, back in about 1969, a gift from my dad, who had divorced my mom and now lived across the country. It was meant to be used for correspondence, and I think we exchanged a few tapes for a while.

    It had a seperate compartment inside that held the batteries, mic and packet of silica gel. I was absolutely convinced that it was the silica gel which was critical to the recording process, and always replaced it exactly as I'd had found it.

    The mic looked like a VW symbol....I always thought I'd buy a VW to match. I used to record an interview show called "Nuttinski" with anyone who would put up with me - an amazing number of people did!

    I do think that it was instrumental in my performing career, and in voiceover in particular.

    What was your first recording experience?

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    A TEAC 3340S at the Ontario College Of Art in 1976. It was brand new and it rocked. We did some pretty weird stuff.
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    The first tape recorder our family had was a battery powered open reel recorder that used those cute, little 3" reels. It was of course a mono unit and had a box shaped microphone that had an integrated pause switch built into the side of the mic and was a full mechanical transport system that all ran on one motor via a series of different cog wheeles...I know the insides well because I was curious as a kid and took it apart to see what made it tick and killed it by not knowing how to put it back together again. But, perhaps I am going back too far?

    As far as recorders that belonged completely to me and ones that I used for recording our band's music, the first would be a Tandberg TD300 with a pair of matched Phillips cardioid, handheld mics that were plugged directly into the cassette deck and set up a few feet apart in our practice space and used to capture us playing live during our practices. The results were far from stellar and in truth sounded absolutely retched but that could be attributed to the rotten mic placement, unbalanced pick up of whatever was closer to the microphones coupled with out obvious lack of any musical talent in those ugly but fun, early days of learning to play and play together!

    A haze of equipment came and went after that and some before it as well but the list would be as long as my arm and off topic for this thread so....

    Cheers!

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    Not counting video tape recorders in my early TV days my first experience recording my music was with two identical Akai cassette decks of which I forget the model numbers. I used those bouncing back and forth with a Radio Shack mixer. After that a TEAC 144 portastudio and onward and upward from there.

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    First experiences were as a kid mucking around with either a Ferrograph 2A 2 track mono recorder or an Akai GXC-46D cassette deck - was too young to remember which. Recorded Church services etc on an Akai 4000DB (found one of them recently - sounds surprisingly good 22 years later on my GX265D) and later the GXC-46D.

    Did radio stuff on a Revox A77 at a youth group short term station, then a B77 then a Tascam 32 at a community station (plus BE cart machines, then a Digicart/II) and BR-20 at Radio Rhema when they still had a studio here. (before they had the BR-20 I mucked around with an ancient, valve full track mono 1/4 Rola recorder, ex-NZBC).

    As for 'real' recording, a Tascam MSR-16 at Radio One in Dunedin (Otago University student radio). Studio time was cheap from 5pm - 7am so we pulled a number of allnighters - great times.

    Then 11 years of being a Chartered Accountant and then IT Consultant and then re-discovering an enthusiasim for (if not time for) this stuff .

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    The first thing I recorded with was my dads Tandberg and Uher tape recorders. One of the Tandbergs was 4 channels, but only in stereo. You could do some fun backwards stuff with that one.

    The first thing I recorded MUSIC with was various stereo casette players, one on which we disabled the erase-head. Then it was 4-track portas (don't remember which).
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    I first tryed to record my band using my dad's JVC hifi cassette deck, using a cheap radio shack omni. Then got my 414mk2 and then later a Hoontech CPort for my computer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beck
    Not counting video tape recorders in my early TV days....
    Remember the sony Port-A-Packs? With all the gear, they must have weighed 70 lbs.! I used to tromp around Toronto like a guerilla video wannabe in the mid 70's. Great fun but exhausting.
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    Arrow In the earliest days,...

    (late 60's),... it was my brother's little portable 3" reel-to-reel,... the likes of "Crown" or "Craig", or something. It was before the days of Japanese domination of "Sony" and "Panasonic".

    (early 70's),... it was a little portable voice-grade mono cassette recorder.

    (late 70's),... I'd graduated to using two bonified stereo cassette recorders, bouncing tape-to-tape to layer my "track" compositions. One cassette was built into an "all-in-one" console, and it had a handy "MONO" switch, by which I summed my stereo tapes down to mono before bouncing,... a very crude "mixing" technique.

    (1982),... The Tascam 244 Portastudio. Still have it. Used it two weeks ago to track some new stuff. I'll never get rid of it. You never forget your "first"!!! My first full fledged multitrack! Man,... AWESOME!!!

    (1983),... The Tascam 38 & M30 mixer! WOW, I just stepped up to the BIG LEAGUES!!! 1/2" tape & 8-tracks!!!

    FFW... ~15 years,...

    (1997),... The Tascam 424mkII Portastudio. I saw this unit as a way to expand my capabilities on cassette-4-trackin',... with it's NORMAL SPEED and DBX DEFEAT capablilities. It enabled me to overdub onto previously recorded "Normal" cassette tapes that I had lying around from sessions. Plus, my 244 had been on steady duty as a PA mixer for quite a while, and I needed a 4-tracker that was accessible, without unhooking & repatching the world.

    (2000 & beyond),... I got EVERYTHING with the TASCAM label, in the ANALOG category, that I could POSSIBLY AFFORD!!!

    (the rest is history)!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beck
    Not counting video tape recorders in my early TV days my first experience recording my music was with two identical Akai cassette decks of which I forget the model numbers. I used those bouncing back and forth with a Radio Shack mixer. After that a TEAC 144 portastudio and onward and upward from there.
    Hey, I used to do the same thing with some cheap cassette decks and a super cheap Radio Shack mixer. I then graduated to the TASCAM PortaOne.
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