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    Demagnetizer options for several machines

    Ok great, is it hard to get into tape doors? Just thinking of how if angle it on my 246
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    Demagnetizer options for several machines

    I'm looking for a demagnetizer for my Tascam 388, but will also want to use it on my Tascam 246 4 track, Roland Space Echo & various cassette players. Is a Han-D-Mag overkill for the cassette stuff? Would a Teac E1 work or is the E3 the safest bet for an all round demag due to its shape & size?
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    tascam 388 simple problem fix?

    Yeah I read that thread when I first did this on my 388. R212 just affects the right tension roller from memory. You got a copy of the manual?
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    tascam 388 simple problem fix?

    I think it could be a tension roller adjustment. I think it’s R112 and R212 under the top panel. And you adjust them with a tiny screwdriver. Here’s a cut n paste from A Tape Op thread; Step 1: First, power on your 388. Take off top cover of 388, behind the VU meters and above the in's and...
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    Recapping Monitor PCB in a Tascam 388

    Great thank you. Trying to get the parts through a more reputable local supplier but good to know those will work.
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    Recapping Monitor PCB in a Tascam 388

    Thanks for the rundown. Still not too sure on how to discern the differences, but slowly learning. Would this part work? Seems to be the same https://www.jaycar.com.au/4011-quad-2-in-nand-gate-cmos-ic/p/ZC4011?pos=1&queryId=6d395ff18159130d634f74bf1c074f2a&sort=relevance Just those Mouser...
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    Recapping Monitor PCB in a Tascam 388

    I’ve been looking at this one but there’s so many options I’m happy for any recommendations from real world use https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/ZD-915-Pro-Digital-Desoldering-Station-Vacuum-Gun-Sucker-Rework-Station-LCD/324146944561?
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    Recapping Monitor PCB in a Tascam 388

    Thanks for the replies & guidance, I appreciate it. I'm learning as I go with maintaining this stuff as there's no techs in Tasmania and I figure I should learn how to upkeep this stuff. Well, just off recommendations really, and because I have a spare machine I thought 'why not learn...' as...
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    Recapping Monitor PCB in a Tascam 388

    So the link on tapeop to Sweetbeats recap thread is dead and I’m looking to recap the audio cards and monitor pcb of my 388 I’ve got a mouser list for the audio cards but wondering how to figure out what needs to be replaced on the Monitor PCB. ive never recapped anything before so I’m keen to...
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    Are PreAmps a marketing myth?

    It’s all just a way to take up time. A good preamp is reliable, loads of headroom and quiet. That’s it. Sure some might sound better than others but most ‘decent’ ones will result in the same thing once all the other variables are in Place. So yeah, if you’re not running a pro studio, there’s...
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    Tascam 388 - Hi Pitch sound from headphones / stereo out,

    In more good news, there was an issue where the left channel was outputting hotter than the right. That’s fixed too, so must be isolated to the Monitor PCB
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    Tascam 388 - Hi Pitch sound from headphones / stereo out,

    Ok, popped it all back in. Swapped the Monitor PCB with the other machines, cleaned up some spots on the back with Isopropyl & Carefully dexoxit-ed (wrapped them in cloth when I sprayed to clean up any excess) all the snap on connectors and the inputs for the bus pcb and whatever else I could...
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    Tascam 388 - Hi Pitch sound from headphones / stereo out,

    thanks! I’ll swap the cards today and report back. re: Cap: Here are pics of what I mean. Like the Cap is surrounded by clear plastic. It’s the only one on both of my machines. Never had trouble with this card though and it’s not bulging but wanted to pull it out to have a look. Is this a...
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    Tascam 388 - Hi Pitch sound from headphones / stereo out,

    Ok I’m adding more for reference. Got both the cards out and cleaning up the ‘good’ one (AU machine). Interesting that the Australian one seems like an older revision. It also has these white jumpers on the underside of the board. Any clues to what they’re for? The US one is definitely brighter...
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    Tascam 388 - Hi Pitch sound from headphones / stereo out,

    @sweetbeats this is the card, right? Might test all the bus pcb solder joints while i'm in there too
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    Tascam 388 - Hi Pitch sound from headphones / stereo out,

    Ok, so i've been spending a bit of time with the machine trying to figure out some hum issues, trying to figure out if it's the machine or cables and the hi pitch sound went away for a day. It's now back, but only comes on after operating for a bit. I'll give details on what's happening...
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    FMR-REAL NICE COMPRESSOR CONNECTIONS

    Does the 424 do the same track as the 246, which takes an insert plug for fx inserts? So a single trs type plug split into two ts plugs
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    Recording Through a Tape Machine

    I’m currently working on a project where I’m sub mixing songs recorded into Logic Pro down to my 388 then mixing down to a stereo file back into logic. Definitely adds a tonne of vibe but I prefer the workflow of recording to tape first. Just a preface as I’ve been thinking a lot about this...
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    Tascam 388 - Hi Pitch sound from headphones / stereo out,

    Sorry, meaning the monitor card. I've read before of people having issues with the 388 mixing down unevenly, favoring the left or right more. I've never worried about it as I can just pan it flat when mastering, but wondered if the monitor card would affect the balance of the output in both...
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    Tascam 388 - Hi Pitch sound from headphones / stereo out,

    Wont get a chance to do this till the weekend, but was wondering could this also be the cause of my left channel recording out at about 6db higher than the right on the stereo & monitor outs?
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