(What other sources specifically would you trust over and above their recommendation?)
"...we generally recommend "high bias" chrome tapes. They general sound better than standard "normal bias" tapes. Metal tapes generally do not work as well as chrome tapes in a multitrack environment."
[This message has been edited by drstawl (edited 10-01-1999).]
Thanks for all the info guys. I didn't know that Type II was the industry designation for "chrome." However, I've been to guitar center, Mars, and a couple of pro audio places, and nobody - I mean NOBODY - has the Tascam punch-in pedal. I e-mailed Tascam's site and they sent me a list of local dealers, all of whom I've visited. AAHHH!
Incidentally, the recording quality of the 424MKII goes way up when using high speed - it actually picked up my cat purring close to the mic, OVER my guitar. Wow.
audioforgery...AMS (American Musical Supply) catalog carries the Tascam punch-in footswitch. Their price is $31.95 and SKU# is TAS RC30P. If you don't get their catalog, you can order over the web. Their website is: www.americanmusical.com
Just thought I'd point out that truely technically speaking CrO2 tapes are not metal tapes. CrO2 is an oxide of the metal Chromium and therefore would be technically classified as a salt. Infact all 'metal' tapes (as far as I know) are oxides rather than actual metal.