Yes. With *any* tape synchronization setup, one tape track is “striped” (recorded) with timecode.
You know, a lot of people who have a hybrid setup with analog and digital recorders avoid the complication of synchronization by recording to the tape machine first, and then transferring those tracks all at once to their DAW. That way there’s no need for a synchronizer.
Just remember that if you’re going to add a tape machine to your setup, there are other expenses for maintenance, upkeep and alignment that go along with it. And the cost of tape. Or if you don’t plan on doing the maintenance, alignment and upkeep yourself, be prepared to find a good tech to do it for you, and that’s not cheap either. The TSR-8 is a good quality machine; good sound. Good transport. It’s only negative in my opinion is it is a two-head machine. So there’s no real-time playback monitoring, and electronic setup and alignment is more of a hassle. But consider the cost of the alignment tape, audio spectrum voltmeter, some kind of tone generator, demag tool, and then the tape itself for recording. Depending on how much tape you want to buy, that could be $700-800USD on top of the cost of the tape machine to get started, unless some of that is included with the machine.
A multitrack open reel tape machine is a significant commitment.
Hello, thank you for the tips. The third head for monitoring should be desirable, but since it they have delay as you pointed, seems useful for tweaking the sound input adjust, but not for directly recording out that monitoring haead output. So the idea of using it for "traking" as a hardware plugin, directly to digital is no practical on any other 3 head machines either, unless all time editing/moving the track.
The guy who is selling it, adds two tapes with the machine. Still don´t know the length of the tapes, but I think should be enough for starting.
Regarding the maitenance, he said it was "recaped" last august, not sure what it mean. Google say about changing capacitors ( I think he must be saying "relap"). I´ll ask him about alignment. Can you tell me how much often must be tested, or calibrated? .
Ok, that a multitrack open reel machine is a significant commitment, but what should be the alternatives?
Regarding the maitenance, long term use probably should worth to get the equipment to to myself. I know electronics so it should be no imposible to me, just I should need knowledge about how to do it, and specially on this machine.
Anyway, I´m open to suggestions as alternatives to this TSR-8 machine.
What I have found till now, are quarter stereo older machines, with same maitenance needings, and just 2 tracks. Maybe I´m missing other models I should consider..?
Thank you very much.