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Tascam 38

1/2 inch Tape 8-Track Recorder / Reproducer

Tascam 38

Description

No matter how elaborate a multichannel tape recorder is, it doesn't do the job without help. A lot of equipment is involved, and a lot of talent as well. The recorder becomes the keystone in a system that involves microphones, mixers, loudspeakers, amplifiers and many sophisticated electronic devices. Everything contributes a part to the system of multichannel recording.

Because of what we have learned about multichannel recording systems in the past 10 years, Tascam decided to concentrate on improving functions in the 38 that are strictly the province of the tape recorder and to remove features that we felt were best placed elsewhere in the system.

The cost saved by eliminating features that are usually duplicated by our mixers, such as headphone amps and microphone inputs has been used to improve the overall quality of the recorder. The result, a better and more flexible recorder/reproducer for the system of multi-track recording. This logical growth now reflects the needs of the studio style or, if you will, the professional recordist.

It has long been our contention that professionalism is defined by people and what results they achieve. It's not something that automatically happens when you buy a tape machine with a lot of tracks, or a very high price. It's what you do with the equipment and how well you do it that makes the point.

in designing the 38, we believe we have been guided by the multichannel system as it truly is. We are sure our recorder/reproducer can deliver the performance necessary to achieve solid results.

Specifications

Track system: 8-track, 8-channel, stereo/multi channel system

Heads: 1 x erase, 1 x record/playback, 1 x playback

Motor: 2 x reel, 1 x capstan

Reel size: 10.5 inch reel

Equalization: IEC, CCIR

Tape speeds: 15 ips

Wow and flutter: 0.06% (15 ips)

Frequency response: 40Hz to 20kHz (15 ips)

Signal to Noise Ratio: 62dB

Total harmonic distortion: 0.8%

Input: 300mV (line)

Output: 0.3V (line)

Dimensions: 410 x 444 x 273mm

Weight: 27kg

Downloads

schematics (en) - JasonG74

service manual (en) - JasonG74

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Tascam Reel to Reels

Reviews

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Submitted by Révy jean yves

Superbe modèle, d'utilisation aisé, étalonnage très facile d'accès . Dommage qu'il n'existe pas un classeur de maintenance en français . Surveiller la courroie, et les deux joints caoutchoutés des électros aimants freins et galet presseur . J'ai changé les ressorts aussi, trop mou .Pas de nettoyage du galet presseur à l'alcool à brûler sous peine de le rendre hs .
C'est du lourd . je recommande .

 

Comments

re: 38

Thank you for posting these documents. This is good karma for you. Always help your fellow audio friends!

re: 38

many thanks .. think i can get my tascam 38 running at last

cheers billy

Manuals

Excellent support, I have no words to thank you.
Vasilis.

Manuals

You guys are great! Many thanks for the wonderful service you provide for people like me.

Kind regards

Andrew

Tascam 38 Schematic

The schematics will need to be printed and taped together for use, but usable.

 

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