1/2 inch Tape 8-Track Recorder / Reproducer
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.
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
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