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Tascam 22-4

Tape Recorder/Reproducer

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Tascam 22-4


The Tascam Series 22-4 recorder/reproducer is a 4-track, 4-channel tape deck designed for professional type recording set-ups, in which mixers, master recorders, microphones, auxiliary signal processors, and other equipment are used in conjunction as a complete recording system.

The 22-4 features a 4-track, 4-channel format to allow recording flexibility and creativity, and via its special SIMUL SYNC function, provides such professional recording capabilities as punch in recording, overdubbing, ping pong recording using a mixer, and the control and monitoring of individual tracks.

Other special features such as selection of 15 ips and 7-1/2 ips with seven inch reels, independent controls for individual track recording and/or monitoring, expanded scale VU meters, manual cueing, three-motor, three-head design, variable pitch control, full remote-control capability, full IC logic control, built-in interface for optional dbx unit, and a memory-stop function provide complete professional-type multi-track recording capability in a cost-effective compact design.


  • Track system: 4-track, 4-channel, multi channel system

    Heads: 1 x record, 1 x play, 1 x erase

    Motor: 2 x reel, 1 x capstan

    Reel size: up to 7 inch reel

    Equalization: NAB

    Tape speeds: 7 12  15 ips

    Wow and flutter: 0.07% (7 12 ips)

    Frequency response: 40Hz to 22kHz (7 12 ips)

    Signal to Noise Ratio: 61dB

    Total harmonic distortion: 1%

    Input: 300mV (line)

    Output: 0.3V (line)

    Dimensions: 416 x 410 x 260mm

    Weight: 18kg

  • Track system: 4-track, 4-channel, multi channel system

    Heads: 1 x record, 1 x play, 1 x erase

    Reel size: up to 7 inch reel

    Tape speeds: 3 34  7 12 ips

    Wow and flutter: 0.09% (7 12 ips)

    Frequency response: 40Hz to 20kHz (7 12 ips)

    Signal to Noise Ratio: 60dB

    Total harmonic distortion: 1.5%

    Input: 300mV (line)

    Output: 0.3V (line)

    Dimensions: 416 x 410 x 260mm

    Weight: 18kg



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Reviewed Aug 16th, 2014 by tutor turtle

Bought this strictly for a playback device with outstanding results. I haven't replaced belts yet (where can you buy them?) I have made a couple of test recordings with very satisfactory results. My only disapointment is i can't play the cheaper 3-3/4 ips tapes which accounts for about half of what's out there for pre-recorded tape.

Reviewed Jun 18th, 2014 by Loctome

Great sounding 4 Track Deck. Built like a Tank. If you get one, just replace the belt and your good to go.



re: 22-4

I just bought a used one on line. Received it last night.
Powered up fine, meters bounced. I put on a reel and pushed
FF. It ran fine for about 5 seconds and pop and then a long
RRRRRRRRRR from inside. Looks like the belts snapped.
It'll probably take me about a month to get it all back up but
I have a feeling I'll like it. The left reel post was also bent.
Looks like that will be replaced as well. I just worry about geting the heads
allined again.

Nice machine

I bought this unit to be used exclusively as a playback device. I was a little disappointed when I discovered no 3 -3/4 ips capabilities, but then I realized this unit is more aimed at a semi-pro recording. I bought some 15ips tapes from a radio station, the sound is outstanding. I wish I could find more.

re: Nice machine

I recently bought one online. In the owners manual it says that it is capable of 3-3/4 ips but that speed doesn't work for me either. Did you find out if there was actually a problem?


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I still use this machine in my studio. But now one relay (stop) keeps clicking. doesn't working properly anymore,... help? Help??

Tascam relay clicking

First I would try cleaning the contacts that operate the relay, also check the wiring to the relay coil, a poor connection somewhere may cause the problem. if the problem is internal to the relay you might need to replace it. Hopefully you can find a spare on EBAY . If there are two identical relays, try swapping them. I suspect something in the coil input wiring.


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