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Tascam 38

1/2 inch Tape 8-Track Recorder / Reproducer

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Tascam 38


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

Weight: 27kg



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Reviewed Aug 08th, 2018 by

This machine is a monster. Great sound and tough.
Time for some much needed maintenance though.
Thank you for the product info!

Reviewed Jul 01st, 2015 by

Take all of the unnecessary input/output panel controls and the headphone jack off of the Teac 80-8 and you've got the Tascam 38. Straight forward, easy to use. Just plug into a Teac M3, M5 or Tascam M35 and your all set. Great Product!!!!!

Reviewed Apr 04th, 2014 by

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  brà»ler sous peine de le rendre hs .
C'est du lourd . je recommande .



re: 38

Thank you! Time to summon up the courage to take the old girl apart.

re: 38

arigatougozaimasu!!!!!! tascaaam

Gerard Halloy's picture

re: 38

Well, after searching left, right, above and below, someone guided me to this site. Very well managed and tons of info. My Tascam 38 expelled a puff of smoke and blew two fuses after slowing down quite abit, 3rd and 4rth fuses from the left. I suspect is it the power supply but this schematic will tell it all. Starting to dig. Thanks.

re: 38

Hi Gerard, I experienced a similar issue today after reassembling my 38 and accidentally plugging the OSC PCB 108 board in upside down, powering it on, and pressing "Function" buttons. The puff of smoke appears to have come from around the area of that board and the lower channel cards. It immediately blew fuses F502, F503, and F504.

I figured out what I had done, put new fuses in and seated PCB 108 in correctly. Now I get no signs of playback on my VU meters. The transport runs without issue though.

Now when I press any of the "Function" lights, they get dimmer the more I press.

I don't see any obvious issues on the channel cards, or the main board that they all plug into. Any ideas?

What what the solution on your end?

Treelady's picture

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


Excellent support, I have no words to thank you.


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

Kind regards


Tascam 38 Schematic

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

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