Edge tracks. The performance of the edge tracks on a multitrack tape is not as good as the other tracks because of head wear, poor head to tape contact or damage to the tape. The remedy is simple: dont put anything important on the edge tracks.
The Tascam MSR series recorders are all impressively chunky. They give you a feeling of confidence that your tape will be in good hands, so to speak. Once upon a time Tascam hamstrung themselves, in my opinion, by insisting on incorporating only the dbx noise reduction system in their equipment. Over the years I have found it difficult to be polite to dbx because, although its usually better than no noise reduction at all, it is markedly inferior to any of the Dolby noise reduction systems (apart from the most crude test where the noise level is measured with no signal present). But now Tascam are offering their 24-track pride and joy with Dolby S which puts it electronically on a par with Fostex, and allows Tascams proponents to claim that it might even have the edge.
Lets suppose you are confronted with a Tascam MSR-24S, either in a studio or as a piece of equipment on hire. Even if you know tape recorders, you need to know the precise details of its operation, and the advantages it can offer. Step 1 is to know that the recorder itself must not be mounted on top of the separate power supply. Unfortunately there are two clashing obviouses here - obviously the two units match and should be racked together and obviously the power supply will create a hum field that will be picked up to a certain extent by the heads. The latter is the more important. On the back of the machine, you might be inclined to check the Input Link switches. These can parallel the inputs to tracks 1-8 to 9-16 and 17-23. Unless internally modified, track 24 is left independent for timecode. The next step is to load a fresh reel of one inch tape.Come on the FREE COURSE TOUR
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