Although I see the main application of cassette multitracks as tools for self education, they do have another serious uses. They are extremely handy as notebooks for jotting down musical ideas and accompaniments to those ideas, or for working out parts before venturing into a commercial studio. Even top musicians with access to all manner of fancy equipment still use humble cassette multitracks to capture their thoughts. Musicians who base their work on MIDI systems with sequencers will always find tape tracks useful, and with the sequencer synchronised to cassette multitrack there can be up to three tracks available for vocals, guitar or whatever your imagination can devise. The quality available from some cassette multitracks, particularly if they use a high tape speed and Dolby C (or even Dolby S) noise reduction is extraordinarily good. Between selling my eight track a few years ago and taking delivery of a Fostex E16 I recorded a number of simple tracks on a mid-range Fostex Multitracker which are now on CD as part of a production music library and have been used by TV production companies the world over.
These are the uses, in my view, of cassette multitracks, but of course the big question is, for many people, Can I make a hit record with one? Well, if you are a Bruce Springsteen or a Suzanne Vega and can hum a bit and pluck a bit then the chances are that you can (and good old Brucey actually did). But if your work depends on a fuller orchestration then the chances are that the limitations of four track working (or even eight track on some of the bigger Tascam machines) will hinder your progress. Having said that, by the time you have proved me wrong youll have achieved some brilliant multitrack recording experience that will stand you in good stead forever.Come on the FREE COURSE TOUR
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