Hi, It was a bit of an impulse purchase cos it looked like such a bargain - I just bought an Otari MX5050 tape unit (1/4" i think), which came with 2 x Dolby A units, an Adams-Smith Zeta Three sync unit and an ASC timecode unit on the meterbridge. It was £300, so I figured what the hell. Its been used in a format conversion capacity, well maintained and modded so it can run at double-speed (the guy told me half but I can't see the point of that). 70ips?? god knows. I have got NO experience with tape, I've read a bit and understand the basics of timecode. My master clock will be an RME fireface 800 hopefully. I just wondered if anybody had any startup advice. I bought it primarily to learn a bit about operating and maintaining tape before I shelled out £1000s to go 12 or 24-track, and to try and improve my guitar sounds which even with an Eggle, Cornford, 57, Seb, STT, RME compressor signal chain, frankly suck. I could probably use it with the STT (which I use for almost all single-channel tracking) for single or stereo tracking on more than just guitars, but obviously i can't really record 6 tracks of drums and the overheads 2-track onto this simultaneously....or can I?? The sync made me think I could sync with my DAW ok. I am just looking for some advice as I embark on mastering this bit of kit. Don't bother with this machine at all? Don't use the Dolby? Yes you can sync perfectly, and take 2 track masters back out onto it, and you should? Learn to splice? Don't bother? Use it for vocals? Compress and EQ pretape because you'll get more of the "good stuff"? Things to consider when syncing with a DAW?......any pointers you can offer would be greatly appreciated at this stage? So we know, my setup is (core pieces) this - STT-1, TMP8, Seb vmp4000e, feeding Fireface, Joemeek VC1QS, and mics include M930, 421, K2, 57, d1, d2, i5, c4, 414EB, a bundle of other stuff, but thats the core, runs into Cubase 2 SL for which I have some Waves Renaissance and some free plugins. All runs on a G5. All help, pointers and mudslinging greatly appreciated!