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TEAC M5 to Tape?

Discussion in 'Pro Audio Equipment' started by Kurt Foster, Oct 4, 2002.

  1. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    Bill,
    That was an excellent, detailed answer you gave @ "Small Steps" re; Mackies, gain structure and headroom. Thanks for the back up. Sometimes I am a little weary of drowning the inquirer with too much info at one time but you dealt with it in a very succinct manner. It is obvious that you have a handle on the tech side as well as the creative side of things.
    On a shelf out in my garage I have a couple of old TEAC M5 mixers. I was wondering if you think these things are any better than the Mackies for going to tape? They don't have enough features to use as a monitoring desk but for some reason I have always liked the sound of this old Teac stuff, a little noisy but a really good transfer function. Any thoughts? Thanks,...........Fats
     
  2. freendeed

    freendeed Guest

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  3. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    The question was; On a shelf out in my garage I have a couple of old TEAC M5 mixers. I was wondering if anyone thinks these things are any better than the Mackies for going to tape? They don't have enough features to use as a monitoring desk but for some reason I have always liked the sound of this old Teac stuff, a little noisy but a really good transfer function. Any thoughts? I would like to add that the Tascam/ Teac stuff from the 70's and 80's reminds me of MCI equipment in the cosmetics. I also wonder what anyone would have to offer regarding the Yamaha MLA 7 pre amps? That last comment was obviously meant for audiokids "How did they do that?" thread. Must have gotten posted here by mistake...Fats
     
  4. realdynamix

    realdynamix Well-Known Member

    Sorry for my being away from all, but things are calming down some.. sheeesh! what a rough summer. Cedar, I have used the M5 boards professionally,,I am assuming they are the Model 5, this is a true 4 track recording board. The cue features, and tape returns integrate well, and can be expanded, tieing all the cues, solo's etc. together. Drawbacks are, line inputs are -10, which can corrected with an EB Tech level shifter. Outputs (direct also) are -10, unless you want to use the -2db switch at the rear, which still is short of pro gear, but EB tech will correct that also. Make sure the voltage from the power supply slot is set to spec. Now, for good sound, it is a balancing act between the trims, faders and output bus. Start with a level that allows the input over to lite occassionally, then adjust the fader for a normal reading on the bus meter, which it's fader should be near the shaded gray area.
    Depending on the program content, drums, vs. vocal vs. acoustic guitar, the trim is the main player. I found the pre's to be smooth, a bit noisey, but definately usefull. The mackies are clean, but a bit too hard sounding for my taste...I use A&H presently. Produced ton's of good stuff using this board, and the M35 you can see them in various studio's on my homepage.
    Hope this helps some,
    --Rick
     

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