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I've got a Tascam ATR80/24 one week ago.
I'm still playing with with like with a new toy. .I just would like to knwo if anyone has any suggestion. .has anyone worked with it? major flaws?

The one I got is in perfect condition, and comes with a very complete remote control and autolocator (I don't knwo if it was standard features).

Anyone cares to advise?


P.S. I saw that it seems to be a littl bit more popular here in Europe than in US, and I've been told that only few where sold all around the world (just a dozen in Italy).

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anonymous Thu, 04/12/2001 - 13:54

i have used the ATR-80 and ATR-60 a lot
i think they are great machines

they really surprised me (having the trash can name on them and all)

right now i own an ATR-60 1" 16 track
it is solid and punches in and out very fast
or at least fastest enough to punch a drum kit

i think it sounds pretty good too
it is a little noisy so i use the dBx it comes with

side note:
i use this machine for pre production and demo kicks ass for that
i have been doing all the "for real" stuff on a sony JH-24

however i have done some cool stuff (in my opinnion) on the ATR-80


starky Fri, 05/20/2011 - 15:58

former ATR80 user

I used the ATR80 extensively with my recording truck in the early 90s, mostly with a Dolby SR rig. I chose it in part because it could take 14 inch reels. It was a fabulous machine, and handled tape as well as anything I have used.......With the option for the EIC eq, I can see why it is a bit more popular in Europe. I ended up using the EIC eq myself, because I thought it worked better with SR.

Setup was always easy, comparatively, and punch ins, etc. were also very fluid.

I did do some work at 30ips prior to having my SR rig hooked up, but did not feel that the basic sound was as good, frankly, as at 15ips.....which was, of course, dead silent with the SR rig.

I did use some BASF tape at one point, and felt that I could not achieve as full a sound as with the Ampex which was my standard. I don't know what anyone uses these days, but it should have enough bias juice and eq adjustment to get you where you need to go.

I sold mine in favor of DA88s when they became syncable, largely because it meant that I and the acts I recorded could actually afford enough tape to record several sets of music in a night.

I liked the machine enough that I would readily buy another if one appeared at the right price.

I will gladly answer any questions with info that my feeble old brain can bring up from the memory banks.


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