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Otari MTR 90 + Dolby XP/SR SET UP

I am in Pueblo Colorado visiting my sons.
I live in southern Oregon. I have a home studio that has expended over the years. With over 70 albums under my belt I have recently decided to move from the digital domain back to analog. I took delivery on an Otari MTR 90 II last week and will drive through Palm Springs on my way home next week to pick up my Dolby XP/ SR24 noise reduction units. The machines need set up and alignment.

QUESTIONS:

Otari MTR-10 voltages

I recently acquired an Otari MTR-10 tape machine on Ebay. While it was promised in pristine condition, I am finding a lot of issues. One thing I ran into is that the power supply voltages labeled + and - 26 volts on the schematics (and also on the front panel indicator lamp) are actually coming out at + and - 22.5 volts. I removed the power supply and checked it fairly thoroughly, and it seems to be working fine. In fact, when I look at the regulator circuit, based on a 15 volt zener diode and a resistor divider network, I estimate that it is designed for 22.5 volts.

2-track reel-to-reel recorders. Teac, Tascam, Otari...

i keep seeing these for sale for under $300 all over the place, and I am wondering if anyone has ever used these for music/rock recording? it is almost tempting to pick one up to track some vocals or snare/kicks on them. but it is a waste of time? or are these valuable elements in a studio? i know the whole debacle on tape companies is uncertain as well...but I'm tempted...
on my bands new album, we recorded all the drums to tape, then did all the overdubs on my PT system. so far, sounds great...

Soundcraft fx 8 or fx 16 for my Otari 8 track reel to reel?

Hi all, I have finally narrowed down the tpe of mixer that I want to purchase. THe only problem I have now is deciding whether I need to 8 channel Soundcraft fx 8 or the Soundcraft 16 channel fx 16 for my 8 track Otari reel to reel. I am mainly concerned with the ability or inability to record and monitor on the 8 channel board. Can I record on monitor on the fx 8 or do I need the 16 channel mixer to record on the first 8 and monitor on the second 8? Thanks

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