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Portable Recorder / Mics

Hi -

I'm trying to figure out the best option for purchasing a portable recorder and mics. I'm mainly looking to record solo piano right now, but I will probably also use it in other situations down the road, such as jazz combo.

I've been looking at the zoom H5 and H6, as well as the zoom F4 and F6 and the Sound Devices MixPre-3 II. For mics, I'm mainly looking at the zoom capsules, the Audio-Technica AT2022 X/Y Stereo Microphone, and 2 RODE NT5 mics with additional omni capsules. I've also considered the Tascam DR-100mkIII.

Vintage AMPEX 440 4 Track Recorder Problem

I just got a 1967 Ampex 440 4 Track Recorder and it has one problem that I can't figure out. When I press the play button or any other button on the control panel it the does the same thing. The rewind motor goes into rewind mode and the take up reel goes into fast forward mode. So, it is running in rewind and fast forward at the same time. Again, it doesn't matter which button you push it always does this. Anyone have any suggestions on how to fix this?

help! combining tracks from separate recorders of a live performance

I am an amateur with audio recording, and while I think I am good at some thing, here is a stupid question:

I have 2 field recorders (Tascam DR-40) and am recording some classical musicians (piano/violin duo). One of the recorders has a stereo pair of small diaphragm condensers plugged in, and the other has a pair of large diaphragm condensers. For example, the SDC are on the violin and LDC are on the piano.

Tascam MX2424 Copy files/Restore from DVD

I have some sessions that were recorded on the mx2424 many years ago and backed up on Panasonic DVD ram discs 5.2gb LM-DA52. I want to get the tracks off to mix on another platform.

I have tried a few things and am open to whatever works as I haven't been able to locate a system locally that has the DVD drive.
1. I popped a disc out of the cartridge and put it in the DVD drive on my windows machine but it doesn't recognize or read.
2. Bought a DVD cartridge drive and it wouldn't read the discs either (connected to windows machine)

Old cassette based 4 track recorder

Hi all, my first post!

I've recently rediscovered all my old four track recordings from the 80's and 90's (yes, I'm getting on a bit!) and want to listen to them again, however, I do not have the original Tascam Porta 05 four track recorder they were recorded on - does anyone know if I could successfully play these tapes back on any cassette based 4 track recorder, or will they only really respond to being played back on another Tascam Porta 05? (they seem to be a bit rare on the UK ebay site!)

Thanks in advance.