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Tascam ATR-60 8 track - Good price? And help to understand (missing manuals)

Hi folks,

this is my first thread here after soooo much reading of this supercool forum! I hope that the thread will be helpful for other people too.

I want to buy my first multitrack - accually on 70% I bought it - I made a deal with a seller and I have one week for change my mind. It is Tascam ATR 60 8 tape recorder with: (see attached pics)

- 1x Tascam ES-50 Synchronizer
- 1x Tascam DX-80S dbx / Professional Noise Reduction

New singer trying to understand the process

Hey everyone. I am new to this forum. I have just been in a pro recording studio for the second time and my tracks have come back obviously compressed and sounding dull sound wise and fairly quiet... Do you know what I have to be saying back to the studio to get a louder, crisper sound? I know I am capable of a good, strong, crystal clear vocal so I am wondering why I sound crushed and dull. What have they done?

Understanding Zobel Network

Boswell
Hi Bos.. ;)
I was wondering if perhaps you could help me to more easily understand what a "Zobel Network" is.
I've noticed this term mentioned in reading more about the ISA One mic preamp; and I've honestly tried to learn about this by reading various articles on line, and, well, I'm not getting it.
I'm a bit embarrassed to admit that what I've read thus far is over my head... Yea, I know, I should be able to grasp the info, but I'm just not understanding what I'm reading.

Understanding and optimizing Ashly xover help?

Hey guys, I just purchased an Ashly XR 1001 unit with the intention of using it in a 3-way mono old school setup trying to get back the sound I had back in the 80s. I have used analog xovers in the past but to be quite honest, I would simply set everything to where it sounded good to me and that was that but now I would like to understand the basics if you guys can help me with this please?

The Mathematics of Sound: Scientific Comprehension or Conceptual Understanding

In my quest to understand more about recording I bought a textbook. This methodology has worked well for me in many situations. I picked up the 3rd Edition "Handbook of Recording Engineering" by Eargle. Chapter one has in a certain sense left me in the dust. I understand the material presented in a conceptual way. At the same time, if someone asked me to calculate the T60 of Room A with surfaces X. Y and Z for frequency F, I'd pass out.

Microphones: Basic Understanding Of The Different TYpes

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I wrote a tutorial on the basics of microphones that covers quite a bit on the different categories, what they are and what they are generally used for. There is also a section on polarity patterns, powering options and other related things. Hopefully it can help some people that may have questions regarding mics, their uses and what type to choose in any given application.

Trying to understand Behringer MX2004A Mixer

I am really puzzled as to how to use this mixer and I'm hoping for some help. Here is a link to the specs with a picture of it http://www.Behringer.com/assets/MX2004A_P0030_S_EN.pdf

Our fundamental set up for our 3 piece band (guitar, bass, drums) is as follows:
Bass Amp miCD into Mic 1 on the mixer
Guitar Amp miCD into Mic 2
Bass Drum into Mic 4
Snare Drum into Mic 5
Tom toms and Ride into Mic6 & 7

What I don't understand about the K-system

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I've read a lot on the web about the K-system of monitoring, metering and mixing/mastering. The K-system basically attempts to ensure that a finished song has at least 12dB of RMS headroom, right? So that the song sounds dynamic and lively, as opposed to squished, loud and generally Mastered for !tunes. Also, the monitoring systems ensure that the engineers who work on the song have a lot of headroom to work in, so that a mix is dynamically varied and rich.
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