Tascam 38

Discussion in 'Mixing' started by frosty55, Jan 26, 2014.

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  1. frosty55

    frosty55 Active Member

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    Whats peoples views on the Tascam 38?
    I already have a Teac 80-8 and lately Ive been in touch with someone who wants rid of a 38. Is there much of a difference between the two machines?
     
  2. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

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    perhaps the 80 is slightly better machine. the electronics on it are all discreet while the electronics on a 38 are more integrated electronics.

    neither machine is a really professional machine. the minus 10 ins-an-outs are a tell and while 8 tracks on 1/2" is better than 1/4" its still considered a narrow track format. wow & flutter on these machines is tolerable at best s/n is down a few dB from a real 1" machine and the frequency response is rated a +/- 3 dB while a 1" machine will be rated a - 3 dB at worse. the result is a machine that usually requires noise reduction which DOUBLES freq response errors resulting in freq response errors as much as 12 dB. to boot you can't really saturate the tape with a narrow format machine like you can with a full track machine.

    all that said i have produced recordings i am still proud of on 1/2" 8 and even 1/2" 16 machines.
     

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