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Tascam to release new type ii cassettes next month
« on: January 08, 2022, 06:19:08 PM »

Reportedly not new old stock but a new formulation. Not a standard run, just limited edition and sales are restricted to US only.







I've never had any type ii cassettes to run in my tascam machines so I'm curious about this. It would be great if they were somewhat regularly available, otherwise I'll stick to my stash of type I.



https://tascam.com/us/product/424/top

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Re: Tascam to release new type ii cassettes next month
« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2022, 06:26:20 PM »
Now, we just needs some recorders.


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Re: Tascam to release new type ii cassettes next month
« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2022, 06:33:27 PM »
If tascam put out a new 4 track cassette recorder and I had the scratch, I'd buy it!

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Re: Tascam to release new type ii cassettes next month
« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2022, 06:58:38 PM »
Aside from the obvious analog/digital argument isn't a DAW easier to deal with?
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Re: Tascam to release new type ii cassettes next month
« Reply #4 on: January 08, 2022, 07:15:13 PM »
I use a DAW too sometimes, and DAWless digital recorders too. All depends on what I feel like doing. Sometimes I think using a DAW adds complication that isn't necessary

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« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2022, 07:49:06 PM »
I must admit I get option anxiety.
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Re: Tascam to release new type ii cassettes next month
« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2022, 10:22:12 PM »
My Tascam Porta 02 from the mid 90s still works great. I love the fuzz you can get from overloading the levels with bass.

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Re: Tascam to release new type ii cassettes next month
« Reply #7 on: January 09, 2022, 02:41:55 AM »
My Tascam Porta 02 from the mid 90s still works great. I love the fuzz you can get from overloading the levels with bass.

Check out the MidFi Electronics Demo Tape Fuzz. It really nails that sound.


Aside from the obvious analog/digital argument isn't a DAW easier to deal with?

Iím with mr. Klippton, DAWs make thing far more complicated and thatís not always good. My favorite stuff Iíve recorded was done on a Fostex eight track that was a digital standalone thing. Iíve never really bothered learning a lot about any DAW so there is just a lot of features that get in the way.

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Re: Tascam to release new type ii cassettes next month
« Reply #8 on: January 09, 2022, 09:30:24 AM »
Iíll throw this example out there. The foo fighters, according to an interview with Grohl, had an album all recorded and done. It sounded good but cold and sterile. They trashed it and re-recorded it on tape. He said it captured the warmth that only tape has.

If you think about it, thatís why weíre building analog and not totally digital. I was at first, but switched for similar reasons.


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Re: Tascam to release new type ii cassettes next month
« Reply #9 on: January 09, 2022, 10:28:50 AM »
I recorded this on my 424 last year as a goof for my friend's birthday.


I couldn't make the embed work for some reason. Not real familiar with SoundCloud yet

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Re: Tascam to release new type ii cassettes next month
« Reply #10 on: January 10, 2022, 07:34:59 PM »
People would be very surprised at the audio quality from cassette decks that were made right before the industry put the kybosh on them. Quality very close to the best CDs but none of that cold sterility of digital. Mr Foo was right!

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« Reply #11 on: January 11, 2022, 06:21:11 AM »
I recorded this on my 424 last year as a goof for my friend's birthday.


I couldn't make the embed work for some reason. Not real familiar with SoundCloud yet

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« Reply #12 on: January 11, 2022, 11:33:29 AM »
Yes it is! I hear hints of Sweet Jane by Velvet Underground as well.

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Re: Tascam to release new type ii cassettes next month
« Reply #13 on: January 11, 2022, 04:55:19 PM »
I'm going to buck the trend and be the only one that doesn't understand the current nostalgia towards cassette tapes, which I consider an extremely flawed format.

I'm all for good analog.  Vinyl, tubes, reel-to-reel, all can sound great.  But cassette tapes?  No thank you.

I logged endless hours on my Tascam 424 and it was loads of fun in high school, but there are so many better options out there now.

Wasn't Grohl's analog switch to reel-to-reel?  That's an entirely different animal.  30IPS R2R is AMAZING.  Impractical for most, but wonderful. 
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« Reply #14 on: January 11, 2022, 05:02:40 PM »
I'm going to buck the trend and be the only one that doesn't understand the current nostalgia towards cassette tapes, which I consider an extremely flawed format.

I'm all for good analog.  Vinyl, tubes, reel-to-reel, all can sound great.  But cassette tapes?  No thank you.

I logged endless hours on my Tascam 424 and it was loads of fun in high school, but there are so many better options out there now.

Wasn't Grohl's analog switch to reel-to-reel?  That's an entirely different animal.  30IPS R2R is AMAZING.  Impractical for most, but wonderful. 
I'm going to buck the trend and be the only one that doesn't understand the current nostalgia towards cassette tapes, which I consider an extremely flawed format.

I'm all for good analog.  Vinyl, tubes, reel-to-reel, all can sound great.  But cassette tapes?  No thank you.

I logged endless hours on my Tascam 424 and it was loads of fun in high school, but there are so many better options out there now.

Wasn't Grohl's analog switch to reel-to-reel?  That's an entirely different animal.  30IPS R2R is AMAZING.  Impractical for most, but wonderful. 

Yeah, I get what youíre saying. I think itís somewhat a nostalgia thing. Cassette, IMO, can sound pretty good. I had a million at one point just cause Iíd get them at yard sales and thrift shops as a way to get cheap music in the pre-internet streaming days. To me itís the perfect medium for a car, or it was at the time. Didnít skip, wouldnít melt (often).

As far as multitracking, I think 4 tracks could sound pretty decent but eight was really pushing it.