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Tascam 38 8-track recorder


Back in the late 1990s, I was working in a community radio station in Australia. I was using this Tascam 38 (Photo courtesy of Vintageaudio.cz) as a recorder for the promos going to air. Sometimes, I used to produce advertisements on this recorder and it always gave clean, pristine sound, like all Tascam products do. I managed to get the specifications from this page:

  • Tape size: 1/2 inch, 1.5 mil, low noise high output tape.
  • Track format: 8-track, 8 channel,trackwidth 0.0039 inch (1mm)Reel Size: 10-1/2 Nab Hub adapators.
  • Tape speed: 15 + Pitch control variable 12 % + or -.
  • Speed accuracy: + -0.8 % devitation.
  • Fast Wind Time: 100 seconds for 10-1/2 reel 2400 feet.
  • Start time: Less than 0.8 sec to reach standard wow and flutter.
  • Reel motors: Slotless DC motors.
  • Head configuration: 3 heads: erase , record,/reproduce x 2.
  • Line Input Impedance: 50 k ohms, unbalanced.
  • Maximum source impedance: 2.5 k ohms.
  • Nominal Input level:-10dBV (0,3V)
  • Maximum Input level: + 18dBV (8.0V)
  • Line Output Impedance; 1 k ohms, unbalanced.
  • Minimum load impedance; 10k ohms.
  • Nominal load impedance: 50 k ohms.
  • Nominal output level: -10 dBV (o.3 volt)
  • Maximum output level:+18 dBV (8.0 volt)
  • Bias frequency: 150 kHz.
  • Record level calibration: 0 VU reference: 250 nWb/m tape flux level.
  • Frequency response: Record/Reproduce: 40Hz-20 kHz,+-3dB at 0 VU.
  • 40 Hz-20kHz, 3+-dB at -10 VU.
  • Signal to noise ratio: at a reference of 1 kHz,at 13dB above 0 VU, 1000 Hz,250 nWb/m.
  • Headroom: recording amplifier-better than 25dB down at 1,000 Hz ,0 VU.
  • Connectors Line Input and Output: RCA jacks.
  • Extra option: Remote control RC -71. (multi-pin jack)
  • Punch in/out remote: RC-30 P. (phonejack)
  • DBX connection: Multi-Pin Jack.

The thing is, if I had it today, getting 1/2″ tape will be a bit difficult but a machine like this would be heavenly for a small studio.

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