Vintage Tascam (TEAC) 244 4-Track Recorder
The TASCAM Portastudio was the world's first four-track recorder based on a standard compact audio cassette tape. The term portastudio is exclusive to TASCAM, though it is generally used to describe all self-contained cassette-based multitrack recorders dedicated to music production. The Portastudio, and particularly its first iteration, the Teac 144, is credited with launching the home-recording wave, which allowed musicians to cheaply record and produce music at home, and is cited as one of the most significant innovations in music production technology.
The Teac 144 Portastudio made its debut in 1979, at the annual meeting of the Audio Engineering Society. It was followed by several other models by TASCAM,and eventually by several other manufacturers.
For the first time it enabled musicians to affordably record several instrumental and vocal parts on different tracks of the built-in four-track cassette recorder individually and later blend all the parts together, while transferring them to another standard, two-channel stereo tape deck (remix and mixdown) to form a stereo recording.
The Tascam Portastudio 244, introduced in 1982, improved upon the previous design with overall better sound quality and more features, including: dbx noise reduction, dual/concentric sweepable EQ's, and the ability to record on up to 4 tracks simultaneously.
These are an iconic piece of studio gear and are highly sought after (especially in freshly serviced condition like this one!).
Runs off 100v Japanese power (easily stepped-down). Service notes from the tech:
-new capstan belt
-new drive belt
-new Vu meter globes
-new pinch roller
-tear down of transport cleaning everything and reapplying grease and lubricant
-cleaned all internals
-cleaned and demagnetise tape heads
-cleaned all pots and faders so there’s no dead spots or scratchy/noisy pots
-checked and calibrated where needed recording level, bias, VU meters ect.
-cleaned out all shuttle switches and reinstalled
-cleaned all knobs and outer case
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