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Tascam

U135184

Tascam 488 MK2 Portastudio Cassette Recorder

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This used Tascam 488 MK2 Portastudio comes with an attached power cable. No other accessories are included.

Condition
This recorder is in very good condition with minimal wear, has been fully tested, and works great. Please see pictures for details on item condition.

Product Details:
The word "ultimate" means not only the "best of its kind" , but also "the last". TASCAM's 488 MkII Portastudio may well go down in history as both: its performance and design are exemplary, and yet the inexorable price descent of digital recorders could make this the last of a proud line.

For those new to multitrack recording history, it was TASCAM who first came up with the concept of combination mixer/recorders that were both relatively portable and affordable. They were also the first to be innovative enough (or crazy enough, engineering-wise) to put 8 tracks on a cassette tape. Even today, the concept remains a good one; you still can't hook a mixer to a recorder and expect to come anywhere near the convenience or cost of a 488. And the best of the new, shiny digital multitrack recorders can only hope to boast that they're as easy to operate as a 488.

The 488 MkII is an 8-track cassette recorder with an integral 12-input mixer with 3-band EQ (variable midrange) on the 8 main channels, dbx noise reduction, two effects sends, two channel inserts, and two phantom-power-capable XLR mic inputs. It can record up to four tracks at a time on a cassette running at twice normal speed (for best frequency response and reliability, the "normal" 1 7/8 ips speed was omitted). It has manual and auto punch-in, rehearsal mode, one-touch return to zero, and two settable memory locations.

You can read the complete specs, but basically the 488 MkII is an 8-track cassette recorder with an integral 12-input mixer with 3-band EQ (variable midrange) on the 8 main channels, dbx noise reduction, two effects sends, two channel inserts, and two phantom-power-capable XLR mic inputs. It can record up to four tracks at a time on a cassette running at twice normal speed (for best frequency response and reliability, the "normal" 1 7/8 ips speed was omitted). It has manual and auto punch-in, rehearsal mode, one-touch return to zero, and two settable memory locations.

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