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    Hey guys:
    Well the ongoing pursuit of updating my gear continues. The question of concern is this. I've been looking at a couple of the new multitrack machines out there, and some look really cool. More features than you could ask for. Some come complete with a arsenal of effects built in, and some even have rythym machines built in. I'm leaning toward the new hard drive equipped Tascam. Not bad for around $500.00. There's the Boss ones, but hey, they make great effects, but I'm not so sure about their multitrack history. There's Zoom, which looks the most dated in styling, but it's what's inside that counts to me, so the big question what does the majority of the almighty VHL crew suggest to be the best value for the money. I'm looking for a warm sounding machine reproduction wise, so take that into account. (The mixer section is not incredibly important as I am running my old Richmond board into the unit).
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    The only digital 8-track I have ever used is the Fostex MR-8 (http://www.zzounds.com/item--FOSMR8HD). I like it a lot, as did all the folks I worked with. I thought it was simple to use. Very intuitive.

    I used it for almost three years and have recorded several bands from various genres: rock, metal, bluegrass, blues, country, punk, AC, and hip-hop. Of all the folks I recorded, 6 or 7 of them went out and bought an MR-8 afterward.

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    I got some surprisingly warm sounds out of a used Tascam 2488 (24trk) which costs about $500.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Metal Marc View Post
    The only digital 8-track I have ever used is the Fostex MR-8 (http://www.zzounds.com/item--FOSMR8HD). I like it a lot, as did all the folks I worked with. I thought it was simple to use. Very intuitive.

    I used it for almost three years and have recorded several bands from various genres: rock, metal, bluegrass, blues, country, punk, AC, and hip-hop. Of all the folks I recorded, 6 or 7 of them went out and bought an MR-8 afterward.
    Hey Brutha! How ya doin' MM? Thanks for the input. It's funny, I've been looking for Fostex gear but there has'nt been very much as of late, and when I've asked clerks at stores, they really seem to shrug them off now. I've always liked Fostex. I had a set of monitors years ago which I loved, but they got seriously water damaged and took a dump.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocket View Post
    I got some surprisingly warm sounds out of a used Tascam 2488 (24trk) which costs about $500.
    That's why I'm leaning that way. Tascam has a great rep for their sound. 16 tracks for me would be ideal, but I really don't need that many. This is my first venture into real digital recording via a dedicated hard disc machine. Iv'e tried some computed based programs, but I'm not to impressed with them to be honest. Their real high endy sounding to my ear, and when you try to thicken it up, it does'nt sound natural at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SLEEPER5150 View Post
    This is my first venture into real digital recording via a dedicated hard disc machine.
    SLEEP, that's why you should get a Fostex MR-8 (the one with 4 inputs).

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    Quote Originally Posted by SLEEPER5150 View Post
    That's why I'm leaning that way. Tascam has a great rep for their sound. 16 tracks for me would be ideal, but I really don't need that many. This is my first venture into real digital recording via a dedicated hard disc machine. Iv'e tried some computed based programs, but I'm not to impressed with them to be honest. Their real high endy sounding to my ear, and when you try to thicken it up, it does'nt sound natural at all.
    I haven't used the all-in-one units at all--just played around with the Boss version at the music store (very cool what gets packed into a little device nowadays, and for less than what I bought my cassette 4-track for back in the day). I've gone from learning and working on fully analog equipment (honestly, I miss 2-inch 24-track) to ADATs to hard drive recording--and I still use any and all of them depending on the project. It seems to me, though, that you could perhaps accomplish some of the "warm" from the absolute beginning. Do you use tube pre-amps, Sleeper? If so, what units? If not, would budget be a concern for getting some? I have a few high-end units that are of course phenomenal. But for a couple of years I've been able to get ART stuff at dealer cost, and I can't tell you how impressed I am with it all for being mid-grade gear. I recently purchased the ART MPA Gold tube pre, and it's got some serious old school warmth to it, not unlike the ART VLA compressor which I've also been using for a few years. Something to consider...

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrewThomas.net View Post
    I haven't used the all-in-one units at all--just played around with the Boss version at the music store (very cool what gets packed into a little device nowadays, and for less than what I bought my cassette 4-track for back in the day). I've gone from learning and working on fully analog equipment (honestly, I miss 2-inch 24-track) to ADATs to hard drive recording--and I still use any and all of them depending on the project. It seems to me, though, that you could perhaps accomplish some of the "warm" from the absolute beginning. Do you use tube pre-amps, Sleeper? If so, what units? If not, would budget be a concern for getting some? I have a few high-end units that are of course phenomenal. But for a couple of years I've been able to get ART stuff at dealer cost, and I can't tell you how impressed I am with it all for being mid-grade gear. I recently purchased the ART MPA Gold tube pre, and it's got some serious old school warmth to it, not unlike the ART VLA compressor which I've also been using for a few years. Something to consider...
    I'm an old analog guy myself, so this is alllll new to me. My board has tube preamps. It is very warm sounding, but what I've found is alot of the digital stuff just gets real bright upon reproduction. The best sounding software I've found is Nero, but it's limited.
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    Tascam has always been one of the bigger names in recording gear. They usually make good, reliable gear, for a decient $! Fostex is good too. I still use a pair of Fostex 6301B nearfield monitors. The only thing I've ever heard bad about any Tascam gear, was about their Firewire (1394) control surface gear.

    I currently use a Korg D32xd, Sonar 6 Producer edition, 2 Adat xt's, and a bunch of outboard gear. Korg makes some pretty good all-in-one units. Their D16 is a nice little unit for the money. You could probably pick one up off Ebay for a good price! Good Luck with whatever you decide on!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pumpkinhead View Post
    Tascam has always been one of the bigger names in recording gear. They usually make good, reliable gear, for a decient $! Fostex is good too. I still use a pair of Fostex 6301B nearfield monitors. The only thing I've ever heard bad about any Tascam gear, was about their Firewire (1394) control surface gear.

    I currently use a Korg D32xd, Sonar 6 Producer edition, 2 Adat xt's, and a bunch of outboard gear. Korg makes some pretty good all-in-one units. Their D16 is a nice little unit for the money. You could probably pick one up off Ebay for a good price! Good Luck with whatever you decide on!
    Thanks PH! I've been doing some side by side stuff, and I will say the Fostex, and Tascam units are very close in reproduction quality. I think the Boss has some cool features, and the sound is very good too, but I think for the money, Tascam and Fostex are in the lead, in that they have a very signature overall sound about them that they have obviously tried hard to duplicate with these machines. With either of these units 200 to 300 extra bucks will add 16 tracks too. That would be the ideal, as I like to double guitar and keys, as well as record various drums and symbals with different levels and added effect. Ver cool stuff out there, I must say. I will definately have to post some riffs and stuff when I'm up and running to where I'm happy. I got some wicked stuff brewing in my noggin! Shit you can to!
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    Cool! Look foward to hearing it! L8R!
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    Alright, SLEEPER...did you purchase one yet? If so, which one?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Metal Marc View Post
    Alright, SLEEPER...did you purchase one yet? If so, which one?
    Hehe, not yet, but I have made up my mind. I'm waiting for some more units to come in in the Tascam 40 gig. (real popular) It seems to have the best overall sound and ease of use. I describe it as more linear. Less "you gotta do this , then that, and hold down this button and turn the knob at the same time to do that operation" type of functionality. It's alot like the old analog machines, where everythings laid out in a practical setup. As said, as soon as I get to gett'n, I'll post a couple quick tracks to get all your ears bleeding in a righteous way!
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    http://www.guitarcenter.com/TASCAM-D...97-i1380023.gc

    I love Tascam's DP series of recorders. The new edition has two independant effects processors making it easier to use different effects on different inputs. They come with 40 GB harddrives and built in cd burners.

    The thing I like most about them is they are very light on the menu-sub-menu-sub-sub-menu crap. The boss and roland units as well as most of the other self-contained recording units have very convoluted interfaces that don't really lend themselves to spontanaity. I have last year's DP unit with the hard drive, cd burner and effects and I really really enjoy it. I've added some nice condensor mics and reference monitors and I'm very very happy with my set up.

 

 

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