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Tascam 388 Studio 8 with Remote

Excellent, serviced example of this wonderful mid-80s "complete 8-track production centre" (to quote the manual!).

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PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

Excellent example of this wonderful mid-80s “complete 8-track production centre” (to quote the manual!)

Awaiting service. Lead time to allow for calibration is one month from purchase (but let us know if you need it sooner and we’ll see what we can do).

Description

[NOTE: Temporary photos taken before cleaning/service. Please ask if you need more shots.]

Tascam 388 Studio 8 for sale. 1/4″ 8-Track Tape Recorder with Mixer.

Will be supplied serviced, calibrated and with warranty. It will be set up and calibrated to use RTM LPR35 tape which is readily available, e.g. from Thomann.

Come with the original remote (to allow you to hit record and stop without sprinting across the studio).

Dating from 1985, this was the first combined eight track mixer/tape machine and is definitely not a Portastudio! We’ve previously shied away from them as most have had long hard lives and require a lot of work to be even passable, but when this barely-used example was snuffled out by our gear hounds, we couldn’t resist. They’ve become somewhat popular of late – perhaps unsurprisingly given their use by such varied luminaries as Dan Auerbach (Black Keys), Alex Turner (Arctic Monkeys) and Madlib. 

This review from a pre-Sound-On-Sound Paul White tells you much of what you need to know.

SHIPPING: This will be billed separately depending on location. For buyers in the UK it will be shipped by private courier direct from the seller (the usual cost for this is around £75 depending on location). For buyers outside of the UK we will bring it here first so we can pack it for courier shipping. These are not cheap to ship safely (but we have a great track record getting them to arrive intact) – please ask if you need a quote.

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From the manual: The Studio 8 is a complete eight track production system.

It contains a full function 8 x 8 x 2 mixer with 8 channel monitoring; combined with an eight track recorder/reproducer with full servo control, remote capability, and SMPTE/EBU/computer interface.

It is an ideal turn-key production facility for off-line audio for video, jingles, commercial radio and television spots, and music.

As a complete system, the Studio 8 virtually eliminates the time consuming and confusing patching normally associated with multi-track audio production.

The most frequently used functions are engaged automatically and many complex operations are internally wired to reduce work by reducing the number of steps necessary to get things done.

Specifications:

  • Track system: 8-track, 8-channel, stereo/monaural/multi channel system
  • Heads: 1 x record/playback, 1 x erase
  • Motor: 1 x capstan, 2 x reel
  • Reel size: up to 7 inch reel
  • Tape speeds: 7 1⁄2 ips
  • Wow and flutter: 0.05% (7 1⁄2 ips)
  • Frequency response: 30Hz to 16kHz (7 1⁄2 ips)
  • Signal to Noise Ratio: 90dB
  • Total harmonic distortion: 3%
  • Crosstalk: 75dB
  • Input: 300mV (line), 1mV (mic)
  • Output: 0.3V (line)
  • Dimensions: 837 x 220 x 641mm
  • Weight: 38kg
  • Year: 1985

Condition

[NOTE: Temporary photos taken before cleaning/service. Please ask if you need more shots.] Excellent overall. Some wear to the top of the metal work. A few scuffs to the tape cover but we hope to polish most of this out. Wear to the end panels is mainly on the rear. Please see photos or get in touch if you require more information on condition.

Tax

For sales in UK this item is on the margin scheme for second hand goods.

Voltage Information

220/240v unit. A step-up transformer will be required for use on 110/120v supplies. Please ask if you need advice on what to use. We do not recommend using cheap, generic Chinese mains transformers.

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