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Tascam 388 Studio 8

Tascam 388 Studio 8

Brand: Tascam

Regular price £3,000.00 GBP | Inc.VAT: £3,600.00 GBP
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SN: 150095

SKU: 8526

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Product Description

A great looking, low-use Tascam 388 Studio 8 for sale. It's a 1/4" 8-Track Tape Recorder with Mixer.

For sale by auction: fully serviced at Soundgas and with our usual warranty. Lead time is 10 to 20 working days from purchase.

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. 

SHIPPING - will be charged at our standard rates. Please ask if you need a quote.

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

You can find the manual online, and this info below is taken from there:

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.


  • 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


In excellent cosmetic condition with only minor wear to the face. There are some scuffs and scratches around the edges of the case. The end cheeks are clean with shipping damage to a couple of the corners. Please see photos or get in touch if you require more information on condition.

Voltage Information

Switchable voltage for use anywhere in the world - it will be set up ready for you to use before we ship.


For sales in UK the price will include 20% VAT. Buyers elsewhere may incur VAT or other local taxes on import.

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