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Tascam 388 Studio 8

Tascam 388 Studio 8

Brand: Tascam

Regular price £3,750.00 GBP | Inc.VAT: £4,500.00 GBP
Regular price Sale price £3,750.00 GBP
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Serviced, calibrated and ready to ship. The highly desirable “complete 8-track production centre” from the mid-80s.

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

Serviced, calibrated and with warranty.

TAPE: It will be set up and calibrated to use RTM LPR35 tape which is readily available, e.g. from Thomann.

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.


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.


  • 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


Good with some wear and sign of use. Scratches and marks on the top metal work, a few scuffs to the tape cover (but we hope these will polish out to some extent). End panels are somewhat scruffy although most wear is to the rear and not visible in use. Please see photos or get in touch if you require more information on condition.

Voltage Information

100v Japanese model - it will run on North American mains 115/120v without a transformer (we run all our tests using 120v power); however, a step-down transformer is recommended for extended use. A step-down transformer is required in the UK/EU. We do not recommend using cheap generic Chinese mains transformers and can supply a high quality UK-made unit if required.


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