Here's what I recorded on when I first started recording

Discussion in 'Home Recording and Studios' started by Papa Joe, Oct 4, 2019.

  1. Papa Joe

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  2. MrYeats

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    Mine was a Teac 3340 4 track.
     
  3. DrBeGood

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    Ah ... I expected a Soundcloud link or something.
     
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  4. Papa Joe

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    Naw, a long time before sound cloud was even thought about..We're talking like 70 years ago..
     
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  5. DrBeGood

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    I know, but I thought we'd hear some of it.
     
  6. MrYeats

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    I did mine in 1981 at Lower Columbia College in Longview Washington.
    Done on a Moog Sonic Six and a Teac 3340. 4 track mixed down to stereo.
    The video I did recently with Vegas.

     
  7. My old man had a reel to reel. He used it for recording live shows he and his brother where in. It was a Phillips brand and he recorded me learning chord progressions as a kid.
    The deck is long gone and so are those tapes. I'd really love to have those old tapes. Memories will have to do.


    Cheers, Barrie.
     
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  8. Bob the builder

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    I had a Teac too. But remember the model number? ..... Yeah, right. ... thats gotta be 40 years ago
     
  9. fadetoz

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    My dad had a 2 channel reel to reel that looked pretty much like that. I used it for recording for awhile. I still have some of the tapes stored but nothing to play them on now.
    If he drives out to visit me again I'm going to ask him to bring it even if it's just a conversation piece in my studio I think it would be pretty cool.
     
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  10. gmt124

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    Revox A77, bouncing from one track to the other. As Papa Joe says, simple and basic, but I loved it.
     
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  11. DrBeGood

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    Last band I was with (1973), we recorded some of our practice sessions. I recently borrowed such a recorder to transfer my tapes to MP3.

    https://soundcloud.com/drbgood/sarrmel-sprout-b
    https://soundcloud.com/drbgood/sarrmel-sprout-a
    https://soundcloud.com/drbgood/pratique-sarrmel-sprout-guitare-basse-1973

    If you ask around your community, I'm sure there's a neighbor who still has one he'd lend to you to do the same.
     
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  12. Tepid Pilot

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    Mono Wollensak, just like this one:

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    Think I got it in '57, a Jr. High graduation gift from my grannie. Started out taping top 40 am radio hits. Got a couple sound effects lp's and my pals and I made our own improvised radio shows. Recorded piano practice. Few years later, after I took up guitar, taped my "folk" act practice.

    Machine and tapes are long gone, but I wouldn't mind having the crazy radio show tapes.

    TP
     
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  13. beagle

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    I started recording on something like this, back in the mid 60s, before I even started playing guitar. It was a while before Akai and Teac machines came my way.
     
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  14. Caddy

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    I began with this Voice Of Music reel to reel VM722. Got it for Christmas back in about 1959. It was really advanced for the time. It was the first to allow what they called 'Sound on Sound'. It allowed you to record one part then record a second part while listening to the first. Did a lot of recording with that. Later moved on to a 4-track TEAC.

     
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  15. Papa Joe

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    Yep, had that also..Matter of fact my first echo was made from one of those..
     
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  16. Rodiebobw

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    Some of you have heard some of mine, but one of the first recordings i made was with and its true was with a Teac tape deck and two radio shack drop mikes..It was just for a practice tape but it came out better than it should have. Then we went to a 4track.. That was a beating!! Lol. Buddy of ours would run the four track into the effects in/out of a 300 watt six channel power amp, Then bounce it down to less tracks on the fly. I have no idea..Then we would drop it to cassette tape. LOL..i would have killed for the stuff we have now back in the 80s..

    This one is the live version done with the Teac cassette recorder with two radio shack drop mikes . There are moreif you let it run some live some recorded in my home studio..

    https://www.reverbnation.com/rodiebobsfunhouse/song/31063849-8-ball-bob
     
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  17. DougMen

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    I started by bouncing from one Radio Shack casette deck to another, s-l1000.jpg il_fullxfull.312003525.jpg fostex.jpg
    then I got a Roberts reel with the crossfield head, which could record one one track, and then play that track back while recording on the other track. This was still when there were two tracks on each side of the tape, before Tascam/Teac used all 4 tracks on a single side of the tape. The same machine was also sold under the Akai name. I couldn't afford a TEAC 3340. Then when 4 track casette machines came out I got a Fosxtex X15, which was cheaper than the Tascam. I think my Roberts was older than this one, and may have had tubes in it instead of transistors. I don't remember it saying Solid State on it like this one.
     
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  18. DougMen

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    This is the one I had, except with the Roberts name.
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  19. Rodiebobw

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    I remember Doug.
    Teac, tascam, and Fostec, akai ruled that slice of the market!
     
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  20. -r3-

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    Any of you guys ever seen a wire recorder? I saw my first in a "curio" shop in Floyd, VA about 25 yrs ago. Had never heard of that recording method til I found out more about the wierd thing I'd seen.