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The fact that you're reading IM & RW suggests that you will probably either own a multitrack recording system or will at some time have given serious consideration to the matter of acquiring one — your card is marked, my friend. Careful computation of sales figures further suggests that, due to limitations in cash flow and bedroom size, the majority of you will be looking at a four-track cassette-based system. Coming to this decision, our exhaustive research indicates, will not mark the end of your deliberations. Indeed there are now so many models on the market falling under this heading that the majority of the aforesaid majority will find themselves desperately confused. So if it is such desperation that has brought you to these pages, you can now rest assured that you are not alone in your confusion; indeed you are the 'majority of the majority', which points to an almost suspicious level of statistical normality.

This supplement, then, is intended to provide an overview of every four-track cassette-based system that was ever commercially available. It takes the four-track cassette-based system apart, separates it into its component parts for detailed explanation and comparison, and then recombines those parts to provide an overview that will leave you sure of the decision you have to make. It is to four-track cassette-based systems what Ben Hur was to toga parties.

By now you will have become aware of just how cumbersome the term 'four-track cassette-based system' is, and will thus be ready to forgive the use of the name 'portastudio', in its place. 'Portastudio' is actually a specific product name coined by Teac, the inventor of this format, back in the late Seventies, but by the same law that allows vacuum cleaners to be called hoovers (with a small 'h') I shall use 'portastudio' here, with a small 'p', in its generic form.

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