The latest scandal from the world of recording equipment.
At a recent product launch, Harman Audio announced a new range of Tascam products which will be of particular interest to the home recording fraternity. Most revolutionary is the 388 8-track Portastudio which uses a slimline reel to reel tape transport built into a comprehensive eight channel mixing desk rather than a cassette. Running at 7.5ips, the recorder uses DBX noise reduction and features include a real time tape counter, SMPTE compatibility and an ingenious tape threading system which prevents the tape being inadvertently wound off the reels during use. The 388 is expected to retail at around £2800.
The ever popular Portastudio has been upgraded to give the 246 which boasts dual tape speeds and a 6-channel mixing section. Options are available to effect remote drop-ins using the RC30P footswitch and remote control via the RC71. The price is expected to be near the £950 mark.
Also on show was the MS16 which is a medium cost 16-track recorder that uses one inch tape. Working at either +4dBm or -10dBm signal levels, the MS16 offers full SMPTE lock up and will set you back something in the order of £7600.
For the audio-visual user, the ATR 60 represents a state of the art 2-track mastering recorder with a centre track to carry a SMPTE time code for around £3350 and there is also a new range of mixing consoles, from the model M208 at £600 to the M320 at £2000.
Other products of interest included high speed tape duplicators, an eight channel DBX unit and a new 4-track tape recorder which will superceed the A3440.
For further details contact Harman UK Ltd, (Contact Details).
The British Music Fair is coming around again. This year it will be held at Olympia 2 in Kensington from the 2nd to the 4th of August (10am to 7pm and 10am to 5pm on the 4th). Members of the Incorporated Society of Musicians or the Musicians' Union are offered a £1 reduction on the tickets (£3 for non-members). Further information is available from Nick Harvey, British Music Fair Box Office, (Contact Details).
Turnkey have announced a software update for the MXR 01 digital reverb that gives 49 memories with better room simulation for the modest price of £49.90 (including VAT). MXR are also releasing a new digital reverb - the DR2. This is expected to retail at about £1200 including VAT. More details from Turnkey Ltd, (Contact Details).
Yet another digital reverb has been announced. Atlantex are releasing a high quality model for £999. This, the Alesis XT, offers stereo reverb with a variable decay time and pre-delay. The delay frequency characteristics may also be modified along with the diffusion to create a wide variety of plate and room effects. Further details from Atlantex Music Ltd, (Contact Details).
HSR Gateway competition winner Gary Holder has completed his primary course at Gateway Studios and is currently looking for a job in the recording industry. Anyone able to help should contact him via Gateway. From the 12th August, Gateway will be holding courses in conjunction with Rebis Audio Limited at the Rebis manufacturing headquarters near Wolverhampton. Meanwhile courses at Gateway Studios are continuing (see article in this issue) and further courses in DX synth programming, service, and Fairlight work are planned for the near future. Further information from the Gateway School of Recording, (Contact Details).
Ampex have announced their introduction of a new digital audio mastering tape; the Ampex 467. It is available in both ½" and 1" versions and from 4600 to 9200 foot lengths, and features an especially durable oxide and binder. Further information from Ampex International, (Contact Details).
A whole new advanced range of power amps is becoming available from Harrison Information Technology. The X series is a comprehensive range that includes models from 75W to 800W per channel in power. Further information from Harrison Information Technology Ltd, (Contact Details).
Maplin Electronic Supplies have introduced a range of 11 'Big Cat' high performance and high power monitors that range from a 5", 50W speaker to a 18", 300W bass driver. Further information from Doug Simmons, Maplin Electronic Supplies Ltd, (Contact Details).
Amek are releasing several new products. The RM501 Auxiliary Equipment System is a rackmounting system intended to house up to ten processors of which three are available so far; the PM01 - a 4-band parametric EQ, the CL01 compressor/limiter and the BL01 band pass filter. Also newly released is the BC01 Series 2 broadcasting mixer and the M1000 Series 2 assignable broadcasting console. Further information can be obtained from Amek Systems and Controls Ltd, (Contact Details).
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