Old 09-09-2012, 08:23 PM   #1
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Default Tascam 4 track theme. Who wants in?

This will be an experiment that might go nowhere...


Always wanted to do this, to make REAPER look like my beloved 424. Hopefully will have some time next week to make some hi-res pictures of it - and base it off of that.

I have this model.




I would love some good pictures of a MK-ii if anyone has one. Would be nice to have two versions. Just give a shout if you have one, and a half decent camera. not exactly ready to do anything, just starting to devise a strategy here, do some more research, etc...
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Old 09-09-2012, 08:58 PM   #2
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WTF where did you find that!!!!!

And where do you live so I can break in at night.......and walkout with that thing. Just leave all the stuff from it in a nice box "Thieve Box" then I can pass over there LOL

Very nice and yes that would be a very good idea
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Old 09-09-2012, 09:08 PM   #3
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WTF where did you find that!!!!!
Bought it new in 1992. It's pretty much attached to my body. you can't have it.

Collected some oddball 4 tracks for a bit. My light grey 424 is the only one I held onto. I wish I had this one...

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Old 09-09-2012, 09:17 PM   #4
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Yes!!
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Old 09-09-2012, 09:21 PM   #5
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I just love the "Pitch Control" knob on the first 424 - that's going to look so cool on the REAPER transport! HA!
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Old 09-09-2012, 09:59 PM   #6
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hahaha I used to have one of those tascams... before I went to the tascam DA 88 which is still here, but not really in use...

maybe we can make a png stack of the casette spining...
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Old 09-10-2012, 08:49 AM   #7
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Ok, I happen to have a Portastudio 244. Sadly the mechanics have gone in Newton's heaven some time ago, but its exterior shape is still good.

If you like it I could take some photos, just let me know.

I doubt I'll ever use such a theme in my everyday work, but, ah, I feel so nostalgic about those times in my youth, dealing with background noise, tape speed, cassette brands and bounces...

By all means, go ahead and do it, please.
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Old 09-10-2012, 09:56 AM   #8
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I used to have the portastudio, then upgraded to the DMT8-VL and the D5 dat in 98.
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Old 09-10-2012, 01:03 PM   #9
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I have extremely fond memories of my old Tascam 488 MKII. People were sceptical about 8 track recording on cassette tape but you could actually get a really nice sound with that unit, the dbx noise reduction worked well and there was surprisingly little crosstalk. I sometimes miss the ease of use from units like these and often wish I still had mine.

Looking forward to seeing the theme!
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Old 09-17-2012, 02:37 PM   #10
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For those of you with an ipad:

http://tascam.com/product/portastudio/
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Old 09-17-2012, 06:58 PM   #11
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omg... it's almost funny that they have to have a tape casette as part of the GUI... hell, imagine reaper for ipad... now that'll be the day
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Old 09-17-2012, 07:40 PM   #12
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Just checking in, been occupied with other shenanigans...

I will be doing a mockup soon. The mock up will be made from photographs - and basically this theme will pretty much be made in the same way. Need to really mashup elements - this will be good. Will take time. I have not seen any other themes made from photographs. It seems like an obvious, and doable technique. (I made the Very Vegas theme years and years ago basically from screen shots- pretty much same concept. I almost want to bring that theme into v4 - I love those icons, they just seem correct to me, but... meh. )

Very Vegas thread... (back when theaming was easy)
http://forum.cockos.com/showthread.p...ght=very+vegas



Imagine having different track layouts - images with slightly different perspectives. perspective left - perspective center - perspective right (and possibly some in-between views). You could then (if you wanted) manually set the different tracks to those layouts and have the mixer look like a mixer in perspective. This is workable. potentially awesome - and definitely a waste of time.. lol.

I hope someone steals this idea (it would work with non-photo derived elements as well). go to it!

I have seen that GUI for the tascam for the i-pad. it's cute.

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Old 09-18-2012, 02:07 AM   #13
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Great idea – having the same 424mk3, I hope I'll still know which device I'm recording onto
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Old 09-18-2012, 06:11 AM   #14
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lemme know when you do this one.... model 5A, i still miss it:

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Old 09-18-2012, 06:28 AM   #15
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Hey VDK, thanks for the memories. I had a 5A once many years ago; it was so "homey."
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Bought it new in 1992. It's pretty much attached to my body. you can't have it.

Collected some oddball 4 tracks for a bit. My light grey 424 is the only one I held onto. I wish I had this one...

Oh man I've just put my old one of these in a skip!!! had to clear out the attic of my ex wife recently and didn't have time to sort things out properly so it went in a skip.

I bought it from grammy award winning producer John Porter (smiths,taj mahal)before he emigrated to the USA.



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Old 09-18-2012, 01:13 PM   #17
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Oh man I've just put my old one of these in a skip!!! had to clear out the attic of my ex wife recently and didn't have time to sort things out properly so it went in a skip.

I bought it from grammy award winning producer John Porter (smiths,taj mahal)before he emigrated to the USA.



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what is a skip?
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Old 11-02-2013, 10:17 AM   #18
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anything like this yet?
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this would be more of a Layout setup type thing and saved as a project template?
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Old 11-02-2013, 11:07 AM   #20
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Reminds me of my first recorder, a 4 track digital tascam recorder. I used to overload the preamp with my guitar just to get distortion with it back in the day

Anyway, I'd love to have a theme with this kind of style for that nostalgia.
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Still looking for pictures of a mkII? I can take some of mine.
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Old 11-03-2013, 01:47 AM   #23
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I still have a mint condition 488 laying around here
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Old 11-04-2013, 06:58 PM   #24
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DAAAAAAAMN ! Brings back mamorys ! Had one, then upgraded to the Fostex DMT8VL and a D5 DAT. Still have the D5 and about 20 blank tapes, looks brand new. Sits in my rack to look good, but haven't used in over a decade and a half.
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Old 11-05-2013, 01:09 PM   #25
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Ah, the Tascam 246--maybe the best cassette 4-trk ever built. Wish I still had mine (which cost me $900 in 1986).

With the colored knobs, the amber-lit VUs, and the fluorescent counter display, that would be my choice for a Tascam 4-trk theme.

Wish I had the coding chops and the time; but whoever might take it on, you have my enthusiastic vote! . . .

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Old 11-05-2013, 03:07 PM   #26
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Will have my 424 on my bench later this week. I will be repairing the outputs, and I'll take some pix and maybe get this rolling.
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