Tascam Portastudio 246 80's 4 Track Multitrack Cassette Tape Recorder - 100V

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  • Regular price $1,330.00


Tascam Portastudio 246 80's 4 Track Multitrack Cassette Tape Recorder - 100V

The best way to add some nice analogue, grainy and warm vintage sound to your recordings. At the time the 246 was one of the best multitrack recorders you could get your hands on. It features a 6-channel mixer section with proper routing facilities, insert points on every channel and two effects sends. In the EQ department, you are provided with a 2-band sweepable system, there are four large illuminated meters for the four record busses (incorporating peak reading LEDs), and two smaller ones for the master left/right mix, and the tape transport controls incorporate a memory feature as well as a zero return facility, there is a choice of two tape speeds so that you can still play your pre-recorded stereo cassettes. For serious multitrack recording, the higher speed of 3¾ips is to be recommended as the quality is noticeably better. The noise reduction system is DBX but in recognition of the fact that some drum machines and time codes don't like it, you can either switch it out on channel four only or completely by means of slide switches located on the rear panel.

Notable users of the Tascam Portastudio series include Four Tet, Luke Prichard, Bootsy Collins, Wu-Tang Clan, Lou Reed, Aztec Camera’s Roddy Frame. and Lady Gaga.


  • This is a used unit.

  • Physically this unit is in good condition! It shows some wear from use and age like some small marks, nicks and scratches. There is some patches of discolouration to the plastic outer case. The coloured knobs are still nice and bright! There is nothing major at all. Please see all photos for further details. 

  • This 246 has been serviced. The service included but is not limited to:
    • Deep clean inside and out.
    • Deep clean of the tape mechanism. 
    • Lubricated and greased all moving parts.
    • Installed brand new belts and idler tyres. 
    • Demagnetised the heads.
    • Replaced faulty parts and components. 
    • Thorough test of all functions. 
    • Calibrated record and playback levels.

  • Please be aware this unit is 100V. This means it MUST be used with a step-down transformer. A high quality, isolated step-down will be included for Australian and New Zealand buyers only. If you purchase from overseas you may also need to use a step-down. Please get in touch before purchase or powering on if you are unsure at all. 

  • This sale is for the unit and step-down (AU & NZ only). Nothing else is included in this sale.


Your order will be processed within 5 business days.

If you are in a remote area you may incur extra fees. 

International import tax, duty, vat, custom fees or any other charges are not covered by us, nor included in the shipping fees. These are the responsibility of the buyer. 

Return Policy:

Returns will only be accepted for manufacture defects / faulty items. We don't accept returns for change of mind. Please contact us if you have any problems with your purchase and we will strive to work it out with you.

If you purchase and change your mind, you will be responsible for all non refundable fees charged by the payment provider. 

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