Teac Tascam Portastudio 244 80s 4 Track Multitrack Cassette Tape Recorder - 100V

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  • Regular price $823.00


Teac Tascam Portastudio 244 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 244 was one of the best multitrack recorders you could get your hands on. 

The 244 is basically a 4-channel cassette recorder with DBX noise reduction processors and 4-channel mixer in one portable package. The outer casing is a dark grey plastic two-part moulding, enclosing a rigid metal frame that supports the VU meters, circuitry panels, knobs, switches and cassette mechanics. The left hand mixer section has smart colour coded knobs and both sliders and switches are quiet and smooth in operation. The VU meters are scaled from -20dB to +3dB, with all connection sockets and secured mains cable located behind these on the rear panel. Sockets are all RCA phono types except for the four input jacks and remote punch in/out jack which are standard mono. The right hand cassette section incorporates a 3-motor transport system with FG servo-controlled DC Capstan motor, DC reel motor and (unique to Tascam) a DC control motor that gently moves the head assembly in and out of the tape path. (muzines)


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


Condition:

  • This is a used unit.

  • This 244 has has a major service. 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.

    • Installed brand new pinch roller.

    • Installed brand new idler tyres.

    • Demagnetised the heads.

    • Replaced any faulty components. 

    • Thorough test of all functions. 

  • This unit shows some general wear from use and age. This includes some scuffs, scratches and nicks. The knob and button caps have turned a bit yellow. Nothing major at all. Overall it is still a nice 244. Please see photos for further details. 

  • 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). No other parts, accessories or power supplies are included unless mentioned above. 

Postage:

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. Please contact us if you have any problems with your purchase and we will strive to work it out with you.

Thanks for looking, please do not hesitate to ask if you have any questions.