4 track cassette

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Member Since: Apr 27, 2007

Can anyone help me with mixing 2 or 3 tracks, on a 4 track cassette analog, to 1 track to 'free up' another track for added over dub?

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Since: Apr 03, 2002

Apr 28, 2007 11:51 am

How it works varies from machine to machine...the difference lies in how you route the three tracks to the fourth, I'd suggest reading the manual, it'll usually cover such situations.

Also, be aware, in bouncing to one track you loose any stereo field you have created and it all goes back to mono.

Uh, at least one more time . . .
Since: Feb 07, 2007

Apr 28, 2007 07:19 pm

Wow . . . tape, huh? Well, what dB masters said.
I actually have a Tascam 424 mk III, and when I used it, I was always loathe to bounce, because of sound degradation, and the fact that once its done, its done: one track of mono, and hopefully
mixed well. What I used to do was make a stereo mix and send that to another casssette deck (I have two Nakamichis--great if you got it), always keeping original tracks, switching out tapes. A real pain in the keister, what with all the bouncing back and forth. Almost always, I would just do four tracks and call it done; the sound quality and hassle used to stop me cold. I hoped for the day when I could get a reel to reel, but then computer recording became an affordable reality, and the cassette decks now collect dust. (The Naks need to be refurbished anyway, something I'll have done one of these days . . .)

Since: Nov 13, 2004

Apr 29, 2007 02:58 am

Like dB said, it varies so much from machine to machine it's almost impossible to answer your question without knowing the make and model. There are a few models where you can't bounce at all.

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