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FLASHBACK: 1987 Tascam Porta Two Cassette Four-Track Tape Recorder

FLASHBACK 1987 Tascam Porta Two Cassette Four-Track Tape Recorder BACKGROUND The Porta Two is a portable cassette four-track tape recorder manufactured by Tascam in 1987. Teac/Tascam are a huge influence in home recording. The Teac 144, the first cassette four-track recorder, was released in 1979. The 144 kicked off the cassette recording revolution. The Tascam […]Read More »

PreSonus Studio One 3 DAW Review

PreSonus Studio One 3 DAW Review PROS: Affordable. Easy transition from other DAWs. No subscription needed. Mac & PC compatible. CONS: None. Home recording with Pro Tools certainly leveled the playing field; any user who laid down their hard earned money could use the same recording platform as professional recording artists and engineers. Like all […]Read More »

A Complete Guide to Plug-Ins For Your Home Studio

A Complete Guide to Plug-Ins For Your Home Studio In the May issue of Performer, I wrote about analog tape machine plug-ins. This month we’re going to focus on plug ins for home studio owners. A home studio can be a million dollar facility owned by a rock star, trust fund kid, etc, or a […]Read More »

Why You Need a Control Surface For Your Home Studio

Do You Need a Control Surface for Your Home Studio? In the good old days of analog recording, when something needed adjustment on the mix you reached out for a fader or knob and not the mouse. Somewhere along the way someone decided that doing all the work in one box work was the way […]Read More »

Win An Audio-Technica AT2020USBi Microphone & ATH-M40x Headphones PLUS Get Featured in Print! 

Performer is giving away 3 (three) really cool recording bundles this month, each featuring the fantastic new high-resolution digital output AT2020USBi mic that includes USB and Lightning output cables, AND a pair of ATH-M40x professional studio headphones from our friends Audio-Technica. Learn more about the AT2020USBi here and the ATH-M40x headphones here. Total retail value for each bundle is $489. Here’s the deal – we’re searching for 3 […]Read More »

Shure PGAStudioKit4 Microphone Kit Review

SHURE PGASTUDIOKIT4 MIC KIT PROS: Great selection of mics, all accessories & case included. CONS: None. PRICE: $299 Shure has been making quality microphones for decades at decent prices, all of which feature great sound; they’re a brand that makes them a great choice. Their PGASTUDIOKIT4 is a great package of complementary mics, and accessories […]Read More »

Audio-Technica ATH-M70x Headphones Review

Audio-Technica ATH-M70x Headphones Review – $299 PROS: sound great, well built, comfortable. CONS: none. The problem with headphones is finding a set that can work for the studio as well as personal use. Audio-Technica has added the ATH-M70x to their prestigious lineup of headphones, and they’re ready to handle anything that can be thrown at them. […]Read More »

Learn Basic Tape Machine Maintenance & Repairing Tape Decks For A Cause

PLUS: Teaching Valuable Skills to Those Who Face Barriers to Employment Troubleshooting used to be a part of daily life for anyone who owned a piece of electronic equipment – especially tape decks.  There was always a chance of dirty contacts or tape paths, bad tubes, alignment issues, or the ever-present user error. Recently my […]Read More »

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