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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 »

3 Electric Guitars Under $800 That Sound High-End

It’s easy, especially in the guitar world, to get hung up on big names and iconic models. Unfortunately, many of these also come at iconic prices. That being said, trying to keep some money in your pocket doesn’t have to come with sacrificing build quality, features, or character. Here are three under-the-radar finds for under […]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 »

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