JvS you asked me the following in the “what are you listening to” thread however i thought it was better answered in the Hardware thread
Do keep us in the know, I am curious as to this method being applied to any 4 track tape recorder. Its been discussed and I’ve had the question asked “Why not just get a digital multi-track?” thus making it more like a sampler rather than a mellotron with tape saturation…Personally I could see their point in a live scenario but I cant really feel justified in purchasing an 8 channel digital multi-track recorder for the sake of using it for that specific reason. Especially when my DAW can perform that same function in spades. My frustration mostly lies in that of the Tascam’s Ive come across, every fucking one of them has been beat the fuck up and more or less parts.
So you’ve had the question “Why not just get a digital multi-track?”,
Maybe the answer to this is who is actually asking the question, i was born in 1971 so half of my life was spent in a time where the cassette was the norm, are the people asking the question born in a time where the CD was the Norm?
As soon as I’m using the 4-track its taking me back two decades and further, childhood even, its almost spiritual. A person born in the CD era I’m sure can appreciate the sound different between digital and cassette however they couldn’t possibly feel this other thing I’m feeling that i can’t really put into words as only time and very found memories have supplied that feeling, which would make me understand a loose question like “why not get a digital multi-track.”
Then they are people who were born when i was who would ask the same question and the only answer to that i can offer is their not as nostalgic as me, and there are also people who make music who are not in it for the love but rather the money, the ones always talking about quick workflows and churning stuff out like its a factory process, they want to draw the outline of the bird but don’t want to draw the feathers those people would never understand the purchase of a 4-track.
You ask about method but theres not a lot of method simply recording 4 tracks to tape, there is a added cost of buying 8 cables to have 4 in 4 out to your DAW so you can multi-track and having hardware that supports that, rather than doing a summed output with one cable into your DAW. What i love is recording 4-tracks that resonate with and looking at that cassette as if its a track,. 6 cassettes each containing 10 minute soundscapes, give you a 1 hour of soundscape to improvise with your external hardware synths. just a different way of doing things however not something id do all the time.
I have an idea for a project that will heavily use the 4-track infact i might need to buy another and run two (the wife aaagghhh!!!), time is the enemy as the project will have to be finished before 05/02/20, i’m talking via social media to a local DJ similar age with the same passion and hoping he will hop on board this project i feel this planned performance need 2 pairs of hands and two brains so I’m not too biased, don’t want to mention what its about (the answers in the date) as knowing me it won’'t happen lol.