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The Tascam 4-track Portastudio multitrack recorder 414 MkII is suitable as an introduction to multitrack recording, or as a 'notepad' for professional songwriters and musicians.
One particular advantage of the Tascam 4-track Portastudio multitrack recorder 414 MkII is that it works like a professional recording studio in miniature. So if you learn to use this piece of equipment, all you need to do to work in a pro studio is scale up your knowledge - not re-learn everything from scratch.
Although this machine uses cassette tape rather than new-fangled computer trickery, its simplicity means it works straightaway every time you switch on. It doesn't crash and doesn't give you "Error - file not saved" messages.
The quality of the double-speed tape transport is well in advance of what you would normally expect from cassettes, particularly in terms of frequency response and low noise level.
There are two XLR inputs for microphones, and a special electric guitar input. Guitars do need these special inputs or they can sound dull.
This machine is very suitable for people who just want to get on and record, rather than endlessly mess with the equipment.
audiomasterclass.com rating for the Tascam 4-track Portastudio multitrack recorder 414 MkII: 8/10