TASCAM Porta02mkII 4-Track Cassette Portastudio

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2 mic/line input channels. 4-channel mixer.

For the aspiring musician, songwriter, or music educator looking for the best value in an entry-level multi-track recording system, the Porta 02 can't be beat. With great sound quality, easy operation, and full compatibility with consumer stereo cassette decks, this economical 4-track recorder lets you record, overdub, and mixdown to standard cassette.

Features
4-track integrated mixer/cassette multi-track recorder

2 mic/line input channels

4-channel mixer - level and pan controls on each

Standard 1-7/8 ips tape speed

Headphone monitor output with level control

2-track simultaneous record capability

Simultaneous Record/Play Tracks: 2 Record/4 Play

Mixer Channels: 4 Tape Returns

Overall Frequency Response: 50Hz-12.5kHz 3dB

Overall Signal to Noise Ratio: >43dB

Wow/Flutter (WRMS): <0.18%

Tape Speed(s): 4.76cm/sec (1-7/8 ips)

Inputs
(2) 1/4 in. Mic/Line

Outputs
Line Output: RCA unbalanced
Headphone Output: 1/4 in. TRS

Power Consumption: 7W

Dimensions: 300 x 80 x 205 mm

Weight: 1.5 kg

Fast Winding Time: 120 seconds for C-60

For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: (323) 726-0303
Web: https://tascam.com/us/support/contact

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. (99 ratings)
by a customer from hotmail.com
"This four track works great as an audio sketch pad."
Overall: 3.5 out of 5 stars
I expect that by takeing good care of it by cleaning the tape heads, keeping it free from dust, and not smashing it some how, it will last a long time.

Sound
The quality is great for use as an audio sketch pad. I like running my electric guitar directly into it. The trim controls that are used for mics act as gain controls when you plug in guitars. Running instruments direct allows me to work on song writing projects without bothering my room mates. A lot of tape hiss is picked up when you record so I wouldn't recomend using it to record music that you intend to distribute.

Features
Each of the 4 tape return channels has pan controls. This allows you to create a great stereo image of your recoding. Each track has its own volume control so it is easy to get a ballanced sound. All of the inputs are 1/4" so you will need to purchas TS (Tip Sleave) 1/4" - XLR adapters or 1/4" - XLR cables if you want to use most microphones, which have XLR connections.

Quality
Every thing is made of plastic, which is ok. It sames on cost. The only worry that I have is that a knob might break off on a cable as I pull it in and out of my equipment bag.

Value
I haven't tried other products that are similar to this but recorder has been recomended to me by a fellow artist that says Tascam recorders in this price range sound better that the others. read more I don't like how much tape hiss is picked up.

The Wow Factor
Simple and not too futuristic looking like a lot of products. Metal construction and retro styles are more appealing to me.

Musical Style:
eclectic: Punk, Emo, Acoustic Rock, 80's-ish Keyboard Music, Jazz, Ska
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