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5/11/2003 11:08 AM
James Walczak (4510) wrote:
I didn't mean to step on your toes here...it's simply that I have been on both sides of the fence so to speak. I have owned and worked with a number of smaller Tascam units, as well as a couple of Fostex's, and quite honestly, they simply are not suitable for any type of serious recording compaired to other options that are available. As I said before, those Tascam units are fine to use as scratch pads...to jot your idea's down when inspiration strikes, but they simply do not compair to what is possible with digital/PC based recording...especially the low end 4-track units. Small 4-track units are noisy (very poor quality pre-amps), editing options are nil, effects are strickly limited to what out board effects you have available, noise reduction options are -very- limited, you have mechanical maintnance issues...I could go on and on. Mark stated he was looking for a sound card, so this would at the very least imply that he's already got a foot in the door for digital recording, so I think most would agree that it would be better to guide him in this direction, that has the potential for some -very serious recording-, as apposed to being completly limited to just jottin ideas down.
It was honestly not my intention to turn this forum into some kind of recording group for the "elite", and if you took my post as such, I sincerly apologize. There are in fact a few wonderful forums out there, Homerecording.com being the most notable, that are geared towards these kinds of questions, as apposed to them being posted here on a guitar forum. Mark was asking a question, so I was simply trying to guide him with the best of my experience, and again, I worked with both 4-track and pc based recording systems...PC based recording is superiour in virtually every mannor. In order to have the same capabilities in analog recording, you literally have to invest tens of thousands of dollors, where as with a PC and some software (and a little creativity), you can often achive the same or better results for under $2000...although granted, depending on how deep you wish to go, PC recording can get quite costly as well, but in my very humble opinion, there is still simply no comparison.
Again, I am truly sorry if I offended you with my post (or with this one for that matter), I was just simply trying to answer an honest question and was also simply stating some cold hard facts to try and steer someone new to this in the right direction. If you ever have the opportunity to experience computer based recording, then I am sure that some day you will agree with me.
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