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Music update (gear, mostly)

Progress on the old tape digitizing project stalled when the old tape deck (a Fostex X-15, purchased in 1986) I needed for my oldest four-track cassettes turned out to be involuntarily uncompliant when I unboxed it over the weekend. I can't use the new four-track (a Tascam Portastudio, purchased 1997--ok, newER) because it runs at double the speed of the old one. Well, I could use it, if I wanted to compete with The Chipmunks.

I've also discovered that, according to the manufacturer, my outboard sound card for my desktop recording studio (M-Audio Fast Track Pro) is not compatible with Windows XP Media Center. This, only one and a half years after I purchased it. Well, duh, no wonder I have all kinds of problems with it. The version of ProTools I have needs the Fast Track Pro to work, too, which is most unfortunate.

Unfortunately, I have a long history with music and sound gear that's not quite right. I've willingly bought floor models and used equipment, or made other choices that didn't pan out in the long run. I can't blame the problems with the Fostex on any of that; sometimes old machines come to grief, especially if they've been unused for a while. The M-Audio thing was a poor choice, though. The desktop always had the wrong OS for it. I just didn't do enough pre-purchase research.

So, now I'm busily considering solutions for both equipment shortfalls instead of working on the actual projects with the equipment. Too bad for me, because between the old tape project and the large amount of time I've spent lately listening to my Pandora station Songdog Radio Land, I'm actually kinda-sorta interested in, you know, playing and recording something maybe. Isn't that always the way....



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Nov. 15th, 2012 05:11 pm (UTC)
Charlie - I might be able to help with the 4-track portion of this. I have a Tascam deck that runs at both standard and double speeds, and has a pitch control function to boot. I'm not using it at the moment, so.... call me if you're interested. :-)
Nov. 16th, 2012 05:18 am (UTC)
Ooooooh....... thanks. I'll be in touch. :)
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