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Suggestion: Bring back the 8 & 16 track Reel-to-Reel tape recorders

Dear Music Tribe Community,

I would love to see a revival of the 8 and 16 track reel-to-reel tape machines but with modern features, which would fit in a modern studio environment. There are old reel-to-reel recorders like Fostex E8, E16 and Tascam msr-16 .etc, most of them requires horrible hardware to calibrate and repair. Some has even midi expansions like Fostex mtc-1, which is also horrible.

Lots of end-users don’t want to get into the above legacy hardware due to the maintain mentioned above, but love the sound of tape recording and is therefore using “PC plugins” to get it, which is a shame in my opinion

I cannot mention any companies nowadays who dared to pull the trigger on a modern analogue multi-track reel-to-reel recorder.


You can buy new tape for reel-to-reel machines at Thomann nowadays.

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