The Tascam 388 Studio 8 Is The ‘Mega Portastudio’ That You Didn’t Know That You Needed


In case you needed another piece of rare retro gear to lust after, Rhett Shull shared this look at the story behind his rare Tascam 388 ‘mega Portastudio’.

The Tascam 388 Studio 8 is a ‘mid-fi’ reel-to-reel recorder/mixer that represents Tascam’s full-on quarter-inch take on the Portastudio concept.

It features a quarter-inch reel-to-reel multitrack tape machine, integrated with an 8-channel mixer. So, you can just add monitors to create a complete 8-track recording system.

“The Tascam 388 has a cult following, thanks mostly to the musicians that have used that unique piece of recording gear to make some incredible albums,” notes Shull. “After owning a 388 for a year, I decided to share my thoughts on what makes this unit so memorable, and why I love it so much. I understand the hype!”

“The Tascam 388 Studio 8 represents a bold attempt to create an integrated, user-friendly unit in the ‘Portastudio’ tradition, but employing more sophisticated elements,” noted Dave Lockwood in his 1986 SOS review. “It is able to offer some worthwhile advantages in terms of ease of use, particularly for the less technically minded, without seriously compromising the possibilities available to the more adventurous operator.”

Check it out and let us know what you think of the Tascam 388 in the comments!


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