Tascam DA88 Digital 8 track with sy88 card $195 OBO (Brea, Ca)
The TASCAM DA-88 is a digital audio multitrack recorder designed for use in a variety of professional applications. It records 8 channels of digital audio data on a readily available Hi8 video cassette tape which is comparable in handiness and compactness to conventional analog cassette tapes. Other features of the DA-88 include:
* Newly developed TASCAM-exclusive high performance/high wear resistive rotary 4-head mechanism with TASCAM original track layout.
* Synchronization of up to 16 DA-88s for a setup of 128 tracks simply by connecting them in series, without having to use any synchronizer-controller.
* Synchronization with video or other audio recorders (analog or digital) under SMPTE/EBU time code control when the optional SY-88 Sync Board is installed (which it is...).
* Analog inputs and outputs handled both by RCA jacks (unbalanced) and 25-pin D-sub connectors (balanced), and digital inputs and outputs by a 25-pin serial I/O port.
* CD quality sound ensured by 16-bit linear quantization and 48/44.1 kHz sampling rate.
* Auto punch-in/out with rehearsal capability
* 2-point autolocator
* Variable speed playback (up to 6.0% in 0.1% steps)
The TASCAM SY-88 is a synchronizer equipped with a longitudinal timecode generator, which offers interlock between the DA-88, other digital audio machines, analog tape recorders and VTRs via SMPTE/EBU timecode. Among the tasks it performs:
* Generation of, and synchronization by referencing to, 30, 29.97 Non-Drop, 29.97 Drop, 25 and 24 frame format codes.
* Offset sync with subframe accuracy.
* Automatic offset entry on the fly.
The TASCAM IF-TAD interface allows you to transfer up to eight channels of digital audio data between digital audio devices equipped with a TDIF-1 interface, and those equipped with an ADAT optical interface.
The units may be multitrack tape recorders, hard disk recorders, digital mixing consoles fitted with appropriate interfaces, D/A converters, or any combination of these.
Either unit may act as the clock master.
Data may be transferred in either direction, or in both directions simultaneously.
A BNC connector provides a word clock signal derived from the ADAT unit's signals. When the ADAT unit is set to be the clock master, this word clock signal can be used as the word clock source for the TDIF-1 unit.
The IF-TAD suppports the standard sampling frequencies of 44.1 kHz and 48 kHz.
The IF-TAD supports a variety of word lengths, up to 24 bits. When 20-bit or 24-bit data is transmitted to 16-bit units, rounding or truncation is performed by the receiving device.