TASCAM has introduced a new line of analog cassette tape.
You read that right.
It’s been a long time since we got a press release about a new line of cassettes, but TASCAM says “many aspiring and professional audio recording aficionados adamantly maintain that analog recording and the ‘good old days’ of tape will never be replaced by today’s random access digital solutions.”
The TASCAM 424 Studio Master High Bias Type II Cassette tape is being issued in a limited edition. It is meant as a companion to the company’s Portastudio series cassette recorders.
“The 424 Studio Master C-60 was developed for the 50th anniversary of TASCAM as a tribute to their rich heritage,” the company said in the announcement.
“In 1979, TASCAM/TEAC created the 144 Portastudio, the world’s first portable home studio integrating a mixer and multi-track recorder. The 144 truly revolutionized home recording for the masses, and an infinite number of artists and musicians created their music on a Portastudio. The 144 Portastudio and other follow up Portastudios such as the 244, 246, Porta One, Porta-02, 424 series and more used inexpensive and easily found Type II High Bias cassettes. In the early 1980s TASCAM created the legendary ‘gold reel’ cassettes, which are now collector items. But today, any high bias type II cassettes are very hard to find.”
The 424 cassette was developed with National Audio Company Inc., a manufacturer of cassette tape and duplicator of recorded music cassettes. TASCAM quoted Steve Stepp, president of National Audio Company, saying, “These new cassettes are, without a doubt, the optimal media to use on vintage TASCAM Portastudios.”
The design recalls the original TEAC shell with miniature gold reels.