My Tascam DA30 Mk 1 is exhibiting 2 faults. If you insert a tape it very often spits it out again straight away accompanied by the 'Open' message. Also, when a tape is playing, or even when you are sending a signal through the machine with a stationary tape and the record button pushed there is a rhythmic clicking sound ( about 2 per second ) on analogue or digital out. Any ideas?
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Re: Tascam DA30 Mk1 drawer and noise problems
HI... There are 2 belts in the mechanism that would need replacing. I've fixed 2 of these. There's a very small belt on the underside of the tape drive assembly 1.55 inch belt x 0.039 www.studiosoundelectronics.com # SBO1.55 Dont remember the other
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When you use any cleaner or lubricant it must be only for the moving part and must never stray into the transport section. Also what is required if there is any frictio is to dry wipe and set. Now when you lubricant got sprread into the head, the oil will act as a great adhesive at higher speed and got the tape entagled. So please wipe dry all the oil of the headd and do nto damage the head with the wipe touching the delicate ferrite heads in the slot, DO NOT TOUCH THIS SECTION but with an even paper with soft brushes. Now check you reel drive and see if there is dirrt lodged in clean and reset., put the set on for regaining lost values as many electronics capacitors may have lost value by drying. If the tape up does not move it is a mechanical problem and you must check for the drive and the friction wheel. If however the reel works and the count does not happen and you get the error , then your reel sensor is faulty. Check these points and confirm, Hope this advice helps, Good day.
Maybe you could just clean the heads. If anything visible comes off they're TOO dirty. Or or look at it yourself with a strong light source and see the wear by evaluating reflections from the head surface.
The cleaner tape is only supposed to be used after 50 hrs of record /play time , if you are using your cleaner tape alot , you are damaging the helical scanning head and wearing out it,s sensitivity ,
Users have found out that the cleaning tape is like sandpaper made to remove metal particles left behind everytime you run your high 8 tapes , The best way is to send it in to a authorized tascan repair shop in your area , don,t worry there,s always some shops that can be found in your area , they will do a bench test for around 45-50 bucks and tell you what if anything it will cost to fix your problem ! if it turns out to be a dirty helical scanning head they will clen that with 100% alcohol and test it , that they can do usually for the price of the bench test since they do have to remove the cover to see whats going on under the hood! , well the red error light on my machine does come on sometimes when my 2 machines are out of sync, but with shutting the unit down and starting it back up usually takes care of that issue...by the way how often do you use the cleaner?..most da-88 users are totally affraid of even using them !, good luck and if you have any more questions please feel free to email me> glenn
Yes you need to hook it up to an amplifier and speakers through RCA cable on the back. And or you can use headphones if there is a headphone jack? Also make sure there is something recorded on the reel tape in the first place. You can do a test recording of something like a CD from your CD player or record something, then play it back, make sure you turn the record input volume knob up and make the RCA connections on the back of the reel unit and connect to your playback source you want to record. When you playback the reel tape, the db meters should be moving on the front of the reel deck, if they move then you most likely have some sound recorded on the reel tape. If you still can't hear any sound and the db meters are moving, then check all your connections again and volume output knob on the reel deck. Hope this helps?
Have you taken a look at the edge of the tape? tracks 1 and 2 on a cassette are usually next to the edge and you may have a bad batch of tapes that have the edge damaged.
Another possible but not a likley problem might be the tape is out of spec. for the width, and your heads MAY have a little wear from use, and are trying to act like tape guides. If the tape is slightly wider than the grove worn in the head, the tape would be lifted at the edge and not make contact to the head.
It is not electronic as you have diagnosed this with other tapes.
Give it a try and see!
As with all tape related recording equiptment, the path the tape follows in your machine will collect debris which will interfere with the synchronizing playback signals originally recorded on our tape when first recorded. The "ROLLING" is the loss of those synchronizing signals and the "skewing" of the tape where the heads are now reading between the recorded information causing noise at the top or bottom or throughout the entire screen.
SOLUTION for about 85% of machines exhibiting this problem is CLEANING and inspection of tape path alignment best done with a calibrated playback tape for accuracy.
HOPE this helps . . .