I can't figure out how to record on 4 tracks at the same time
I have done 8 at the same time before but for some reason, I can't recall or figure out how I did it. Page 21 of the manual metions that you can do it but it doesn't tell you how. Any help would be appreciated as i begin recording in 2 hours.
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"how do i save a reverb effect on my voice or etc also how do i save my tracks as the tracks dont link togeather thanks mike"
You can assign the reverb as a mic effect on an insert and this will print to your recorded track... or you can record dry and then apply the insert to the track and bounce it to another track to record it with the effect.
"how do i mix down tracks have manual but it is hard to follow taccam2488mk2 thanks"
First set an out point as the end of your mix (in point doesn't do anything as the mix always starts at zero), then press the 'bounce' button above the submix fader and select the track(s) you'd like to bounce to (create the mix on). Press play and record and any tracks that aren't muted and have recording on them will be mixed to the targets you've designated.
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Being older I recall these recorders. The problem with them was 8 track tapes never played very well due to the cinnamon roll design, the recorder and players tuck the tape back into the center of the roll when playing them. This poor design causes them to wear out fast and often snag or damage the mechanisms. Not to mention you can often hear adjacent tracks spilling over into the current track you are listening to...
In your case I think the recording head which records track two is out of allignment or contaminated with oxide from the tapes which tends to cake on them. You might try giving it a blast of compressed air if you can find the recording heads, or if unafraid cleaning the head witha q-tip in denatured alcohol or a commercial head cleaning solution for old magnetic tape machines, the solution is basically alcohol and something like freon to make it evaporate if I recall correctly.
If it still doesn't work it is probably because these things are very old regardles of how well they were made in addition to the fact the technology is 40+ years old.
Yes you can record on the other 6 tracks, but you need to assign them.
If you are having problems assigning them, don't forget that you need to clear the previous assignments (for track 1 and 2 for example) FIRST, before you try and assign to say tracks 3 & 4.
To clear assignments hold down the assign key and the previously assigned tracks should flash. While still holding the assing key, press each one of the flashing channels seperately to un-assign them. Now release the assign key.
I think you need to read the manual CAREFULLY and follow it step by step. I had problems with mine also and found it was me in too much of a hurry to get things done. This unit is easy to record with once you get the procedure figured out. I think you're just missing a step. Good luck
Sounds like you have a latency problem. This can be for a variety of reasons, something Cakewalk admits. The reason for that could be everything from processor limitations, not enough RAM, your soundcard, or simply that you need to change the latency configuration in the audio settings menu of the program. Considering that that is the cheapest fix, try changing settings first. Be sure to follor the help information in Cakewalk - they can be a little confusing for Cakewalk (I have no idea why they can't seem to explain their programs after all these years) but you will be able to figure out what settings are right for you.
My guess is that when you record, you are listening to the previously recorded track, and playing to it. Then when you play it all back as a mix, they are not in sync as when you were recording them.
If that is not the problem, plesae explain further. You are able to monitor your previously recorded tracks, right? Not just playing each track "blind" and trying to have them match? Hope not. That is rarely possible - if at all.
If you are monitoring your prerecorded tracks while recording on top of them and it sounds different when you play it back, it's definitely latency.
To record the eight inputs onto 8 separate tracks at once simply plug your mics or other audio sources into the mic inputs (only 4 can be powered, A-E) and then assign each input to a separate track by pressing the input button which corresponds to one input and then the select button for the desired target track at the same time. Do this for all eight inputs and their target tracks. Then arm all eight tracks to record by pressing the record buttons on each (the red lights will come on). Then when you press play and record in the transport section (or use punch operations) you will record all eight inputs to all eight tracks at the same time.