Recording Options / Tape Cost

This page breaks down approximate tape cost to track count and fidelity.
Please note this is not including studio/engineer time.

Recording options


best fidelity/quality

8 tracks approximately 32 minutes
Requires: 1/2″ 2500′ tape ($100)
Machine: Otari MX5050 mk iii

4 tracks, approximately 22 minutes
Requires: 1/4″ 1800′ ($40)
Machine: Tascam 22-4

2 tracks – 22-45 minutes
Record live like they did in the old days – no post production required!

Requires 1/4″ 1800′ – 3600′ ($40-100)
Machine: Otari MX5050 bii



most tracks (uses synchronization)

22 tracks, approximately 32 minutes per 2 tapes
Requires: 1/4″ 1800′ tape AND 1/2″ 2500′ tape ($140)
Machines: Fostex E-16 & Tascam 388 running in sync

14 tracks, approximately 32 minutes per 2 tapes
Requires: 1/4″ 1800′ tape AND 1/2″ 2500′ tape ($140)
Otari MX 5050 mkiii & Tascam 388

 

most tracks & best fidelity/quality

22 tracks, approximately 32 minutes per 2 tapes
Requires: Two (2) reels 1/2″ 2500′ ($200)
Otari MX 5050 mkiii & Fostex E-16 running in sync

10 tracks, 20-32 minutes per 2 tapes
Otari MX 5050 mk iii & Tascam 22-4
Requires: 1/2″ 2500′ & 1/4″ 1800′ ($140)


 

cost effective

16 tracks, approximately 32 minutes per tape 
Tape: 1/2″ 2500′ ($100)
Fostex E-16

8 tracks, approximately 45 minutes per tape
Tape: 1/4″ 1800′ ($40)
Tascam 388 (8 tracks) or Tascam 22-4 (four tracks)