Recording Options / Tape Cost

This page breaks down approximate tape cost to track count and fidelity.

Tape cost varies – there is plenty of tape available! Sometimes we can find a good deal on NEW OLD STOCK (NOS) / lightly used tape, but we recommend buying new tape from ATR or SplicIt!

Please note these prices do not include studio cost.

Recording options


best deal $$

Record on our Tascam 388 (8 tracks), a legendary machine that has an unmistakeable sound. Alternatively, go four track with our Tascam 22-4 (4 tracks, same tape). Or go 16 track with our Fostex E-16, most tracks on tape for the best price!

8/4 tracks, approximately 45 minutes per tape
Tape: 1/4″ 1800′ ($40/reel)

16 tracks, about 32 minutes per tape
Tape: 1/2″ 2500′ (about $100/reel)

best quality

We have two lovely Otaris – a 16 track (MX-70) and 8 track (MX 5050).
 The Otari MX-5050 mkiii is the model used by Jack Endino for many of the early Sub-Pop records, including a well known grunge classic.

16 tracks approximately 32 minutes (15 IPS) or 16 minutes (30 IPS)
Requires: 1″ 2500′ (cost varies, generally $150-200 / reel)

8 tracks approximately 32 minutes (15 IPS) or 64 minutes (7.5 IPS)
Requires: 1/2″ 2500′ tape (about $100)
Machine: Otari MX5050 mk iii

You can sync both of these machines together and do 22 tracks!! Ask us how! Get crazy and sync the two 16 track machines and record 30 tracks on tape! WOW!