Teac Reel to reel tape Recorder A3340- HOW TO 4 TRACK Multitrack

Teac A3340s four track reel to reel player recordding demo. Record 4 tracks – drums, bass, and synth on the open reel to reel tape deck. Get a reel of tape and use your mulitrack recorder!

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The video moves pretty quick, so be sure to stop and rewind as necessary!

Today I’m going to show you how to record a song on the Teac A3340 S four track tape recorder. There are a number of swtich configuruations that have to be set to in order to record in mulitrack sync mode, so that’s what we’re going to be working on today.
Let’s begin. I begin by patching my cables into the line ins and outpus of the the Recorder.
Now Let’s hook up the recorder to our console. I’m using the console sends to send signal to the tape machine, and the returns to monitor the playback from the machine. I’ll use the line in’s to patch in my drum tracks and synths into the console.
My main outputs, right and left will go into my 2 track master recorder. Since I’m using 10 and 1/2″ reels, I’ll need to install NAB Hub adapters. And now, the 1800 foot spool of tape. I’ll thread the tape. Now we need to rewind the tape before recording. I wanted to give everyone an Idea of how long it takes to rewind a spool of this tape, so I did it in real time. In fact, I only rewound it about half way.
To Record drums on tracks 1 and 3, we need to Arm the tracks and set the monitoring output to “Source.” Press record.
Ok, so we have drums, and we’ll come back and listen to the whole track after we’ve recorded all 4 tracks.
Now we need to get the machine back to it’s normal playback state before we choose another track to record to.
So, Disarm tracks 1 & 3, and set those outputs back to tape.
Now we need to arm the bass track, So arm track 4 four and set it to source. Now to hear the drums playback in synch with the new bass part we’re going to play, set tracks 1 & 3 to Sync.
Now record your bass part.
Ok bass is done, so disarm the bass track and set the bass output back to tape.
Let’s record a synth part. Arm Track 2 for and set it to source.
Set bass to Sync as well as the drums.
Record your synth. Since This is final track what you’re about hear next is the completed song mixed to my 2 track Digital master recorder. It’s quite loud so that you may hear the machine clearly, so turn down your volume if you’re using headphones.

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    Frank Olson Twins
    Posted July 30, 2020
  • Hello there Frank Olson Twins.2 quick questions. What type of mixer are you using in this video? And I have a tascam model 24, How do I connect all 4 channels to it? I may have to get the same mixer you have. That's why I'm asking what mixer your using. Thanks!

    Posted July 30, 2020
  • Great video.Love the sound of tape.

    A Musician64
    Posted July 30, 2020
  • I have the same machine the 33 400 s but I don't have the lever underneath the rubber pinch roller that appears on your video on my machine

    Posted July 30, 2020
  • Thank you do much for this!! I dug out my teac and noticing the left reel sounds the wrong way. Ideas? Suggestions??

    Corey Stopperan
    Posted July 30, 2020
  • I thought I saw a way awhile back ago that you can use a reel to reel kind of like a effect where you never actually have to lay down the track and record it on there just to pick it up on the other head is that actually possible I can’t find any videos about it?

    Posted July 30, 2020
  • Unfortunately TEAC machines were bulky, very heavy and weak in transit mechanisms. Studer/Revox achieved stability and compactness from the earliest models.

    Stephen Hall
    Posted July 30, 2020
  • You record a bit too hot. The signals should peak at no higher than -3 db on the VU meters (Below "0"), otherwise distortion and breakup will creep in.

    Posted July 30, 2020
  • You can't beat these old reel to reel tape recorder. Iconic

    Posted July 30, 2020
  • Thanks for this man. Wondering if you are using mic-pres before you go into line-in on the back? Appreciate any info bud.

    Los Yesterday's
    Posted July 30, 2020
  • is it possible to record all 4 tracks at once if i wanted to record 4 mics on drums.

    Posted July 30, 2020
  • dude, thank you so much for this simple walk through and for not being a total dick during it…you rule…this was exactly what I needed

    Diamond Carter
    Posted July 30, 2020
  • This was really cool. Never thought ill want to watch this but once I started watching I couldnt stop watching lol. Great video man

    Posted July 30, 2020
  • Proper tape storage.. tail – out! KUDOS

    Hammy Technoid
    Posted July 30, 2020

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