Tascam’s 202mkVII dual cassette deck is the latest generation of the company’s professional cassette recorders.

Tascam 202mkVII dual cassette deckThe 202mkVII features a rear-panel USB output that enables recording and archiving cassettes to digital media. A front-panel quarter-inch, high-impedance (200kΩ) microphone input with dedicated level control enables live input to be mixed with Tape 1 audio and recorded, in real time, to Tape 2 for karaoke and voiceover applications. The mic input also can accept line-level signals. In addition to the USB output, the rear panel provides stereo analogue line-level input and output on unbalanced RCA connectors. A quarter-inch stereo headphone output with dedicated level knob is located on the front of the unit.

The dual twin-head cassette decks can record and play back independently, including recording simultaneously to create two tapes with the same source. Among other applications, this enables simultaneous creation of a master tape and a copy for distribution, skipping the need to duplicate the master tape. The two decks also provide real-time dubbing at the touch of one button. Tape 1 offers pitch control (±12%) and Tape 2 has a Return to Zero function.

The Tascam 202mkVII offers two playback modes. Normal playback routes sound to the line outputs and headphone output. Special playback mode allows monitoring one tape using headphones, while the other tape plays through the line outputs, making it easy to cue another tape. A noise-reduction feature (the equivalent of Dolby B) reduces hiss during playback.

The 3U rackmount professional tape deck supports recording and playback of Type I (normal) and Type II (chrome) cassette tapes, as well as playback with Type IV (metal) tapes. A dedicated wireless remote control is included.

The Tascam 202mkVII is available at a MAP/street price of US$499.99.

More: www.tascam.com

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