Watch How a 4-Track Cassette Recorder Can Become a Musical Instrument

Chris Randall of Audio Damage shows us how to do something which many people aren't aware is possible: using a cassette 4-track as a musical instrument. It's this fascinating 12 minute video.  

This isn’t for the faint of heart. In this video Chris Randall shows how to get a Cm7 chord progression from a 4-track cassette machine. It’s a technique that Alessandro Cortini explained how he used in a live setup. Think of it as each track on the 4-track being a different note or chord, and to trigger it you simply increase the level fader.

Chris uses a Tascam Portastudio 414, Audio Damage Phosphor, Ableton Live and an Eventide H9.

After about 10 minutes of setting up Chris fires up his modular synthesiser and then uses the 4-track to play along to great effect.

Just goes to show how useful it is to have a cassette 4-track lying around in your studio.


Web: Analog Industries YouTube Channel

If you like the idea of using cassette tapes for musical means, then check out the OM-1 Cassette Tape synthesizer here.


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