The music industry forever changed at the 1979 New York AES Show with the introduction of the TEAC Model 144 Portastudio®, an integrated 4-track cassette recorder with Dolby B noise reduction, 3.75 ips operation and a 4×2 mixer with pan, treble and bass on each input.
The most famous Portastudio recording was Bruce Springsteen’s 1982 Nebraska album. Originally cut on a 144 with a couple of Shure SM57s, it was intended to be a demo. However, The Boss liked the feel of the songs so much that rather than recut them, he used them as the master tracks.
Vintage TEAC ad announces the Portastudio 144.
For musicians seeking a sketchpad for recording demos, the 144 was a runaway success with a legacy of thousands of artists and engineers today who made their first multitrack recordings on Portastudios.