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1979 TEAC Portastudio

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
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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 4x2 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.

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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.