Fostex was the yin to Tascam’s yang in the home-recording 80s. What does this mean? What is the sound of 4 tracks of noise reduction with no recorded signal? ANYway… I always imagined Fostex equipment to be just a little bit flimsier and crappier than the similar Tascam products… although in retrospect I think they were about equal. The two pieces of ‘pro’ tascam/fostex gear that i owned back-to-back (balanced-input CDR recorders) both failed completely in 2 years each, so clean slate there.
Is someone out there collecting examples of every 4-track machine from the 80s? (the pre-ADAT era)? Likely. If you are that weirdo, blogging away about the relative merits of each, do drop a line.