The Fostex A-8 multitrack tape machine

Download the original 2-page product sheet for the Fostex A-8LR tape machine.


Billed as being “about the size of twenty albums stacked together,” the A-8LR differed from the more common A-8 by virtue of 8-track simultaneous recording (as opposed to 4-track simultaneous on the A-8).  We had one of these machines in the house briefly when we were kids and it did not sound very good.  The A-8 records on 1/4″ reel tape.  It is certainly very small for an 8-track machine.

31 thoughts on “The Fostex A-8 multitrack tape machine”

    1. I do know someone selling an A-8. It’s it almost in
      perfect condition. Original owner w/ original
      boxes, manuals. I mean this guy said he only used
      it twice. There wasn’t a scratch on it. It was very
      clean. He also has the 8ch. mixer w/ VU meter
      bridge which was also in perfect condition. Email
      me if interested. D.C. AREA/

  1. Keep in mind that the track width on the A8 would have been about the same as a standard consumer cassette; machine care and tape choice could be hugely influential in the quality of recording/playback. I used one of these for years, kept it de-mag’ed and clean, and restricted my tape choice pretty much to Maxell UD35-90B. And was always happy to go into my home studio. For the money spent the A-series open reel studio was solid.

    1. Is the A-8 you are selling an A-8 LR? I’m looking for the one with the full 8 track option. thank you.

  2. I have an A8, A2, matching mixer and transport pad (navigator) for sale. This was THE set to have in the 80s! Email me.

    1. Hello,

      Do you still have this A-series multitrack. I have tapes from way back then that i would like to play so if you want to sell, I would buy…

      thank you

  3. Hi,
    I have an A8. And the counter stopped working. Does anyone know the fix?
    I love this old trooper but it’s a pain to navigate through the tape without the numbers.

  4. hey it may be a bit superfluous but the majority of these i can find for sale are the grey version, does anyone know what year the black ones were, or have one you want to sell? it’s so much smoother

  5. Hi Folks, I am looking for a Fostex reel to reel 8 track, 1/4″ ( the grey model ) in good working condition. I have many tapes I did in the 80`s that I would like to re-do digitally. I live in South Africa so with our weak currency at the moment, it has to be affordable, many thanks, Fred.

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