1979. Teac/TASCAM introduces the 144 Porta-Studio, the first four-track integrated tape machine/mixer. The first 4-track. A truly revolutionary product for many reasons, and the first of a product category that would have a profound effect on musical and audio aesthetics of the next 30 years. The two-page spread above is the advert that introduced this product to the public.
For all its importance, the 4-track was actually the lesser of two novel cassette-based products introduced by Japanese companies in 1979 which would have a profound global cultural impact. The other one? Click here if you haven’t guessed yet.
For an earlier discussion of the 144 and its legacy, click on this link.