Go back to the glory days of home recording with the Tascam 202mkVII dual cassette deck

Is an audio cassette revival on the cards? Following the launches of Klevgrand’s DAW Cassette and  Fuse Audio Labs’ TCS-68 plugins, both of which are designed to recreate the sound of the classic home recording format, Tascam has gone the whole hog and released a new pro-level dual cassette deck.

Though the 202mkVII has the reassuringly familiar look of the deck that you had in your hi-fi all those years ago, there are some concessions to today’s technology. A rear-mounted USB output enables you to archive your cassettes to digital media, and there’s also a front-panel mic input so that you can mix a live input with the playback of Tape 1 and record it to Tape 2.  

The two decks can record and play back independently, and there’s a Special playback mode that enables you to monitor the sound from one tape using headphones while another plays through the line outputs. There’s support for normal, chrome and metal tapes, and a wireless remote control is included.

The Tascam 202mkVII is available now for $500. Find out more on the Tascam website.

Ben Rogerson
Deputy Editor

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it.