TEAC 2340 and 3340  

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History of multitrack recording, TEAC

TEAC 2340 and 3340 was a line of cheap 4-track multitrack sound recording units that changed the course of popular music. The Teac 3340 1/4 inch 4-track recorder was used at Lee Perry's Black Ark studio during the seventies.

During the 1970s, sixteen, twenty-four, and thirty-two track recording became common, with recording tape reaching two and three inches (5.08cm - 7.62cm) wide. In 1973 TEAC converted their consumer quadraphonic tape recorders for use as home multitrack recorders. The result were the popular TEAC 2340 and 3340 models. Both were four-track machines that used ¼ inch tape. The 2340 ran at either 3¾ or 7½ inches per second and used seven inch reels while the 3340 ran at 7½ or 15 inches per second and used 10½ inch reels. They cost under U.S. $1,000.

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