Four-Track Tape Brings Magic to Mixing for Mackin

Lindsey Mackin makes extensive use of Tascam's Portastudio 244 four-track recorder while working up new albums.
Lindsey Mackin makes intensive use of Tascam’s Portastudio 244 four-track recorder whereas working up new albums.

Austin, TX (May 31, 2023)—Tascam merchandise, significantly the Portastudio 244 four-track recorder, have grow to be integral to the distinctive sound of Austin-based rock trio Annabelle Chairlegs.

According to steer vocalist and band founder Lindsey Mackin, who has been writing and recording her personal music since touchdown in Austin near 10 years in the past, “I’ve been utilizing the 244 for over six years and I acquired the Model 12 [Integrated Production Suite] about two years in the past. I document more often than not when I’m writing music, because it helps me ‘visualize’ the path that I’m taking. Most all the pieces I’m engaged on, whether or not launched or not, will find yourself on the Tascam 244. It may make its means on to the Model 12, relying upon what I wish to add to the monitor or what sort of sound I’m on the lookout for.”

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Mackin performs and excursions usually and, after releasing two full-length albums, an EP and a few singles, album quantity three is on the best way. Further, she is simply beginning to document her fourth document. “The 244 is my major recording instrument; I’ll be releasing a brand new album later this yr titled Heavy Sleeper, and on that undertaking, I labored with an engineer in a recording studio,” she says. “We ended up utilizing a mixture of songs I recorded on the 244 and a few that had been captured at his studio—Dandy Sounds in Dripping Springs, Texas. In my thoughts, I used to be going to re-record all of the tracks, however ended up wanting to make use of the tracks from my 244 as the inspiration of the document. Being an analog recorder, I feel the 244 has such a dreamy and heat high quality, and I actually needed to carry on to that. I couldn’t let it go.”

She continues, “I really like recording analog and I are inclined to get much less distracted when utilizing the Portastudio, because it lets me give attention to the inventive elements versus the technical. I additionally love the pure compression that the tape offers. It brings magic to mixing and makes it extra like a efficiency, which I feel is wonderful and vital. With the 244, the noise discount is at all times on, which I really like. I feel that’s a part of the 244’s appeal. Everything sounds so good! I have a tendency to remain on the 244 for so long as I presumably can.”

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