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sync cable between Tascam DA-38 and DA-78
Mon, 05/03/2004 - 14:04
Do I need a special cable to sync up a DA-78 and a DA-38? Can they run simultaneously for 16 trk recording? I have a 78 and I love it (thanks for telling me how to change the battery) but I want to expand and there's usually plenty of 38s for sale. is that a good idea?
thanks a lot, great site!
Mon, 05/03/2004 - 14:06#1
That's a perfect way to go. The 38 is a cheap way to add extra tracks to any DTRS system. Keep in mind that the DA-38 can only record at 16 bits. You can mix-and-match 24-bit machines like the DA-78HR with 16-bit machines like the 38 and they will sync together as one big machine. But tapes formatted at 24bit in the 78 will not play back in a 38. Tapes formatted at only 16bit in the 78 will play back fine in a 38.
The only cable needed is the PW-88S male-to-male 15-pin sync cable. That includes a terminator plug which should go at the end of the sync chain ("sync out" on the last machine).
Note that there is a sibling cable, which is male-to-female. It is used to connect the RC-848 remote, other DTRS remotes or the DM-24 digital mixer to DTRS recorders.
How to set them up to sync together here:
The sync cable comes with the needed sync terminator: