sync cable between Tascam DA-38 and DA-78

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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!
A.C., Oakland

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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).

To find this cable, check out my comprehensive guide to DB25 cables, part of my definitive guide to all things DTRS.

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:
http://www.silentway.com/definitive-dtrs-guide-chapter-3-session-setup

The sync cable comes with the needed sync terminator:
http://www.silentway.com/node/1162

HTH,

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thanks a lot. Man you rock, your site rocks. I will
continue to use it for tips and info. I will buy a
38 and record albums! thanks again

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I've just found a source to buy the terminator plug separately. I've added it to my comprehensive guide to cables, part of my definitive guide to all things DTRS. Some accessories are getting harder to find, but not this one (for now).

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