Hey, this is Mike from 424recording.com! For the past year, I've been releasing videos on my YouTube Channel about the Tascam 424 mkiii 4-track cassette recorder. I've been a big fan of the machine since my early days playing and recording music in basements and bedrooms.
One thing I've always dug about the Tascam 424 is the sound of the preamps: they're lo-fi and trashy in the best way possible. I've always wanted the sound of the preamps in a pedal. I reached out to my friend and fellow musician, Jay Andersen of Operation: Audio, to see if he'd make me one.
On the channel, Jay is known as "the Wizard"; he runs a local amp repair shop, has built dozens of pedals, builds tube amps, and basically understands more than anyone I know about electronics. He's a great source of information for the 424 Recording community. Naturally, he was the go to choice of pedal builder for this project.
Will Mansell, a 4-track enthusiast and artist from the UK, is designing the artwork for the pedal. There's a few different designs kicking around behind the scenes. We'll let you know through Kickstarter once we've got the artwork finalized!
Here's some technical specs, direct from Jay:
From mid-February to the end of March 2018, Jay and I made demos of the preamp on the channel for a variety of instruments: electric guitar, drums, vocals, bass, synth, drum machine... we even recorded a song using the preamp on each part! Ready to hear what the preamp can do? Check out the videos below!
I'm super pumped about this pedal and believe it is the ultimate extension of the channel, in real life form! If the channel has a mascot, (besides Hatbro and Catbro, of course), it's this pedal. I'm a firm believer in creating things that I want to see in this world; if the TascFam Preamp is something you want to see, back the project right here on Kickstarter!
Feel free to hit us up!
Mike - firstname.lastname@example.org
Jay - email@example.com
Risks and challenges
In the months leading up to the project's fund-by date, I've been recording sounds and official videos of the pedal on my YouTube Channel for backers and potential backers right here on Kickstarter. Jay's been putting the finishing touches on the circuit, PCB boards, and inner workings of the pedal. Will's finalizing the artwork.
We've got a dedicated and experienced team working toward the completion of this project. The only issues I foresee are delays in sourcing parts or simply not meeting the funding goal of $2,000 for this project. (And if we don't meet the funding goal, that's cool with me... I'll keep the prototype for myself!)
We've done our homework on this project and have a collective 35+ years of experience, so any challenges that delay our August 2018 ship date, will be challenges out of our control. We've kept the initial batch of TascFam Preamps to 10, which is extremely manageable between a gear wizard (Jay) and a gear nerd (myself), but since we're hand-building the pedals, if for some reason we have a larger backing here on Kickstarter than our planned run of 10 pedals, depending on the amount of backers, the production of the pedals could take extra time in correlation with the amount of orders received.
And as with any project of this nature, the final art and layout may not reflect the current design but if there are any major changes, we'll keep everyone in the loop right here on Kickstarter.
Other than that, August 2018 should be party time for our backers! Wooooooooooo! Let's do it!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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