Spring 4-Track Challenge: Getting my 4-Track ready to record

Since I started recording on my 4-Track back in 1993, I’ve always followed a strict way to record to keep the sound as fresh and clear as possible.

1. I demagnetize the heads. My father bought a demagnetizer in the mid-80s and since he stopped using it at this point, I started using it whenever I record or do a major mix down of a song.
2. Clean the heads. I always clean the heads before recording or doing a mix down.

After I’ve done these two steps, I show you how I recorded the scratch track from the digital porta-studio to the 4-track.

A deeper understanding of using effects on various systems.

I’ve been reading a lot of questions about using effects on different systems and decided I wanted to help out where I could.  I made the following video showing how to set up effects on various devices from amplifiers and mixers to using them while recording.

— Mike