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Fostex X-12 4-Track Cassette Recorder   

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The Fostex X-12 4-Track Cassette Recorder has inherited the most attractive features of the X-14: simple 4-track recording and simple operation with ...Click To Read More About This Product

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Full-featured and easy to master!

The Fostex X-12 4-Track Cassette Recorder has inherited the most attractive features of the X-14: simple 4-track recording and simple operation with the quick and easy record track-select button, 5-segment LED input level meter, individual playback level and pan controls, stereo line out, and headphone out with level. The transport has been improved in reliability over the X-14 with a larger flywheel.

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  • Simple 4-track recording and simple operation
  • Quick and easy record track select button 5-segment LED input level meter
  • Individual playback level and pan controls
  • Stereo line out
  • Headphone out with level
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4.1

(based on 14 reviews)

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Good entry level multi-track machine

I have owned this 4 track recorder for about 3 years. It is very basic, but simple to use. There was absolutely no learning curve, I basically took it out of the box...Read complete review

I have owned this 4 track recorder for about 3 years. It is very basic, but simple to use. There was absolutely no learning curve, I basically took it out of the box and started using it. When I first purchased it, I used it to completely record entire song productions. I made the transition to digital recording shortly after buying this recorder, but this little machine still comes in handy as a sketch pad to capture song ideas or new riffs. I may not have time to boot up a digital recorder or the laptop computer before the inspiration leaves me.Since this unit does not have any noise reduction, it is important to "saturate" the tape to keep noise to a bare minimum for final mix down. The meter for recording is not terribly accurate. I found that the signal distorted if I let the peaks hit the top red LED (+6 db), so I make sure that the signal only peaks occassionaly at the +3 LED. This unit does not have any effects send/returns so you must either record a "wet" signal or add these effects during mix down by patching directly thru. While this unit is limited, it is still very useful and great recordings can be made by being creative and using your other gear. I would also recommend a second cassette deck with Dolby HX Pro for "bouncing" to. Dolby HX Pro can be played back on decks without noise reduction with good sound resolution. This would permit you to bounce 4 tracks to 2, and free up 2 tracks for additional overdubs.I recommend this deck to novice or experienced audio engineers for the above reasons.

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Trash, plain and simple

I paid 99 dollars for this thing. I played back tapes maybe six times and was as gentle as can be, due to the cheesy feel of the buttons. Gentleness didn't help. ...Read complete review

I paid 99 dollars for this thing. I played back tapes maybe six times and was as gentle as can be, due to the cheesy feel of the buttons. Gentleness didn't help. Today, out of the blue, the transport began to drag. Forget this. Save your dough.

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5.0

Excellent Gear

By 65 Strat Guy

from Atlanta

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I love this recorder. I have it linked with a Behringer MX602A 4 channel board, a Zoom MRT3 drum machine, and a Zoom RFX300 effects unit. Yes, it only cuts one track at a time, but listen. I cut drums, bass, two guitars on 4 tracks with whatever EQ and effects I want, mix it up to a 2 track stereo cassette deck, THEN, take that cassette and put it into the X12, and have my stereo mix, and can add another 2 tracks, and keep going up & down until I have what I want to make the final stereo mix to my master 2 track deck. Then I use Xitel Inport Deluxe hardware/software to digitize the cassette recording to my laptop, then burn it to CD. Perfect! The X12 is sturdily made and has a very solid tape drive.

 
4.0

Great for Acoustic

By DCR

from Whitefish, MT

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I bought the X-12 for purpose of practicing and teaching guitar and banjo. It is perfect for that use. It's pretty basic, no frills, easy to use and that's what I was looking for. I can record a track on one instrument and accompany it on another and record up to 4 tracks to a cd. I also use it with my music students to teach them how to learn by accompanying themselves. A great value for the dollar.

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1.0

Great product when it works

By joe

from Wilkes-Barre, PA

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Used the recorder for 1 hour and it went south. It started to drag. When it first started it sounded great, but it lasted for just one hour. Very easy to use, with good sound. I think this unit must have be refurbished. It is on its way back.

 
4.0

Pretty good for the price.

By TDSsinger

from Millville, NJ

This little recorder works very well. Im using it right now to record a home demo. If you know how to use it correctly it sounds just about studio quality. You have to make sure you keep the head clean & make sure you use cassettes made for 4 track cassette recorders. One problem I do have is hissing when I hit the record/play button. Somtimes the hissing is so loud and bad you cant here the rest of the instruments. But, if you save the hissy tracks for istruments such as drums or bass you shouldn't have a problem. Overall this is a pretty good recorder and gets the job done.

 
5.0

great for the price

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

ive had this for maybe 6 months now. i am now recording my bands first demo on it. and right off the bat, i thought this thing was pretty nifty. when attached to my mixer, it makes professional sounding recordings. but, you do need to know how to control the level meter. it took me a while to figure out how to get a good loud sound, and still be under 6db or whatever. in all, for the price, this thing is amazing, and would recommend it to anyone who doesnt have much money, and who wants to put some sounds down.

 
5.0

City Limits

By City Limits

from North Carolina

I invested the money in this little recorder and have used it for about a year now. I play in a country music band, and needed something that was not only cheap, but was easy to use. I have found both with the X-12. Great for demos and recording songs. This is a must have for home recording.

 
4.0

Great for demos and songwriting!

By ThatLeonGuy

from Davison, MI

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I've had the X-12 for about 2 years, and It's a great little machine. It would be nice if it could record more than one track at a time, but hey. Has very good sound quality(just make sure you use decent quality tape in it, otherwise it will warble and distort on playback) I use my Alesis drum machine for rythym and hook the line out to my stereo as "monitors" and it's a pretty good set up. Great for those on a budget who want to get some recording done.

 
5.0

Solid little 4 track.

By bigangrynate

from ND

I recieved the X-12 as birthday present right when Fostex put it on the market and the X12 has been my best friend recording wise since I got it. True, it only does a track at a time and only offers level and pan controls, but it simple approach introduces the user to multitrack recording without overwhelming them. I have a Behringer MX602A that allows me to to drums and Alesis NanoComp to keep things even and so far the X12 has made some nice demos. I like it so much that I won't even get rid of it now that I have upgraded to a digital 4 track.

 
4.0

Great workstation for anybody

By The Keith Moon of the 21st Century

from Idiotville, KY

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I got this four track for Christmas a few days ago and I mastered it in like 10 minutes. This is my first real recording workstation and it's quite easy to use. The only problem I had with it is it only had one input, so I had to use a splitter to record drums. Other than that, it's a really great machine. It has definitely made me want to further explore recording.

 
5.0

Perfect for a lot of things

By maineguitarguy1

from Maine

I have had this little gem since 1999 when I bought it for my first recorder in 6th grade. While it's not the best for professional recording, it makes an excellent back up copy of digital recordings, live shows or just to get some ideas on tape for a rough version. Since I play solo I can record backup vocals and band parts onto it so it will seem like I have a full band at live shows. This thing is really worth the cost

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