The brand name
of a four
-track multitrack cassette
recorder/mixer by TEAC's TASCAM division, first introduced in the late 70s
. It was the cheap, flaky Walkman
of recording devices, compared to the more-expensive (and better sounding, for a number of reasons related to audio bandwidth
) reel-to-reels of the day, plus many models only allowed you to record on two tracks maximum at any one time.
They became popular, and companies like Yamaha and Fostex joined the fray. The multitrack cassette deck would slowly beget thousands of bedroom musicians over the years, and some clusters of them would also form bands.