Do you remember?
In 1987, Otari introduced the MX-55, as seen in this ad from the September 1988 issue of Broadcast Engineering.
Founded in 1965 in Tokyo, Otari was responsible for producing a great deal of audio equipment throughout the growth of the radio industry, and is still making audio equipment today.
Six years prior to the MX-55, Otari implemented the MX-5050BII, a recorder the company was not trying to replace with the MX-55, but improve upon it. As the ad states, the BII was a workhorse standard for two-channel audio machines, but the MX-55 offered many additional features including “An integral auto locator; a voice editing mode that allows 2x speed playback at normal pitch; a built-in cue speaker; GSPIPO (gapless, seamless, punch-in, punch-out), and all adjustments are available through the front panel!”
The MX-55 proves there is always room for improvement and new does not always mean the demise of old.
Do you still have a working reel-to-reel machine in your station? Tell me how you keep it running (and why).