Colemine Records’ Terry Cole Trusts TASCAM

With a passion for everything related to records, Terry Cole not only operates a recording studio; he also operates a record store. As the owner/operator of Colemine Records, music production takes a front and center position. When he is not in the studio, chances are he can be found at Plaid Room Records, a record store that he co-owns. As Cole describes his arrangement, “I love making records and working with artists to create great records. As for creating music, he is a passionate TASCAM user with a combination of old and new—analog and digital.

Describing his arrangement, Cole says, “I oversee all projects at Colemine Records, which can involve anything from simply developing a marketing plan to seeing a project from the ground up, including production, art development, and release.” To accomplish this, Cole is an avid fan of the TASCAM 388 Studio 8, an integrated analog recorder/mixer that uses a quarter-inch open reel tape format. He also has TASCAM digital interfaces: a TASCAM US-2x2 2-in/2-out audio/MIDI Interface with HDDA Mic Preamps and a TASCAM US-16x08 USB audio / MIDI Interface, which is a 16-input audio device. A TASCAM Model 32 2-track, ¼-inch open reel recorder and a TASCAM 424mkiii Portastudio complete the picture.

The TASCAM Model 32 2-track, ¼-inch open reel recorder completes the analog side of music production for Cole. “The Model 32 serves as a finished mix recorder,” Cole explained. “I use this recorder to add a final bit of glue—or analog warmth—to the mix. Digital has a lot of benefits in terms of production, but it frequently lacks the ‘warmth’ that analog brings to the equation. As I mentioned earlier, I make sure the first thing our signals hit are either the 388 or 424 for just that purpose. I like to add some tape compression right from the jump, as it just sounds more natural.”

Shifting over to the digital side of production, Cole discussed his use of the TASCAM US-2x2 and US-16x08 digital interfaces. “I use the US-2x2 on my office computer to rip LPs when I’m approving tests or for use on Zoom calls as a microphone interface,” he said. “It’s also my interface of choice anytime I need to get a mic line into my office computer. I also have two US-16x08 interfaces: one is in a portable rig that I built as a mobile recording setup, while the other is my primary audio interface to our computer in the studio. The US-16x08 enables me to manage a lot of signals easily and the mic preamps are clean and quiet while delivering a lot of headroom.”

Before turning his attention back to the business of the day, Cole offered these parting thoughts regarding his TASCAM experience, “TASCAM gear is rugged, tactile, and adds an instant vibe that is sometimes hard to put my finger on. Overall, TASCAM is a key element in adding character to our recordings, and we couldn’t be doing what we’re doing without it. It’s that important.”

To learn more about Terry Cole and Colemine Records, visit www.coleminerecords.com