Otari, Inc.

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Manufacturer Profiles

This is a list of information we have gathered from a variety of sources on some of the major analog reel to reel tape recorder and related equipment manufacturers. While we have strived to provide the best information available to us, there will be corrections and additions. We include personal stories about the companies when they are provided to us.  We always invite input on corrections and updates. Thank you!

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Otari Otari logo in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection

Otari, Inc. International Division

4-29-18, Minami, Ogikubo, Suginami-ku, Tokyo, 167-0052  Japan

Otari reel tape recorder ad in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection

 

Otari reel tape recorder ad in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collectionNot to be confused with retro video game maker Atari, Otari manufactures professional audio equipment. The company's products are used in the music recording, broadcasting, filmproduction, and live music industries. Otari audio products include analog recorders, digital recorders, and mixing consoles. Its industrial products include cassette and CD duplication systems, digital archiving systems, and sample rate converters. Otari products are sold across Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. The company also has distributors in California, Australia, and New Zealand. Otari was founded in Tokyo in 1965

June 1 1974 Billboard - Masayuki Hosoda 39 (10 years as a Teac engineer) founded Otari Corp in 1964. He & Mitsuo Takekawa 48 created Otari Corp in the US which is the company's first foreign subsidiary. Takekawa will head the US subsidiary. Brian Trankle (Ampex 17 years) is marketing Manager. San Carlos, CA

Hosoda has seen his company in Japan grow from 4 employees to the present 200 in three factories and one HQ building. Sales of $5 million in 1974. Otari got its name from Hosodas father because it is a village in the so-called Japanese Alps where senior Hosoda lived.

 

 


In 2012, we contacted Otari to obtain more information and received the following response. 

From: T. Hora <hora@otari.co.jp>
Subject: Re: Otari History Resources
Date: March 22, 2012 7:55:03 PM CDT

Dear Sir,

We are proud as last producer of professional tape recorder.
And we still can manufacture MX-5050 according to the inquiries.

Now, regarding to our history, we will send it when finding it.

Best regards

T. Hora - "Otari History Resources" において、


We also contacted the US distributor in 2012 who advised they had 5 units in stock @ $7900.00 each.

Otari is the only company still manufacturing reel tape recorders.  The MX-5050 is available on request from this link http://www.otari.com/product/recorder/mx5050/index.html


2017 Update - Pat Johnson, AheadTek, the US Otari representative shared this information

"Hi Martin,

We are negotiating with them now for a redesign effort. I should have some news in another 90 days or so. Best case is units could be available in mid-2018. We can add you to our list of call backs.

In the meantime, we could refer you to a gentleman in OKC who has been rebuilding some units…for LBJ Library in Austin among others. Let me know if you would like his contact info.

Best Regards,

Pat Johnston
AheadTeK


Otari reel tape recorders from the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection

Otari MX-5050 BQ III 4 track reel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection

Otari MX-5050 BQ III 4 track reel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection

Otari MX-5050 BQ III 4 track reel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection - Specs

Otari reel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection

Otari reel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection

Otari MX-50 2 track reel tape recorder no longer in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection

Otari 7500 reel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection

Otari 7500 2 track reel tape recorder no longer in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection

This Otari MX-5050 B2 HD was donated to MOMSR by the Hugh Sparks Estate to the Museum of MAgnetic Sound Recording

Otari MX5050 B2 HD

This Otari MX-5050 B2 HD was donated to MOMSR by the Hugh Sparks Estate

This Otari MX-5050 B2 HD was donated to MOMSR by the Hugh Sparks Estate to the Museum of MAgnetic Sound Recording

Otari reel tape recorders photos from various studios

The Block House Studio- Austin, Texas

   

Otari reel tape recorder ads

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Otari reel tape recorder photos contributed by others

We appreciate all photos sent to our museum. We hope to successfully preserve the sound recording history. If we have not credited a photo, we do not know its origin if it was not taken by the contributor. Please let us know if a photo on our site belongs to you and is not credited. We will be happy to give you credit, or remove it if you so choose. Please note that none of these recorders are available for sale from our Museum.

    OTARI-MX5050-QXH-4-Track  OTARI-MX5050-QXH-4-Track  OTARI-MX5050-QXH-4-Track       OTARI-MX5050-QXH-4-Track OTARI-MX5050-QXH-4-Track   OTARI-MX5050-QXH-4-Track Otari MX-5050 B III reel to reel tape recorder  Otari MX-5050 B III reel to reel tape recorder  Otari MX-5050 B III reel to reel tape recorder       OTARI MX-5050 BII reel to reel tape recorder OTARI MX-5050 BII reel to reel tape recorder   OTARI MX-5050 BII reel to reel tape recorder    OTARI MX-5050 BII reel to reel tape recorder                     OTARI MX5050 QXHD 4 TRACK reel tape recorder  OTARI MX5050 QXHD 4 TRACK reel tape recorder  OTARI MX5050 QXHD 4 TRACK reel tape recorder OTARI MX5050 QXHD 4 TRACK reel tape recorder  OTARI MX5050 QXHD 4 TRACK reel tape recorder     OTARI MX5050 QXHD 4 TRACK reel tape recorder   Otari MX5050 MK 3-8 reel to reel tape recorder   Otari MX5050 MK 3-8 reel to reel tape recorder      OtariMTR12II reel to reel tape recorder  Otari MTR 12 II reel to reel tape recorder     Otari MTR 12 II reel to reel tape recorder  Otari MTR 12 II reel to reel tape recorderOtari MX-7800  reel to reel tape recorder

Otari MX-70 reel to reel tape recorder    Otari MX-70 reel to reel tape recorder     Otari MX-70 reel to reel tape recorder

Otari MTR 10 reel to reel tape recorder  Otari MTR 10 reel to reel tape recorder  Otari MTR 10 reel to reel tape recorder  

Otari MTR 90 reel to reel tape recorder  Otari MTR 90 reel to reel tape recorder   

Otari MTR 90 reel to reel tape recorder  Otari MTR 90 reel to reel tape recorder  Otari MTR 90 reel to reel tape recorder  Otari MTR 90 reel to reel tape recorder

Otari MTR 15 DAS2 ADC  Otari MTR 15 DAS2 ADC  Otari MTR 15 DAS2 ADC  Otari MTR 15 DAS2 ADC  Otari MTR 15 DAS2 ADC Otari MTR 15 DAS2 ADC    Otari MTR 15 DAS2 ADC 

See also Multi-Track recording

 

Please help us create a permanent museum for this collection

Go to: • 3MAEG/MagnetophonAkaiAmplifier CorpAmpexAmproAstrocom/MarluxBang & OlufsenBellBell & HowellBell LabsBerlant ConcertoneBeyerdynamicBrüel & KjærBrenellBrushCetec GaussCraigCrown • DokorderDualEdisonEicoElectro VoiceEMI/GramophoneFerrographFostexGrundigHeathKitKLHLeevers RichLyrecMagnecordMarantzMCIMitsubishiNagraNakamichiNeumannNewcombNeveOkiOtariPentronPhilipsPioneerPrestoRangertoneRCARobertsRolaSansuiScullyShureSolid State LogicSonySoundcraftSpectoneStancil HoffmanStellavoxStephensStuder ReVoxTandbergTape-AthonTapesonicTeac/TascamTechnicsTelefunkenTolnai ToshibaUher VikingWebster Chicago/WebcorWebster ElectricWilcox-GayWollensak

View calendar which lists company creation dates associated with world and recording history

 
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