Otari, Inc. International Division
4-29-18, Minami, Ogikubo, Suginami-ku, Tokyo, 167-0052 Japan
Not 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, film production, 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.
We contacted Otari to obtain more information and received the following response.
From: T. Hora <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: Otari History Resources
Date: March 22, 2012 7:55:03 PM CDT
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.
T. Hora - "Otari History Resources" において、
We also contacted the US distributor 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
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 - Specs
Otari MX-50 2 track reel tape recorder no longer in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection
Otari 7500 2 track reel tape recorder no longer in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection
Otari MX5050 B2 HD
This Otari MX-5050 B2 HD was donated to MOMSR by the Hugh Sparks Estate
Otari reel tape recorders photos from various studios
The Block House Studio- Austin, Texas
Otari reel tape recorder ads
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 pf these recorders are available for sale from our Museum.
See also Multi-Track recording