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TCM-12

(1984)

TCM-12, picture by Nick Jarman

The TCM-12 was in simple terms a recording version of the famous WM-22. It was intended as a business tool rather than a source of entertainment and so was mono only, although the stable mechanism meant that it was suitable for music listening as well as note-taking and dictation. In size this model was almost identical to the TCM-600 but was considerably cheaper. Text copyright © Walkman Central. Unauthorised reproduction prohibited.

As well as being able to record, the TCM-12 also included a built-in electret condenser microphone and a loudspeaker. The cue and review modes had been re-instated to the winding keys and a pause switch was fitted, this worked electrically by simply switching off the motor. Text copyright © Walkman Central. Unauthorised reproduction prohibited.

The TCM-12 was designed for use with ferric (IEC I) tapes only, it did have AC bias but as erasure was by a permanent magnet chrome and metal types would not have worked. Unlike most Walkmans there was no EQ switch for playback either. Text copyright © Walkman Central. Unauthorised reproduction prohibited.

An external microphone and earpiece could be connected but as the sockets were mono the sound would be heard on one side only if Walkman headphones were used without an adaptor. Text copyright © Walkman Central. Unauthorised reproduction prohibited.