Fostex produced reel to reel tape recorders from 1983 to 1998 which were manufactured in the Japan. These tape recorders targeted the studio market. Fostex tape recorders used solid state electronics. The company produced 2 and 4 track reel to reel machines with 110-120 voltages for the North American market as well as 220 to 240v for the European tape recorder enthusiasts.
1949 Mr. S.Nishimura and Mr. H.Shinohara established Shinano Onkyo Institute in Japan to manufacture speakers.
1953 The “Foster” trade name was registered
1960 Makes speakers for Sony transistor radios
1962 Foster makes microphones
1965 Foster makes stereo radio tuners
1973 The Fostex Company was founded by Foster Electric Co.,Ltd. to brand speaker components from Foster and sell them direct to consumers and dealers
1978 Developed speakers for professional use and began to export worldwide
1981 Enters the professional recording market with three reel-to-reel models, the A-2, A-4 and the A-8 which was the first eight channel multitrack recorder using 1/4″ tape.
Fostex also introduced the Model 350 mixer and Model 250 four-track cassette multitrack recorder.
1983 X-15, portable cassette-based four track that ran on batteries. B-16 First Fostex 16 track R-R using 1/2″ tape with Dolby C noise reduction
1986 The E-16 was introduced.
1990 Released G-16S. E-16 and G-16S (first R-R with Dolby S noise reduction)
1991 G-24S with 24 tracks into 1″ tape
Fostex transitioned to digital audio
1995 DMT-8, world’s first ‘digital multitracker’. Produced the RD-8 Alesis Digital Audio
Tape (ADAT) digital recorder