Adding Remote Capability To The Pioneer RT-909 Reel-Reel Tape Deck

Last updated: September 1, 2015

DIY to add a remote connector to the back of the deck so you can use a wired remote or one of my wireless remote adapters.

The first picture below left shows the Pioneer RT-909 transport control boards. The connections from the button board to the main board are numbered 1 through 13 just like in the service manual. This is where you will need to solder wires to for the remote connector. The picture below right is of a modified deck with wires soldering in place.

These pictures show a customer who used my Akai RC-70 remote with the 11-pin tube socket connector. The 11-pin tube socket is big and requires a 1.15" diameter hole. If you don't have a chassis punch cutting a hole that size isn't easy, but, if you want to go that route the connector is P/N 77-MIP11. I prefer the Akai RC-90 remote with the 8-pin DIN connector (see further down).

The table below has the connections from the deck to the remote connector for both the 11-pin tube socket and the 8-pin DIN socket.

Pioneer
Pin #
Function
Akai RC-70
11-pin Tube
Akai RC-90
DIN-8 Socket
1
Pause
10
1
2
Ground
6
Shield
3
Record
7
7
4
Forward Play
2
4
5
Reverse Play
3
6
6
Stop
5
5
9
Fast Forward
1
2
10
Rewind
4
3

If you use my Akai RC-90 wireless remote you need to mount the smaller DIN-8 socket which requires a 5/8" (0.625") diameter hole which you can easily do with a step drill. The connector is also a lot easier to find and far cheaper. It was only $1.39 from my local electronics store. Using a step drill I popped a 5/8" (0.625") hole on the back that's out of the way of any brackets or components. Then I located and drilled a couple holes to mount the connector. Since I was using #4-40 hardware I used a #30 drill (0.1285") for a free fit. Now that the connector is mounted I wired it up to the board. The DIN-8 may have pin numbers on the back molded into the plastic, do not follow them. Follow the pinout shown in the picture below when using my Akai wireless RC-90. You can click on the picture to bring up a larger version.

Remote adapters are also available for Aiwa, Akai, Ampex, Crown, Denon, Nakamichi, Otari, Pioneer, Revox, Sony, Studer, Tandberg, Tascam, Teac and Technics decks.

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