I have had two of these over the last 9 years. They work but are built so poorly that you have to be very careful with them. The CD door is the achiles heal of the unit. They also could have cut some cost originally but not bothering with the effects and tuner.
The basic function of cutting the baseline out works well enough for the unit to be useful and the slow down function also works. The sound degradation with the slow down down function is there but I haven't experienced it being so bad that the function is unusable. The bass elimination also works with mp3's run in to the " line in " jack but you cant use slow down or looping. This is how I use mine these days. I tun my iPod in to the unit. Tascam came out with an mp3 version of these years ago but I guess the discontinued them. Seemed like a right move as CD format has been on the way out for 10 years. I'm sure there's an app out these days that can all of this now.
Over all the unit can function at its basic job but I'm sure there are better choices on the market now. I wouldn't recommend buying one of these unless you get it for under $30.00.
Tascam Cd-bt1 Bass Trainer
- 3.2/5, 3.2 from 13 reviews
The new CD-BT1 is the ultimate portable workshop and jamming tool for bass guitar.
Too Fragile & Obsolete Formst
- 2/5, 2 out of 5, reviewed Jan 7, 2016
- Build Quality:
- + Useful tool, looping function makes figuring out lines easier. Slow down feature also a nice touch.
- - No need for effects, No need for the tuner, built way too fragile, door pins guaranteed to break eventually.CD Format is obsolete.
Obsolete, and deservedly so
- 1/5, 1 out of 5, reviewed Aug 25, 2015
- Build Quality:
- + I bought two of these, because it was supposedly improved. Bull crap.
- - Parts, both minor and MAJOR broke, soon after these were out of warranty. Geniuses must make these- and know exactly how to plan breakage!
First one, on/off switch broke. Then, the CD door pins broke.
Got the second one. CD player stopped working. I actually disassembled the older one, and swapped the CD drive to get it working again. This is a terribly made product that I truly wanted to like and use. Do what I did- either give it away, throw it in the trash, or if you're smart- believe this review and avoid this chunk of waste product. Just plug your sound card output into a mixer, turn down the bass on the source channels, plug your bass in, and play with ANYTHING on the internet. Note to TASCAM... this was a truly serious error, not making this a more durable product.
- 5/5, 5 out of 5, reviewed Mar 26, 2008
- Build Quality:
- + Portable (i don't need my boombox for decifiring my music), has loop, speed reduction (helps to clean out minute details)
- - I wish it could be line out directly ro my amp like a bass effects of some sort (i don't like to use my headphones for a very long time), (yes) battery consumption
I have mine last december. i really love it. it cuts off a lot of problems in the past. Like mobility, loops, and clearer notes because of speed reduction.
I'm not quite sure of the bass reduction, it seems less to no effect at all.
totally the trainer is a very useful tool.
- Pedal Type:
- AA x 4, or AC adapter
- SSA (0 -8 -16 -32 -50%): Slow Speed Audition, tempo control without affecting key
Play any compact disc including 3" mini-CDs and finalized CD-R/RWs you made on your PC
Built-in 11-segment chromatic tuner
Slow Speed Audition lets you slow down the CD tempo by 8%, 16%, 32% or half-speed without changing the pitch
High-power headphone output
Footswitch input for Cue start or effects switching
Two-way power supply; 4 x AA battery or optional AC adapter
Dimensions: 232mm(W) x 138mm(D) x 40mm(H)
Weight (excluding batteries): 620g
Shift song pitch and tempo in 1% steps all the way down to 50%
Change the song key ±6 semitones and ±50 cents (1/100 semitone) without affecting the tempo
1/4" Bass Guitar input, switchable for active or passive pickups
Select one of 19 programs including compression, chorus, distortion, wah and synth bass
5-band graphic EQ with adjustable mid shape for bass input
Bass Boost, Bass Enhance and Bass Cut for CD playback
Multifunction LCD display
Cue button automatically returns you to the last playback starting point
- Other Specs:
- Discontinued; replaced with the CD-BT2