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Hate my Tascam Trainers

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by ArcBassMan, Dec 2, 2012.

  1. ArcBassMan


    Dec 2, 2012
    Does anyone know of a program (free or not) that does all the Tacam Bass Trainers (MP3 or otherwise) do, such as allow for tempo & key changes on a recording you want to learn, that has a better sound. I find it hard to hear the changes on the Tascam trainers, and figure there must be a better alternative.
  2. Kmonk


    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan Strings, Nordstrand Pickups, Korg Keyboards
    I have owned three different Tascam trainers and have great luck with all of them. The only reason I've had to replace them is because I dropped them. I have tried others trainers which did not allow you to change the key or speed and found the sound to be pretty bad. Lots of distortion, no clarity, etc. With Tascam I found that the sound always suffers when changing the key or speed but Tascam has been the best so far. I recommend getting a good pair of headphones.
  3. ack

    ack Why Can't We All Get Along?

    Nov 19, 2006
    Somewhere near Raleigh
    Try the "Amazing Slow Downer". You can download it for free and the free version allows you to change the pitch and speed. It also has an EQ section to boost/cut L, M, H. The downside to the free version is that you're limited to the first 1/4 of an MP3 file...or the first & last track on a CD. it's enough to give you an idea of how it works.

    It's worth checking out to see if you like it better than the Tascam.
    It's like $50 for the full version.
  4. guy n. cognito

    guy n. cognito Secret Agent Member Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2005
    Nashville, TN
    I use a program called Capo, and it works great. I understand Audacity also has the same functions.

    I also disliked my Tascams. I was very careful with them, but they broke constantly.
  5. Audacity is pretty good (and it's freeware). I haven't tried any others.
  6. ack

    ack Why Can't We All Get Along?

    Nov 19, 2006
    Somewhere near Raleigh
  7. MrLenny1


    Jan 17, 2009
    Sorry to hear you hate your Tascam.
    I have had my BT, MP3 for 4 years and love it.
    I have heard several complaints about the CD Bass trainer
    and all related to mechanical problems.
    Bought a decent set of headphones and regularly use
    it as my main practice tool.
    Last night was YYZ time, looped the tricky parts and I'm half way there.
  8. ArcBassMan


    Dec 2, 2012
    I'm So impressed with the great responses. I am new to this forum (and forums in general), but not to bass playing.

    I have used both the CD type Tascam (years ago) and the MP3 type, and my complaint is that if I were to listen to the same song on our band PA, the bass part is much easier to hear. I have Shure SRH 750 DJ headphones so I don't think that's the problem.

    I can't wait to try all the different programs discussed here...and can't thank everyone who responded enough. Think I'll be sticking around on this forum, as it's obviously worth it!