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Tascam CD-GT1 Guitar Trainer

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by LoJoe, Jul 22, 2003.


  1. LoJoe

    LoJoe

    Sep 5, 2002
    Concord, NC USA.
    Just got a Tascam CD-GT1 Guitar Trainer for my birthday. The dude at Guitar Center told my wife it would work great for bass too and he was right. It goes for 149.95 plus another 20 if you want a power supply instead of batteries. This is one great toy. You can slow down a CD without changing pitch, change pitch without changing tempo, and loop a CD, a song, or just the riff you want to learn with just a touch of a button. You plug your bass into it and then you hear the CD and your bass through headphones, or you can run the line out to speakers. I ran it into the input of my SWR Workingman 12, switched the tweeter on and it sounds fantastic. A very useful toy for playing along with a CD privately or looping a section of a song you want to focus on and also slowing it down if you like. It has various effects for singers or guitarists to use too but I haven't even gotten to those yet so I don't know how they'll make a bass sound. I give it an A+ so far. I give my wife an A+ too! :D

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  2. NJL

    NJL

    Apr 12, 2002
    San Antonio
    funny how you bring this up, i am currently at my office waiting for UPS to drop mine off. i just ordered it on monday!

    i'm stoked. just want to practice with my abersold CD in private
     
  3. LoJoe

    LoJoe

    Sep 5, 2002
    Concord, NC USA.
    You should like it. A couple of perceptions. The 4 way menu switch will seem very confusing until you get the hang of it, but once you do, it's very simple. Right for menu, left for sub-menu and then up and down for menu item variables. Also, don't expect thundering deep bass through the headphones, but once you balance the CD to your instrument, it sounds pretty good.
     
  4. NJL

    NJL

    Apr 12, 2002
    San Antonio
    does it happen to have a balance (left to right) through the headphones? for example, if i wanted to only hear the left track of the cd...
     
  5. more of a headphone amp than an effect.. off to misc.
     
  6. LoJoe

    LoJoe

    Sep 5, 2002
    Concord, NC USA.
    No balance control that I can see. That would be nice though as a lot of the practice CD's I'm given are split tracks, instruments on one side, vocals on the other. Oh well... Maybe next version...
     
  7. megiddo

    megiddo

    Apr 5, 2003
    Houston, Texas
    The two best practice aids I have are the GT-1 and a Sony MZ-R700 mini disk recorder (an amazing machine by itself). I record rehearsals on the mini disk, then burn the mini disk to CD if I want to really work on a difficult section. If I don't want to loop or slow things down I just plug the MZ-R700 into the line in on the GT-1 and go from there. Now if I can just find someone who carries the footswitch for the GT-1 I'll have it made!
     
  8. LoJoe

    LoJoe

    Sep 5, 2002
    Concord, NC USA.
    American Musical Supply carries the Foot Switch for 31.95 Have a look.
     
  9. JimK

    JimK

    Dec 12, 1999
    How's the fidelity when the tune is sloooowwwwed down? Extraneous noiz galore or somewhat 'clean'/workable?

    Over the weekend, I did pop in one of our stores to check this out...they had 1 in-stock & we couldn't get it to function quite right(I figured if this was geared for guitarists, it hadda be simple, right?).
    Anyway, it turned out to be a bad display(we couldn't read it). The store's employee noted it shouldn't read "ASCAM" when first booted up.
    ;)
     
  10. NJL

    NJL

    Apr 12, 2002
    San Antonio
    one thing that i am very disappointed in is how quickly it eats batt's.

    within two sessions, (1.5 hours and 2 hours) the machine went into shut off mode (right in the middle of a tune that i was learning). 3.5 hours of use on new batt's is not good at all
     
  11. megiddo

    megiddo

    Apr 5, 2003
    Houston, Texas
    When you slow down a CD the sound gets choppy but the pitch is true to the music. Sounds kinda weird at first, but once you get used to it you can tell right away if you are hitting or missing the right notes.

    I bought an AC adapter after it ate my first set of batteries. I got mine at Radio Shack for about $10.

    All that said it is still my favorite bass accessory! :D
     
  12. NJL

    NJL

    Apr 12, 2002
    San Antonio
    hello, fellow texan.

    do you happen to know which adapter you bought? i live down the street from a radio shack and would like to go buy one today..

    thanks..:)
     
  13. NJL

    NJL

    Apr 12, 2002
    San Antonio
    anyone else have problems with the batt's going to quickly???

    just curious..
     
  14. megiddo

    megiddo

    Apr 5, 2003
    Houston, Texas
    Hey nojazzloco,

    The AC adapter is a Radio Shack Cat number 273-1767A. 9 volt 300mA with a "B" tip. It might run a little more than $10 now, mine was on sale and the tip should be free.

    I think they all chew up batteries pretty quickly. Tascam should have bumped the price up a few bucks and included it in the package, but I notice there are quite a few manufacturers that omit the AC adapter so their product can have a lower street price.

    You'll really get a lot out of this machine. I've found it to be well worth the price.
     
  15. NJL

    NJL

    Apr 12, 2002
    San Antonio
    wow!! the actual prod number :D :D :D

    thank you very much
     
  16. secretdonkey

    secretdonkey

    Oct 9, 2002
    Austin, TX
    I'm using a little piece of shareware (Amazing Slowdowner - for Mac) that functions the same as this gadget. At first I was loathe to admit to using such a thing (I don't need no stinkin' gimmicks to learn no stinkin' song), but it does allow me to catch little nuances I might otherwise fake my way through. I have mixed feelings about it, but I have been mastering tough little parts quicker and with better accuracy. So, I guess that's a thumbs up for the Tascam and other software equivalents... for whatever it's worth...

    :)
     
  17. NJL

    NJL

    Apr 12, 2002
    San Antonio
    the thing that really gets me is trying to learn tunes that contractor put on a cd from a tape or just handing you a tape (why can't people learn chart out songs?). tape players run at different speeds, so they are a little off a lot of the times.

    i had to learn a couple of tunes the other night and they were off, but this little unit has a fine tuning adjustment to bring stuff up or down a few cents.

    totally cool! :D
     
  18. secretdonkey

    secretdonkey

    Oct 9, 2002
    Austin, TX
    Nojazz - yeah, I've found that function on my software very useful, too.

    Out of curiousity - does the Tascam have a decent EQ for the recorded track? My software has a 5 or 6 band graphic EQ, which has come in handy for isolating "buried" bass parts.
     
  19. NJL

    NJL

    Apr 12, 2002
    San Antonio
    no eq, that's another thing they should add to it, EQ and the ability to pan the cd (for abersolds - sp?)
     
  20. redneck2wild

    redneck2wild

    Nov 27, 2002
    Memphis, TN
    I bought a CD-GT1 several months ago. After going through a few batteries, I bought rechargeables. Some of the preset effects don't work well for bass but it is a good practice tool for learning songs.

    The unit is very helpful but I did have a few requests that I sent a few months ago.
    I sugessted a bass unit with additional features such as adjustable EQ, bass boost on songs, bass remove on songs and effects designed for Bass.

    Tascam has a new Bass version that was displayed at NAMM that had these features:
    http://www.tascam.com/products/trainers/cd-bt1/index.php