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Unable to record or playback on new DP 02

Brand new DP 02. Followed how-to instructions page 24 of owners manual on and off for weeks. No luck. While recording, meters do bounce. On playback, tracks are empty. Is unit non-functional or am I missing something? Kept on hold when calling Tascam phone support.

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It sounds like either the inputs are not assigned or the tracks are not armed for recording (or both).

Here is a quick explanation of the procedure involved in recording with the DP-02 that I posted for another person who was asking for some basic instruction on how to record. You might be missing a step somewhere along the line as for instance you will still see the meters move even if you don't have the inputs assigned or don't have any tracks armed, but the DP-02 won't record anything until you do both.


To record you need to first assign your input to a track, then arm the track for recording, and then press play + record at the same time.

1. So you would patch your mixer output, mic or instrument into an input on your DP01 (say input A). You can run some audio to set the level with the input level knob (located next to input A on the front panel).

2. Then to assign that input to a track simply press and hold the 'input A' button and then press the 'rec' button of the track you with to record on. The 'rec' button will flash rapidly to indicate that the input is assigned to the track.

(To assign the input to a different track you have to clear the input assignment from the first track and assign the input to a new track. To clear an assignment press the input assign key, A in this case, and the track it's assigned to will flash its 'rec' button. Hold down the input assign key and then press the flashing 'rec' button. The button will stop flashing and the input can then be assigned to another track by following step 2 again).

3. Next, to arm the track for recording simply press the 'rec' button for that track. The 'rec' button with flash slowly.

4. To begin recording press play + record together in the transport section and the 'rec' light for the armed track will stop flashing and light steadily. Press 'stop' to end recording.

This should get you started. The operation of the DP02 is actually pretty intuitive once you've gone through it a couple of times (which is one of the real strengths of the unit). You'll be multitracking like an expert in no time.

Hope this helped.
Cheers,

bd.

Posted on Nov 26, 2008

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I have the dp-02cf and have been using it for a couple of years. It has done this to also. Input assigned, tracks armed and ready to go as usual but the signal just would not get from the input to the track! How frustrating! Song almost complete and this happens. luckily for me i was able to use the other input to complete it. Strangely, upon the next song creation, everything was back to normal. I HOPE THAT NEVER HAPPENS AGAIN!

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