I just bought a tascam dpo2 and i recorded a voice through the a mic. I then wanted to burn it on a cd, so i clicked the master button, and then I clicked the cd. I then clicked master write. Lcd is showing that its in master mode, but it dosent go further. It wont go to the part were it lets you choose what song or track to burn. Each time I click it, it just shows Master mode. Would you be able to help me. thank you.
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Re: tascam dpo2 not burning a cd
You need to create a master first before you can burn it to a CD.
To create a master you'll need to set an 'OUT' point, then enter mastering mode (by pressing the master key so that it flashes) and then record your master by holding record and pressing play. The master recording stops automatically when it reaches the out point (the in point is always zero). The steps for creating a master are outlined on page 27 of the manual. Setting the in and out points can be found on page 30 and burning the master to CD is on page 67.
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Very likely the over-write head does no longer function properly. Try again with a MD that already has recordings on it, try to record another track to it. If the entire disc seem blank after TOC was written, the OW head is bad. At this point the unit effectively becomes a player only....
You can use a microphone or a built-in one (if the laptop has one) and use the Sound Recorder program. Click on Start - All Programs - Accessories - Entertainment - Sound Recorder. You can then record your voice-over and save the Wave file and burn it on a CD disk.
I don't use my Tascam to create CDs for exactly the reasons you are asking about. I do a bounce mix to a couple of tracks and then export via usb to a PC for finalizing and CD creation there.
To answer your questions, you do always need to create a master first for each sermon on the DP-02 before you can burn it to a CD. You also have to finalize the CD to play it on other players.
Mastering as well occurs in real time, so it does take 60 minutes to create a master for a 60 minute recording.
As I don't burn from my Tascam, I didn't realize the burn time was so long though. I would have expected that to be faster for sure. I know my old 2488 MkI is supposed to burn at 4x and I believe the MkII burns at 8x. The DP-02 is newer than both and I would assume it would burn even faster.
Anyway, as I said you might wish to go the PC route. That way you can export the tracks without having to master them and burn them from the PC to CD at up to 40x (depending on the speed of your PC's burner).
You should be able to burn them directly. Put a blank CD into your CD burner and then pull up My Computer. You should see the CD there in whatever drive you have your CD player/burner set up in (usually D: ). Double click on it to open it. There should not be anything in that folder.
Then while leaving that folder open, go back to My Computer in a new window and open up the folder where you created your sound files (My Documents/My Music). Select the files you want burned to the CD (you can select more than one at a time with by holding down CTRL while you click), right click on them and select 'Copy'.
Then head back over to your blank folder of the CD contents. Right-click and Paste them into that folder. Depending on your version of Windows, either a bubble will pop up on your task bar saying you have files waiting to be burned on the CD or you might have to go into File to find an option to burn to the CD.
Unfortunately it's pretty much impossible to get a recording to sound like anything produced commercially these days without using lots of compression. Your burned CD problems might be the result of a faulty burner on your DP01-FX/CD. I have a 2488 and I still export all my mastered songs as wav files and burn them onto disc using my PC just because of the flexibility on the PC and you can control settings better which can cause disc burning problems (not to mention that the burner is newer and faster on my PC).
If you don't want to work on a PC you could look into replacing the burner in your Tascam. It is similar to replacing a PC's burner and the either the Tascam site and/or the Tascam Forum should be able to provide you with the specs and a list of compatible CD burners.
To get the final product to sound louder you could invest in an external compressor (a good used one should run you less than $100). You'll have to use the DP01's send loops to route a bounce of the stereo mix out to the compressor and then route the result back into the DP01 inputs and record on a couple of free tracks.
Of course, first you need to transfer those recordings from your mp3 to your computer. Then open up whatever cd burning software you use, choose make audio cd, click add files and choose your recordings and burn.