Tascam DP-02CF: How to transfer files to my computer?
I have the Tascam DP-02CF Digital Portastudio. I'm trying to transfer a song/track to my PC (Win XP). I understand that you are suppose to push the usb button, then hit enter to connect to the computer. This then brings up an extra hard drive in My Computer (shows up as "removable drive" just like a thumb drive). However, nothing is ever in there. The manual mentions some named folders, but I don't see those either.
I've tried using the export track, export master functions from the "wave" portion of the menu. I've also tried creating backups. Still nothing shows up from my PC.
Perhaps this has nothing to do with the problem, but the manual talks about using FAT file system to transfer to the computer. Every time I try to choose a partition on the CF card it only lets me select partition 01 (which I'm assuming isn't using FAT?). The manual mentioned only having access to one partition if I have the 1 GB cf card that comes with the DP-02CF. I've tried doing a "FAT REFORMAT" from the card menu, but that doesn't seem to help.
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Re: Tascam DP-02CF: How to transfer files to my computer?
You can't see the fat partition from within the DP-02. It's there, but only your PC will be able to read the contents of the fat partition when you have the USB 'opened' on the DP-02. The manual states that if your CF card is less than 5 Gb in size than you will only see/be able to select one partition. The default CF card that comes with the DP-02CF is only 1 Gb.
If you've created a backup or exported your wav files properly and everything is working ok with the CF, then you should be able to see backup or wav files showing up in the fat partition while connected to the PC. Even if nothing is backed up or exported you should still see the directory structure from your PC with the three folders, BACKUP, WAVE and UTILITY. As you are not even seeing these directories, what may have happened is that the fat partition had become corrupted or these folders had gotten erased.
I would have thought that reformatting the FAT partition would have fixed this problem however and that the DP02-CF would automatically recreate the required directories on the CF media after a reformat. The manual is unclear on this however.
So a couple of things you could try:
1. You describe opening the USB connection as 'push the USB button and then hit enter'. I was assuming you meant that you were selecting 'usb' from the menu and then pressing the 'enter' button to open the usb connection. You may wish to verify that the usb connection is being opened properly first.
2. If the connection is opening ok, and after a reformat you still aren't seeing any folders in the fat partition while connected to your PC with the usb open, you might wish to try to recreating those directories in the FAT partition yourself. While accessing the FAT partition (DP-02CF's removable drive) from the PC create the three directories exactly as named in the manual (WAVE, BACKUP, UTILITY). If that works, disconnect from the PC, try exporting a track or backing up a song again, and reconnect to the PC to see if you can see/access those files now.
Re: Tascam DP-02CF: How to transfer files to my computer?
I have a tascam dp-02(not the cf)and what i've found is once you master AND save a song press 'menu', scroll up to 'disk', press 'FAT reformat, press 'yes'press'wave', press 'export master', press yes, be patient ... this'll take a minute depending on how long your song is, once that's done press 'USB' , it'll ask you if your sure, press 'yes' and you should see it as an external drive on your PC ... open the 'WAVE' folder and fom there you should be able to save the song to your hard drive ... the only issue i have is that it's exported as a WAVE file ... you might wanna look into a converter that'll compress it to an mp3 file.
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This is just a suggestion - back up the track to a PC using the USB port and reload and reburn on a new disc. Sounds like you may have a bad file and or disc. And by the way you worded this, has this happened before? Make sure the activity light is out and your tracks have been recorded fully before turning the unit off or you will get "end of file" errors. Len
You'll need your PC as the intermediary. You'll have to do a USB export of the tracks you want from the DP01 to your PC and then connect the 2488's USB to the PC and do a USB import of those tracks into new tracks on the 2488.
Page 40 of the DP01FX manual will explain using the USB connection and page 43 details the steps for performing a USB export.
In the 2488 NEO manual refer to pages 80 and 81 for using the USB connection and importing the tracks.
They don't mention in the manual that in addition to being 44.4khz, 16bit, mono, the wav file also has to be at a bit rate of 705kbps. Using Audacity (freeware) you can convert most any audio file into the necessary wav format for the DP-02cf to use.
Make sure you have the song loaded first. In this case it sounds like you are importing into a new song, so make sure that you have a new song created and loaded prior to importing.
Then go to the menu by pressing the 'MENU' sutton and from there select 'WAVE' and then 'IMPORT TRACK'. You'll see the list of wav files on the fat partition of the CF media displayed. Select the wav file with your beat track on it (use the DATA DIAL or up/down arrow buttons to highlight the right wav file) and press the 'YES/ENTER' button. You'll be prompted for the track to import into. Select Track01 and press the 'Yes/Enter' button again and the WAV file will be read and inported into track 1.
Please note that the wav file should be a 44.1 kHz, 16-bit and a mono wav before trying to import it. If the beat track was created as a stereo wav you'll have to go into a wav editor like Audacity and resave the file as a mono wav file first. Also for a wav with a bit rate higher than 16-bit, the DP-02 is going to truncate the bits rather than dither and this might effect quality adversly so you might want to make sure that the file is properly saved as 16-bit prior to attempting an import to avoid this.
You shouldn't have to do any formatting. If you copied a wav file onto the DP-02 while connected with the USB and with the USB connection open, then you were already accessing the fat partition. One thing to be aware of is that the DP-02 only works with mono wav files. So if the wav file from you PC is being saved as a stereo wav (which is the default for most programs) then you'll have to specify mono instead. The DP-02 only works in 16 bit as well so on your PC you should be saving and wav files you wish to import as 16 bit, 44.lkHz mono wav files). That should be about it.
Can't help you with any books for the DP 02, but I can try to assist you in doing what you'd like to do.
The way I would attempt to do this, and there may be other ways but this is really the cleanest in my opinion, (assuming you have access to a computer) is to first rip the CD onto your computer into a series of wav files. Then you'll want to work with one song/CD track at a time. Then you'll need to use a WAV editor (Audacity is a good free one) to convert the wav file from STEREO into MONO wav file. You can then (using the USB import function on the DP-02) import the mono WAV file into the DP-02's fat partition. From there you can load it into the DP-02 by choosing which track to load it into. You'd then be able to play this track while recording your voice overdubs onto another track.
You'd then mix your song and you could burn onto a cd right from the DP-02 (or do as I do and export the mix as two mono wav files back onto your PC and, then convert them back to stereo and when you have all the songs you want for the CD burn a new CD from your PC).
You may have to consult the manual for how to use the USB import/export as well as how to record and mixdown, but I've tried to outline the basic process to do what you want which wouldn't be discussed int he manual.
You need to first plug a mic (or guitar) into an input. Then you have to assign that input (A or B) to a track. You do this by selecting the input (pressing the input's assign button) and then selecting the track (pushing the tracks select/rec button) above the track. The track select button will light green when you press the input assign button of the input assigned to it to show where the input is assigned. (To unassign the input simply press the lit track select button again while the input assign button is pressed).
Then you have to select the track for recording. Simply press the rec button above the track alone and it will light red and stay lit. Now press the play and record buttons and you'll be recording.