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Problem importing files to Tascam DP02-cf

I have tried to import a variety of wav files into my dp-02cf, but the only ones it will show on the lcd display are the ones imported which were created on the unit itself. I have made sure all the others I have tried to import are mono, 44.1khz, 16bit wav. files. They show up in the wave file on the fat partition when viewed on my p.c., but not on the DP-02cf's display.

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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.

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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.

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