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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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My DP-02CF comes up with no free disk space even though i've bounced everything together and ive still got 6 tracks left. how can i stop this from happening


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.
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Hi,

You should always work in wav format if possible because there is a loss of quality with mp3 which is a compression format in which bits are lost in order to compress the file size.

There are a number of wav editors available which will allow you to load a stereo wav and then save it as a mono wav. The free one I use is called Audacity.

When working with FL or Reason I will sometimes import files to the Tascam, or I will take the outputs from my PCs sound card and line them into the tacams inputs and record them live. I only tend to do this with programs (like synths) where I am using an external midi keyboard and can play live what I want to record.

With basic drum pattern tracks I'll usually create them on the PC, save as wav, convert to mono, and then import to a track on the Tascam.

hope this helps.

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Dp-o2 wont Import wav files from my pc


For wav files to be imported to the DP2 have to be 'mono' wav files. The DP-02 won't even show stereo waves in the fat area. So make sure you are converting any stereo wav files into mono first. That's usually the problem. They should also be 44.1 khz sampling frequency and 16 bit (I believe the DP-02 will accept a 24-bit wav, but the file will be truncated rather than dithered down to 16 bit while importing which may not be ideal for quality).

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bd.

Jan 26, 2009 | Tascam 2488 Portastudio Multitrack...

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Load imported songs on tascam dp02 cf


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.

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bd.

Jan 10, 2009 | Tascam 2488 Portastudio Multitrack...

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Tascam DP-02CF: How to transfer files to my computer?


Hi,

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.

Best of luck.

bd.

Jan 02, 2009 | Tascam 2488 Portastudio Multitrack...

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I can't import midi files


There shouldn't be any compatibility problems, especially since you can transfer files one way already. You might want to make sure any wav files you are trying to import to tracks on the 2488 are saved as 'mono' waves rather than 'stereo'. The 2488 won't import a stereo wav file.

Another problem sould be naming. Try to stick to the old dos 8.3 naming standard (xxxxxxxx.xxx) for any files which you wish to import.

Hope this helps.

bd.

Dec 24, 2008 | Tascam 2488 Portastudio Multitrack...

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Can't import song from PC to DP-02 Unit and the Manual STINKS!!!!!


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.

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bd.

Sep 30, 2008 | Tascam 2488 Portastudio Multitrack...

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DP 02 Info


Hi,

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.

Hope this helps.

bd

Sep 08, 2008 | Tascam 2488 Portastudio Multitrack...

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I've just got a tascam dp01cf recorder and i'm having trouble with it, its abit hard to understand what to plugs in were, i'm using a electric guitar,a yamaha magicstomp effect pedal and a amp. also i'm...


Hi,

You have a couple of options with your guitar input. You can either plug your guitar directly into the right (Hi-Z) input and use the Tascam's onboard effects with it instead of your effect pedal.

You can put your pedal in the chain between your guitar and the (Hi-Z) input. So guitar into pedal is, pedal out into Tascam Hi-z in. (Still doesn't use the amp).

Or my preferred method for recording guitar would be to mic the amp. In that case you'd just input a microphone (placed about 8-12 inches from your amp) and record your guitar that way. The mic would be plugged into either one of the Tascams two mic inputs to record the amps speaker output while your guitar, pedal and amp would just be hooked up in the normal way.

Please note: Never plug the output from an amp into any of the Tascams inputs. Those inputs are line-level and the speaker output level which comes out of an amp out would damage your Tascam.


To get a backing song into a track in your Tascam, you'll have to first, using a PC, get the song into a 16 bit mono Wav file format. Then you'll have to use the USB import function to copy that wav file onto your Tascam onto the CF media cards fat partition. From the you'll be able to import it into the Tascam choosing which track it will import into.

Cheers,

BD

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