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Re: TASCAM CD-A500 - No Volum Control Switch
You control the volume by the amplifier or receiver that you plugged the tascam into. The only volume control on the tascam appears to be for headphones, the other volume control is for recording gain input.
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Unless the system has some kind of automatic volume control on it, that can only be adjusted by the remote. I think you might have a faulty volume/tone control circuit. These days many amps have a single IC that will control the volume. If that goes the volume can get stuck on one level. Since the control knob you are turning is simply sending a signal to that IC. So if the IC has died the signal is not being received.
If you want to repair it yourself just follow the wires back to the board from the volume control. You should see a large multi pin black box that if your lucky is marked on the board volume control.
The electronic volume control section circuit is faulty. The system control section tries to adjust the volume, by sending command voltage to the volume control section circuit, but this circuit do not accept or process it. Troubleshooting to this type of fault, is skilled one. Contact any service technician, or the service center.
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Have you tried playing the tape in another device? Adjusting the recording volume if that is an option? Look for the user manual pdf online and also try a brand new or different brand tape to ensure that is not the problem.
Press the select button for channel 9 (or any channel you're wanting to record on) and hold it down. While holding down the select button of your chose, press one of the "input (A-H)" buttons as you would if you were toggling on a regular computer. The Input button you select will become your new available track to record on. Be sure that the input button you select has a mic or something connected to it and its volume is adjusted to control your input level.
Unfortunately that is how this unit is designed, you cannot adjust the volume while inputting from an external source, normally the subwoofer would have an AUDIO control, but this one has no knobs, the VOL +/ VOL- on DVD remote only controls while watching a DVD. Only work around for this is if your TV has a 3.5MM headphone jack, you can get a 3.5mm to RCA cable and then your television would be able to control the volume.
The usual setup would be to use the main outs to your Tascam as the master faders control the levels there. The control room outs are more geared towards monitoring and are tied to the headphone outs level control.
adjust your top knob which is called the gain, this will allow the incoming signal to be muchlouder depending on where you set it , the bottom fader is for playback volume and mixing and you should also a avolume control for your head set , follow also the recording instructions in your manual for optimal settings , there,s no reason that your recordings should come out with low volume other then your gain control being set to low , hope i was able to help , if i was please leave a nice rating ,sincerely glenn mayer
Assuming your speaker wires are securely connected, and that you have tried more than 1 or 2 DVD's, access your main menu via your Remote Control and Restore Defaults. If you still cannot get even so much as noise, manually turn your volume control, and ensure that the LED lights follow your turning movement. It has a fairly fancy volume controller, and if the carbon liner witin the physical volume control is cracked, you cannot adjust the volume even if you use your remote.