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Poor Recording Level on the Tascam DP-02CF

Just purchased this unit. When I go to record, I have to crank the levels up to max just to get the unit to register the input. I've tried different mics and connected a midi unit, all with the same result - I have to crank the levels. I do get a recording and can play it back, but obviously this isn't right...and the sound quality isn't great. Anyone else experienced this with the DP-02CF? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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Rick

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  • maxfield Feb 23, 2009

    pretty much the same as described. Anyone find an answer yet? If I find one, I'll be sure to post it.

  • ElleMTee Mar 28, 2009

    I have the same issue...and it's annoying because most of the tracks are cool - except the bass distorts because it's obviously red-lining...I hope someone can point out a simple solution :)

  • Gilbert Lane Aug 03, 2015

    Check your Input Trim levels. That's where it all starts.I have a DP02 (with the CD burner) and after running through my mixer, I then run that output into the unit. Check those first, mine are at about 75% of max. (They're the two knobs at the top of the board) Try it, I had a similar problem, when I got mine in '08 but after turning the input trim up, I've had no problems. Also remember any "passive" instrument, guitar, bass, even dynamic mics, aren't very loud on their own. That's why we have amps, and mixers, etc. Try running your equipment through an amp, (using the line out, or effects out [if you don't have a line out] before going into your unit. This goes for mics, keyboards, guitars, etc, unless you have a ribbon mic, then use the 48v Phantom power, on your mixer, or on the unit. It will make a world of difference. I found this out with my old, TASCAMPortastudio 1, cassette recorder, many years ago.

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If it works like my DP02 and DP03, you must disengage the tracks you've recorded to, get it to playback. Also make sure your Master Fader is turned up as well as the faders for the tracks you've recorded. Also on the Inputs Trim (the two knobs at the top) should be at least 50% up. I have my Dp02 at about 75% of max and my DP03 at 50%. Try this if it doesn't help, customer service at 323-727-7617 or 323-726-0303.

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I had that problem too at first, and i turned on the "phantom" option and its worked wonderful ever since.

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When I record on DP-02/CF Tascam I can't get the music to play back. Do I have to do something other than rewind to be able to hear it? Albert S.













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It sounds like either the inputs are not assigned or the tracks are not armed for recording (or both).

Here is a quick explanation of the procedure involved in recording with the DP-02 that I posted for another person who was asking for some basic instruction on how to record. You might be missing a step somewhere along the line as for instance you will still see the meters move even if you don't have the inputs assigned or don't have any tracks armed, but the DP-02 won't record anything until you do both.


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1. So you would patch your mixer output, mic or instrument into an input on your DP01 (say input A). You can run some audio to set the level with the input level knob (located next to input A on the front panel).

2. Then to assign that input to a track simply press and hold the 'input A' button and then press the 'rec' button of the track you with to record on. The 'rec' button will flash rapidly to indicate that the input is assigned to the track.

(To assign the input to a different track you have to clear the input assignment from the first track and assign the input to a new track. To clear an assignment press the input assign key, A in this case, and the track it's assigned to will flash its 'rec' button. Hold down the input assign key and then press the flashing 'rec' button. The button will stop flashing and the input can then be assigned to another track by following step 2 again).

3. Next, to arm the track for recording simply press the 'rec' button for that track. The 'rec' button with flash slowly.

4. To begin recording press play + record together in the transport section and the 'rec' light for the armed track will stop flashing and light steadily. Press 'stop' to end recording.

This should get you started. The operation of the DP02 is actually pretty intuitive once you've gone through it a couple of times (which is one of the real strengths of the unit). You'll be multitracking like an expert in no time.

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You'd plug the XLR connection into any of the first four inputs on the 2488 (labelled a to d). This is a dynamic mic so you don't need phantom power and should make sure your phantom power switch is off (out) on the 2488. You'd then assign the input you've chosen to a track, arm the track for recording, turn up the input level for that input to test the signal level, and record away by pressing record and play together.

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You've got two inputs on the DP-02 so you can record two sources at once.

Depending on how you want the electric guitar recorded (mic the amp, or direct line in) you can in the first case plug your guitar mic into one of the mic inputs on DP02 and plug your vocal mic into the other mic input. You also have the option of plugging the guitar directly into the DP02 (using the hi-z input - I believe it is labelled 'guitar' or something on the DP02. I any event I believe it's the one on the left). This way you only need one mic for use recording the vocal part.

To avoid any 'bleed' between channels you can use the headphones while recording this way and you'll avoid having the unamplified guitar sound coming through over the vocal mic.

Once you have the mics or guitar and mic plugged into two inputs, you need to assign the inputs to a channel (track) to record on. You do this by pressing the select button for the input and then pressing the select button for the track where you want to record the input. Do this for both inputs so that they are recording on different tracks. Then arm the tracks for recording by pressing the record button for each track and the lighted buttons will flash above each armed track. Then just press play and record and you'll be recording. You can go back and redo it as many times as you like and record over what is there, or preserve a take and assign a new track (or tracks) for another take. You've got 8 to play with.

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