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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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  • 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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