I bought this one off of ebay. The problem is with the pitch knob. It worked once but never again. Played back a song I compiled and my singing sounded almost like a womans voice. I could only find normal bias cassette tapes at 90 minutes and the manual calls for 30 minute high bias tapes. That could be half the problem but do you think I need to replace the rubber band coming from the motor to the cassette mechanism and would desoldering the potentiometer for the pitch and replacing it would fix the problem and yeah, using the suggested cassette tapes?
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Re: tascam portastudo 414
Anything you recorded with the old belt/c90 may have been recorded slow, so now that you have replaced the belt, it will play back fast. Couple of questions that may help sort things totally for you...
How do recordings you have made since changing the belt sound.
does the pitch control pot have any effect at all?
what is the pinch roller condition like-it should be nice and flat with no raised bits across its width.
If the pinch roller is worn, you may have poor speed regulation problems with the unit and it will need to be replaced. I have fixed heaps of these over the years and not had any pitch pots fail. If it has issues, it may just need a careful squirt of CRC 2-26 into it to clean up its action a bit. Disconnecting it may well cause the unit to run flat out or at low speed so I Don'trecommend that. These days, any metal or chrome tape(high bias) you can get will do, tape is getting hard to find :) Normal bias will not sound as good, and you may get some bleed problems between channels. Dont be too concerned about it being a 60 but I Dont recommend a 90 as the tape starts to get real thin, and pinch roller control(speed regulation) becomes an issue. This may even be affecting you here. Happy to talk it up further with you. A FixYa is an excellent reward for my efforts to help you out. Cheers
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Assuming you want to keep your recordings at the highest possible quality, wouldn't it also work if you had an outboard component CD recorder? That way you retain the highest resolution at the first analog-digital step and once it's on CD you can rip to your heart's content or run it through the mixer again.
I have a Pioneer Elite PDR-509 that I have used for years. There are several 'professional' decks made by Tascam, Marantz, HHB and others that add the ability to use vanilla CDR's and CDR/W's instead of CDR-Audio and CDR-A-R/W media as mine uses and some can defeat the SCMS codes so you can do digital-digital multiple generation copies. Home audio CD Recorders will only digitally copy a first-generation digital original, unless the source was was made on a PC. Then it's always considered first-generation. The cost of the media isn't that much different these days. A standalone CD Recorder would also let you digitize those LP's and tapes you have hanging around or record Live through your mixer to CD. How about that!!!
There are plenty of them on eBay cheap and I'm still looking for the right one in case mine should ever decide to die. I see 7 pro models right now on eBay. I'd look for one that has Coaxial Digital inputs and outputs as well as Optical ones.
As for hooking up your Tascam, that would depend a lot on what sound processing software and soundcard you have - not my strong suit as I still do everything in the analog domain prior to cutting the CD and then ripping it to MP3 for portability and fast access. The physical hookup would be Line Out to Line In. After that it's all software.
When you create a new song you switch to the new song automatically. To get back to the old one you just have to 'load' it from the list of available songs. As long as you shut down properly the song you are working on is automatically saved. It will automatically load again until you either create a new song or load another stored song.
it appears to be recording but is it really?
when you are recording there are two levels you should see moving up and down on the screen. the input volume and the recording volume per track. dont forget to arm the track. tascam has a silly way to arm the track on some of there unit. its combination of buttons. something like hold down the record button and press the track arm button then release both. when youre ready to record press play.
It happens all the time to me. Only solution is to save constantly as you record because once it freezes up and says not stopped you can only unplug and plug back in then turn power on. You will lose what you were recording but nothing will be lost that you have saved.
No, sorry there isn't any way to speed up or slow down a track with the DP-02. You'd have to export the track to a program on a pc which will allow you to do this whether it is a program which allows you to chnage the tempo and adjusts the pitch for you, or something that will allow you to slice the track or convert to midi and then adust the tempo there.
the tascam 414 is a 4 track recording studio which uses standard cassette tapes- meaning they only play in one direction, because the tape is full. The 414 records at double speed so that recording fidelity is increased. When you have made a recording you want to mix you then dub your recording though the outputs into another standard tape recorder or whatever you have available, be it a cd recorder or your PC. So, when you listened to your recording on a standard tape player, you were not only hearing it at half speed but you were only listening to 2 of the 4 tracks. The other tracks would only be heard if you flipped the tape over, and they would be heard running backward. I would have though the 414 had a swich to allow it to also record at standard speed to but I guest it does not.