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

I have the Tascam DP-02CF Digital Portastudio. I'm trying to transfer a song/track to my PC (Win XP). I understand that you are suppose to push the usb button, then hit enter to connect to the computer. This then brings up an extra hard drive in My Computer (shows up as "removable drive" just like a thumb drive). However, nothing is ever in there. The manual mentions some named folders, but I don't see those either.

I've tried using the export track, export master functions from the "wave" portion of the menu. I've also tried creating backups. Still nothing shows up from my PC.

Perhaps this has nothing to do with the problem, but the manual talks about using FAT file system to transfer to the computer. Every time I try to choose a partition on the CF card it only lets me select partition 01 (which I'm assuming isn't using FAT?). The manual mentioned only having access to one partition if I have the 1 GB cf card that comes with the DP-02CF. I've tried doing a "FAT REFORMAT" from the card menu, but that doesn't seem to help.

The usb cable I'm using is functional.


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  • BlooBloo Mar 16, 2009

    Im having a similar problem..
    My tracks are saved but to the Backup folder, and the only way to transfer is to the PC is through the Wave Folder.. how can i switch move the tracks from the Backup folder to the Wave folder, via my CF


  • adaveago Mar 26, 2009

    first of all for some i have the default memory card for my tascam dp-02 and for it say the fat file or what ever it is , is taking up 512 mbs 0_0 leaving me with not very much space to record muisic how do i clean up my memory card without deleting my songs from it or where can i find a bigger memory card i want atleast 5 gbs ?

  • Anonymous Feb 19, 2013

    My computer doesnt show me a removable disc anymore, How can this be fixed? I have used it millions of times but the most recent time when I plugged in the USB connector nothing happened.



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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.


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I have a tascam dp-02(not the cf)and what i've found is once you master AND save a song press 'menu', scroll up to 'disk', press 'FAT reformat, press 'yes'press'wave', press 'export master', press yes, be patient ... this'll take a minute depending on how long your song is, once that's done press 'USB' , it'll ask you if your sure, press 'yes' and you should see it as an external drive on your PC ... open the 'WAVE' folder and fom there you should be able to save the song to your hard drive ... the only issue i have is that it's exported as a WAVE file ... you might wanna look into a converter that'll compress it to an mp3 file.

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Best of luck & I hope that helps.

Problem importing files to Tascam DP02-cf

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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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.

Hope this helps.

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