Re: Tascam MF-P01 recorder - hearing nothing during play...
Mine also would not play back on any of the channels but would record. The problem was on the lower board, capacitors C105, C205, C305 and C405, all are 220uF, rated at 10V - on a 9V machine! All four went leaky, which meant that the op-amps each were connected to got a bias which drove the output to 8.5V and no output. I replaced all four capacitors with new ones rated at 25V and it works again!
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I'm not familiar with the Tascam DP-01 but many multi-track recorders don't commit effects to the track until the mixdown phase. The thinking being that you cannot eliminate a "bad choice" effect once it's down to tape (old school term) and so they allow adding the audio tweaks at the final stages of recording. Here they hope you can appreciate the entire mix and then decide what sweetners to add.
If the track can be armed for recording, it won't show anything until you arm that track. Otherwise, check to see if you can hear anything on the main output. If so, then it's just the lights, which will not affect functionality.
I'm assuming you are plugging the left and right outputs from the karaoke machine into input A and B of the Tascam to record the stereo output of the Karioke. The Tascam works with mono only (you recreate the stereo mix at mixdown or when bouncing mono tracks together with the panning set). Therefore you should be assigning inputs A and B separately. You could press assign A and then the record button above track 1 and then press assign B and the record button above track 2. Then arm tracks 1 and 2 (by pressing record above each). When you then press play and record together you'll record input A onto track 1 and input B onto track 2.
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This might seem simple, but just to check: you have switched off the monitor on the track when you go to playback? With track monitor engaged, you will not hear playback, but will continue to hear the live monitor.
sounds like a worng channel or no output from something
check the tape output's for anything
if there is sound but bad or low then the tape is the problem
if it's good then check that the cable connection is good
(connect it to a reciver)
then if all is good till the unit:
check that you are listening to the right channel
check that your output device is good (headphones,speakers)
(connect it to a reciver)