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TASCAM CD-BT1mkII Portable CD Bass Trainer  

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    TASCAM

    A skill-building workshop for bassists!

    Easy to Learn and Use

    If you can operate a CD player, you can use the TASCAM CD-BT1mkII Portable CD Bass Trainer. Take any standard compact disc by your favorite band and put it in the CD mechanism. Then plug your bass directly into the CD-BT1mkII's 1/4" input. Put on some headphones, set the volume, and start rocking! If you're a vocalist, you can do the same, substituting your microphone for the guitar.

    Slow Down and Learn with Slow Speed Audition feature

    In ancient times (like the 1970s), musicians would take a vinyl LP record and manually spin the record on a turntable, slowing it down to be able to better hear and understand the performances, like bass solos and complex chord changes. With the CD-BT1mkII, you get a training method that's even better. Not only can you slow down the speed of the CD by up to 50%, but you can also do it without changing the pitch of the original material! After you learn the lick at a slow speed, you can increase the tempo in steps until you can match the original performance note for note. Also, you can change the pitch of the CD without changing the speed . . . use this feature to "tune the CD" to your instrument.

    Effect Yourself

    The CD-BT1mkII has 16 great-sounding built-in customizable bass effects . . . you don't need to turn to external boxes for chorus, EQ, and more. The Bass Boost and Enhance settings allow you to boost the bass part so that you can hear it better, and Bass Cut lets you mute the original so you can play along.

    Performance Tools

    You can set seamless in-out loop points with the CD-BT1mkII . . . it will play the same section of music over and over again so you can focus on your playing. Use the footswitch input to start and stop the CD or to scroll through effects. The CD-BT1mkII even provides a chromatic tuner so you always sound great when you play, and it can run on batteries to take your show on the road. You can listen to the CD-BT1mkII via headphones or use its Line Output to plug in speakers.

    Features
    • Easy-to-use interface
    • VSA (Variable Speed Audition: pitch control without affecting key): +16, +12, +8, +4, 0, -4, -8, -16, -32, -50%
    • Key control: ±6 semitone, in semitone steps with ±50 cents fine tune
    • VSA and key control can be used at the same time
    • +16 to -50% pitch control in 1% steps (when VSA off)
    • Bass enhancement effects bass cut, bass boost, bass enhanced)
    • Mono monitor for CD (L+R, L, R)
    • Split monitor (Left ch: CD, Right ch: input or vice versa)
    • Single loop, all loop, and seamless in/out loop
    • Cue point memory
    • Flash start with cue: seamless locate and play from the cue point
    • Single play and continuous play
    • 10-sec. anti-shock memory
    • Metronome (BPM: 40 to 220, Beat: 2 to 6)
    • Active/passive bass input
    • 16 built-in bass effects
    • 5-setting effect memory
    • 5-band Graphic EQ for Bass with Mid Shape
    • 2-setting EQ memory
    • Footswitch jack for cue, flash start, EQ slot select, effect slot select (next or previous), FFWD, or REW
    • Input volume
    • Output Volume for phones and line out
    • Chromatic Tuner with calibration (435 to 445Hz) and OSC
    • Stereo mini jack input

    Invest in and enhance your learning curve with this powerful development tool. Order today!

     
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    4.1

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    A Must Read

    The slow down feature on the BT is great. The unit starts to vibrato as the song gets slower while keeping the same pitch. If you slow it down too much the notes will...Read complete review

    The slow down feature on the BT is great. The unit starts to vibrato as the song gets slower while keeping the same pitch. If you slow it down too much the notes will become very difficult to distinguish. CD to Bass ratio can be fixed in a matter of seconds. I play with a passive bass and can make my bass louder then the music or vice versa.Bass enhancement is a disaster. It distorts the bass line so much you can?t tell an A from a G. The bass cut feature works surprisingly well, allowing you to become the bass player. Bass boost or whatever it?s called works for 80% of situations when the CD just lacks umph in the bassline.The EQ option is nice. After 10 min of messing around with the settings, tweaking my amp and bass I figured out how to get a really ?warm? sound. The effects are decent once tweaked a bit. Keep in mind this unit is made to break down music passages and not as an effect box.The construction of the unit is average. It would have been nice for them to use a thicker higher quality plastic. The latch, which secures the lid to the CD player, is way too flimsy. I can just imagine closing it a little too hard and snap. Overall. This is a good buy.With a few modifications it will become a must have item.

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    Dazed and confused

    I would like to start by saying I've purchased other Tascam products and have been very happy with them. This unit misses the mark .I bought this machine today and I couldn't be more...Read complete review

    I would like to start by saying I've purchased other Tascam products and have been very happy with them. This unit misses the mark .I bought this machine today and I couldn't be more DISPLEASED with the instructions included with the machine. I'm wondering if the unit I bought is defective or if I'm just missing something. I followed the set-up instuctions step by step and this thing sounds TERRIBLE at any speed.This thing couldn't be any more difficult to use. My advice to anyone pondering getting this unit, try it out first. This unit is flimsy and fragile. The "feature" rating I give is based on what they say it CAN do.Mine is going back or in the trash can.

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    3.0

    Well it was great

    By zeusij

    from Virginia

    I had this bass trainer unit for about a year and the volume pots went bad. I got tired of trying to barely touch it to get it where I wanted. I went out today and bought the new CD-BT2 version. Hopefully I will have better lucky with this one. It is a great machine and really did let me slow down some very fast licks where I could learn them. If I have to keep buying new ones, I think I will always have one of these things handy.

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    5.0

    Tascam CD-BT1mkII Works Great

    By Allen-FxlBZ

    from Stephens City, VA

    I have been using my CD-BT1mkII bass trainer for a little over 2 years now. It has been a great help. I play in a Praise band at church. The sheet music I get doesn't alway match the key that the CD was recorded in. I can use the "key" function on the CD-BT1mkII to change the key of the CD to what is printed on my music sheets. I can play along with the CD to learn the new songs quickly. The only weak point I find is the CD cover or lid. I guess if handled roughly it could break off easily. I haven't had any problems with my unit. There is a little warble in the songs when slowed down or the "key" is changed. I haven't found this to be a real problem though.

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    2.0

    Dazed and confused

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    I would like to start by saying I've purchased other Tascam products and have been very happy with them. This unit misses the mark .I bought this machine today and I couldn't be more DISPLEASED with the instructions included with the machine. I'm wondering if the unit I bought is defective or if I'm just missing something. I followed the set-up instuctions step by step and this thing sounds TERRIBLE at any speed.This thing couldn't be any more difficult to use. My advice to anyone pondering getting this unit, try it out first. This unit is flimsy and fragile. The "feature" rating I give is based on what they say it CAN do.Mine is going back or in the trash can.

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    5.0

    Great Practice Tool

    By Rock-N-Bass

    from Tucson, AZ

    I started playing bass in 80's, back then I ruined alot of turntables and stretched out a bunch of cassettes trying to learn songs. About 5 years ago I bought my Tascam Trainer and my playing has improved tremendously. Now I can catch every note thrown at me! This unit is a little fragile so I bought a DVD case to protect it.

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    5.0

    Bass Player

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    The Tascam bass trainer is great for learning those hard to hear bass lines on your favorite cd's the loop feature is great I also like the bass cut feature I can remove the bass from the cd and play along with my bass guitar I like all the features associated with this unit, the only problem I had was with the bass jack I just could not hear my bass guitar in the mix I had to send the unit back for a replacement, aside from that I encourage anyone wishing to learn bass lines from their favorite cd's to get this bass trainer I only wish Tascam would make this unit a little more durable. I learned quite a few bass lines from my cd's I currently use those particular bass lines for other songs. I play bass guitar at my church, my band members have noticed an improvement in my bass playing I will continue to use this device I just can't keep my hands off this bass trainer.

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    4.0

    Tascam Bass Trainer

    By oldtimer-AYe5U

    from Oswego, NY

    The little tabs on the lid broke the same day I purchased it. I find the manual a bit hard to understand. Changing the key is great. Slowing the music down I'm not really pleased with that. Never-the-less it is a great practice tool. I'm sure once I figure out how to use the functions correctly, it'll be an asset.

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    5.0

    Learn all riffs

    By TheIronMaiden

    from Land O Lakes, FL

    Way to go Tascam! I play alot of Iron Maiden, Rush, etc. (Anything with good bass) Ever get frustrated that you can play 90% of a song but can't get the exact notes to play that cool run? Put those worries aside and buy one of these. The bass cut, slow down and loop features on this unit are worth every penny. I understand what alot of reviews are saying about the quality. If you treat your equiptment with care that won't be a problem.

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    3.0

    Mike in Tucson

    By Mike in Tucson

    from Tucson, AZ

    I have owned this model Bass Trainer for a year and a half. I do like it and missed it when I had to send it off for repair...the bass jack failed and when it was a week old...the tabs on the CD lid broke. Tascam needs to upgrade the design to be more rugged.

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    4.0

    Best gift you could give

    By Spence-oZart

    from Eupora, MS

    I received my unit as a gift and have been doing my best to try and wear it out. The output to the headphones is a little weak, a GOOD set of headphones will fix that though. The manual could use a little more detail as well. I'm very pleased with what the unit does and will buy another if I ever break or wear it out.

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    5.0

    Takes lots of patience, but results worth it

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Reading various reviews of this prior to buying, I wasn't sure if I was getting a piece of junk or not. After 2 months of use - it's awesome. The manual is clear, but doesn't tell you how to get the most of it - you really have to be patient and experiment with the controls & settings

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