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TASCAM CD-BT2 Portable CD Bass Trainer  

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Overview

  • Portable CD bass trainer (More compact than previous CD-BT1MKII)
  • CD-DA/CD-R/CD-RW disc playback
  • 10 second anti-shock memory
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    $219.99
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      Portable, powerful learning tool for bass.

      The TASCAM CD-BT2 Portable CD Bass Trainer gives you the ability to slow down the speed of a CD without changing the pitch—allowing artists, musicians, students, and music teachers to practice, learn and teach fast licks, rhythm parts and solos from their favorite bass players.

      The CD-BT2 bass trainer features an all new improved ultra compact design, comprehensive LCD display with graphical user interface, album title/track title indication by CD-text, expanded effect banks for user preset, chromatic tuner, and TASCAM'S pioneering VSA (Variable Speed Audition, pitch control without affecting key) feature lets you learn up a continuous mix of their favorite songs anywhere you go.

      Features include integrated pitch and key control, bass canceller with selectable canceling pan point and selectable frequency range, and seamless integration with CD-DA/CD-R/CD-RW disc playback. You can now discover the licks your favorite artist really played.

      Features

      • Portable CD bass trainer (More compact than previous CD-BT1MKII)
      • CD-DA/CD-R/CD-RW disc playback
      • 10 second anti-shock memory
      • Comprehensive 128 x 64 dot matrix LCD display with graphical user interface
      • Album title/Track title indication by CD-Text
      • Elapsed Time/Remain Time display with bar meter
      • +16 to -50% pitch control in 1% steps
      • VSA (Variable Speed Audition, pitch control without affecting key)
      • Key control: +/-6 semi-tone, in semi-tone steps with +/-50 cents fine tune
      • Single play and continuous play
      • Single Loop, All Loop, and Seamless IN-OUT Loop
      • Flash Back function (Instant review up to 5 seconds prior playback)
      • Bass Canceler with selectable canceling pan point and selectable frequency range
      • 10 effect banks for user preset
      • Chromatic tuner with calibration (435 to 445Hz)
      • 3 octaves tone oscillator
      • Metronome (BPM: 40 to 220, Beat: 2 to 6)
      • 1/4" Bass input
      • Bass/Mic input volume
      • Bass/Mic input level meter indicator on LCD display
      • CD level meter indicator
      • Foot switch connector
      • 5 selectable functions by foot switch (Flash Back, Rewind, FF, Bank, Effect on/off)
      • 1/8" stereo line output
      • 1/8" stereo headphone output
      • Headphone volume
      • MONO monitor for CD (L+R, L, R)
      • Sprit monitor (Left ch: CD, Right ch: Input or vice versa)
      • Battery operation

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      CD-BT2 Portable CD Bass Trainer Specifications:

      • Disc Type: 8cm and 12cm CD
      • Line Output Connector: 1/8" Stereo mini connector
      • Nominal Stereo Output Level: -10dBV
      • Output Impedance: 600ohm (2V RMS)
      • Maximum Output Level (LINE OUT): +6dBV
      • Headphone Output Connector: 1/8" Stereo mini connector
      • Maximum Output Level (PHONES): 15mW (at 32ohm loaded)
      • Guitar/Mic Input Connector: 1/4" Phone Connector
      • Nominal Guitar Input: -15dBV
      • Nominal Mic Input: -40dBV
      • Maximum Guitar Input: +6dBV
      • Maximum Mic Input: -19dBV
      • Frequency Response: 20 Hz to 20 kHz (-3/+1dB)
      • (A weight filter + 20KHz LPF)
      • Signal to Noise Ratio: Better than 85 dB
      • Total Harmonic Distortion: < 0.03% (200Hz HPF + 20KHzLPF)
      • Channel Separation: Better than 80dB (A weight filter + 20KHz LPF)
      • Power Requirements: DC 5V (Optional AC adapter PS-P520); AA batteries x 4
      • Power Consumption: 4W (with PS-P520)
      • Dimensions (W x H x D): 194 x 38.7 x 138(mm)
      • Weight (excluding batteries): 550g
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      TASCAMCD-BT2 Portable CD Bass Trainer
       
      4.3

      (based on 16 reviews)

      Ratings Distribution

      • 5 Stars

         

        (12)

      • 4 Stars

         

        (1)

      • 3 Stars

         

        (0)

      • 2 Stars

         

        (1)

      • 1 Stars

         

        (2)

      100%

      of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

      Pros

      • Improves musicianship (3)

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Most Liked Positive Review

           

          Swiss Army Knife for Bassists

          A lot of useful features in one small package.
          The CD-BT2 Bass Trainer from Tascam is like a Swiss Army Knife for bassists. Not only CD playback but a tuner, metronome,...Read complete review

          A lot of useful features in one small package.
          The CD-BT2 Bass Trainer from Tascam is like a Swiss Army Knife for bassists. Not only CD playback but a tuner, metronome, effects unit, bass canceler and more. One reviewer wrote the lack of an input jack was a concern but there is a work around. Take the output of the unit, either line out or headphone (I prefer headphone as this gives me an extra volume control) and run it into a stand alone mixer or amplifier. Plug your bass into the mixer or an extra input on the amp and put your MP3 player, with the proper jacks, into the CD-BT2's bass input. The only effect you won't be able to use are the CD play back speed and pitch controls. But there is another Tascam product that does work with MP3's, this unit is for CD's.
          Nothing is perfect. Its not metal, its light. Portable with a buffer. Get the power supply unless you own stock in a battery manufacturer. There are issues with some units about mounting a CD, but Musicians Friend, other reputable dealers and especially Tascam honor their warranties. There are artifacts when using the variable speed pitch control. The more you slow down the CD, the worse they become. This is a sad fact with current technology. Other variable speed pitch control units and software suffer the same.
          If you can't hear the bass with this unit something is wrong! Even set flat or using the line out, the bass is there. Use the bass enhance functions and the bass will dominate. If you want more, add a subwoofer to a playback set up and rock the neighbors. Or be kind and purchase a good set of headphones.
          This is a great tool for learning songs and licks. Read the instruction manual, its one of the better ones you'll encounter. Try all the options, bells and whistles and enjoy. I doubt you'll get more bass friendly for the money.
          Tascam rocks.
          Great bang for the buck!

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          Most Liked Negative Review

           

          Can't hear the bass

          Just arrived today. I was under the impression that this piece of equipment would allow me to actually hear the bassline. However, it does not allow for that at all. Even with the...Read complete review

          Just arrived today. I was under the impression that this piece of equipment would allow me to actually hear the bassline. However, it does not allow for that at all. Even with the bost, it is hard to decipher the bass lines. Very poorly made piece of equipment. I woudld not recommend.

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          5.0

          CD-BT2 Portable CD Bass Trainer

          By rspercy65

          from Hinesville, Ga.

          About Me Professional Musician

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          Pros

          • Easy To Follow
          • Improves Musicianship
          • Improves Technique

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Improving Skills
            • Learning To Play
            • Music Lessons
            • Specific Techniques

            Comments about TASCAM CD-BT2 Portable CD Bass Trainer:

            I wish that this was around when I first started playing bass in the late 60's. I use this CD-BT2 about 2 hrs. a day. This totals 6 songs I learn in 2-2 1/2 hours aday. Then I put in another 2 hrs. practicing my scales.

            The features on the CD-BT2 Bass trainer are fantastic. The best one that I use is the TEMPO.
            You can slow down the tempo by clicking the Value(-/+) keys without changing the pitch. This was really helpful for me.

            This unit kills batteries, but so does anything else that uses batteries, so I would recommend buying the Tascam's power-supply(#338954). The PS goes with all Tascam's CD-BT2|VT2|GT2 trainers.

            I would recommend this product to any bass player that wants to learn at a faster pace.

            Keep Practicing, You'll only get better!

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            5.0

            I like it, it helps me in several ways

            By BMWdon

            from Riner Virginia

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Follow
            • Improves Musicianship
            • Improves Technique

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Improving Skills

              Comments about TASCAM CD-BT2 Portable CD Bass Trainer:

              I think this Bass Trainer helps me to figure put what the bass player really is doing by slowing the music down and playing the tricky part repeatedly. Sometimes I am surprised at how simple it is as I was trying to make it more complicated. Our lead singer likes to change the music up or down one or two steps and now with a click of a button I can play along with the CD where I could not do that before. I have mine connected to my stereo and I may get the wall plug adapter.

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              5.0

              A great tool!

              By GibsonBlack

              from La Crosse, WI

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Great Features
              • Improves Musicianship

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Practice

                Comments about TASCAM CD-BT2 Portable CD Bass Trainer:

                I owned the original Tascam bass trainer for years before a house fire claimed it and most of my other possessions. I have seen a number of negative reviews concerning this product and what it comes down to is two things: 1)using headphones with great bass response 2)reading the manual and exploring the features.

                You aren't going to get the perfect setup out of the box; you will need to dive in, explore the features and fiddle with the settings until you get what you are looking for. It may take some time, but with a little patience you find the sweet spot. Also keep in mind that in some recordings that bass may be buried deep in the mix while in others the bass may have presence and be front and center. I also use AKG Headphones for use with the bass trainer, which helps with bass response.

                The ability to loop a phrase as well as slowing down a track to catch tricky parts alone are worth it.

                Comment on this review

                (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                My little buddie

                By Victor Caiazzo

                from New York

                Comments about TASCAM CD-BT2 Portable CD Bass Trainer:

                This is a great little buddie. You can take on vacation or use it as a way to work on you ear tranning or just play without making any noise. Best of all you get the true sound of your bass and that is whats most important.

                Comment on this review

                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Excellent

                By Brian Shaw

                from Monterey County CA

                Comments about TASCAM CD-BT2 Portable CD Bass Trainer:

                Just finished my first set of songs using the CD-BT2, was sent a set list, downloaded the songs to my itunes playlist, burned the playlist to a cd, was able to take the keys up and down to meet the key the band was going to play them in tonight, was able to slow a tune way down to catch a tricky chorus I had benn meaning to learn for years. Went though 15 songs in one hour. Ive been playing bass 40 years, this is great. Thanks!

                Comment on this review

                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Swiss Army Knife for Bassists

                Comments about TASCAM CD-BT2 Portable CD Bass Trainer:

                A lot of useful features in one small package.
                The CD-BT2 Bass Trainer from Tascam is like a Swiss Army Knife for bassists. Not only CD playback but a tuner, metronome, effects unit, bass canceler and more. One reviewer wrote the lack of an input jack was a concern but there is a work around. Take the output of the unit, either line out or headphone (I prefer headphone as this gives me an extra volume control) and run it into a stand alone mixer or amplifier. Plug your bass into the mixer or an extra input on the amp and put your MP3 player, with the proper jacks, into the CD-BT2's bass input. The only effect you won't be able to use are the CD play back speed and pitch controls. But there is another Tascam product that does work with MP3's, this unit is for CD's.
                Nothing is perfect. Its not metal, its light. Portable with a buffer. Get the power supply unless you own stock in a battery manufacturer. There are issues with some units about mounting a CD, but Musicians Friend, other reputable dealers and especially Tascam honor their warranties. There are artifacts when using the variable speed pitch control. The more you slow down the CD, the worse they become. This is a sad fact with current technology. Other variable speed pitch control units and software suffer the same.
                If you can't hear the bass with this unit something is wrong! Even set flat or using the line out, the bass is there. Use the bass enhance functions and the bass will dominate. If you want more, add a subwoofer to a playback set up and rock the neighbors. Or be kind and purchase a good set of headphones.
                This is a great tool for learning songs and licks. Read the instruction manual, its one of the better ones you'll encounter. Try all the options, bells and whistles and enjoy. I doubt you'll get more bass friendly for the money.
                Tascam rocks.
                Great bang for the buck!

                Comment on this review

                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                GREAT for Learning Bass

                By Jess-VSurK

                from Ontario, Canada

                Comments about TASCAM CD-BT2 Portable CD Bass Trainer:

                For those learning to play bass this is an outstanding help! You can slow down the song, learn the bass line, slowly play it at faster tempos until you have mastered it at full tempo. I can see why accomplished/professional musicians may find this less useful, but for a beginner or intermediate player it is VERY useful. I highly recommend it for those players.Jess

                Comment on this review

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Beginners Should Consider This

                By J Jack Flash

                from Minneapolis

                Comments about TASCAM CD-BT2 Portable CD Bass Trainer:

                If you are just starting as a bass player, you know that you don't just buy a bass. You also buy straps, cords, guitar stands, lesson books with cds, metronomes, tuners, amps, etc.This unit has three features in one unit that might save you some start-up $$$. First, it has the cd player for use with your lesson books. Second, it has a built in tuner. Third and very important, it has a metronome function. These three functions alone make the unit worth the price. You can practice with headphones any time you want and keep good time (which is what bass playing is all about). Learn at your own pace with a metronome without bothering neighbors? Priceless.Treat yourself to a music stand for your lesson books. Get a barstool to take a load off. Get some headphones with 1/8" jack. DO get the AC adapter! Practice, practice, practice and enter a world of music and enjoyment!If you want to play with MP3s there are other options out there. I have an Acoustic B20 bass amp combo that allows MP3 input with headphone operation. A nice little amp that also works as a handy table for the Tascam.

                Comment on this review

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Makes it easier!!

                By B Reeves

                from Akron, OH

                Comments about TASCAM CD-BT2 Portable CD Bass Trainer:

                I purchased the CD-BT2 used and was impressed until it stopped reading CD's. Musician's Friend gave me no hassle about returning it and sent me a brand new one at no additional cost! The new one was here in less than a week and I'm loving it! Effects are nice, no nonsense tuner and the bass boost really helps!! (Note: the better your headphones/speakers, the better the boost works!) The only downside is the adapter has to be bought seperately(MF doesn't sell it on the website) because the batteries last maybe 6 hours!! (reason for the low value rating)At the end of the day, it now resides in my gig bag!

                Comment on this review

                (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                2.0

                Unit Sucks

                By Tom T.

                from Virginia

                Comments about TASCAM CD-BT2 Portable CD Bass Trainer:

                I have had this unit for about a month. It is poorley made out of cheap plastic and the lid does not close all the way on one side. It does not help at all to hear the bass in a song. So what I bought this unit for does not work. Actually the bass cancelling feature is nice allowing you to play the bass along with the song. The effects suck and the voluum on the bass is too low. I will be returning my unit.

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