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Tascam CD-GT1mkII Portable CD Guitar Trainer   

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The TASCAM CD-GT1mkII Portable CD Guitar Trainer is the ultimate training and jamming tool for guitarists, vocalists, and other musicians. Take any f...Click To Read More About This Product

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Nail the toughest licks at your own pace!

The TASCAM CD-GT1mkII Portable CD Guitar Trainer is the ultimate training and jamming tool for guitarists, vocalists, and other musicians. Take any favorite CD, plug your guitar directly into the CD-GT1's 1/4" input, put on some headphones, set the volume, and start rocking! Vocalists can do the same with a mic.

The Slow Speed Audition feature lets you learn licks note-for-note by slowing down the CD up to 50% without changing the pitch. You can also increase the tempo in steps until you match the original performance. Added features include a guitar-cancelling function, built-in metronome, and oscillators for tuning, and split monitoring.

Advanced players can use the CD-GT1's pitch and speed controls to audition various keys and tempi for CDs they've burned of their own music.

The CD-GT1 has 57 great-sounding, customizable effects including distortion, delay, chorus, and more. There's also a nice selection of vocal reverbs and processed sounds so you can sing along with rockers, hip-hoppers, divas, and everything in-between!

You can set seamless in-out loop points with the CD-GT1 so that it plays the same passage over and over again so you can nail phrases. Use the footswitch input to start playing the CD from any designated point or to scroll through effects.

You can listen on headphones, or use its line output to plug in speakers. The CD-GT1 even provides a chromatic tuner and operates on batteries to take your show on the road. Optional AC power supply. (See accessory box on this page.)

  • SSA (0 -8 -16 -32 -50%): Slow Speed Audition, tempo control without affecting key
  • 0 to -50% pitch control (in 1% steps)
  • Single Loop, All Loop, and Seamless IN-OUT Loop
  • Flash start: Seamless locate and play from the cue point function
  • Single play and continuous play
  • Footswitch input for flash start or effects switching
  • 57 Built-in Effects: 15 Distortion sounds, 15 Overdrive sounds, 15 Clean tone sounds, and 12 Vocal effects)
  • Guitar canceling function
  • Built in metronome
  • Built in oscillators for tuning
  • Split monitoring
  • Improved interface for easier use
  • 10-second anti-shock memory
  • 2-way power supply
  • Battery operation

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Guitar Trainer and giggers Swiss Army Knife

In my opinion, this unit is "exactly" what it claims to be. After reading other reviews, I didn't even bother with batteries and just bought the AC adapter from...Read complete review

In my opinion, this unit is "exactly" what it claims to be. After reading other reviews, I didn't even bother with batteries and just bought the AC adapter from the get go. Although, I will use the batteries if I get in a situation where I don't have electricity handy. The unit has a learning curve, but it's not too steep as to be overwhelming. The manual, unlike so many others, is actually well written, and its only 26 pages long. Plan on spending an hour or two getting the hang of it, learning where everything is, and how to use it. If you are expecting to get the unit, just pop in a cd and be on your way, you might be dissapointed. I have read other reviewers who don't care for the effects. Personally, overall, I think they are pretty good for what the unit is, and they can all be edited. Is it going to replace my dedicated multi-hundred dollar guitar effects unit? No, but then again, "that's NOT what it was designed to do". I mean let's get real here okay. But guess what, if you're on a gig and that whiz-bang guitar processor goes south, this unit could get you through the night; if you've taken the time to learn it, and have it set up the way you want it in advance. Preperation would be the key here. It can also do the same for your dedicated vocal processor too, since it has vocal effects as well. Again, preperation would be KEY for use in this event. Not to mention, it can also play your cd's through your PA if your dedicated rack mount player goes south. Or your dedicated guitar tuner goes south, since it has one of those too...well, you get the picture for the "swiss army knife" part of the review title. Just make sure you have the proper patch cords in advance if you want to use it live. When you combine that with the looping funtion, the pitch change and all the other features, you have a very useful tool. True, there are some artifacts when you slow down some things, but I have found that to be the case on almost "any piece of gear" that changes speed or pitch, and it's not anything beyond what I reasonably expected. Like many things in life, you are going to get out of this unit, what you put into it. It's not going to learn the lick or song for you, but it may well make it easier for you. If I had a couple of areas that I would improve: One, I'd tell Tascam to dump the "mini-plug connections" and make everything 1/4 inch. Two, the unit may survive being dropped, but I wouldn't count on it. Invest an extra 30 or 40 bucks in the case Tascam makes for it (that case even has speakers built in), and then invest in an additional padded case, or better yet, padded hardshell case, if you have any plans on using the unit in a live situation. Overall, it's a great piece of gear.


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Make sure to buy the AC adapter-

This doesn't come with an AC adapter! The batteries it takes are like 8 AAs, and they will only last for a couple of hours- no kidding. As well, the input is...Read complete review

This doesn't come with an AC adapter! The batteries it takes are like 8 AAs, and they will only last for a couple of hours- no kidding. As well, the input is monopolized, so you have to buy Tascam only. The product itself was alright. It does allow you to slow down songs without a change to pitch, but this is not to the point where you are GUARANTEED to master technical parts of a song. The slow-speed is not slow-enough for everything, metal and soloing being an example. It is also not so slow that it will reveal every note to a strummed chord (Like I thought it would). It would probably find its intended use well in someone who is fairly advanced at guitar who is looking for a way to ease concentration on admired passages of songs. Instead of fast-forward, rewind, fast-forward, you just slow it up. But this will not enable a brand-new or novice guitarist to play like Van Halen right off. Not at all. Ultimately, as I bought this item to keep me motivated and encouraged with guitar, I ended up selling it, and my guitar, and replacing them with a bass...

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Cheap Plastic Lid

By Dr Love

from Atlanta, GA

You would think for the price this item sells for, and the fact that the lid must be opened and closed many times over the life of the product, it would have a better design. I have used mine less than 10 times, yet the cover latch and one of the hinges are already broken because they're made of cheap plastic. Of course, when the latch doesn't stay closed the unit won't play. I have had to resort to using a rubber band (!!) to keep the thing closed.I expected better from a brand like TASCAM.


Good practicing tool

By Tex-V-sgj

from Philadelphia

I bought this when it was a Stupid Deal of the Day here at this site. So far, it works pretty well, but I highly suggest anyone buying this to read the manual. There are many controls and options for this little CD player. The construction is a bit cheap though but no more than standard CD players so don't play kickball with it. I've learned to play some tunes already with it, and although the tempo thingy has a vibrato feel to it (even the manual says its part of the programming), it gets the job done. I learned a couple of songs fairly quickly with the right tempo and all. I haven't tried the new version of this yet so I have no comparison generation-wise. Overall, it's a pretty good practicing tool.


Pretty Nice!!!!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

My music teacher owns one, and I think it's pretty cool. I play Mandolin, Banjo (which I'm not so good at), and Guitar. I had my guitar at lessons one day and was having trouble getting a song down so he got this down and slowed the song down. It was So Easy to learn with.

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Tascam CD-GT1mkII Portable CD Guitar Trainer

By Stainless Steel Man

from San Diego

I've had this guitar trainer for about a year and a half and I love it. It does everything they say it does. slowing down the tempo without changing pitch is great for learning new stuff. The loop feature is also great for learning solos and phrases. Slow it down and loop it, jam with it till you got it nailed. Plug in your guitar, put on your headphones and practice without annoying your neighbors. At first I thought the effects sounded a little processed, but once you get used to using the effect library,you're bound to find something you like. you can also manually adjust the effects and save them to the library.The only bad thing I can say about it is the cd door broke off a couple weeks ago,but it still works fine.I also recomend buying the ac adapter, I hear this thing eats alot of batterys.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)



By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Sounds like crap, the cd lid busted off while putting in a cd. Not real user friendly.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Excellent machine

By Hrothgar-o3ESU

from Schaumburg, IL

I purchased this device for a purpose unrelated to guitars or guitar playing; namely, it's stated ability to slow down material recorded on CD. I am trying to learn the pronunciation of a medieval language from a CD that came with the book. The author has recorded certain passages, but reads them so fast - I mean really fast - that it is almost impossible to appreciate the exact pronunciation of individual syllables. I put the CD into this machine and adjusted the tempo to -50. It works great! There is some slight voice distortion (the pitch is lower) but I can now hear and appreciate the pronunciation of individual syllables. I will try it for slowing down pieces of guitar music, but have not done so yet. For languages, it has already fulfilled my requirements of the instrument. I also purchased the AC adapter.


Not a bad lil gizmo

By Texasblues

from San Francisco, CA

Had this unit MK II about a year at home. Have the MK I at my place at work since 2003 and she's still ticking. Does what its design to do. Only flaws that TASCAM can do is add a LCD lite and make the door just a bit more durable. Some say you can use a PC but you cant beat the portability.Other than that, a fine product


It works good

By Thatbassbob

from Lancaster PA

I have the ability to figure out songs in real tim. But my son who is just learning can't learn some songs that fast. so i bought this unit to play them slower until he was familiar with them enough to play at real time the wobbling effect is removed by turning off the VSA effect press the tempo key then the prev. button to get to VSA then up to turn it off It works as expected


not good!

By matty511

from temecula, CA

i got this about a month ago, and at first, it was ok. but when i slowed it down, the quality of the sound was horrible. it sounded like a cell phone with no reception. i figured that i would just deal with it, but then i had to put new batteries in....AGAIN. that thing sucks up so much battery life in just a couple of minuets. then about a month after i got it(yesterday), it would not turn on. i thought i would put in brand new batteries.....nope, didnt work. i really regret buying this thing. i highly recomend you DON'T get it.


Three year review !

By Kath_lover

from new york

I bought this in 2005, went though many batteries then finally got the adapter which made life easier. When I first bought the Tascam, I liked the fact that you just had to push buttons, it is very intuitive. This is a great tool to learn guitar solos. It has a few flaws, such as: you need to be able to slow down some songs more than the 50% available on this product, when slowed down---it does get a little distorted.But it has served me well. Almost 3 years later and I'm still using it, BUT, I just found a new product, RiffMaster PRO software, and I'm considering giving it a shot. With the software, you can with the mouse, jump right to the part of the song that you want to practice. On the Tascam, you have to actually play the song and wait until it gets to where you want it in order to loop it.

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