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Tascam MP-BT1 Portable MP3 Bass Trainer   

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The MP-BT1 is an MP3 player designed for the bass . Modeled on the award-winning CD-GT1mkII guitar trainer, this MP3 version is a fantastic learning ...Click To Read More About This Product

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A tool for efficient, effective practice

The MP-BT1 is an MP3 player designed for the bass . Modeled on the award-winning CD-GT1mkII guitar trainer, this MP3 version is a fantastic learning tool. The MP-BT1 has enough memory to store up to 240 songs. Bass parts can be slowed down, looped, and even eliminated to help you learn new riffs. Variable Speed Audition lets you slow tempo without changing pitch. Sections of songs can be seamlessly looped for efficient work on tricky passages. Songs can even be pitched up or down so you don't have to re-tune for every song.

The bass input lets you rock along with thick overdrive and multi-effects, and a bass canceller removes recorded bass parts allowing you to be the bassist for your favorite bands. A tuner, metronome, and rechargeable battery are also built-in. All of this is packed into a stompbox size device smaller than a stomp box, so can stuff it your gig bag and go.

The MP-BT1 uses a high-speed USB connection to load up MP3s and charge the built-in battery. Zip through your MP3 collection using a data wheel, dedicated buttons and a graphical LCD display. A rechargeable 9-hour lithium ion battery is built into the unit, and an optional power supply is also available: item number 338954.

FEATURES
  • 240-song memory capacity (based on average 4-minute MP3 encoded at 128kbps)
  • Variable Speed Audition changes the speed of the MP3 playback without changing the pitch
  • Pitch control in 1% steps so you don't have to re-tune
  • Seamless looping for practicing tricky passages
  • High-impedance 1/4" bass input
  • Bass multi-effects
  • Bass Cancel effect eliminates the bass part from the recorded song so you can play along
  • Built-in tuner, oscillator and metronome
  • 1/8" Headphone output
  • Built-in rechargeable battery with 9-hour reserve (rechargeable through USB port or optional power supply)
  • 128x64 graphic LCD display
  • USB jack
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3.8

(based on 19 reviews)

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I love this thing!

I have had my bass trainer for about a year now, use it almost every day for two to three hours at a time, and absolutely love it! My main way of using...Read complete review

I have had my bass trainer for about a year now, use it almost every day for two to three hours at a time, and absolutely love it! My main way of using it is to plug my bass into my pedal board, plug my pedal board into the trainer, split the headphone output to my headphones and my Zoom recorder, set the trainer to cut bass, and record myself playing to music. Being able to hear myself playing on a song without competing with the original bass is wonderful! As an aside, I just used the built in octave pedal for a couple songs and was amazed that it tracked all the way down to open E which my EBS and DigiTech pedals will not. I find the build to be solid with no problems with any buttons, dials, or switches. I popped it into my bass case and took it on the road for 9 days and it was fine. No, I wasn't touring; I was helping my dad update a rock hounding book in Nevada and the trainer spent its days bouncing around on dirt roads. As for the battery - I have my trainer set to stay on all the time (no auto shut-off) and keep the backlight on for 30 seconds (the max) and I get from six to eight hours use per charge. The more mistakes I make, the more I replay the songs, the more the backlight is on, and the more battery I use. If I play well I get more like eight hours, if I play very poorly I get more like five hours. Charging through the USB takes about six hours and through the adapter takes about 3 hours. If anything ever happened to my bass trainer, I would replace it in a second. Did I mention I love this thing?

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Useful but fragile

Had one of the TASCAM MP-BT1 units for a little while (just oustide of warranty time) then the power switch broke. Sent it in to TEAC America and they lost my unit in...Read complete review

Had one of the TASCAM MP-BT1 units for a little while (just oustide of warranty time) then the power switch broke. Sent it in to TEAC America and they lost my unit in the warehouse. After haggling on the phone, they sent me a new one. I've had the 2nd one about 2 years and now the Output Volume rocker switch broke on one side and I can't turn it down (only up). Having these repaired outside of warranty is expensive.I'm very disappointed in the physical quality of it because I use it everyday. It has alot of useful features: On board tuner, metronome, up to 1 GB of songs, effects, EQ, ability to speed up or slow down songs WITHOUT effecting pitch, control of input volume, output volume, and mix of song and your bass, and the ability to remove the bass track from a song you are playing. It's a very feature fill, useful unit but it's VERY fragile. When this one dies, I doubt I'll buy another. TEAC/TASCAM seriously needs to redesign and improve these trainers. For this price they fetch, they should last a decade or more.

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3.0

Dont waist your time!

By Musicians Fiend

from Los Angeles

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This is a great gadget for those who cant turn the bass down on an MP3's EQ themselves.. It DOES NOT remove the bass line as it says,(false advertizing anyone?) not even close to removing them. If you have crappy headphones and a bad pick up.., it may remove most off it. , but any good headphones / nice full sounding bass like my stingray and will still play all the mid-bass and mids coming from the bass just as loud as before.. In fact I could hear the bass just as well, if not better!! its just poppy now..just popping away in the mid frequecy... The final sound , after bass removal, is also is very harsh and causes ear fatigue in about 5 minutes..It arrive today, it is going back today.

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5.0

Great product

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I love this unit. I have been playing for 25 years - all styles of music, and have never used a secondary piece of gear as much as I do this. I have a family and usually have to play at night as to not disturb anyone. This gives me exaclty what I need. I never use any effects so I get several days to a week on a charge. It's also great on road trips, practicing in a bus, hotel, warming up before shows etc...I have dropped it several times, broke the screen and immmediately bought one used. My only grip is that it doesn't play m4a (iTunes) files - they all have to be converted to mp3's.

 
5.0

Pretty sweet machine

By OhioMan

from Ohio...the Heart of it all

I am from the old school. I use to have to take my bass amp and place it next to my stereo speakers and hit the play button and pick up my bass and then start to jam. This little machine makes all that obsolete. The loop function is invaluable. You can also have all of your favorite songs right there without having to change CD's or cassettes. Great pratice tool. It would nice if it had some sort of protective sleave or case with it.

 
1.0

On/off switch is terrible

By Swinetechnician

from Texas

Has anyone else had this problem? I purchased this unit a year ago and loved it! Problem is, I could only use it three or four times before the power switch went out. I had to send it back to Tascam 3 times to get it fixed and had to pay for the experience twice. Too be fair, their customer service was great but small comfort when the unit will not work. A very cheap design as far as I am concerned.

 
5.0

Realy Helped Me

By Swstraight

from Tennessee

I was able to slow down riffs and learn what I was doing in a matter minutes. Hooks to earphones or even my pc and amp very easy. Plugged my bass in and rocked. Well worth the price.

 
3.0

Poor Quality

By Larry K

from Chicago, Il

Had it for one week and the power switch broke. It has been sent out for warranty repair. Liked the trainer until it broke. Switch appears to be very poor quality. Very disappointed.

 
1.0

Bad switch 8 months later

By Shark_Bait

from Maui

I wish I read these reviews before I wasted my hard earned coin on this thing. Way lame when a switch goes out on any product. Avoid this product unless you are a mega rich rock star.Company should recall all these and install a better switch!

 
4.0

Awesome tool but still room for improvement

By Andy Catt

from Los Angeles

I am a pro bassist of more than thirty years and the Tascam MP-BT1 Bass Trainer is by far the best tool I've ever had for practicing on the go. I used to practice with an iPod but had to retune the bass frequently and had to carry along a mixer or dual channel amp to hear both bass and song together. The MP-BT1 solves those problems. The ability to loop parts of songs, cut or boost the existing bass parts, built in tuner, and more are EXTREMELY useful and convenient.All that said, there are a few things on my wish list for the next model. (1) Make it (a little) smaller. The MP-BT1 does much more than just play MP3s but as far as modern MP3 players go, it's still a bit on the large side, especially in thickness.(2) More memory. While 1 gigabyte is enough to store the setlists of even those in 3 or 4 bands, there's no reason the unit couldn't have a higher memory capacity.(3) Add a feature so it can remember settings such as pitch changes to songs. It's great to be able to shift pitch but it's a pain to have to manually change pitch each time that song comes up on the setlist-almost as troublesome as just retuning the bass!(4) Make it compatible with more file types. The MP-BT1 is very picky on what types of MP3s it will accept in terms of sampling rates and will not accept other file formats, such as WAV, at all.If Tascam comes out with an MP-BT2, I think these improvements would make a great product even better!

 
3.0

Two bad power swtiches

By Dingwaller

from Washington, DC

I bought this product online and when the first one came the power switch was bad right out of the box. Returned it and the one I just got has a questionable power switch. This sounds like a MAJOR problem on this product. A shame since I really like everything else about it.

 
5.0

Band in a Box

By FourString-HSQy9

from Western Mass.

I am an adult drummer turned bass player and bought this device to increase my practice effectiveness. It is great. Better than the special practice disks where the bass in on one track and you can shut it off. With this I can do that with any recording, any band I want, and I can change key, tempo. The ability to slow down a piece until I get it right is a tremendous learning tool - keeps you from getting sloppy just to keep up. I use it every day and in six months have had no problems once I figured out that it only likes mp3 format. Since you can plug your bass right into it, all you need is headphones and you can practice anywhere -- or play it though my Ampeg and shake the walls. I'm very happy I got it.

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