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TASCAM MP-GT1 Portable MP3 Guitar Trainer  

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TASCAM's MP-GT1 is the first MP3 player designed for musicians. Based on the award-winning CD-GT1mkII, this fun mobile guitar trainer includes enough...Read More

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Pocket-sized chops builder.

TASCAM's MP-GT1 is the first MP3 player designed for musicians. Based on the award-winning CD-GT1mkII, this fun mobile guitar trainer includes enough memory to store up to 240 songs. Guitar parts can be slowed down, looped and even eliminated to help you learn new riffs. Play back MP3s using Variable Speed Audition, which slows down the speed without changing the pitch, and sections can be seamlessly looped while practicing tricky passages. Songs can even be pitched up or down to match the tuning of your guitar, so you don't have to re-tune for every song.

The guitar input lets you rock along with thick overdrive and multi-effects, including a guitar canceler so you can play along with your favorite bands. A tuner, metronome, and rechargeable battery are also built-in. All of this is packed into an MP3 player smaller than a stomp box, so stuff it in your backpack, gig bag or back pocket and hit the road.

The MP-GT1 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.

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" guitar input
  • Guitar multi-effects include overdrive, distortion, delay, flange, reverb and more
  • Guitar Cancel effect eliminates the guitar 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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4.6

(based on 27 reviews)

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Tascam MP-GT1 - overcome drawbacks

A great piece of kit, once you understand it's issues.
I have had a lot of problems getting the MP3's that I load onto the device to play and display correctly. The...Read complete review

A great piece of kit, once you understand it's issues.
I have had a lot of problems getting the MP3's that I load onto the device to play and display correctly. The manual gives a few hints, but the main issues are:

Songs wont play
Songs are distorted
Title or artist won't display

After a lot of playing around with the MP3's, I got the definitive setup to make them work every time:

MP3's recorded with a bit rate of 44100hz, 256kbps, stereo

ID3v2 tags with no cover art or lyrics (the MP-GT1 only needs 'Title', 'Artist' and 'Album' but it fails to display correctly if there is too much extended ID3v2 info)

Once I got into the habit of applying these settings to any songs I loaded to the trainer, I never had any more problems.

Other than this, the kit is great, although slightly bulky. My iPhone does exactly the same thing with an iRig attached and various different apps, but the Tascam is far less fiddly.

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Disappointed

I had trouble getting the right MP3 compression setting such that the sound wasn't distorted. Once I accomplished that, I still couldn't get used to the funky, warped sound when using the option...Read complete review

I had trouble getting the right MP3 compression setting such that the sound wasn't distorted. Once I accomplished that, I still couldn't get used to the funky, warped sound when using the option to slow the tempo down but keep the pitch.The #1 reason that I bought this device though was for the guitar cancellation feature. I thought that I could take my favorite tunes, cancel the guitar part, and then jam along using the remainder of the song like backing tracks. The guitar cancellation, at best, distorts all the sounds in the frequency range of a guitar but doesn?t come close to cancelling it.I continue to buy from this site because of their Satisfaction Guaranteed policy The Tascam MP-GT1 went back for a no questions asked refund (less shipping of course...)

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5.0

Tascam MP-GT1 - overcome drawbacks

By apl4

from UK

Pros

  • Effects
  • Portable
  • Sound

Cons

  • bulky
  • Id3 Tags

Best Uses

  • Practice

A great piece of kit, once you understand it's issues.
I have had a lot of problems getting the MP3's that I load onto the device to play and display correctly. The manual gives a few hints, but the main issues are:

Songs wont play
Songs are distorted
Title or artist won't display

After a lot of playing around with the MP3's, I got the definitive setup to make them work every time:

MP3's recorded with a bit rate of 44100hz, 256kbps, stereo

ID3v2 tags with no cover art or lyrics (the MP-GT1 only needs 'Title', 'Artist' and 'Album' but it fails to display correctly if there is too much extended ID3v2 info)

Once I got into the habit of applying these settings to any songs I loaded to the trainer, I never had any more problems.

Other than this, the kit is great, although slightly bulky. My iPhone does exactly the same thing with an iRig attached and various different apps, but the Tascam is far less fiddly.

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4.0

Does what you need

By Chris-tZNxf

from Blair, Ne.

I bought this over a year ago and it has been a good tool. However my laptop has all this and sounds better. The GT1 is however quite portable and great for sitting on the couch practicing. I've used it on the treadmill a number of time when my wife would not let me use her IPOD.The GT1 doesn't like varible bit rate files though. Its locked up over those and then you have to get out the paper clip.I'm not crazy about the overdrive and distortion sounds but thats not its forte.Battery life seems reasonable and it has a good amount of memory.It has good mixing and playback level options.Would I buy it again....Yes.

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5.0

Great for brushing up on your skills

By Tele824

from Northern NJ

If you are an older player like me who learned to play years ago but haven't played consistently for a long time, the TASCAM MP-GT1 trainer is for you. Finally, I can learn those classic licks which have always seemed to escape me.The loop feature allows me to learn at my own pace and the number of effects combinations is almost endless. My only complaint is you must use MP3s recorded at 128kbps (most of my library is at 192kbps) and the sound is a little muddy at very slow tempos. These are minor inconveniences when weighed against the speed at which I am now learning. Buy this gear and become the rock star you've always wanted to be.

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5.0

Indespensable

By richforman

from Long Island, NY

I have found this device (Tascam MP-GT1 Guitar Trainer) to be indispensable to me for learning songs, although honestly I have found the build quality to be lacking - in fact, I have had several units break or die on me, but in each case found no other product that offers the same combination of features that make the MP-GT1 so useful for me (certainly not in such a portable and affordable package), and have continued to replace it by looking around for good deals. The three features that make it invaluable for me for learning songs for my various cover bands are: the ability to loop parts; the ability to slow down parts without changing the pitch, to learn those fast solos and runs (I don't care that much that the sound quality deteriorates when you slow it down, I'm just trying to pick out the notes); and the kicker (that a comparable IPhone or computer app doesn't have), the ability to feed my keyboard into it with a 1/4" cable, and listen to myself and the mp3 together in headphones - thus being able to work on my songs without keeping the wife and kids awake or just driving them crazy! Since I play keyboards and not guitar, I don't use or care about the effects section. They should market these machines to us keyboard players, they are just as useful or more for us than for our guitar-slinging brethren I think.

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5.0

Great learning tool

By Jay G

from Raleigh, NC

I got an MP-GT1 a few months ago. I've been very happy with it. The slow-down feature is great for learning licks (if you slow down a lot, the music does get distorted, but I have a feeling that's more due to the lossy nature of MP3 encoding rather than the unit). The loop feature is great for practicing alone, or when you're getting an arrangement down with a band. The key-changing utility is great, too, since my band frequently plays songs a step or a step and a half down. The built-in guitar effects processor is not the best, but it works well enough to get the job done (I've even used it for practice when I forgot my pedal board). I have not hit the unit's capacity yet, and I've got a lot of songs on it. Managing the files on this device is easy to do from Windows. I have not had any problems creating or browsing folders and subfolders on this device.

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5.0

a good tool

By Druuna

from Grand Rapids MI

It has rugged metal frame because you are going to drop eventually. It's easy to load mp3s from windows. The sounds are a not what you would want from a guitar processor but they work well for learning. I rarely use headphone with it. I usually run it into the CD input on my amp and play along. A little pricey but cheaper than lessons. I'm really more of a bassist so I have the bass trainer also.

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5.0

Price Performance Awesome

By Rocky-snB7S

from South Haven, MI

I've had my unit for about 6 months now and have been quite satisfied. The only thing that I felt could have been designed better is the power switch, it's like a little combo-lock. Other than that it helps me learn licks I need for our worship band that I need to play. For the price, I doubt that there is anything else like it available. I'm glad they kept working on it from the CD version (which I own) I'm sure we'll see this continue. I can't wait to see what shape this will take in a few years.

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5.0

I like it

By Tiger

from Califonia

This product has recieved mixed reviews, but I thought I'd take a chance on it. Man, I'm glad I did. I live in an apartment and have always had to practice with the amp volume turned down low. Now I can practice the guitar with my favorite songs cranked up. As an added benefit, I ordered a 3 foot guitar cable and installed a simple, self adhesive belt clip. No more cable tied to the amp. Now I'm free to walk around the room or sit anywhere while I play.I've only had this for a couple of weeks, but I love it. It's definately taken my guitar playing up another level.

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4.0

It's not an amp

Purchased this devise after playing with a friends CD version. This devise does exactly what it is advertised to do...Guitar Trainer. It's not an amp, or an IPOD, I did not expect it to be. Only complaint is it does not have an output feature that would allow it to be put inline with my amp. I love the tempo adjust while maintaining descent tone. Helped me through learning solos.

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5.0

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By SatchBoogie

from San Juan PR

I just got it and I just can't put it down. all features work as advertised. Pith change, distortion, flanger effects work fine, This is the perfect trainer. The guitar canceation feature has very low volume but accomplishes it purpose (practicing). If you are interested in guitar in anywa, buy this product.

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