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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...Click To Read More About This Product

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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
  • Auto Power Off and Hold function
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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

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 tool for anytime...

By aferrari37

from Redmond Oregon

...and anywhere. Tascam has hit a home run with this product. with built in effects and the ability to change the key and the speed / tempo of a piece that you are trying to master the MP GT 1 delivers big time. The onboard effects are preset but you can tweak them to get close to what you want and the amplification is great. This is a trainer that fits into your guitar case and can be taken anywhere you go. The ability to download music right off your windows media player is convienant and there is no additional programs to go on the computer, also a nice feature. I highly recomend this product for it's durability, ease of use and anywhere accessibility.

 
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.

 
3.0

Disappointed

By Learning to keep it simple and skip the technology

from Naperville, IL

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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...)

 
5.0

Perfect Combination of Quality and Value

By gbc151

from Wilton, CT

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I have bought just about every kind of personal amp simulator from pedals to software. I play using jam tracks without lead guitar and for me this unit does it all--lots of recording space, great onboard effects, and best of all, not so complicated you can't use it right away. A very smart, very good investment for personal training and playing.

 
3.0

Glorified mp3 player

By Karl Houseknecht

from Palmyra, VA

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I intended on picking one of these up so I went to a local store to try it out first. While the trainer functionality is actually pretty good and the mp3 player is decent, the quality of the "amp models" in this thing is so horrid that I couldn't even use it for practice. I don't just practice hitting the right notes, but also articulation and technique. There's no way to do that when you can't even get a sound worthy of the worst practice amp ever created. The Korg Pandora at least produced marginally acceptable tones for practice but didn't have an mp3 player built in. Why couldn't Tascam have partnered with them, or even better, Line6?

 
5.0

Sounds SWEET!!!

By MetallicaFan333

from Rossville, IL.

Well, I don't have this product, but it sounds so cool and useful, that it's definately on my Christmas list and if I don't get it, I will work my --- off to get it. I can't wait until I have it and I want it so bad! I have been playing guitar for two years since August 24th, 2007, and I think that this will help me to learn more songs and help learn scales for solos and stuff for my own songs and band projects. So, in my opinion, definitely a must have!!!

 
5.0

Every guitar student should own one

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

The TASCAM MP-GT1 is a must have for every guitar student. You can learn songs, and improve your skill level indeed. Though, the best part of this unit is that it is a fully self contained guitar practice device. I often practice outside with headphones, completely detached from pedal boards, amps,etc. This little box has everything you need, direct guitar plug in, effects, etc, all in a small and convenient package.Granted, the MP-GT1 is probably not targeted for the advanced guitarists. Though, let's be real. Advanced guitarists would not buy a trainer in the first place.

 
4.0

Great Features, crummy mp3 quality

By Xtremca

from Iowa

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The MP-GT1 is not a bad little device as it performs the same functions as the CD version. I will focus on it's weakness since we know the positives. MP3's are tricky. You have to make sure you are using a low compression and not a higher quality compression mp3 as the unit will not support a higher bit rate. This is bad since low bit rate sounds terrible to begin with yet alone when the unit is sampling over and over which degrades the sound even more, but the music compression makes it worse. It took me 3 differnt tries to find a happy compression that it would work with. I would hope in the future that they could work with apple to allow playback of the lossless files or any other quality music download. Guitar cancel only works on L/R guitars. Stereo guitars will not balance out. Trainer places dead title track info in front of working tracks so if you click one it says "file not found". Cannot charge using USB and use at the same time. The internal effects are not too bad and it is nice to be able to plug the guitar in and a set of head phones and just play into it. Overall it does what it is supposed to but a better MP3 compression other than 44.1 khz intake would def help the bottom line on audio quality. So for all the itunes users out there, you will have to convert your DRM free files to MP3, but make sure itunes pref are set to only good quality and nothing higher. And remember that the music you download are not MP3 format, so don't think you will be able to use them without burning them to disc and re-importing them as "good" MP3. One last thing, .wav files are not supported either.

 
5.0

Wish I had one of these 35 years ago.

By Soldthe'64Blues

from S. Setauket, NY

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As a kid I'd be sitting on the floor with guitar in hand, turntable and vinyl records, lifting the needles off the spinning record hundreds of times to try to copy a Clapton or Hendrix solo. If I were just starting today all I'd need to be happy is a guitar, the MP-GT1 and a computer with a set of good speakers. The MP-GT1 has a full range of digital effect that sound pretty good through my Logitech speakers with subwoofer. The ability to slow down a solo, keep the same pitch, a play along through the device is the key feature. I'll isolate and loop a measure or two and play along with it until I figure it out. The slow speed enable you to figure out the notes but more importantly, you can study the nuances of the artist and try to replicate the style. I didn't expect much from the guitar cancellation feature, and as expected it works better on some songs than others. The display shows the library of songs, enables you to set up folders and provides easy navigation through all the features, some of which I have yet to explore.

 
4.0

Pretty good...

By jeffhef

from NC

I've had this for about a year. My son and I both use it. My son plays Bass. When I bought it they didn't have the Bass version. He just uses a clean sound and it works fine for him. The quality of the guitar and effects models is sufficient for a practice device. I use a set of good headphones - AKG's - rather than ear buds. I also made a GeorgeL instrument cable which is long enough but compact enough to store in a small case with the headphones and the GT1. It charges off the USB port so if you have an iPod wall charger it'll charge the GT1 as well. I'd like to see the ability to use external media added such as SD, Compact Flash, etc. Also, I'm 47 and the display is a little hard for me to see sometimes. I use the looping feature quite a bit as well as VSA since we change keys a lot. The tuner is adequate. Overall I know of no other product that matches what the GT1 can do. Before buying it I used a modeling device and hooked it into the computer. Then I used software to load the song. Definitely a jump above that AND portable. You CAN use it as a A/D interface if you're in a lurch by getting a 1/8" to 1/8" stereo cable. At least you with a Mac.

 
5.0

Great Device!

By Intermediate Guitarist

from Midwest

This a great device for learning/practicing electric guitar. First, it makes a great headphone amp to practice without driving everyone away. It has great effects but these can be bypassed if wished. Second, loading MP3 into this device is a snap. I've only had it for a few days, but I've already worked some tasty solo's. It's much easier to follow along with a recording when the notes are coming at you half as fast but in the same pitch. The looping feature is especially intuitive and easy to use. Overall, great product and I anticipate using this while traveling as a personal practice amp, a learning aid and as a regular MP3 player(albeit, a little large as strictly a MP3 player).

 
5.0

Review

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.

 
4.0

Does what you need

By Chris-tZNxf

from Blair, Ne.

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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.

 
5.0

a good tool

By Druuna

from Grand Rapids MI

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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.

 
4.0

Great Practicing Tool

By Sandman-RJMc2

from Sterling,IL

Tascam MP-GT1. A great Practicing Tool. I have 2 of these..don't want to be with out this tool. Pluses: I've had this for almost a year and have learn tons of tunes. This is easy to learn how to use. I never had to read the manual. The push looping of phrases is quick to learn. Pull cords out of songs in minutes. The slow solo's down is clearer listening than previuos samplers offered. I would like to see this MP-GT1 come out with a larger storage. Like the mp3 players.20 gigs.I had one unite fall and had to have it repair. They sent me a new one. So they have a plus in that department too.

 
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.

 
5.0

Great tool for the money

By Matt D-8mKNP

from PA

I had the cd unit and switched to the MP-gt1. The unit is an upgrade to the already user friendly cd unit. It would be nice if it had a belt or trap clip to be able to move around easier. The overall function and sound are adequate for learning. I am not thrilled with the FX function for effects. Having the slow down feature was the one thing I find most beneficial to me.

 
5.0

Review

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I got this for christmas from my dad and absolutely love it. I haven't had this much fun with my guitar in a long time. I plug the output into my stereo and there I am playing right along with Jerry. Navigating the menus takes a little getting used to and there are so many features that I haven't tried them all yet. So far this is fantastic as an mp3 player, portable amp, and trainer.

 
5.0

I like it

By Tiger

from Califonia

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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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