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TASCAM MF-P01 Recording Bundle  

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    The most affordable and easiest-to-use Portastudio yet!

    This TASCAM recording bundle is perfect for novice recordists or as an idea collector for songwriters, the MF-PO1 Portastudio has level and pan control on each track, input/master level LEDs, 1/4" input, stereo line out, and headphone out with level. Uses standard cassette tapes. Records one track at a time with classic warm analog sound. Includes full TASCAM warranty.

    Start-Up Pack includes MF-P01 Portastudio, one TDK SA-X60KX 60-minute high-bias tape, HPVP1 headphones, and MCPV1 microphone with XLR to 1/4" cable.

    Features

    • Perfect for novice recordists
    • Level and Pan control on each track
    • Input/master level LEDs
    • 1/4" input
    • Stereo line out
    • Headphone out with level
    • Uses standard cassette tapes

    Order today and start layin' down your own smokin' tracks.

     
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    4.1

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    It does what it should

    Just got it in the mail today, recorded 4 tracks in a half hour. Setup took 10 minutes. Read the manual just as far as finding out what not to do that may damage...Read complete review

    Just got it in the mail today, recorded 4 tracks in a half hour. Setup took 10 minutes. Read the manual just as far as finding out what not to do that may damage the electronics (like - don't use a mono headphone, and such little details). One thing I'm not sure if I should be worried about or not, is that the microphone I got with my bundle is a MC-VT1... not the same one as shown in the picture. I doubt if there's much difference, but I like to get what I thought I paid for. For all I know this mic is better than that one so I suppose this isnt so much a complaint as a curiosity. I recorded 2 identicle nylon guitar parts, panned them hard left and hard right, added a bucket-drum, and a vocal track with only the stuff included in the bundle. And it sounds cool to me. I wouldn't say 'nice' but I'm looking for minimalism, not polish. The mic is a little muffly with high frequencies, and I deliberately overloaded the levels a tad to get that crusty analog compression. The end mix, routed into the aux-in of a boom box sounded alright. Very dry without any reverb or EQ or compression though. If you want to make a decent demo, you'll want to look into some outboard effects unit just to tighten the sound from the line out to the mixdown deck. A stereo compressor, stereo parametric eq, and a simple reverb unit will help a lot. It hisses. Of course it hisses. It's a cassette. However the hiss is not too distracting. The headphones are quite nice, and comfy too. Bottom line, this is a great tool for working on song ideas because it keeps everything so simplified, you don't get bogged down with the possibilities of digital. It keeps you very basic and honest.Final thought: I got really tired of running out of memory on my digital recorder and having to delete stuff to make more room to work. The cassette format is so cheap and easily available that I don't have to worry about that. It doesn't have any 'features' to speak of... other than it can record 4 tracks of audio, pan them around, and send them off to some mixdown deck or computer or whatever it is you use.All in all it is definately worth the pittance it costs to get you able to work on your stuff. But unless you like lo-fi minimalism (like me!) you won't get a polished demo out of it.

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    Tascam MF PO1 Recording Bundle

    This is my first effort at recording so I wanted to start out simple. The Tascam Bundle is a great way to start. I have already learned a lot. I figured out a way...Read complete review

    This is my first effort at recording so I wanted to start out simple. The Tascam Bundle is a great way to start. I have already learned a lot. I figured out a way to mix down into my computer with the help of some free shareware. Now I can burn CDs of my efforts. With a little experience and effort, results are pretty good. My only problem was with the mike. There seemed to be a non-conductive coating on the male connector. A little rubbing with alcohol solved it. Since I live in rural MT it's hard to find someone to play with. Now I have an instant playing partner too.

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    5.0

    Good Buy

    I purchased the TASCAM MF P01 Recording Bundle on a whim, knowing that I wasn't gonna get those slick sounding tracks. But for what it's worth, I have lots of fun creating basic tracks. The machine itself is solidly built, knobs and sliders are easy to adjust. It must have taken me about 5 minutes to learn how to record. It's that simple. I used a vintage DR. Rhythm by Boss to record a drum track on 1. Then on track 2, I would record guitar. Track 3 would be bass. Vocals on Track 5!I would have liked some desktop studio monitors included in the bundle. The headphone monitors are nice, but sometimes you get all tangled up with the mic cord, guitar cord, etc. A table top mic stand would have been nice also! Like I said before, you aren't gonna get a flashy demo out of this, and having to record on cassette tape (what are those?!?) has its limitations. Yet, I would recommend this to anyone who is interested in learning 4 track recording without having to spend a lot of money on something that might end up at the back of the closet.

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    4.0

    Are You Looking For Rythm?

    I have been playing acoustic guitar solo and rhythm for years now but recording has not been my business ... for the simple reason that I could not find the quality I want in a recorder. My intention in buying this recording bundle last week was to record solo. I found rhythm quality instead. I will look no further than this bundle to record rhythms (raw or from a properly adjusted guitar amplifier both thru the mic). Recording solo is comparatively obscure and needs some background (such as rhythm, etc.) for satisfactory quality. Plugged in guitar (acoustic) is not really very satisfactory as the manual says. Another thing, the mic is a very essential and important component of the recorder - it is only as good as the microphone it is recording from. I don't wonder it had to come as a bundle! And so to those who are considering buying the TASCAM MF-P01 as a separate unit, verify with the experts what mic should go along with it.

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    4.0

    It does what it should

    By AbuseTheMuses-gP4TP

    from Fostoria, OH

    Just got it in the mail today, recorded 4 tracks in a half hour. Setup took 10 minutes. Read the manual just as far as finding out what not to do that may damage the electronics (like - don't use a mono headphone, and such little details). One thing I'm not sure if I should be worried about or not, is that the microphone I got with my bundle is a MC-VT1... not the same one as shown in the picture. I doubt if there's much difference, but I like to get what I thought I paid for. For all I know this mic is better than that one so I suppose this isnt so much a complaint as a curiosity. I recorded 2 identicle nylon guitar parts, panned them hard left and hard right, added a bucket-drum, and a vocal track with only the stuff included in the bundle. And it sounds cool to me. I wouldn't say 'nice' but I'm looking for minimalism, not polish. The mic is a little muffly with high frequencies, and I deliberately overloaded the levels a tad to get that crusty analog compression. The end mix, routed into the aux-in of a boom box sounded alright. Very dry without any reverb or EQ or compression though. If you want to make a decent demo, you'll want to look into some outboard effects unit just to tighten the sound from the line out to the mixdown deck. A stereo compressor, stereo parametric eq, and a simple reverb unit will help a lot. It hisses. Of course it hisses. It's a cassette. However the hiss is not too distracting. The headphones are quite nice, and comfy too. Bottom line, this is a great tool for working on song ideas because it keeps everything so simplified, you don't get bogged down with the possibilities of digital. It keeps you very basic and honest.Final thought: I got really tired of running out of memory on my digital recorder and having to delete stuff to make more room to work. The cassette format is so cheap and easily available that I don't have to worry about that. It doesn't have any 'features' to speak of... other than it can record 4 tracks of audio, pan them around, and send them off to some mixdown deck or computer or whatever it is you use.All in all it is definately worth the pittance it costs to get you able to work on your stuff. But unless you like lo-fi minimalism (like me!) you won't get a polished demo out of it.

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    3.0

    Tascam MF PO1 Recording Bundle

    By Aerocat

    from Marion , Montana

    This is my first effort at recording so I wanted to start out simple. The Tascam Bundle is a great way to start. I have already learned a lot. I figured out a way to mix down into my computer with the help of some free shareware. Now I can burn CDs of my efforts. With a little experience and effort, results are pretty good. My only problem was with the mike. There seemed to be a non-conductive coating on the male connector. A little rubbing with alcohol solved it. Since I live in rural MT it's hard to find someone to play with. Now I have an instant playing partner too.

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    4.0

    Good Idea recorder

    By Dreadsk8er

    from Oil City, LA

    This is good to keep ideas on and store riffs and what not. The recording quality isn't the best, but good enough jus to help remeber your music. The microphone is really good, in fact my band uses it as our lead vocal mic now.

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    4.0

    Good Deal

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Ive used this 4-track for about a year now and I am surprised to say I am completely pleased with it. It doesn't provide the best quality, but it is very user friendly and good for those of us who enjoy the good old lo-fi sound. I would strongly recommend this product to anyone who is a novice singer/songwriter or to someone that wants a cheap way to start making demo tapes!

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    4.0

    great for capturing ideas

    By wmb10fox

    from North Augusta, SC

    An easy-to-use recorder for capturing and working out basic ideas. A great value for ensuring those musical ideas don't get away.

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    4.0

    decent if you how to use it

    By one man band 000

    from Huntington Beach, California

    This thing may look like a piece of crap, but it gets the job done. A few minor disabilities. The level meter is not very accurate and you think tou are recording at a normal level but it comes out super loud and distorted. If you record with the level in the red you can hear tape spinning and sounds like a loud ocean in the back. But if you just record at a low level it will all turn out fine. I recommend a small mixer to go with it so you can record two or three instruments to one track so you have more tracks to overdub with, if you are a solo artist. A small behringer works well. Overall it is good for first-time home recording artists.

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    4.0

    This thing rocks

    By Brandon-8-EgX

    from Murfreesboro, TN

    This for track recorder is almost perfict. There are some minor glitches like the fact that you cant record 3 tracks to one so you have more room to put more tracks. And also when you play your recordings on regular cassett player you can not hear all four tracks. sometimes 2 but mostly one. But other than that its amazing. Me being a beatles fan can say it is probably pretty kickin for short little demo's.. If you know how to fix these glitches email me at Blackmanflame14@yahoo.com

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    4.0

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    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Great 4-track for a great price. The only problem I have with it is the feedback when i try to record my guitar tracks with distortion, but a simple mixer board fixes that problem. Great for beginners.

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