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Tascam Porta 02 MKII Portastudio

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The TASCAM Porta 02 MKII Portastudio is totally portable and great for practice and for recording your musical creations. Features a 4-track cassette...Click To Read More About This Product

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Adds a guitar/bass input to the regular Porta02!

The TASCAM Porta 02 MKII Portastudio is totally portable and great for practice and for recording your musical creations. Features a 4-track cassette recorder with 2-track simultaneous recording capability. 2 - 1/4" inputs including a Hi-Z guitar input for recording direct, dedicated linear faders, and Level and pan controls for each channel. Also has a headphone jack with independent level control, stereo/mono switching, and a master L-R output. Includes full TASCAM warranty.

FEATURES
Totally portable and great for practice and recording your musical creations
Features a 4-track cassette recorder with 2-track simultaneous recording capability
2 - 1/4" inputs including a Hi-Z guitar input for recording direct
Dedicated linear faders
Level and pan controls for each channel
Headphone jack with independent level control, stereo/mono switching, and a master L-R output
Includes full TASCAM warranty

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4.4

(based on 38 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great recording tool. Begginers are in luck.

I have never seen, been around, or in any way used a recording device such as this before I got the Porta 02 MKII a week ago. I must admit that being an...Read complete review

I have never seen, been around, or in any way used a recording device such as this before I got the Porta 02 MKII a week ago. I must admit that being an absolute begginer, I was nervous about entering the musical arena known as "Home Recording," thinking that it would be an insanely difficult bull to manage. However, being a teeneager with nothing to do and some hard-earned bucks itching to be spent, I decided to go ahead with taking the plunge. I spent two hours reading and familiarizing myself with all the controls of this product before going for my first recording. Luckily, I had some speakers with all the right outputs (AUX for two speakers), but it now turns out that I need to get a tape deck so that I'll be able to hear tracks 3 and 4 on a normal tape player. The sound quality of this machine is quite good, there are few enough controls for it to be simple to operate, yet enough to get the exact sound that a down-to-earth musician would require. Some parts seem to be a little flimsy, so I don't recommend the Porta for uncoordinated people. But you could risk it if you want. Overall, great recorder for a great price that brings sack-fulls of joy into my heart and smiles to my (ugly) face whenever I use it. I also recommend purchasing the Tascam "Getcha Going Portastudio Starter Pack" because it certainly got me going and will most definitely do the same for you.

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This thing sucks.

I have never managed to get my Porta02 recorders to do anything worthwhile. They would record (albeit badly) but they wouldn't play back. The audio skips and distorts horribly and the level LEDs...Read complete review

I have never managed to get my Porta02 recorders to do anything worthwhile. They would record (albeit badly) but they wouldn't play back. The audio skips and distorts horribly and the level LEDs "bounce" as though I had driven an unbearably loud signal into it, even if I was just speaking. Hours of tweaking couldn't seem to solve the problem. Like most recording beginners, I quickly outgrew four tracks anyway and moved on to 8- and 16-track workstations. The only difference between the original Porta02 and the mkII version is the addition of a completely pointless guitar input. The other one could accept a guitar signal just as easily if the trim was set to 'line'. I own one of each and they've both had the same problems. Are mine just faulty? Perhaps. Am I using them wrong? Maybe, but other people I know have had the same problems, and I've had great luck with higher-end recording workstations (yay for digital!). The Porta02s are doomed to sit in a closet unused. The frustration I had with these turned me away from Tascam forever. Even when shopping for expensive digital gear, I find myself dismissing Tascam products right away. First impressions last a lifetime.

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3.0

I owned this... 10 years ago.

By chris0fer

from In my house

My Portastudio has seen a lot of use, I mean A LOT of use. But that was over 10 years ago when cassettes were still sold in your local record shop. It is definitely a rugged piece of eqpt. I have dropped it off desks on accident numerous times, and all that really came of the abuse was the cassette cover broke off. And it still worked fine for another 4 years. The quality of recording is eh, but it's a freaking 4 track, what do you expect. However, I would really not recommend picking this up because you can get so much more in a digital recorder for a few bucks more. Although it is analog...

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very good, I have it here in Brazil

By PUNK_Inc.

from São Paulo SP - Brasil

Pros

  • Excellent audio quality

Cons

  • Difficulty Finding K7tape

Best Uses

  • Bass Sampler Drum

Use to record bass lines and guitars, perfect, what pleases me is the hiss of the tape, use the bass lines for the production of rap, I'm also experimenting with ESI 4000 sampler turbo, the sequences of batteries, also supreendeu me perfect in synthesizers also surprised me, the voices gave an air of dirt, to rap, this is what I need.

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  • Yes

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good if you want to get back to SIMPLE!

By Some Guy-u0oYb

from PA

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So I am actually well into digital recording, but found I was experiencing burn out from all the talk of converters and preamps and the like...to the point that I had had it. I decided I wanted something to record on that was completely different, and totally analogue...so that if it broke, I wouldn't lose my music, and it wouldn't crash on me. All I have to say is that I got exactly that.HOWEVER, I will say that this unit has a bad hiss (besides the tape) built in somewhere in there that just doesn't shut up, no matter how low your headphone monitor is. I suggest that if you don't have the stomach for that, look for something else. Otherwise, it's no frills, back to basics recording on a unit with ok build and just enough to still be really creative. And you won't have to concern yourself with bitrates, sample rates and worries about file compression or dithering, bla bla bla...Try it out.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

All things Considered

By Timmayyy

from St. Louis

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O.k. Chances are, if you're getting this thing, you either A. Are just doing music as a hobby and want to keep it cheap and simple or B. Like me, it's too much work to turn on $3000 worth of your digital gear and you just want to lay down that killer riff you though up while watching southpark, and add a drum machine and bass part, to call up at a later time, when it's time to record it for mass consumption. And that's all this thing is good for, I think that's what it was built for, but for that purpose I don't think it can be beat. Remember there is NO EQ on here, so unless you're PRINCE or somebody, it aint gonna work for a serious demo, or album.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Simple Enough Huh?

By Lo-Fidelity star

from Oregon

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Yeah,I know...you've been fooling around with an instrument and think that you can play. And with this price you can. Trust me this product delivers beyond expectation. I bought my Tascam about four months ago and it has been fantastic. I record my own songs, of the dare I say "indie" persuasion, and they come out sounding great. I'm on the verge of releasing some tunes and each one came from this recorder. I just bought a SM57 and some cables and was set. The only problem is that you have to go back and master the tapes, I use my friends computer, or a tape player...whatever, go buy this!

 
3.0

Do Hesitate

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Quality is exactly like you'd expect. It's low grade as compaired digital multitrackers, but for a cassette it's normal, nothing exceeding the ordinary. it lacks any EQ capability, so if you can't afford the higher end version with EQ then interface it with a computer and some free software like audacity with EQ. Don't Expect to record drums without a hassle. For drums i use splitters on both inputs and use four mics- it gets something done even if it isn't much. This thing isn't really intended for recording a full band, it's made for some music to be played in the background from a finished recording so you can put whatever you want on top of that. it'll work for a small band though, and if you're really tight on cash then go for it. If you're looking at anything serious though, i'd suggest getting software and some kind of computer interface. in the end, this thing is alright, but really it's worth it to save for an 8 track digital station or better

 
5.0

Great for beginners bad for professionals

By Dragrunge

from Lebanon, Pa

I bought this product expecting much different results. I wasnt entirely sure how 4 track recorders worked, i thought i would be able to play the tape in an ordinary cassette player and i was dissapointed when i couldn't. The 2 tracks that did play were very good quality but the built in distortion was so weak it seemed hopeless. I recorded tape after tape of songs but i couldn't get the sound i wanted because of the weak distortion, so i tried pedals, and the distortion in my amp but it came out to crunchy. This is an excellent product for beginners because it helps you find whether or not music is your thing and if it's not then you didn't waste a lot of money finding that out. It also lets you get creative, but this is probably a bad investment for people with experience because of the sound and the limitations.

 
5.0

Great for Beginners Like Me

By LesforPrez

from Chicago, IL

I am so happy with my new purchase! The ministudio porta 02 mkII is a great beginner's recording device. I bought it because I had to record a song for a school project, but now I am recording my own album. It is cool to make a tape and share with your friends. It doesn't have professional sound quality or anything near it, but it has good quality for putting your ideas down as well as making amateur demos. If you want a relatively inexpensive easy-to-use recording device, buy the tascam porta 02 mkII.

 
5.0

Don't Hesitate

By wanamaker44

from Pittsfield MA

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This thing is great. I was skeptical of the sound quality before it came but now I'm convinced. Analogue sounds great. As long as you record at a relativily high level( which is no inconvenience, just bring up the slider) you'll get a full and rich sound out of something that you can bring anywhere. The greatest thing is the mere function of a multitrack. I record drums from an RP100, guitar, bass, and some trumpets from a kid's keyboard. I mix it until it sounds good, and practice my soloing without having to call up my band to back me. You will have so much fun with this! Buy it.

 
4.0

Awesome for what it is

By Doug Lewis

from Ironton, MO

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This entire concept is outdated, as you can simply buy a mixer for $30 and record to any PC at a much higher quality - but for what it is, this thing is a charmer. I hadn't much use for it after I graduated to digital, so I gave it to my friend who really digs the lo-fi kind of sound. He now uses it to record tracks into Wavlab that he wants to sound genuine! So, if nothing else, this little device is a great lo-fi preamp for making tracks that you WANT to sound a bit dirty (think bright eyes)In terms of the unit's functions ... it's a bit complicated to figure out how to get all four tracks to play back, as the switching between tracks 1/2 and 3/4 function CAN be a difficult concept for an absolute beginner, but an awesome intro to anyone dumb as a rock in terms of recording.

 
5.0

It's pretty sweet

By MurphD

from MILTOWN

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I got this little recorder today and so far it has been great. Although it was a little confusing at first, after a quick run through of the manual I was good to go. I can't comment on the durability but I can say that the sound quality is very good with my Gibson SG. The reason I got this model over the standard $99 ones was because this one allows you to record from two different sources(2 guitars, guitar/vocals, etc.) One thing I wish was different is thaat for each channel instead of the fader/slider thing it is a knob. Overall great machine so far for a low-budget beginner like me.

 
5.0

Great product!!!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

This is easy to use and makes for a good intro into the multitracking world...

 
5.0

Great little recorder - Tascam Porta 02 Mk 2

By HKMan

from Albany, GA

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For it's price, this is a great little 4 track recorder. Nothing real fancy but all you need if you are a multi-instrumentalist like me and just wanting to have some fun listening to your own compositions. My vintage Vistalites sound great to me - just run a few mikes to the PA head and speakers and then record to the recorder with one separate microphone. Drums really sound OK not miked too - just lay the mike on the floor between the bass drum and hi-hat and most drums are picked up pretty good. Guitar, bass and keys will need their own effects as this has none and no way to patch in but HEY! Look at what it cost. And it is so simple to operate - you'll be recording in no time - I didn't even have to read the book first.I recommend this recorder to anyone just wanting to have a little fun and is not ready to spend big bucks for a decent simple recorder.

 
3.0

mine didn't last

By it hurts when it doesn't work90

from California

i got it a little over a year ago, and until six months ago, it was working fine. Now it is totally useless. Something in the internal amplification sounds dead. i wish that it still worked.

 
4.0

Tascam Recorder

By Hunter S. Thompson

from bad axe, NJ

i had some ideas floating around in my head, and needed a good quality recorder for a reasonable price.i found this recorder, and found it's a great songwriting tool. easy to use, easy to carry round to practice sessions and easy to make good quality mulit track recordings.it's a good buy.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

This thing sucks.

By Ã†ON

from Medford, OR

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I have never managed to get my Porta02 recorders to do anything worthwhile. They would record (albeit badly) but they wouldn't play back. The audio skips and distorts horribly and the level LEDs "bounce" as though I had driven an unbearably loud signal into it, even if I was just speaking. Hours of tweaking couldn't seem to solve the problem. Like most recording beginners, I quickly outgrew four tracks anyway and moved on to 8- and 16-track workstations. The only difference between the original Porta02 and the mkII version is the addition of a completely pointless guitar input. The other one could accept a guitar signal just as easily if the trim was set to 'line'. I own one of each and they've both had the same problems. Are mine just faulty? Perhaps. Am I using them wrong? Maybe, but other people I know have had the same problems, and I've had great luck with higher-end recording workstations (yay for digital!). The Porta02s are doomed to sit in a closet unused. The frustration I had with these turned me away from Tascam forever. Even when shopping for expensive digital gear, I find myself dismissing Tascam products right away. First impressions last a lifetime.

 
2.0

86 it

By Sean-T8TZa

from Austin, Tx.

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Man, I guess there is a reason they lovingly nick-name tascam "trash-can". It worked fine for the first few months. I did not use it for a few weeks and tried it again and only two tracks worked on it. I used it again a month later and none of the tracks work now. Bad quality, decent price for a few good months of recording. I can't comment on the rest of tascams products, because this one scared me off, but if they are anything like the Porta 02. I'll pass.

 
5.0

Easy, Cheap, Sounds Good!

By D Cretin

from Indianapolis

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Just like the title says~ This is an easy to use analog 4-track that is great for putting my song ideas into an archive. I use it to record myself playing all the instruments or with friends sitting in. I use it at reahearsal sometimes but wouldn't want to bet my career on the output. I guess you could say it serves it's purpose and the price was GREAT!

 
5.0

The Tascam Porta 02

By Voodoo Child-OBnJn

from San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico

I bought my first Tascam Porta back in '94, andI'm still using these to record my demos. Once you learn "how" to record and get the most out of these, there's simply not a better, more convenient, cost effective way to record yourself.Not to mention how expensive and uncomfortable it can be to record in a professional studio. It's better to be in complete control of how your music is being recorded and mixed. So anyway, I tried getting into digital multitracks, I bought a Roland once, with those expesive "smart cards" with limited recording time, but I went back to my trusty Tascam Porta 02. I prefer the warm analog sound transfered to digital, plusit's easy to use, I can focus more on the music and just getting it recorded, I can go to the nearest Walgreens 24/7 and buy some Maxell Type II cassettes for a few bucks, and I can erase and use them over again. As long as you keep the heads and roller clean, you're all set. ( Hey the Beatles recorded on 4-tracks !! )

 
5.0

Perfect for beginners.

By Strike2

from Savannah, GA

Excellent for people who are beginning in recording. Isn't intimidating to beginners while having enough features to keep wowing yourself. All for cheap price, too. Please get one of these before moving up to the more expensive digital CD devices.

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