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Tascam CD-BT1mkII Portable CD Bass Trainer

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Easy to Learn and Use If you can operate a CD player, you can use the TASCAM CD-BT1mkII Portable CD Bass Trainer. Take any standard compact disc by ...Click To Read More About This Product

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A skill-building workshop for bassists!

Easy to Learn and Use

If you can operate a CD player, you can use the TASCAM CD-BT1mkII Portable CD Bass Trainer. Take any standard compact disc by your favorite band and put it in the CD mechanism. Then plug your bass directly into the CD-BT1mkII's 1/4" input. Put on some headphones, set the volume, and start rocking! If you're a vocalist, you can do the same, substituting your microphone for the guitar.

Slow Down and Learn with Slow Speed Audition feature

In ancient times (like the 1970s), musicians would take a vinyl LP record and manually spin the record on a turntable, slowing it down to be able to better hear and understand the performances, like bass solos and complex chord changes. With the CD-BT1mkII, you get a training method that's even better. Not only can you slow down the speed of the CD by up to 50%, but you can also do it without changing the pitch of the original material! After you learn the lick at a slow speed, you can increase the tempo in steps until you can match the original performance note for note. Also, you can change the pitch of the CD without changing the speed . . . use this feature to "tune the CD" to your instrument.

Effect Yourself

The CD-BT1mkII has 16 great-sounding built-in customizable bass effects . . . you don't need to turn to external boxes for chorus, EQ, and more. The Bass Boost and Enhance settings allow you to boost the bass part so that you can hear it better, and Bass Cut lets you mute the original so you can play along.

Performance Tools

You can set seamless in-out loop points with the CD-BT1mkII . . . it will play the same section of music over and over again so you can focus on your playing. Use the footswitch input to start and stop the CD or to scroll through effects. The CD-BT1mkII even provides a chromatic tuner so you always sound great when you play, and it can run on batteries to take your show on the road. You can listen to the CD-BT1mkII via headphones or use its Line Output to plug in speakers.

FEATURES
  • Easy-to-use interface
  • VSA (Variable Speed Audition: pitch control without affecting key): +16, +12, +8, +4, 0, -4, -8, -16, -32, -50%
  • Key control: ±6 semitone, in semitone steps with ±50 cents fine tune
  • VSA and key control can be used at the same time
  • +16 to -50% pitch control in 1% steps (when VSA off)
  • Bass enhancement effects bass cut, bass boost, bass enhanced)
  • Mono monitor for CD (L+R, L, R)
  • Split monitor (Left ch: CD, Right ch: input or vice versa)
  • Single loop, all loop, and seamless in/out loop
  • Cue point memory
  • Flash start with cue: seamless locate and play from the cue point
  • Single play and continuous play
  • 10-sec. anti-shock memory
  • Metronome (BPM: 40 to 220, Beat: 2 to 6)
  • Active/passive bass input
  • 16 built-in bass effects
  • 5-setting effect memory
  • 5-band Graphic EQ for Bass with Mid Shape
  • 2-setting EQ memory
  • Footswitch jack for cue, flash start, EQ slot select, effect slot select (next or previous), FFWD, or REW
  • Input volume
  • Output Volume for phones and line out
  • Chromatic Tuner with calibration (435 to 445Hz) and OSC
  • Stereo mini jack input
  • Battery included, optional power supply available
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4.1

(based on 22 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

A Must Read

The slow down feature on the BT is great. The unit starts to vibrato as the song gets slower while keeping the same pitch. If you slow it down too much the notes will...Read complete review

The slow down feature on the BT is great. The unit starts to vibrato as the song gets slower while keeping the same pitch. If you slow it down too much the notes will become very difficult to distinguish. CD to Bass ratio can be fixed in a matter of seconds. I play with a passive bass and can make my bass louder then the music or vice versa.Bass enhancement is a disaster. It distorts the bass line so much you can?t tell an A from a G. The bass cut feature works surprisingly well, allowing you to become the bass player. Bass boost or whatever it?s called works for 80% of situations when the CD just lacks umph in the bassline.The EQ option is nice. After 10 min of messing around with the settings, tweaking my amp and bass I figured out how to get a really ?warm? sound. The effects are decent once tweaked a bit. Keep in mind this unit is made to break down music passages and not as an effect box.The construction of the unit is average. It would have been nice for them to use a thicker higher quality plastic. The latch, which secures the lid to the CD player, is way too flimsy. I can just imagine closing it a little too hard and snap. Overall. This is a good buy.With a few modifications it will become a must have item.

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Dazed and confused

I would like to start by saying I've purchased other Tascam products and have been very happy with them. This unit misses the mark .I bought this machine today and I couldn't be more...Read complete review

I would like to start by saying I've purchased other Tascam products and have been very happy with them. This unit misses the mark .I bought this machine today and I couldn't be more DISPLEASED with the instructions included with the machine. I'm wondering if the unit I bought is defective or if I'm just missing something. I followed the set-up instuctions step by step and this thing sounds TERRIBLE at any speed.This thing couldn't be any more difficult to use. My advice to anyone pondering getting this unit, try it out first. This unit is flimsy and fragile. The "feature" rating I give is based on what they say it CAN do.Mine is going back or in the trash can.

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3.0

Jury is still out.

By Kiley

from Salem, OR

I have used my Bass Trainer to learn a few songs. So far so good. Man does it eat batteries. It seems to be a little picky. If there arne't new batteries it won't always play the selected track. I'm ordering the power supply, hopefully that will take care of the problem.

 
4.0

A Must Read

By Brandon-GR54n

from Dallas, TX

The slow down feature on the BT is great. The unit starts to vibrato as the song gets slower while keeping the same pitch. If you slow it down too much the notes will become very difficult to distinguish. CD to Bass ratio can be fixed in a matter of seconds. I play with a passive bass and can make my bass louder then the music or vice versa.Bass enhancement is a disaster. It distorts the bass line so much you can?t tell an A from a G. The bass cut feature works surprisingly well, allowing you to become the bass player. Bass boost or whatever it?s called works for 80% of situations when the CD just lacks umph in the bassline.The EQ option is nice. After 10 min of messing around with the settings, tweaking my amp and bass I figured out how to get a really ?warm? sound. The effects are decent once tweaked a bit. Keep in mind this unit is made to break down music passages and not as an effect box.The construction of the unit is average. It would have been nice for them to use a thicker higher quality plastic. The latch, which secures the lid to the CD player, is way too flimsy. I can just imagine closing it a little too hard and snap. Overall. This is a good buy.With a few modifications it will become a must have item.

 
2.0

Dazed and confused

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I would like to start by saying I've purchased other Tascam products and have been very happy with them. This unit misses the mark .I bought this machine today and I couldn't be more DISPLEASED with the instructions included with the machine. I'm wondering if the unit I bought is defective or if I'm just missing something. I followed the set-up instuctions step by step and this thing sounds TERRIBLE at any speed.This thing couldn't be any more difficult to use. My advice to anyone pondering getting this unit, try it out first. This unit is flimsy and fragile. The "feature" rating I give is based on what they say it CAN do.Mine is going back or in the trash can.

 
5.0

Great Tool!

By Thor29302

from South Carolina

The Tascam Bass Trainer is a great tool for learning new songs. You can adjust the amount of bass you hear on the original CD. You can adjust the amount of your own bass you hear in the mix.One of the features I like is the ability to change the key for a song. For example, my band was learning a song that is played on the original CD in the key of G. We wanted to play it in E. No problem, just adjusted it and learned my part in my key. The sound does degrade some as you move further away from the original key, but not enough to warrant a serious complaint from me.Another great feature is the ability set a loop so that the CD replays any segment that you select over and over - Great for picking apart a specific chop.I highly recommend this gadget for anyone that is serious about learning bass licks from your favorite bass players.

 
5.0

Great machine expensive to use!

By Mulebagger

from Des Moines, IA

This is a fantastic unit for someone in need of figuring out bass lines. It would be particularly useful for someone in a cover band or a beginning bassist. My only gripe is that is eats batteries by the fistfull. BUY THE POWER SUPPLY! The optional speaker case has good sound and a smart option to protect your trainer.

 
4.0

Best gift you could give

By Spence-oZart

from Eupora, MS

I received my unit as a gift and have been doing my best to try and wear it out. The output to the headphones is a little weak, a GOOD set of headphones will fix that though. The manual could use a little more detail as well. I'm very pleased with what the unit does and will buy another if I ever break or wear it out.

 
5.0

Happy User

By Ian-g7Ifg

from Irvine, CA

I've had mine for over a year and use it every week. I have had nothing but good experience with it. The effects are kinda quirky but for learning bass lines this is the best tools around.

 
5.0

All that and a bag of chips

By Crystal Champagne

from Honolulu, HI

I have had a chance to play with some of the features, and I am extremely impressed with what I've seen. It's absolutely amazing. It takes a little while to figure out the settings as it has so very many tools....but once you get going, there's no stopping. I couldn't put it down out of sheer excitement. So many new songs to conquer, but not a problem with my new bass trainer. ROCK ON!!!

 
5.0

A new dimension

By Lonegroover

from UK

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Spent 1st three years as a bassist learning my parts in traditional hit & miss manner from listening to CDs/reading tabs.This piece if kit is already making me a so much better player - letting me hear PRECISELY what each bassist is playing on every track and enabling me (through slowing down the track and practising along at increasing speeds)to copy them note for note. Perfect

 
4.0

Tascam Bass Trainer

By oldtimer-AYe5U

from Oswego, NY

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The little tabs on the lid broke the same day I purchased it. I find the manual a bit hard to understand. Changing the key is great. Slowing the music down I'm not really pleased with that. Never-the-less it is a great practice tool. I'm sure once I figure out how to use the functions correctly, it'll be an asset.

 
4.0

Great for beginners

By Zette

from Dallas

I've had my bass trainer for over a year and have worn it out. As a beginner, I love the slow-down feature and the loops that I can create. The unit eats batteries and the power supply is a must. The unit's cover fell off shortly after I bought it. As a rememdy, I use a Q-tip to plug the hole to make the unit think the cover is on. The directions about using the unit are difficult and I almost always get lost and frustrated. However, once I get it set up, I love it.

 
5.0

Tascam CD-BT1mkII Works Great

By Allen-FxlBZ

from Stephens City, VA

I have been using my CD-BT1mkII bass trainer for a little over 2 years now. It has been a great help. I play in a Praise band at church. The sheet music I get doesn't alway match the key that the CD was recorded in. I can use the "key" function on the CD-BT1mkII to change the key of the CD to what is printed on my music sheets. I can play along with the CD to learn the new songs quickly. The only weak point I find is the CD cover or lid. I guess if handled roughly it could break off easily. I haven't had any problems with my unit. There is a little warble in the songs when slowed down or the "key" is changed. I haven't found this to be a real problem though.

 
5.0

Great Practice Tool

By Rock-N-Bass

from Tucson, AZ

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I started playing bass in 80's, back then I ruined alot of turntables and stretched out a bunch of cassettes trying to learn songs. About 5 years ago I bought my Tascam Trainer and my playing has improved tremendously. Now I can catch every note thrown at me! This unit is a little fragile so I bought a DVD case to protect it.

 
4.0

Great Idea

By jrgoble

from Peoria, IL

Tascam has a great idea and it works very well in certain optimal situations. However, it falls short in two pretty important areas. First of all, if you have passive pickups, you have to use a preamp of some kind between your guitar and the unit. The input has a level switch passive signals, but you will never get enough boost to get your bass up to hear it in the mix. Secondly and more importantly, the thing does not carry a good strong bass signal to the outputs period. When you use the "enhanced" bass mode, it attempts to drive the bass up, but in my experience only distorts any bass tones going to the outputs. I have had my unit a year now. I continue to use it but it is not near what it could be if they solved some of its shortfalls. Tascam - you have some work to do.

 
5.0

Learn all riffs

By TheIronMaiden

from Land O Lakes, FL

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Way to go Tascam! I play alot of Iron Maiden, Rush, etc. (Anything with good bass) Ever get frustrated that you can play 90% of a song but can't get the exact notes to play that cool run? Put those worries aside and buy one of these. The bass cut, slow down and loop features on this unit are worth every penny. I understand what alot of reviews are saying about the quality. If you treat your equiptment with care that won't be a problem.

 
2.0

Cheap toy, does not work well

By JoJo-k5QS6

from South Lake Tahoe, CA

This unit is a great idea that Tascam has failed to achieve. The bass enhancement only produces static noise, while the bass boost does help, it is only equal to a bass boost you can find on any cheap portable CD player (mine is called XBS). Also, as another review mentioned, the input of your bass is worthless - I have both a passive and active bass and neither works - IE you cannot hear your bass in the mix. This unit is going back - save your money!

 
3.0

Mike in Tucson

By Mike in Tucson

from Tucson, AZ

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I have owned this model Bass Trainer for a year and a half. I do like it and missed it when I had to send it off for repair...the bass jack failed and when it was a week old...the tabs on the CD lid broke. Tascam needs to upgrade the design to be more rugged.

 
3.0

Well it was great

By zeusij

from Virginia

I had this bass trainer unit for about a year and the volume pots went bad. I got tired of trying to barely touch it to get it where I wanted. I went out today and bought the new CD-BT2 version. Hopefully I will have better lucky with this one. It is a great machine and really did let me slow down some very fast licks where I could learn them. If I have to keep buying new ones, I think I will always have one of these things handy.

 
4.0

Does what I thought it would do

By Hollowbody50

from Charlotte, NC

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I'm pleased with this unit. It does exactly what I expected it to do. Mine works well with both passive and active basses. The effects are a nice touch. However, most importantly, I can easily slow down a fast bass lick that I like and loop it until I have it down. I play Christian music at Church 3 or 4 weekends a month. This means I have to learn a lot of tunes. I burn the tunes for the next service onto a CD and can rehearse wherever I am. That was my initial reason for buying it. I can travel with just it, headphones (which I have with me all the time anyway) and my Steinberger and practice in motel rooms.

 
5.0

Takes lots of patience, but results worth it

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Reading various reviews of this prior to buying, I wasn't sure if I was getting a piece of junk or not. After 2 months of use - it's awesome. The manual is clear, but doesn't tell you how to get the most of it - you really have to be patient and experiment with the controls & settings

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