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Tascam GT-R1


$310.00 Released August, 2008

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Small - perfect for recording on the go. Supreme versatility - record gigs, rehearsals, song ideas and jam along with your fave band (or your own). Allows for users to record in high or low quality modes.

The Cons:At lower recording quality levels the digital conversion can sound a little artificial. This is no problem with the spoken voice (i.e. when recording meetings) but a problem for music. The warranty is only 3 months and several users, including myself, have reported a design fault in the input jack. It can come loose from the housing and cause the connection to break resulting in no guitar input at all. External power adaptor is expensive.

Tascam's GT-R1 is a solid state, portable recording interface compatible with guitars and basses. It features built-in stereo condenser microphones and input jacks for patch cords. The GT-R1 hosts a rhythm machine and overdub mode for step-by-step song recording in MP3 or WAV format (16 or 24-bit quality).

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Product Shot 2 The recording interface comes with a 1GB SD card and a USB 2.0 jack for charging and file copying (to PC or Mac computers). It holds a low-cut filter and analog limiter to combat distortion as well the ability to load and loop MP3s and slow their tempo or cancel guitar or bass for song-learning.

Features

  • For guitars and basses (line-in for patch cords)
  • Built-in stereo condenser microphones
  • Rhythm machine
  • Overdub mode
  • MP3 or WAV format recording (16 or 24-bit)
  • 1GB SD card
  • USB 2.0 jack
  • Low-cut filter and analog limiter
  • MP3 import and file manipulation (looping, tempo, track cancellation)
  • Chromatic tuner and metronome

User Reviews (11)

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Pros
  • 4

    small - perfect for recording on the go

  • 3

    Supreme versatility - record gigs, rehearsals, song ideas and jam along with your fave band (or your own)

  • 2

    allows for users to record in high or low quality modes

  • 1

    little post production necessary for basic setups

  • 1

    Uses standard SD cards

  • 1

    Easy to set MP3 quality

  • 1

    Has onboard stereo mics but allows the addition of an external mic too

  • 1

    Easy user interface

  • 1

    USB connectivity to computer for file transfer.

  • 1

    Charges viw US connection or with a separate power adaptor

  • 1

    Has a stereo line in (mini jack) to allow connection to other sound devices

  • 1

    Has input gain control to set recording levels.

  • 1

    Has a stereo output for playback.

  • 1

    Easy to move back and forth through your digital recordings.

  • 1

    Compact and lightweight, looks like a quality item.

  • 1

    WAV and MP3 file recording.

  • 1

    Sent unit back to TEAC to repair jack. It was out of warranty, but they fixed it for free, turned around in less than a week.

Cons
  • 2

    At lower recording quality levels the digital conversion can sound a little artificial. This is no problem with the spoken voice (i.e. when recording meetings) but a problem for music.

  • 2

    The warranty is only 3 months and several users, including myself, have reported a design fault in the input jack. It can come loose from the housing and cause the connection to break resulting in no guitar input at all.

  • 1

    External power adaptor is expensive

  • -1

    too simple for a real home studio

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dino335
dino335: #tascam_gt_r1 There appears to be a design flaw in the guitar jack. After a year's use, mine is not working. Either have to get expensive repair or send to Tascam Apr 29, 10
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  • Anonymous

    Anonymous: Me too. The jack housing breaks the solder from the board and after one or two repairs it is unfixable. The unit has a 1-2 year lifespan by my estimation. Feb 20, 11

duhbearz
duhbearz: #tascam_gt_r1 I actually love this unit, but a simple function is missing. There is an 1/8" input jack but you have to choose which input you want to listen to. You cannot hear both the digital input from, for example your iPod and hear yourself play the guitar over it. It is one or the other. Question: Why even have this input jack unless it allows you to hear yourself play over the music coming through it? I am seriously baffled as to how this could have been overlooked since it is a very simple circuit to implement. Mar 20, 09
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