I started working with this when I bought it in late January 2017. For me, having one of these is the only way I can write and nail down a song. I still have my old school Tascam cassette tape 4 track recorder Made in the early 90''s. The 4 tracks really limited me. I...
I started working with this when I bought it in late January 2017. For me, having one of these is the only way I can write and nail down a song. I still have my old school Tascam cassette tape 4 track recorder Made in the early 90''s. The 4 tracks really limited me. I recorded a total of 20 songs, they came out okay, but I lost interest. For many years.
Now it''s a whole new world out there with DAW and computerized stuff that I did research on. It sounds like the way I probably should have gone, but my playing was rusty enough. I did not want to spend days and money learning how to record all over again, with a chance I might not like it after all. So I went with something more familiar to me. And 8 tracks to work with, I was like a kid in a candy store when I got this.
Now, the figuring out how to work this recorder.....in my case, I at least had experience with a 4 track, from the same brand. BUT swallow your pride and read the operating manual. I had to. No matter what, the operation of this may seem unintuitive at first, but once you get it down it is actually quite easy to use. I have yet to finalize anything yet, and have not plugged this in my computer as of now. That''s my own fault, I just don''t have anything quite ready that I think is worth it yet.
Now I just turn it on, run my drum machine and guitar directly to this recorder, and from this recorder I have powered speakers hooked up. So all my dabbling around is ready for recording instantly once I find the right riffs worth recording before I forget them. There are some steps you need to take to do this. That''s where things could be a little simpler. Basically, you go thru the menu, create a new song, then you have a blank canvas to create with. But if you were to go thru the menu and create a new song every time you come up with a good riff, you would more than likely forget it first. So I just keep the one song going, ready to record as soon as I come up with something that is worth going back to later. To do this, I have to write down the time I stopped recording, and keep repeating these steps. Once I have about 10 minutes of ideas, then I create a new song, and start over. I just wish this process was a bit easier. The recorder once turned off, then on again resets to the beginning of your "song", so using the times I wrote down, I have to fast forward to the point I left off. If not, of course what I previously recorded is overwritten.
Also of note, and something I never got solid advice on, is if you can run your guitar to a pedal, then the pedal to this recorder. You absolutely can, and the sound quality is outstanding. You just need to adjust the recording levels accordingly.
What this has done for me so far is amazing. I have a room I call my recording studio, and I am able to keep this available and ready the minute inspiration hits me. I cover it with a cloth to keep the dust off when not in use.
Overall, this is a great little recorder and I love it. My next step will be to try out computerized recording with a DAW. But being old school, I wanted something I knew I could figure out with minimum frustration. This does it.
Also, a kudos to Tascam. It''s a little thing, but it came with a 4gb SD card instead of the 2gb advertised. A power cord added in would have been nicer, but no matter what this is perfect for what I need it for.