TASCAM GT-R1 Portable Guitar/Bass Recorder

Item: 
Portable Guitar/Bass Recorder
Price Paid: 
$250
Features: 


 

GT-R1 Portable Guitar/Bass Recorder Specifications:
 Audio Input and Output:

•GUITAR IN input:
•Jack: 1/4", mono, unbalanced
•Input impedance: 1 Mohms or more
•Nominal input level: -26 dBV
•Maximum input level: -10 dBV
MIC IN input•Jack: 1/8" (3.5mm) stereo phone with 2.3V power
•Input impedance: 30 Kohms
•Nominal input level: -64 dBV (HIGH)
•-48 dBV (MID); -32 dBV (LOW)
•Maximum input level: -48 dBV (HIGH);-32 dBV (MID); -16 dBV (LOW)
LINE IN input•Jack: 3.5-mm phone (stereo)
•Input impedance: 23 kohms
•Nominal input level: -10 dBV
•Maximum input level : +6 dBV
Phones/LINE OUT output•Jack: 3.5-mm phone (stereo)
•Nominal line output : -14 dBV
•Maximum line output: +2 dBV
•Maximum headphones output: 15 mW + 15 mW (with 32 ohms)
Audio performance•Frequency response (LINE IN > /LINE OUT): 20 Hz—20 kHz, +1/-3 dB
•Distortion (LINE IN > /LINE OUT): 0.02% or less
•S/N ratio (LINE IN > /LINE OUT): 90 dB or more
•Frequency response (GUITAR IN > /LINE OUT): 20 Hz—20 kHz, +1/-5 dB
•Distortion (LINE IN > /LINE OUT): 0.07% or less
•S/N ratio (LINE IN > /LINE OUT): 73 dB or more
Other specifications•Audio file compatibility: MP3 files: 32—320 kbps; 44.1/48 kHz sampling frequency; VBR (playback only); ID3 tag support up to Ver. 2.4
•WAV files: 44.1/48 kHz sampling frequency 16/24-bit rate
•Recording medium: SD card (64 MB—2 GB) or SD HC card (4—8 GB)
•File system: FAT16/32
Physical•Lithium ion battery: 3.7 V, 1800 mAh
•Battery life: About 7 hours when recording MP3 format with the built-in mic (varies with operating conditions)
•Power consumption: 1 W (during MP3 playback)
•Dimensions: 70 (W) x 27 (H) x 135.3 (D) (mm)
•Weight: 208 g (including battery)

Pros: 

This has all the functionality of the old GT-1 -- load your MP3s, play along, slow down the songs to learn licks, plus built in rhythm tracks, and the ability to record. You get an idea while practicing, you can record it quickly, and over a backing track of drums, if you like.

Cons: 

Feels really light and flimsy. UI is unintuative. Guitar sounds are still kind of lame, perhaps even worse than on the GT-1. Physical design is still kind of wonky. The Line in jack is on the bottom, and the headphone jack is on the side. Can make playing awkward.

Condition: 
New
Summary: 

I bought this product to replace my TASCAM MP-GT1 Guitar Trainer, an item that has been discontinued. Tascam makes an updated similar product, but it takes AA batteries, and I could see myself burning through them too quickly.

Instead, I opted to shell out the extra $100 or so and get the USB rechargable Lithium Ion battery, and the ability to record as well -- both directly through the input, and/or with the built in mics.

Does the job I need it to do, and the ability to record ideas quickly is a very nice plus. Some of the points of weakness on the GT-1 -- like the power switch, have been addressed.

Overall Rating: 
4
Average: 4 (1 vote)