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4 track cassette deck/mixer:running out of cassettes.
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 Posted: Tue May 28th, 2013 01:01 am
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I have a Roland RD700sx stage piano,Tascam portastudio 414 mk2 and a Roland KC350 amp.I'm running out of cassettes.I need to either upgrade to a cd version of the tascam or find another way to record my songs from piano.My piano equipment is in my lounge room,the computer is in my bedroom.Its a small 2 bedroom unit.

I still need to record from the piano and microphone to my tape deck then transfer from tascam to whatever.Should I just buy a cd version of the tascam and be done with it? Can the cd recorded from those play on any cd player?

I bought the cassette version of tascam because they offered better quality recording as opposed to the cd version.I'm having trouble buying cassettes.

I would really like some advice on this.I need to find a way to deal with the cassette shortage.I'm in Australia.I dont use ebay.

Thanks.

Chris.

Last edited on Sat Aug 17th, 2013 03:09 am by Denv12

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Do you have Radio Shack in Australia? I have seen cassette tapes at Radio Shack here in the U.S.



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 Posted: Tue May 28th, 2013 09:43 pm
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The company here didnt take on that name.Here its called "Tandy Electronics". Or Tandys".The company name got dropped to become part of "Dick Smith Electronics".They no longer have them.

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Hi, Chris...

I just wrote about your RD700sx. Keep the keyboard, upgrade the cassette recorder. BUT... Don't go to CD, go to a later technology (like an MP3 recorder and such).

For your cassette needs, amazon.com limitless cassettes available (allow me to suggest you use TDK SA or SA-X type, in the 60 minute lengths if you can find 'em, otherwise the 90s).

Avoid RadioShack like the plague! They've always made the worst recording tape imaginable (among other cheesy products).

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HI.

I like the idea of not going for the cd version and going for digital.Found some good digital recorders.

I might be better off buying tapes from amazon as there arent any places except ebay here stocking tapes.

Thanks for the help.

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I have found some places where you can buy pretty high quality generic tape in bulk online for very low prices.

This place will ship internationally, and while I can't tell you what the shipping costs are like, it may be worth it at 60 cents (US) per 60-minute type II tape: http://www.deltamedia.com/products/type-II-cassette-bulk.html

Of course, personally I love recording to cassette, but if you're not particularly attached, it's probably better in the long run to go digital.



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Hi.Thank you for the information.

I guess I'm better off buying from USA.I'm probably better off.I'll browse through Delta media.

Here's the funny thing.I bought a Zoom R16.I'm sure it was faulty so I returned it then bought a Tascam DP03 digital recorder.There's no comparison between the simplicity of the 414 mk 11 -4 track cassette recorder and the DP03.The 414 is simple with everything.The DP03 lost the plot.Whoever designed it had never heard of simple.

For example,the 414 can be connected up and recording in minutes.Upload song via cable to pc through audacity or Wavepad and record,straight into folder then straight on cd.I've recorded all my good songs recently before I bought the DP03.They are all oc cds now.Did it within hours.Loved it.
The DP03 cant match it.Tempted to buy up cassettes and do it that way.

Its really weird that Tascam can make the 414,the epitome of simplicity yet the DP03 has very little in common.Tascam lost the plot.

Sorry for the rant.

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Hey Chris!

Sorry to hear about the problems of the DP03... But I hear ya... You'd think someone ---especially Tascam (who created the genre)--- would really make it SIMPLE.

(I have the same gripe with stuff for the elderly and sight-impaired. NOBODY markets SUPER-SIMPLE TV remotes, telephones, computer interfaces, etc.)

Wish you well, whatever you do...



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Thank you.I'm glad I'm not the only one who has this view.

I'm still trying to experiment with the DP03.There arre funny things that are happening that seems to be a bonus.I'm trying to work out why so I can make that a standard process.

I tried to get an email to tascam but I got the local agent in Australia.Never heard back from them.If anyone has a direct tascam email address please let me know.

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Looking over the offerings, I wonder... Why didn't you go with the DP004?

Looks MUCH simpler than the DP03 (and seems to really follow the lineage or the PORTASTUDIOs). Any way you can switch that thing over?

I think you wanna try the "DOUBLE 0" ---as opposed to the "SINGLE 0"--- series of Tascam units; especially the DP-004 and DP-006.

DP-004 is US$150 at some outlets...

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This is the US contact (but they seem to poopoo calls from outside US/Canada)
http://tascam.com/contact/support/

This is the CORPORATE contact (but it's in JAPAN)
1-47 Ochiai, Tama-shi, Tokyo 206-8530, Japan
Phone: +81-42-356-9100 Fax:+81-42-356-9105
http://www.teac.co.jp

I see contact info for just about everywhere BUT Australia! Hmm....



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I looked at various models.I needed one that was near enough to the 4 track tape deck.I use 1 mix with XLR and 2 guitar leads running from my Roland stage piano plugged into the tascam.The DP004 didnt accomodate it.

As I had returned a faulty Zoom R16 I had to use my credit with that music shop.I added extra and got the DP03 thinking it was a Tascam so it should be as easy to use as the 414.

I've had the DP03 too long now so I cant return it.I'm trying to get used to it.

The DP03 retailed here in Australia for$539.I got it for $429 here.

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I understand...

Well... I don't have one o' those things but, if there is any way I might help you to get it to work for you, just lemme know and we'll tackle it together! OK?

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These DP03's arent simple.The easy parts are these:
plug in mic/xlr
plug in 2 x guitar leads for piano.
set up for just mixing
create new song
record
save song
copy song
load song
edit song name
view song info
erase song
protect song
formatting cards
connecting to computer with USB
data back up
track export( just dont know how to get a recording from DP03 to export file without going though process to do mixdown/stereo master,etc.)

The hard parts are:
using new CD-R cds in cd burner and it ejects them.
recording a stereo master instead of just taking recording and going straight to computer or inbuilt cd burner.
mastering the stereo master track.
and the rest of it.

I'm learning.

I really want to cut out the nonsense of this thing.In the old one I would pop in a cassette,flick switches to set recording then hit play and record and then record the song.

Here are a few things I'd like to do:
1)erase/delete songs from export
2)convert songs onboard to WAV file onboard to transfer to export so they can be uploaded to pc(storing onboard DP03 doesnt give you WAV files when you do a data backup
3)transfer songs to export
4)I dont know how songs end up on export.I never put any on there.Just found one in there and uploaded it.Did it another time and it was another song.I've got 2 on pc now from DP03.

Just recently I took all my songs I recorded on Tascam 414 mk11 (cassette)transferred them to computer via USB and then on to Audacity first then tried Wavepad.Then put them in a pc folder and burnt various cds on the computer.It took several hours but I got it all done that day.

The DP03 has too many things to do while the recordings are still in it.It just wont record,upload to pc,etc.I'd like to shortcut the process after recording straight to inbuilt cd or at least onto computer to convert to stereo audio WAV file so I can compile songs.

I have written a lot of songs for various women and for myself and recorded them and I've got cds made for them.I'm just trying to simplify the process on the DP03.If I had known it was going to be like this I wouldnt have bought it.Would given someone some money to buy up a stack of cassettes from ebay.

Sorry for the long post.I tried to give a lot of info here.

Thanks.

Chris.



Last edited on Sat Aug 17th, 2013 07:19 am by Denv12

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