TASCAM's most popular combination CD and Cassette recorder, the CC-222SL MKII, has been upgraded to support a more robust slot-loading CD transport with adjustable pitch control. This enhanced CC-222S... Read More
TASCAM's most popular combination CD and Cassette recorder, the CC-222SL MKII, has been upgraded to support a more robust slot-loading CD transport with adjustable pitch control. This enhanced CC-222SL MKII includes a RIAA phono input which allows direct recording from a turntable.
Further solidifying the source-device's reputation for flexibility is its ability to be operated as two individual recorders; or, record one source to both recorders consecutively. It features digital I/O (coaxial and optical) for the CD and a set of RCA (unbalanced) analog ins and outs. The user can configure the player's ins and outs as two individual components or share the same I/O for both CD and cassette.
The CD recorder includes popular features such as Auto Track Increment, MP3 playback, Power on Play, Fade In and Out, Manual Track Increment, and a variety of playback modes. Support for dual media has made the TASCAM CC-222SL series a mainstay in houses of worship, schools, theaters and other installations.
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I am very pleased with the TASCAM CC-222SLmkII CD/Tape Recorder. It's an amazing little recorder that works all by itself (with headphones) or plugged into a stereo system. I plugged mine into a Stereo System. It does everything I need it to. This may be a unusual review, but I would have liked to learn some of this information before I bought the unit. I've had it for about three weeks. I'm not a technical person, and it took me quite a while to figure out the best ways to record CD's from various kinds of program material. This recorder has a lot of inputs and outputs, and you can copy just about anything you want to. Just know that there is a little bit of a learning curve to use this machine, if you're not already savvy about recording on CD's. Oh, and you can't use regular, dirt-cheap CD-R and CD-RW Disks in these recorders. These stand alone recorders all use something called a Music CD-R or a Music CD-RW. Unfortunately, the Music CD-RW's are a little expensive (about $3 each) and sometimes a little hard to find. Music CD-R's, although a little more expensive than just plain CD-R's, are relatively inexpensive--But you can't start over with a Music CD-R. It cannot be erased and used again. If you make a mistake, it is there forever. Be prepared to burn a few CD's with some track numbers where you don't want them when learing how to use this recorder. I didn't say "coasters" because they do record. To avoid this you could start out using only CD-RW's, and erase the last track until you get it just how you want it. The last track or even the whole CD-RW can be erased and re-recorded. There is a lot of good information scattered throughout the manual that one really needs to assimilate. There do not seem to be any user groups on-line with people talking about experiences using this recorder. This would have been a great help to me. I had a problem with a few CD-R's spinning up in the recorder very noisily, although they appeared at first to be recording. The sound the recorder makes when spinning us these CD's was just TOO loud. I thought it might be a problem with the machine, but I was told by Tascam Tech Support that people were reporting a lot of problems with the MeXXXXX AND MaXXXX Branded cd-R'S (Naturally, these would be the more affordable ones)! Oddly, so far it has been only the Mexxxxx black colored disks that spin so loudly and appear to be recording, only to generate a record error message and not work. Once I even had to shut the machine off as it locked up when trying to finalize one of these bad disks. All the other colors of the Mexxxxx disks have recorded fine and do not spin loudly in the recorder. I recently purchased some of the other inexpensive Maxxxx CD-R's, but have not tried any of those in the recorder yet. All the other problems I have had recording CD's were due to my not understanding how to set the machine up using the various Track numbering options, and the CD's were actually recorded and finalized. I don't mean to make it sound so difficult. Copying Records is quite easy -- but time consuming. I am really amazed at how good they sound. To copy a record it is necessary to select the manual track numbering and press the record key at the appropriate time to mark the next track on the CD. This is because Vinyl is just inherently noisy and the relatively silent spaces on the vinyl often contain enough material to keep the "Level" option from working well. Copying a church service from tape to CD took me three takes to figure out. Before I figured out the best way, I made one CD-R of a service that ended up being one track, and then another CD-R contained 99 tracks in the most odd places (99 tracks is the highest number of track the recorder can delineate). I discovered that for, church services, it is easier to use the auto track numbering "Time" option set to one track for each minute. This is a pretty good way to navigate the CD to find elements of the service. Of course, If you know what's coming next, you can always take the time to set up the recorder to allow you to enter the tracks manually. Copying a music tape is really easy. Set the Automatic Track numbering to "Level" and when the 1-touch dub button is pressed, the tape will be rewind-ed to the beginning and the CD Recorder will start the second the tape starts playing. Alternatively, it is also possible to cue up the tape up and press pause before pressing the 1-touch dub button. This starts the recording where the tape was paused. I find the best way for copying music tapes with automatic track numbering is to use select the "Level" option. It works pretty well.
This recorder was used to replace a Maranz CD recorder in our church. I made the choice due to the combination CD/Cassette recorder ability and Tascam's reputation for solid gear combined with the listed features. It has exceeded my expectations! The operation is simple, intuitive and much faster than the old unit. Right out of the box I was able to perform many of its functions with out referencing the manual (which is well written and easy to follow). Dubbing from tape to CD or Cd to tape couldn't be easier with one button operation. It even automatically resets the tape to the beginning. The only dislike is that the CD load mechanism feels less than positive maybe almost sluggish, but that is a VERY minor negative and I would never consider it a deal breaker on making the choice for this item. I particularly appreciate the remote that has included some outstanding functions such as the fader button that will fade in or fade out a track. I have only used the fade feature for recording, but it has proved a pleasant feature for our use. This remote is feature packed and will do almost everything that can be done on the front panel and more. The unit this replaced had a very limited remote control with few really desirable, real world use features. Something that became immediately obvious was more headroom in record mode than our former recorder had. The Tascam seems much more forgiving when setting the input levels in that adjustments to the input level results in a slower, more controllable change in the meter readings rather than a sudden too low to too hot a change that we had become accustomed to in our old recorder. All in all, I have to give it a top rating as a great addition to anyone's gear that needs a solid, though not cheap, rack mountable CD/Cassette combination unit
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