Tascam MP-BT1 Portable MP3 Bass Trainer  

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The MP-BT1 is an MP3 player designed for the bass . Modeled on the award-winning CD-GT1mkII guitar trainer, this MP3 version is a fantastic learning tool. The MP-BT1 has enough memory to store up to 2... Read More

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The MP-BT1 is an MP3 player designed for the bass . Modeled on the award-winning CD-GT1mkII guitar trainer, this MP3 version is a fantastic learning tool. The MP-BT1 has enough memory to store up to 240 songs. Bass parts can be slowed down, looped, and even eliminated to help you learn new riffs. Variable Speed Audition lets you slow tempo without changing pitch. Sections of songs can be seamlessly looped for efficient work on tricky passages. Songs can even be pitched up or down so you don't have to re-tune for every song.

The bass input lets you rock along with thick overdrive and multi-effects, and a bass canceller removes recorded bass parts allowing you to be the bassist for your favorite bands. A tuner, metronome, and rechargeable battery are also built-in. All of this is packed into a stompbox size device smaller than a stomp box, so can stuff it your gig bag and go.

The MP-BT1 uses a high-speed USB connection to load up MP3s and charge the built-in battery. Zip through your MP3 collection using a data wheel, dedicated buttons and a graphical LCD display. A rechargeable 9-hour lithium ion battery is built into the unit, and an optional power supply is also available: item number 338954.

Features
  • 240-song memory capacity (based on average 4-minute MP3 encoded at 128kbps)
  • Variable Speed Audition changes the speed of the MP3 playback without changing the pitch
  • Pitch control in 1% steps so you don't have to re-tune
  • Seamless looping for practicing tricky passages
  • High-impedance 1/4" bass input
  • Bass multi-effects
  • Bass Cancel effect eliminates the bass part from the recorded song so you can play along
  • Built-in tuner, oscillator and metronome
  • 1/8" Headphone output
  • Built-in rechargeable battery with 9-hour reserve (rechargeable through USB port or optional power supply)
  • 128x64 graphic LCD display
  • USB jack
Warranty
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
Tape machines - 90 day warranty; one year parts warranty.
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TASCAMMP-BT1 Portable MP3 Bass Trainer
 
4.0

(based on 10 reviews)

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The best way to practice

Man, I wish they had this back in my day when I practiced 4 hours a day. My family may still be sane!! I am sure I drove them nuts listening to...Read complete review

Man, I wish they had this back in my day when I practiced 4 hours a day. My family may still be sane!! I am sure I drove them nuts listening to BOOM, BOOM, root, fifth for hours on end. The Tascam unit is great, it is a little picky about the mp3 files it can play, they can�ۡ���t be too compressed �ۡ���� I record rehearsals then edit the recordings to practice to, to get enough �ۡ����bits�ۡ��� I have to save to WMA then convert to MP3 �ۡ���� but once I learned the drill�ۡ��_. no big deal. I found that the Sennheiser cordless headphone are the way to go for practicing with this unit, they are light, open ear, with perfect response range for bass �ۡ���� they sound like by Ampeg B-15 amp. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this product

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Connectivity

I have had this unit for about 6 months and it worked just fine, kind of, till I upgraded my iMac to a new iMac with a bigger screen. As we speak my...Read complete review

I have had this unit for about 6 months and it worked just fine, kind of, till I upgraded my iMac to a new iMac with a bigger screen. As we speak my BT1 is going from "connected" to "not Connected" and it won't stop. So I'm through with this thing. As flakey as this thing is I'm sure it will work on my Windows laptop or then again it may not. Be careful if you purchase it (its hard writing this post because it keep stopping my writing). By the CD version I owned it and it worked GREAT!!!

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I use it every day

By Dave

from Caledonia, Michigan

Comments about TASCAM MP-BT1 Portable MP3 Bass Trainer:

I waited 6 months after I bought the Tascam mp-bt1 to write this review so I could really give it a workout before I evaluated it. I play in a Beatles tribute band and learn my songs from recordings. I have used the Tascam CD-BT trainers in the past and found them very helpful, but since I travel with my job, I was looking for something more portable than the CD version. The mp-bt1 is great for what I need - all the same features as the CD model, but much more compact and you don't need to bring along the CD's. I had it programmed and running very soon after it arrived. It's much easier to move around the functions than the CD models were - I can add a loop, select the next song, change tempo or key very quickly. Plus, now I can create playlists which easily place the songs in set order. You can store playlists and songs in folders and all the arranging is done from your computer so it's easy. I used an existing power supply I had and it works fine. The product is durable and is superior to the CD models, although I used those for 4 years and cannot knock them, I just like the mp3 file system and the smaller size a lot more. I get my songs from my Itunes program and convert to mp3 format with a free download I had up and running within minutes after I downloaded it. If you are serious about learning how to play songs on the bass and have any computer savvy at all, you do not need to worry about some of the negative reviews out there. This product is well made and a tremendous tool. I would buy another one the same day if I lost it or something happened to it.

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5.0

Tascam MP-BT1 Portable MP3 Bass Trainer

By Mikeb

from Nashville, Tn.

Comments about TASCAM MP-BT1 Portable MP3 Bass Trainer:

The trainer is a great little tool to use. The music you download to the trainer must be in MP3 format only. I carry it my gig bag so I can practice before any gig.

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2.0

Poor Quality

By Larry

from Chicago, Il

Comments about TASCAM MP-BT1 Portable MP3 Bass Trainer:

Had trainer for less than a week and the power switch broke. Switch is very poor quality. Read other reviews. Many similar problems. Like the trainer but it doesn't work. Already had to send out for repairs.

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1.0

Connectivity

By Francis Castille

from CO

Comments about TASCAM MP-BT1 Portable MP3 Bass Trainer:

I have had this unit for about 6 months and it worked just fine, kind of, till I upgraded my iMac to a new iMac with a bigger screen. As we speak my BT1 is going from "connected" to "not Connected" and it won't stop. So I'm through with this thing. As flakey as this thing is I'm sure it will work on my Windows laptop or then again it may not. Be careful if you purchase it (its hard writing this post because it keep stopping my writing). By the CD version I owned it and it worked GREAT!!!

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Worth the Investment

By A. De Mello

from Lewisville, TX

Comments about TASCAM MP-BT1 Portable MP3 Bass Trainer:

I am very pleased with this product. It works like advertised, its buttons and features are very intuitive and easy to learn. As has become expected from japanese products (although made in China), it has a high quality feel and is well engineered. Although you can charge it through the USB connection to your PC, I am glad I got the AC adaptor. I wish it had an integrated bass tuning feature. A little bit on the expensive side, but I think I got what I paid for.

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(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Tascam MP BT1

By Kevin Willis

from Indianapolis,IN

Comments about TASCAM MP-BT1 Portable MP3 Bass Trainer:

This is my first MP bass trainer,I have used the CD trainer's for years. Tascam has came up with the most crucial practice tool to date. Metronome, Tuner, Effects, Playback, and the ability to slow the song and focus on a riff.If you ever wonder how people learn great songs and say to yourself, I wonder where they got tab for that? This tool takes that wonder out of your head and puts the ability to learn it at an elementary level. If you don't buy this product your going to lose valuble time.

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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Excellent Tool

By Herb

from Spring, TX

Comments about TASCAM MP-BT1 Portable MP3 Bass Trainer:

Of course the MP-BT1 has MANY more features than most bassists will EVER utilize, but it performs well in the ways in which I need. Excellent for use in learning tunes "by ear." My preference would be to reduce the number of little-used "effects" and such and to increase the storeage capacity to a couple of gig. OR...simply add a slot for a memory card (of whatever size) so you can upsize as needed and also catalog your files. Another worthy feature would be to add the ability to charge and play simultaneously (although that MAY be possible with the AC adapter...not sure).

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

TASCAM MP-BT1 Portable MP3 Bass Trainer -- On the Go.

By Mike Sanders

from Michigan, Europe, and Far East

Comments about TASCAM MP-BT1 Portable MP3 Bass Trainer:

The BT1, is a portable studio system, with adjustable speed playback for practice. Pick songs you'd like to learn, listen, loop, repeat. Overall it has a decent setup for effects; with all the adjustments you'd find on normal pedals. It has a loud enough output to hear music in parks or while sitting in airports. The battery lasts about 8 hours. It can be recharged from a laptop or wall adaptor. One drawback, because of recording quality, is playback distortion. When listening at very low speeds distortion can be heard. This is not the fault of Tascam. Try recording MP3s with a better quality selection in your music library. I Love mine. It has gone all the way around the world. It's tough. It has a decent quality. It is portable enough to put in your pocket.

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(3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good Tool For Practicing

By Bob Berner

from Allentown PA

Comments about TASCAM MP-BT1 Portable MP3 Bass Trainer:

This is a nice compact unit that is great for practicing or learning new songs. I have only been playing for about two months and I find the metronome very helpful, especially since you can accent the first beat of each measure. A great 3 mode tuner is also built in along with a headphone amp. You can also enhance or nearly eliminate the bass lines from any songs you want to learn and speed up or slow down the tempo of a song without changing the pitch. I would change a few things about the design if I were making this unit. I would change the output jack from an 1/8�ۡ�ݕ�_ to a 1/4�ۡ�ݕ�_ jack, it seems like there is a lot of stress when you use an adapter to plug the output of the unit into your amplifier. A better way would be to use an adapter for headphones. Also it would be ultra convenient to be able to plug this directly into the guitar without the need of a cable. I think I would give this five stars if those two improvements were made.

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5.0

The best way to practice

By Brad Fiske

from Simi Valley, CA

Comments about TASCAM MP-BT1 Portable MP3 Bass Trainer:

Man, I wish they had this back in my day when I practiced 4 hours a day. My family may still be sane!! I am sure I drove them nuts listening to BOOM, BOOM, root, fifth for hours on end. The Tascam unit is great, it is a little picky about the mp3 files it can play, they can�ۡ���t be too compressed �ۡ���� I record rehearsals then edit the recordings to practice to, to get enough �ۡ����bits�ۡ��� I have to save to WMA then convert to MP3 �ۡ���� but once I learned the drill�ۡ��_. no big deal. I found that the Sennheiser cordless headphone are the way to go for practicing with this unit, they are light, open ear, with perfect response range for bass �ۡ���� they sound like by Ampeg B-15 amp. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this product

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