Tascam MP-GT1 Portable MP3 Guitar Trainer  

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TASCAM's MP-GT1 is the first MP3 player designed for musicians. Based on the award-winning CD-GT1mkII, this fun mobile guitar trainer includes enough memory to store up to 240 songs. Guitar parts can ... Click To Read More About This Product

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TASCAM's MP-GT1 is the first MP3 player designed for musicians. Based on the award-winning CD-GT1mkII, this fun mobile guitar trainer includes enough memory to store up to 240 songs. Guitar parts can be slowed down, looped and even eliminated to help you learn new riffs. Play back MP3s using Variable Speed Audition, which slows down the speed without changing the pitch, and sections can be seamlessly looped while practicing tricky passages. Songs can even be pitched up or down to match the tuning of your guitar, so you don't have to re-tune for every song.

The guitar input lets you rock along with thick overdrive and multi-effects, including a guitar canceler so you can play along with your favorite bands. A tuner, metronome, and rechargeable battery are also built-in. All of this is packed into an MP3 player smaller than a stomp box, so stuff it in your backpack, gig bag or back pocket and hit the road.

The MP-GT1 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.

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" guitar input
  • Guitar multi-effects include overdrive, distortion, delay, flange, reverb and more
  • Guitar Cancel effect eliminates the guitar 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-GT1 Portable MP3 Guitar Trainer
 
4.2

(based on 39 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Nice item, but could have been better.

I found it kind of odd that my unit came with several albums stored in the unit in the .wma format which are not usable. I don't believe anyone at the store did anything...Read complete review

I found it kind of odd that my unit came with several albums stored in the unit in the .wma format which are not usable. I don't believe anyone at the store did anything with it, so I'm assuming it came that way from the factory. I like the rechargeable battery, but it's too bad they didn't include a way to change it out if it ever goes bad other than tearing the entire unit apart. Also, it would have been very nice to have it use removeable media like maybe SD cards (which can hold 2GB fairly cheap) With the amount of songs my band practices, I'm already out of space. For slowing down, looping tracks and tuning it's pretty awesome, and I'm glad I got it. Could have been a little more user friendly is all.

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Tascam MP GT-1 Trainer

I have to say first off, that while I have absolutely no hands on experience with this unit, I do own the original CD GT-1 and have found it to be very handy...Read complete review

I have to say first off, that while I have absolutely no hands on experience with this unit, I do own the original CD GT-1 and have found it to be very handy when learning songs (mainly because of it's portability and self containment), although the FX in the original are pretty cheesy sounding, (however, they get the job done) so unless Tascam has offered a significant improvement in the sound set, well..., one should consider the fact that you can spend a few more dollars for a BOSS Micro BR, complete with a phrase trainer w/ Mp 3 mode, that'll do everything this unit will do and a whole lot more, plus it offers great sounding BOSS FX, 4 playback tracks w/ 32 V tracks, rythum programming, and well.., check it out yourself and you can quickly determine where your money will be better spent!

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5.0

Tascam MP-GT1 - overcome drawbacks

By apl4

from UK

Pros

  • Effects
  • Portable
  • Sound

Cons

  • bulky
  • Id3 Tags

Best Uses

  • Practice

Comments about Tascam MP-GT1 Portable MP3 Guitar Trainer:

A great piece of kit, once you understand it's issues.
I have had a lot of problems getting the MP3's that I load onto the device to play and display correctly. The manual gives a few hints, but the main issues are:

Songs wont play
Songs are distorted
Title or artist won't display

After a lot of playing around with the MP3's, I got the definitive setup to make them work every time:

MP3's recorded with a bit rate of 44100hz, 256kbps, stereo

ID3v2 tags with no cover art or lyrics (the MP-GT1 only needs 'Title', 'Artist' and 'Album' but it fails to display correctly if there is too much extended ID3v2 info)

Once I got into the habit of applying these settings to any songs I loaded to the trainer, I never had any more problems.

Other than this, the kit is great, although slightly bulky. My iPhone does exactly the same thing with an iRig attached and various different apps, but the Tascam is far less fiddly.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Went back to the CD version

By Michael T

from Valencia, CA

Comments about Tascam MP-GT1 Portable MP3 Guitar Trainer:

I really wanted this to be great, but it just wasn't. Lots of crashing, never could get a seamless loop, also the unit will download just about any file format, but will only work with mp3's so it kinda throws you off when you hook it up to your computer and open it like a flash drive, it will list everything you downloaded so you think you've got a song, but when you unplug it from your computer and are ready to use it with your guitar the song doesn't appear in the song list of the unit because its not an mp3. My original CD version of this was great but just stopped working one day. After playing with this new version and getting so frustrated with it I just opted to go and find the original.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great for practice without keeping others up!

By Michael Magallanes

from Charlotte, NC

Comments about Tascam MP-GT1 Portable MP3 Guitar Trainer:

I love this device because it is small, flexible and easy to use. You'll want to load your own mp3's and can create folders to organize them once the plugged in on the usb (I have a PC). To practice, I just strap on a guitar, plug a 3ft cable into guitar, run the cable under my belt and plug in the device so it hangs from the top of my belt. Then I plug in the headphone, power up and jam away....I can walk all over the place while jamming away. I find that I'm practicing MUCH more since it is so convenient and have improved a lot. You can adjust the speed (handy for learning licks) ...also the pitch or Guitar/MP3 mix. The guitar effects/tone is decent...read the manual and experiment as there are many options. I would definitely replace this if lost.

 
4.0

Does what you need

By Chris-tZNxf

from Blair,Ne.

Comments about Tascam MP-GT1 Portable MP3 Guitar Trainer:

I bought this over a year ago and it has been a good tool. However my laptop has all this and sounds better. The GT1 is however quite portable and great for sitting on the couch practicing. I've used it on the treadmill a number of time when my wife would not let me use her IPOD.The GT1 doesn't like varible bit rate files though. Its locked up over those and then you have to get out the paper clip.I'm not crazy about the overdrive and distortion sounds but thats not its forte.Battery life seems reasonable and it has a good amount of memory.It has good mixing and playback level options.Would I buy it again....Yes.

 
5.0

Great for brushing up on your skills

By Tele824

from Northern NJ

Comments about Tascam MP-GT1 Portable MP3 Guitar Trainer:

If you are an older player like me who learned to play years ago but haven't played consistently for a long time, the TASCAM MP-GT1 trainer is for you. Finally, I can learn those classic licks which have always seemed to escape me.The loop feature allows me to learn at my own pace and the number of effects combinations is almost endless. My only complaint is you must use MP3s recorded at 128kbps (most of my library is at 192kbps) and the sound is a little muddy at very slow tempos. These are minor inconveniences when weighed against the speed at which I am now learning. Buy this gear and become the rock star you've always wanted to be.

(0 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Quality concern

By Paul

from Bay Village, Ohio

Comments about Tascam MP-GT1 Portable MP3 Guitar Trainer:

Mine worked great for about 20 min. Then it shut down. On power up I get system err 50 Please power off. And that's all it does. Hopefully I can get a replacemant soon.

 
5.0

Indespensable

By richforman

from Long Island, NY

Comments about Tascam MP-GT1 Portable MP3 Guitar Trainer:

I have found this device (Tascam MP-GT1 Guitar Trainer) to be indispensable to me for learning songs, although honestly I have found the build quality to be lacking - in fact, I have had several units break or die on me, but in each case found no other product that offers the same combination of features that make the MP-GT1 so useful for me (certainly not in such a portable and affordable package), and have continued to replace it by looking around for good deals. The three features that make it invaluable for me for learning songs for my various cover bands are: the ability to loop parts; the ability to slow down parts without changing the pitch, to learn those fast solos and runs (I don't care that much that the sound quality deteriorates when you slow it down, I'm just trying to pick out the notes); and the kicker (that a comparable IPhone or computer app doesn't have), the ability to feed my keyboard into it with a 1/4" cable, and listen to myself and the mp3 together in headphones - thus being able to work on my songs without keeping the wife and kids awake or just driving them crazy! Since I play keyboards and not guitar, I don't use or care about the effects section. They should market these machines to us keyboard players, they are just as useful or more for us than for our guitar-slinging brethren I think.

 
5.0

Great learning tool

By Jay G

from Raleigh, NC

Comments about Tascam MP-GT1 Portable MP3 Guitar Trainer:

I got an MP-GT1 a few months ago. I've been very happy with it. The slow-down feature is great for learning licks (if you slow down a lot, the music does get distorted, but I have a feeling that's more due to the lossy nature of MP3 encoding rather than the unit). The loop feature is great for practicing alone, or when you're getting an arrangement down with a band. The key-changing utility is great, too, since my band frequently plays songs a step or a step and a half down. The built-in guitar effects processor is not the best, but it works well enough to get the job done (I've even used it for practice when I forgot my pedal board). I have not hit the unit's capacity yet, and I've got a lot of songs on it. Managing the files on this device is easy to do from Windows. I have not had any problems creating or browsing folders and subfolders on this device.

 
5.0

a good tool

By Druuna

from Grand Rapids MI

Comments about Tascam MP-GT1 Portable MP3 Guitar Trainer:

It has rugged metal frame because you are going to drop eventually. It's easy to load mp3s from windows. The sounds are a not what you would want from a guitar processor but they work well for learning. I rarely use headphone with it. I usually run it into the CD input on my amp and play along. A little pricey but cheaper than lessons. I'm really more of a bassist so I have the bass trainer also.

(6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

The Original CD version was better

By MT

from Santa Clarita, CA

Comments about Tascam MP-GT1 Portable MP3 Guitar Trainer:

I've tried to work with this for about a year and have now thrown it in the trash. I may have got a lemon! I never could get seamless loops like I was able to on the original CD version. It also crashed all the time. Too many menu's to go through to make simple adjustments. Small amount of memory 150-200 songs maybe. Get the CD version and save yourself the frustration. I'm just sayin!!

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