The problem with all of this is consistency. I hate the idea that, while I may have found a brand/model of CDs that work 70% of the time - I may be sitting in the studio with a group at the end of a recording session and...that's the time I can't get a CD to work.
For those of you that have passed the OPC test but haven't actually tried to record...I've done that with a few CDs but the recordings were a mess. It's hit and miss for me - I try different brands, etc. and every now and then I'll get one to work. I used to use this recorder almost every day, but now I hardly ever use it.
I might take Tascam up on the trade offer though. I'll have to do the math to see how good of a deal that is. Heck, if I add up all of the CD packs I've bought just to try different brands - and the value of all of the hours I've spent trying to get this thing to work - I've probably wasted $350 already!
I was going to try and find a Tascam email adddress but I'm glad I Googled and got this site first...since from what I've seen here,Tascam doesn't seem to be helping too, too much. Glad I found this site instead, looks like it's going to be much more useful/helpful...
First of all, I'm in Canada so I don't know if that makes a difference in getting this type of CD-R but I've had some sucess with SONY 80 min 1x-48x 10CDQ80L3.
I've got 4 left out of a 10 pack. With machine cold, I got an OPC fail with all of them but they would still give the 0 000 display after that insteat of "no disc".
I did as suggested in an earlier post and left the machine on for a couple of hours B4 trying again. I still had to reload the disc a couple of times for one of them at least but 3 of the 4 are working and previously I had been able to record on some discs out of the rest of pack. (ie, the other 6)
Going to look for the 74 minute ones that were suggested (if they still exist??) as I'd rather not have to do a "2 hour "warm-up" and then still have things be a little iffy.
I'd still rather not send the unit back witht the $350. "upgrade unit" or whatever (not sure if I'd have to send it down there to the US or whereever the Tascam (Teac??) headquarters here is in Canada.
Anyways, great to have this forum from people that actually have an use this particular product.
After posting above about some sucess with the Sony Discs, I took the label with me off the 10 disc pack to go buy a "Cake" of discs, thinking now at least one brand I know works....and discs from the cake don't work even tho' the only difference in the product code number is one starts with a "10" for the 10 pack and the other starts with a "50" for the 50 pack.
However, I did pick up some that did work B4 and those are the Fujifilm "For Music Use"...on the back of the pack it states that it is "specifically designed for stand alone audio recorders"
The Fuji work right out of the gate without any warm up time...at least the first disc out of the pack did.
I avoid getting jewel cases whereever possible plus it's a nuisance getting packs of 5, so I'm going to keep an eye out and see if they are available in "Cakes"...somehow I get the impression they R only available in packs of 5...
When I mentionned the problem to an Electronics store, someone there suggested I try a Music store in the sense of a store that sells quality Guitars,Pianos, Saxophones, Professional PA and Recording equipment Sales/Rentals.
I was able to get "HHB Professional Recording Media" discs and they work NP whatsoever AND are available in spindles. Once one worked, I bought all of the rest of the spindle they had there but it doesn't have a label on the spindle so I don't know what the product number will be until I buy an unopened spindle.
I seem to remember "HHB" actually making stand alone CD burners but I'm not that familiar with the company overall. (Not ever sure what HHB stands for)
Again, I'm in Canada but it would surprize me if HBB wasn't available at least in the States
I have one of these machines and find it to be very interesting. After reading all of these post I am very enlightened. Every problem that was posted was one that I have discovered. I think I'll go for the challenge of getting it to record. Right now im using it to play back pro CD's for reference. But I think I can sew this whole discussion up by saying that the machine I have reminds me of one that I used to record with at the South Dallas Cultural Center. The engineer named Uriah Ellion always used Apogee Gold. I never knew why but now I think im gonna google the apogee website. These cds where great and sounded like the actual sounds from the sessions. I will also look at the Fuji for music and any other CDr that burns at 74 mins or 1x. THANKS,
I hope this helps. firstname.lastname@example.org
I just got one of these used off of Craig's List after owning one previously. The guy assured me it would record and started a disc for me at his house. When I got it back to my studio it would play but I got the OPC code when I tried to record,(of course), so I bought a box of HBB Gold at the local music store, but they didn't work either. Any recent news on this problem?