TASCAM CD-GT2 Reviews4.4/5.0 based on 8 customer reviews
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from Streator IL USA
September 16, 2012Music Background:
part time musician/singer/guitar player
TASCAM CD-GT2Exactly the learning tool l was looking for!
from Elk Grove CA
October 9, 2007Music Background:
Long time Player
CD-GT2Again, thanks for the great deal. Although I teach technology ( business strategy, not at the molecular techie level ) this unit is amazing for both its value and functionalities. I think you guys at Sweetwater value customer feedback, so here it is:
* Very intuitive and easy interface.
* It has dedicated keys or buttons for most features ( tempo, key, loop in/out. etc. ) So, unlike products where each key may have multiple functions it is a piece of cake to access the main feature with just, for me, scanning the manual.
* The unit delivers. Not only does it slow the speed down without changing pitch .. you can change the pitch or key too which is a must, for example if you want to copy SRV in open position where he detunes his guitar to E b. No problem, just move the key (pitch ) up a half step and playback is now in the key of E and you're ready to become frustrated ..with SRV that is.
* Ever try to play along with a CD that is slightly out of tune? You can attempt to re-tune your guitar or just adjust the fine key/pitch to increments of 1/100th of a semi-tone. Fantastic! Ready to rock.
* The unit sound good!
* This unit has more features than I can almost count .. metronome, guitar effects, tuner, cancel lead guitar / karaoke, and more
* Plug in your guitar and you are in the mix with the CD recording. What a blast.
* Here are some constructive ideas / suggestions:
o The manual is geared to headphone users but the unit has an output for connection to a PA / powered speakers, but the output is a 1/8 inch stereo mini-(female) jack ... so sales engineers might offer customers the opportunity to buy an adapter ...to convert a guitar cable from 1/4 to 1/8 or you can't play it through your amp or PA
o Might remind buyers that when you enter a value or parameter there is no confirmation or enter key. Many displays will blink when you select something and stop blinking when your input value is accepted ... or have a separate enter key ....the manual has one small reference to the unit's logic/config ... so it might be worth mentioning that parameter/value selection is automatic and the user will not get a confirmation of entry or selection. Or, it could just be me.
* Bottom-line - an indispensable learning tool at an unbelievably low price.
from Lisbon, Ohio, USA
August 19, 2011Music Background:
Musician/Live and Studio
Great Little Machine!Once again Tascam doesn't let you down. Great little machine for the money!. I own several Tascam products from CD mixer/recorder to outboard gear and have no complaints, they really do what the specs say they do.
from Central California
August 7, 2011Music Background:
Guitar Teacher, Pro Musician and eternal student !!!!
Great Learning tool !!!!This unit is very easy to operate. The manual was easy to follow and the product was easy to master (I've had it over 3 years now) and is now an essential learning tool to master songs, riffs and techniques from the likes of : Malmsteen, Vai, Satriani, Li, Rhoads, Lynch or Dimeola.
The effects are nice sounding for the convenience of playing along with the CD you are listening to. The Exciter is great to get definition from the effects and the guitars tone. The distortion is a little week but I remedied the lack of punch by adding an ancient Arion Hot Watt II ( it has a light over drive) with built in Chorus to give more dynamics to the signal. If you use the distortion with dynamics with aid of an over drive before going into the CD-GT2 , put the distortion on 12 and tone on 11,set the Exciter 's mix at 11 and the process at 12 and then zero in to the desired sound. If you want heavier distortion put a strong foot pedal before going into the CD-GT2. If you are playing along with a CD, you can set this unit to mix you guitar on the left with the CD on the right. The reason I'm giving this unit a 4.5 and not a 5, is because they didn't include a noise gate in the effects section to shut the signal when playing ( I use the volume knob).
from Dayton, Ohio
August 3, 2008Music Background:
Guitarist, Recording Engineer, Songwriter and Producer
A must have!!!I think this unit is a must have for any musician trying to move thier chops and song selections to the next level. The looping and flash back functions are well worth the price, throw in slowing down the music in the correct key and you have all you need to push yourself to where u want to go as a musician...Get one!!!
from London, OH
January 7, 2008Music Background:
Recording Engineer, Pro Musician, Songwriter
Great Tool!This is a great tool for practicing and learning those "hard to figure out" sections of a song. The operation is very simple, and takes only minutes to master. I love the guitar input feature, which makes this a great stand-alone unit that you can take and use anywhere. And the built-in guitar effects are pretty decent to boot!! I wish they would have made the line out and headphone jacks 1/4" jacks, but that really is no big deal, compared to what the unit will do. Like other digital units, there is a little bit of a "flanging" effect (for lack of a better term) when you really start slowing the song down (starting about "-25" or so), but that's just the nature of digital processing. Even with this going on, you can still easily hear the part you're wanting to hear. But don't let this scare you off. This is a great tool, and the price is phenomenal!! If you are serious about transcribing, or just developing your chops, I would suggest getting this unit!
from United States
March 13, 2013Music Background:
Neat Tool!works well does what it said it would do.
January 3, 2012Music Background:
tascam GT-2These machines are really good, a must if you want to slow down riffs to learn more difficult material. I have expensive equipment which i only use live because this is so great to practice thru.I can spend hours just sitting on the couch and playing thru headphones not disturbing anyone anytime day or night. the looping is great as well as the tempo and key changes you can do without retuning your guitar. The only problem is they dont last long before neeeding repair. If you get a year out of one without any problems that about average. I have gone through 4 of them and now ordered a 5th cus i cant live without one.! if you buy one , get it from sweetwater because you get a 2 yr warranty and im sure you will use it. im waiting now for the return of one under warranty thats why i ordered another one today. I cant live with out it!! it really makes your life easier.
The CD-GT2 is designed for both beginning and advanced guitar players. Being the former, I took the unit home with a guitar and immediately got started. Setup was very simple; plug in the guitar and a set of headphones. I began with the built-in tuner, which worked flawlessly. Selecting the different functions is very easy since each function has its own button. There is no need to navigate through a menu system.
The loop function worked perfectly. Three button presses had a short section of the song I wanted to learn repeating. The Variable Speed Audition allowed me to learn the section at my own tempo and then speed it up. Artifacts became obvious only at extreme tempo changes. The guitar canceler works best on solo guitar parts that are panned center, however TASCAM includes controls to help find the guitar part in the stereo field and eliminate it.
The effects selection is comprehensive and selectable in banks. Each bank has a combination of three adjustable effects. The beginning guitar player will find it easy to locate a setting with the desired sound, while experienced guitarists will like the adjustable parameters of each effect.
The CD-GT2 made me want to practice. Its portability makes it great for use in private lessons. Overall it is a great product for any guitar player.