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BRIEFLY: Portable recorder with an instrument trainer

PROS: Great tool for guitarists, looks great

CONS: A little pricey.

Tascam GT-R1 Portable Guitar/Bass Recorder
Handy, pocket sized MP3/WAVE recorder is ready to capture your power chords.
(by editor © October 2008)

Tascam GT-R1 Portable Guitar/Bass Recorder AnnouncedBack in the day, musicians on the road had to make do with scribbling on the back of beer mats when inspiration struck, but thanks to Tascam's GT-R1 Portable Guitar/Bass Recorder, musos can lay down the licks in a tick with this pocket sized, high end digital recorder

Looking a bit like it's mated with a mini-Cyberman, the GT-R1 is a high quality, portable audio recorder for capturing your 'licks' to MP3/WAVE at 48/44.1 kHz, 24-bits uncompressed.


The unit comes with a backlit 128 x 64 graphic LCD and and a 1GB SDHC memory card, leaving you ample time to throw some shapes and lay down your finest hammers ons, pull offs, slides, whammy bar wobblings and note bendings.

Tascam GT-R1 Portable Guitar/Bass Recorder AnnouncedThe SDHC slot means that you can add higher capacity cards letting hit your vibrato and go, go for a bite.

The Tascam comes with multiple effects built-in, no less than 55 preset rhythm patterns and packs a cunning 'trainer' function which allows axe-wielders to rock along to their fave tracks at their choice of speed without changing the pitch.

The Tascam comes in a rather pleasing orange/red finish which looks like it could survive being stepped on by drunken drummers or being hit by Derek Smalls' codpiece enhancer.

There's no UK release date planned yet, but the Tascam GT-R1 will be out in Japan on August 26th, with a retail price around £160 ($310).



Portable stereo recording with built-in condenser microphones
MP3 or WAV file recording, up to 48kHz/24-bit
1/4" Instrument input for Guitar or Bass
Amp simulation, reverb and multi-effects
Over 80 rhythm tracks in a variety of styles
Overdub function allows users to record over an existing track
Powered microphone input
Low cut filter and analog limiter on input
Loop and change the speed of music playback without changing the pitch to learn and transcribe new music
Guitar and Bass canceller allows musicians to play along
Includes 1GB SD Card and rechargeable battery
USB 2.0 Connection to computer for file transfer and charging
Optional AK-DR1 includes a tabletop stand, microphone clip and windscreen

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