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A superb gadget for practising guitar,
This review is from: Tascam MP-GT1 Portable Memory Guitar TrainerThis is a fantastic gadget and a product I think is unique in my experience. Ths gadget allows you to download songs from your pc and play along with them. If you just can't get the fingering right, you can slow it down without changing the pitch, or if your sheet music or tab is written in a different key to the record then you can change the pitch and still play along rather than detuning your guitar. It has to be said that if you move it too many tones then the music begins to sound a bit processed, but this is a trainer not a public performance device. A word of warning is that this device does need mp3 and will not play wma files, you will need to find a method to convert them, there are plenty of ways and software from the internet. I have a creative sound card and the software that comes with it allows me to convert wma to wav and then wav to mp3, which is a bit of a chore but I only have a limited amount of tab from which to practise. similarly some people will think that 240 songs is not enough room, but this number of songs is well beyond my repertoire. I am sure future versions will have more memory but all future technology is faster and better and you have to buy sometime.
The user interface is pretty simple to use and I haven't felt the need to consult the manual yet. The tuner is more accurate than my exisiting chromatic tuner, although struggles sometimes to pick the signal for the low E. The guitar effects give quite a wide range and show individual effects in combination that you can adjust like an old pedal. I particularly like the auto wah effect, which somehow seems to anticipate the length of the note I want to play pefectly. A proviso to this is that I have always played fairly effect free, using mainly only the tone controls on the amp and the in-built reverb but sometimes a bit of chorus or delay or distortion; so I have no real feel for how this compares to a zoom box for example, or a more state of the art multi-effects box. Chorus, distortion, overdrive, delay, flanger, phaser, exciter are all there and I don't think most players need much more.
One criticism is that the output jack is 2.5mm jack headphone only, and given the versatility of the box, i would have liked the opportunity to loop it into my amp via 3.5mm, particularly as most headphones come with a 3.5 to 2.5mm converter; that said, my wife is pleased with headphones only option. Another criticism is that the battery charge time is on the long side (about 6 hours with the device switched off and plugged into an usb port) and it is quite power hungry, I got through about 50% of the battery power in an hour of playing. Lastly on the negative side is the feature that removes the guitar part, either I am not very skillful at operating the device or it doesn't work all that well. All of these things add up to 4 stars, but I guess if I could give it 4.5 I would.
In summary, a neat little gadget that is very useful for practising guitarists, it has a good range of functions and charging the battery through the usb port is a real boon.