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With the Variable-Speed Audition and guitar effects from their CD Trainers, Tascam's new MP-GT1
is the first MP3 player designed for musicians. It includes enough memory for storing over 200 songs, each of which can be slowed down, looped and processed to help musicians learn new music. A guitar input allows axe-slingers to rock along with thick overdrive and multi-effects. A tuner, metronome, and built-in rechargeable battery are also included. Tascam say that all of this is packed into a player smaller than a stomp box, so it can be carried anywhere.
Paul Jenkins, National Sales Manager for Tascam told us, "Tascam's best-selling CD Trainers invented a new category of tools that inspired thousands of musicians to get better at their instruments. The new MP-GT1 brings this power to the next generation of musicians, making it even more portable and compatible with the millions of MP3s available for instant purchase online. The distinctive design tells everyone the owner is a musician, and is sure to become as common as string winders in guitar cases everywhere."
The MP-GT1 loads up MP3s and charges its built-in battery through a high-speed USB connector. Musicians can zip through their MP3 collection using dedicated buttons and a graphical LCD display. MP3s can be played at slower speed without changing the pitch, and sections can be seamlessly looped while practising tricky passages. Song playback can be pitched up or down to match the tuning of an instrument, and a Guitar Cancel function nukes the recorded guitar part so the musician can play along. A rechargeable 9-hour lithium ion battery is built into the unit, and an optional power supply is also available.
Pricing and Availability:
- 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
- 128x64 graphic LCD display
- USB jack
- Auto Power Off and Hold function