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Tascam seem to be the market leaders when it comes to hardware tools that help guitar players learn their instrument. The Tascam phrase trainers - the CD-based CD-GT1mkII and the new MP-GT1 which plays MP3 files - allow guitarists to slow down recorded music to manageable levels without changing the pitch while playing along with the onboard amp simulations and effects. The latest version, the GA30CD, is a proper guitar amp with the CD phraes trainer built in.
Tascam came up with this idea because they had found that musicians who plugged CD-GT1mkIIs into their guitar amp complained about the sound, because the mono speaker was designed for guitar. The GA-30CD has a dedicated guitar speaker and two more speakers for stereo CD playback, making sure the sound of either one isn't compromised.
Like Tascamâ€™s CD-GT1mkII phrase trainer, the GA-30CD plays back CDs with Variable Speed Audition so musicians can learn licks at slower speeds without changing the pitch. CDs can also be pitched to match the tuning of an instrument, and a built-in tuner is provided. A Guitar Cancel feature is also provided for playing along with CDs, and a line input can play back an MP3 player, microphone preamp, mixer or other source.
Richard Powell from Tascam talks us through the GA-30CD's features in the vid while revealing himself to be a Steve Vai, Van Halen and Guns and Roses fan...
Guitar Amplifier Features:
CD Trainer Features:
- 30 watt Solid State Technology Guitar Amplifier
- Gain, Bass, Middle, Treble, Boost controls for guitar (single channel + boost)
- Independent 15W amplifier for guitar and stereo 7.5W amplifier for CD
- 6.5" guitar speaker and two 3" speakers for CD
- Effect 1 programs: Chorus, Flanger, Phaser, Tremolo, Auto-Wah, Pitch Shift, Delay, Panning Delay
- Effect 2 dedicated to Reverb
- 1/4" Footswitch Input for optional Boost pedal
- 1/8" Stereo Line Input connector for MP3 player, drum machine or microphone preamp
- 1/4" Stereo Headphone Output
Pricing and Availability:
- Seamless looping of song sections
- Variable Speed Audition allows you to speed up or slow down CD playback without changing the pitch
- Built-in Tuner and oscillator
- Guitar Canceller allows you to play along with the CD without hearing the recorded guitar
- Change the pitch of the CD to play along without retuning your guitar