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Tascam GB-10 - USB Guitar/Bass Trainer/Recorder

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Tascam GB-10 - USB Guitar/Bass Trainer/Recorder

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  • Record 16-bit/44.1kHz WAV Files
  • Guitar Effects
  • Loop Playback
  • MP3 Playback
  • Tuner and Metronome
  • SD Card Slot
  • Battery or USB Powered
  • Mac OS X
  • Windows XP/Vista/7
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The GB-10 from Tascam is a trainer/recorder that allows guitar and bass players to learn and record new music. It is the ideal practice tool for musicians of any skill level to build their technique. A tuner and metronome are also built-in for precision playback.

The unit can be used in many ways. One way is to simply plug an instrument into 1/4" input and play through the included amplifier modeling, reverb and other effects. The music can be recorded to the included 2GB SD card with an overdub mode to build up arrangements.

The 2GB SD card can also be used for loading in a custom music collection. Variable Speed Audition allows musicians to independently change the speed and pitch of MP3 or WAV playback. The tabletop design is perfect for practicing almost anywhere, and a footswitch input allows hands-free control.

Instrument trainer / recorder
1/4" guitar/bass input
Guitar/bass effects including amplifier modeling, delay, reverb, chorus and more
Records 16-bit/44.1kHz WAV files
Playback 16- or 24-bit WAV files or MP3 files
SD/SDHC card media slot with included 2GB card
Overdub recording allows sound-on-sound build up of an arrangement
Loop playback using dedicated buttons
Variable Speed Audition speeds up or slows down playback without changing the pitch
Chromatic tuner and metronome
Dedicated keys and large LCD display for easy operation
Angled desktop design
USB 2.0 jack for high-speed music transfer
Number of Channels Single
Inputs 1 x 1/4" TS phone
1 x 25mm TRS phone (Remote Jack)
Output 1 x 1/8" TRS stereo mini
Other Connectors 1 x USB Mini-B (USB 2.0)
Input Impedance 800kΩ
Nominal Input Level -13dBV (0.2V) input volume @ 7
Maximum Input Level +3dBV (1.4V) input volume @ 7
Minimum Input Level -25dBV (0.05V) input volume @ 10
Output Impedance 23Ω
Nominal Output Level -14dBV (10kΩ load)
Maximum Output Level +2dBV (10kΩ load)
15mW + 15mW (32Ω load)
Frequency Response 20Hz to 20kHz, +1.0/-5.0dB (guitar IN to line OUT, Fs = 44.1kHz)
Noise SNR: 70dB guitar IN
THD 0.07% (guitar IN to line OUT, Fs = 44.1kHz)
Power Requirements 2 x AA batteries
USB power
Optional PS-P520 power adapter
Battery Operation Times Continuous Operation:

Alkaline Battery
About 13 hours WAV recording
About 13.5 hours WAV playback
About 13.5 hours MP3 playback

NiMH battery
About 11 hours WAV recording
About 11.5 hours WAV playback
About 11.5 hours MP3 playback
System Requirements Mac:
PowerPC, iMac, G3, G4, 266MHz or faster
OS X 10.2 or later
USB port (USB 2.0 recommended)

PC:
Pentium 300MHz or faster
Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7
USB port (USB 2.0 recommended) 1
Please Note:

Intel chipset USB host controller recommended

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Operating Temperature 32° to 104°F (0° to 40°C)
Dimensions (WxDxH) 6.2 x 2.8 x 1.2" (158 x 70 x 30mm)
Weight 5.6 oz (169g)
Clip Splitting Recording Media:
SD Card - 64MB to 2GB
SDHC Card - 4GB to 32GB

Recording Format
16-bit/44.1kHz WAV

Playback Format
16- or 24-bit/44.1kHz WAV
32, 64, 96, 128, 192, 256, 320kbps, 44.1, 48kHz MP3
Tascam GB-10 - USB Guitar/Bass Trainer/Recorder
  • USB Cable
  • 2 x AA Batteries
  • 2GB SD Card
  • One (1) Year Warranty
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    TascamGB-10 - USB Guitar/Bass Trainer/Recorder
     
    4.4

    (based on 28 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (16)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (9)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    88%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (8)
    • Excellent sound (6)
    • Great sound (6)
    • Versatile (6)
    • Compact (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practice (13)
      • Practicing (3)
      • Recording (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (15), Novice (7), Professional musician (4)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      GB-10 Gets me gigs.

      This thing is amazing. Right out of the box I had everything figured out and up and working. I'm a bassist and I get calls to play gigs with cover bands that give me...Read complete review

      This thing is amazing. Right out of the box I had everything figured out and up and working. I'm a bassist and I get calls to play gigs with cover bands that give me 30+ songs on a list to learn in a couple days. I recently got a call for a gig that had some very Bass intense songs that I did not know. I bought the GB-10, quickly loaded it with about 30 songs and was able to work in any room of my house with headphones and a guitar cable. The Key change feature was crucial in learning solos that have been transposed to different keys. I showed up at rehearsal and the band thought I was a genius for learning all the songs so fast. I was able to take the GB-10 to the gigs and review the next set while on break. It is the best resource I've seen for training and learning songs fast. Better than the CD versions because I can load the SD card with a ton of songs. It does need a backlit screen though. You will need a mini flash light if your going to use it in the dark.If it was backlit I would give it 5 stars.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Good enough

      I use this for my bass. The system is easy to use and I am able to set pitch for songs played with non standard tuning. Setting up loops to learn more difficult parts...Read complete review

      I use this for my bass. The system is easy to use and I am able to set pitch for songs played with non standard tuning. Setting up loops to learn more difficult parts is also easy and helpful. Just two concerns: I can't believe there is no back light for the screen. I usually practice at night and unless I have a high watt lamp on my desk it's very hard to read the screen. Second...there is no tone control and for me bass boost is key to hear bass lines. I purchased a headphone amp to boost output and this has helped somewhat. I would recommend this s a helpful practice aid, especially if the family is tired of listening to you play the same riffs over and over. I just hope they incorporate some changes in the next generation.

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      5.0

      headphone amp multitool

      By pascal

      from montreal,quebec

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Excellent Craftsmanship
      • Great Sound
      • Highly Responsive

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practice

        Comments about Tascam GB-10 - USB Guitar/Bass Trainer/Recorder:

        great to slow down song
        tunner and effect are great
        smal
        essy take out
        for bass and guitar

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        3.0

        Good enough

        By Tom

        from Massachusetts

        Comments about Tascam GB-10 - USB Guitar/Bass Trainer/Recorder:

        I use this for my bass. The system is easy to use and I am able to set pitch for songs played with non standard tuning. Setting up loops to learn more difficult parts is also easy and helpful. Just two concerns: I can't believe there is no back light for the screen. I usually practice at night and unless I have a high watt lamp on my desk it's very hard to read the screen. Second...there is no tone control and for me bass boost is key to hear bass lines. I purchased a headphone amp to boost output and this has helped somewhat. I would recommend this s a helpful practice aid, especially if the family is tired of listening to you play the same riffs over and over. I just hope they incorporate some changes in the next generation.

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        5.0

        Tascam GB-10 Guitar trainer

        By practice more

        from santa cruz

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Great Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jam Sessions
          • Performance
          • Practice

          Comments about Tascam GB-10 - USB Guitar/Bass Trainer/Recorder:

          Amazing tool/toy, play guitar over any song you load in, you can slow songs down without affecting pitch/tuning. or change key without changing tempo.and you can loop any section of any song, and slow that loop down, makes it very easy for me to find the right notes on fast solos.. i see me using this device more then any other in the next few years

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          4.0

          Good,not great

          By Mike

          from Seattle,Wa

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Practice

              Comments about Tascam GB-10 - USB Guitar/Bass Trainer/Recorder:

              Slowing down the audio always produces some click,and blurps,which can make it hard to hear some fine detail.But still pretty good.

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              1.0

              Not what claimed to be.

              By Chuck

              from San Diego

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • None That I See

              Cons

              • Poor Quality
              • Poor Sound

              Best Uses

              • As a toy
              • NONE

              Comments about Tascam GB-10 - USB Guitar/Bass Trainer/Recorder:

              The sound is horrible and features are poor. It was a waste of time and money. Boxed it up and sent it back.

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              5.0

              Tascam GB-10

              By rftobias

              from NYS

              Comments about Tascam GB-10 - USB Guitar/Bass Trainer/Recorder:

              Simple review, Great product, Outstanding service...

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              5.0

              Great Product

              By JB

              from Oklahoma

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Practice

                  Comments about Tascam GB-10 - USB Guitar/Bass Trainer/Recorder:

                  Great product and accurate shipping

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                  5.0

                  fabulous

                  By Ken the shredder

                  from Potomac, MD

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Great Sound

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Jam Sessions
                    • Practice

                    Comments about Tascam GB-10 - USB Guitar/Bass Trainer/Recorder:

                    Easy to use. Much better sound quality than the previous model and much better memory. Also, the new model uses batteries which is much easier than having to charge in the computer. Very valuable tool and it is small so easy to travel with. You can plug it in to the sound system as well if your bandmates don't believe you that part A of the song repeats before the bridge and you need to prove it to them.

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                    4.0

                    Good Learning Tool

                    By Geo

                    from Van, BC

                    About Me Novice

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Tascam GB-10 - USB Guitar/Bass Trainer/Recorder:

                          It took a bit to understand how to use it properly, but once I got going, it worked well. Great tool for learning how to play guitar.

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                          4.0

                          Nice but a little complicated for me...

                          By chrisco

                          from Zion

                          About Me Novice

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Many Features

                          Cons

                          • Many Features
                          • Too Many Features

                          Best Uses

                          • Practice

                          Comments about Tascam GB-10 - USB Guitar/Bass Trainer/Recorder:

                          I recommend that you web search for the the user guide and read it BEFORE you order this device to make sure it's a good for for you.

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                          5.0

                          Indispensable tool for Guitarists!

                          By talkgtr

                          from Woodstock Ga

                          About Me Professional Musician

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Practice

                              Comments about Tascam GB-10 - USB Guitar/Bass Trainer/Recorder:

                              Can't beat the GB-10 for learning new material. I just joined a new project and the singer/writer has three CDs of music I have to learn. The slow down and loop feature to isolate riffs and parts is great. Play along until you know the part and move on!

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                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              4.0

                              Great tool for practice and learning.

                              By Cadu

                              from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

                              About Me Experienced

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy to use
                              • Excellent Craftsmanship

                              Cons

                              • Fragile Case
                              • Hard To Read In The Dark
                              • Plastic Case

                              Best Uses

                              • Learning
                              • Practice

                              Comments about Tascam GB-10 - USB Guitar/Bass Trainer/Recorder:

                              I have been using the Tascam MP-GT1 for about three years, and it has helped me learning songs and licks in a very efficient way. The GB10 has many improvements I have been waiting for. The small memory problem was solved by the use of SD cards. The controls are now much more intuitive, because you don't need to use a dial for almost everything like in the previous model. But I do miss the backlit screen, and the metal case from the MP-GT1 (the GB 10 is built in a plastic case). And the recorder is also very welcome (the previous model could not make recordings). The use of 2 AAs instead of an internal rechargeable batera is another great improvement. The only reason for not giving it five stars is that it is too good for such a fragile case. You'd better not drop it...

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                              5.0

                              Tascam GB-10 USB Guitar / Bass Trainer

                              By vickmarine

                              from Houston, TX

                              About Me Experienced

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Excellent Craftsmanship
                              • Great Sound
                              • Highly Responsive

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Practice

                                Comments about Tascam GB-10 - USB Guitar/Bass Trainer/Recorder:

                                The design is much more user friendly than the MP-GT1 which it replaced. Being able to access functions directly from the panel is really nice.
                                Having gone through 2 MP-GT1's, I hope the GB-10 is built better and will last longer. Only time will tell. I use this daily as I play lead guitar for my church every week and we're constantly adding new songs.

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                                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Great little unit

                                By Danny

                                from North Wilkesboro, NC

                                About Me Experienced

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use

                                Cons

                                • Not Found Any

                                Best Uses

                                • Practicing
                                • Recording

                                Comments about Tascam GB-10 - USB Guitar/Bass Trainer/Recorder:

                                I am a pedal steel guitar player and I use the GB-10 to record guitar licks and learn them by slowing them down if need be to get the string combinations I need. The loop function is great. You can play and repeat only the part you want to learn. I would reccomend the GB-10 to any level of player wanting to learn more.

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                                5.0

                                Must have if you can't be too loud

                                By Jordan

                                from Goldsboro, NC

                                About Me Professional Musician

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Fun To Play
                                • Solid Electronics

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Practicing
                                  • Recording

                                  Comments about Tascam GB-10 - USB Guitar/Bass Trainer/Recorder:

                                  This unit is perfect if you need something to plug into and hear your guitar without everyone else in the house or the neighborhood having to endure the same. Not only does it help for practicing quietly but you can slow down, change the key and even loop certain sections of songs when you are learning them which will give you an edge over the competition.

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                                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Fabulous Training Tool

                                  By photonut

                                  from Los Angeles, CA

                                  About Me Experienced

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Fun To Play
                                  • Good Tone
                                  • Solid Electronics

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Practicing
                                    • Recording

                                    Comments about Tascam GB-10 - USB Guitar/Bass Trainer/Recorder:

                                    Easily transfers music files from iTunes to internal memory, then allows playback at lower speed with no pitch change for analysis. Works perfectly. Best used with foot pedal accessory.

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                                    3.0

                                    not really good for bassists

                                    By Ewok

                                    from Brooklyn, NY

                                    About Me Experienced

                                    Pros

                                      Cons

                                      • No bass cancelling
                                      • No bass enhancing
                                      • Poor Sound Quality
                                      • Weak

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about Tascam GB-10 - USB Guitar/Bass Trainer/Recorder:

                                        I have the old cd bass trainer and have used the mp-BT1. While the GB-10 has some great features, it does not have the bass cancelling and bass enhancing features that made it easy to hear and learn the bass parts. This is a great guitar trainer that overlooks bassists. I am returning the one I got for my birthday and scouring the internet for a MP-BT1.

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                                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                         
                                        4.0

                                        Better but still not great

                                        By Zbluesman

                                        from CT

                                        About Me Experienced

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Compact
                                        • Excellent Sound
                                        • Low Distortion

                                        Cons

                                        • Difficult To Use

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about Tascam GB-10 - USB Guitar/Bass Trainer/Recorder:

                                          Best tool for pulling songs apart. Smaller footprint than previous model. Still cumbersome for some commonly used features. Biggest headache it inability to quickly restart a track (you have to hit the back key multiple times to return to begining. Good luck sorting out file system between folders and playlist. Should have a simple app to manage from a PC or phone. Looper is annoying, hold the button too long and a second looper app appears. Still better than using a PC.

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                                          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                           
                                          4.0

                                          Great Device

                                          By TPG

                                          from Lawrenceville NJ

                                          About Me Novice

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Easy To Use
                                          • Versatile

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Practice aid

                                            Comments about Tascam GB-10 - USB Guitar/Bass Trainer/Recorder:

                                            Bought it for my 13 year old son who players Guitar.
                                            His teacher also liked it.
                                            Great Practice aid, the only downside was having to convert my WMA files to MP3

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                                            5.0

                                            Good product highly recommend

                                            By Pauley

                                            from Victoria BC Canada

                                            About Me Novice

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Compact
                                            • Easy To Use
                                            • Excellent Sound
                                            • Versatile

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                                Comments about Tascam GB-10 - USB Guitar/Bass Trainer/Recorder:

                                                a great way to loop and slow down a song while learning to play it

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