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Tascam DP-02CFTascam DP-02CF 8-Track Digital Portastudio with Effects
TASCAM's DP-02CF combines 8-track CD-quality recording with a Portastudio interface - designed for musicians who want to record quickly and have fun. A matched pair of TASCAM mic pres features XLR inputs with phantom power for condenser mics and a guitar in for direct recording. Each channel gives you dedicated controls for instant access to fader level record arm/track mute pan effect send high and low EQ. There's also an EQ frequency button for finer control over the mix. The DP-02CF r... Read more

Brand: Tascam
Part Numbers: DP-02CF, DP02CF, TAS DP02CF
UPC: 0043774022823, 043774022823, 844632068461


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Manual conventions

This first section gives you an idea of the basic operations of the DP-02/DP-02CF and will get you started with recording. Further features are described in Advanced techniques on page 29. When we refer to features of the DP-02/DP-02CF such as keys and connections, we display them like this: MENU. We refer to features of other equipment like this: AUX IN. When we show messages, etc., that appear on the screen, we show them like this: SONG LOAD.
T I P : We give hints and tips on using the DP-02/DP-02CF when you see this icon.
This manual cannot begin to be a full guide to multitrack recording techniques. However, if you visit the TASCAM Web site (, you can download various documents on recording which may be of interest to you. Troubleshooting The DP-02/DP-02CF was designed to be easy to use, but sometimes you may need a little help. See the section Troubleshooting on page 53 for a list of questions you may have, and answers to help you. There s also a list of messages that may pop up, with an explanation of their meaning, and suggestions on what to do (see Messages on page 54). How to do it? At the back of this manual, there is a chapter called Commonly-used functions on page 76. Refer to this section when you want to know how to perform a particular operation.
: A note at the side of the main text provides additional explanations for special situations.
NOTE CAUTION : A caution shows that you may lose data (your recordings) if you dont follow the instructions. WARNING : Warnings should be taken seriously. They describe situations which can cause injury, or damage to the equipment if you do not follow the instructions,
1 Starting SAFETY PRECAUTIONS IMPORTANT out with your DP-02/DP-02CF


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Whats in the box

When you unpack the box, you should find (as well as this manual): If any of these items is missing, contact your TASCAM supplier.


The unit itself (DP-02, or DP-02CF) Power adaptor Power cable suitable for your region Warranty card Precautions for placement and use
The DP-02/DP-02CF may be used in most areas, but to maintain top performance, and prolong operating life, observe the following notes, precautions and environmental conditions:

An inverted triangle appears when the menu is highlighted.
The DATA dial icon is also shown right at the bottom which indicating the dial can be used to select items.
At the bottom right of all menu screens is a symbol showing whether there are more menus below the current list (), above the current list (), or above and below the current list ( ).
3. Select the value shown to the right of the CONTRAST preference using the cursor (/) keys, and rotate the DATA dial to adjust the value 1 to 10. The contrast of the display changes equally as the value is changing. 4. Press NO/EXIT to go back to the MENU screen.
3. Press the cursor key or YES/ENTER key to enter the selected menu. The screen shows as below:

The SHIFT key

The SHIFT key modifies the behavior of a number of different keys. When you press and hold it while pressing another key, the other key takes on the function shown in the label shown below the key (black-on-orange).


You can give titles to your songs, exported tracks, etc. Heres how you do it: Press and hold the SHIFT key and press the TITLE key to bring up the screen like the one below: Use the DATA dial to change the letter above the underlined cursor. You can choose from common punctuation marks, numbers, capital (UPPERCASE) letters, and small (lowercase) letters. Use the cursor key to insert a blank space at the cursor position, and use the cursor key to delete the character. When you have finished entering the name, press YES/ ENTER. The song, with its new name, is stored to recording media.
Connecting your unit to other equipment
Before you start recording with the unit, you will need to make a few connections to other equipment. The following picture shows how you can connect the unit to your existing audio setup.

2-track recorder


Stereo amplifier

External effects unit MIDI IN




Drum machine


Microphones to INPUT Aand B
Guitars and basses to INPUT A

PHONES Footswitch

Instruments to INPUT A and B


From submixer/MIDI tone generator, etc. To MIDI sequencer, DC input drum machine, etc. Synths, pre-amps etc. fo here
From stereo effects unit outputs
To digital recorder, etc.

To effects unit

Guitars, basses etc. go here Microphones go here

2. While holding down the ASSIGN key, press the REC key of the track to which you are assigning the input. The REC key flashes rapidly.
If you want to assign the input to another track, you must first clear the current assignment (see below), and then re-assign the input.
Note that the REC key of the first track to which you assigned the input flashes when you hold down the ASSIGN key.

Clearing an assignment

Hold down the ASSIGN key to check current assignments, then while holding the ASSIGN key, clear current assignments by pressing a flashing REC key (which then stops flashing).

Eight REC keys

1. Press and hold the ASSIGN key corresponding to the input signal you are assigning (A or B).
Press and hold SHIFT and either of the ASSIGN keys (A or B) to turn the inputs on or off as shown by the indicator. You may want to turn off unused inputs to reduce noise.


When you have connected a source, and assigned the inputs to tracks, you are ready to start recording. The pan controls position the track in the stereo image you hear in the left and right speakers (or headphones). The center position is marked by a click when you turn the knob. The EQ HIGH and EQ LOW equalization controls work in a similar way to the bass and treble tone controls on a stereo system. The center click position of the knob means theres no cut or boost for that control.
You can change the EQ control point of the high and low equalization controls. See EQ settings on page 31 for details.
1. Press the REC key of the track(s) youre going to record on, which start to flash slowly (this process is called arming the track(s). 2. Press and hold the RECORD () key and press the PLAY () key. The RECORD () key lights red, and the PLAY () lights green. The track REC keys stop flashing and light steadily.
You can re-record the track if youre not happy with it by going back to the original point and repeating the process. When youre happy with your recording, you can un-arm the track(s) (safe them) and arm and record on other tracks. Remember to reassign the inputs as well as arming the tracks. Press the REW or F FWD keys for a short while and then release them to move backwards or forwards through your recording (like a tape recorder). Press and hold these keys to increase the rewind or fast forward speed. Press STOP to stop (again, like a tape recorder).

To set a location mark

While stopped, recording or playing, press and hold the SHIFT key and press the INSERT key at the point where you want the new mark. Marks are shown on the display on the second line of the home screen. The mark number you see is the one at or immediately before the current position In the example below, M023 indicates the twenty-third mark in the selected song. Use the DATA dial or the cursor (/) keys to choose a mark (theyre listed in the order they appear in the song) and press YES/ENTER to jump to that mark.
To delete a location mark
Marks are numbered in the order you enter them, not according to their position in the song. Mark 999 can therefore appear in a song before mark 001.
Stop playback (or recording) and locate to the mark you want to delete (or a little after). Press and hold the SHIFT key and press the DELETE key.

You cant undo this.

To move to a location mark

To edit a location mark

Press and release the or keys to move to the previous or next mark in the song. This works while playing back, while stopped or winding, but not while recording.
If you made a mistake when you entered a location mark, you can change the time of the mark.
This is sometimes called trimming.
1. Press and hold both LOCATE LIST keys togather to show the location mark list. 2. Use the DATA dial to select a mark and press the cursor key to bring up the LOCATE TR M screen. I 3. Use the dial to move the mark backwards and forwards by 1/10 frame (the right most digit of the number). You cant move a mark forward past the next mark in the list, or backwards to before the previous mark in the list.
1/10 frame is 1/300 of a second about 3.3 milliseconds
4. When done, press YES/ENTER or NO/EXIT to return to the LOCATE TR M screen. I
The marks are shown in the order they appear in the song, not by number.

IN and OUT marks

These marks are used for setting the points at which automated punch recording starts and ends and for repeat playback, as well as for track editing. You can set these marks while playing back, recording, or while playback is stopped. Set IN and OUT marks by pressing and holding the SHIFT key and pressing SET IN or SET OUT keys at the appropriate points.

2. Move the cursor (/) keys or rotate the DATA dial to the partition to make it active and press YES/ ENTER. The display shows the message, Are you sure as ? shown in step 3 on the left column.
An asterisk () shows the active partition. The sizes of the partitions are shown (not the available space).
You cannot select the FAT partition here.
If a CF card under 5GB is used, just one partition appears on the display, and that is the only partition available as the current active partition, marked with an asterisk.
3. Use the cursor (/) keys or rotate the DATA dial to select the partition to make it active and press YES/ ENTER. The display shows:
3. Press YES/ENTER to select, or NO/EXIT to cancel the partition action.
4. Press YES/ENTER to select, or NO/EXIT to cansel the partition action. The unit stores the current song, loads the current song on the new partition and shows a series of messages about the progress of the operation.


Formatting a disk/card
As well as formatting the recording media, you can set the size of the units native partitions.
On the DP-02CF: 1. From the CARD screen, select and enter the F R A action. The display shows: O M T
This destroys all data on the entire disk. You cannot undo it. ONLY CARRY OUT THIS OPERATION IF YOU ARE SURE THIS IS WHAT YOU REALLY WANT TO DO.
On the DP-02: 1. From the MENU screen, select and enter the D SK I 2. Select the FORMAT action and press the cursor or YES/ENTER.
The card size shown on the display may vary from the example given here.
2. Use the DATA dial to select the size of the partitions (64, 32, 16, or 8 gigabytes1 gigabyte is 512 megabytes).
All partitions will be the same size, except the last one, which will be the size of the remaining space.
The disk size shown on the display may vary from the example given here.
3. Use the DATA dial to select the size of the partitions (32, 16, 8 or 4 gigabytes1 gigabyte is 1024 megabytes). All partitions will be the same size, except the last one, which will be the size of the remaining space. A message reminds you that all songs will be lost.
If a CF card less than 5GB is used, the partition size is not selectable, so the partition size value is not highlighted.

Initializing a Compact Flash card (the DP-02 only)
A CF card is initialized by formatting with FAT 32. This will erase all data and format all areas on the card. 1. From the CARD screen, select and enter the CF I I I L Z action. The display appears: NTAIE 2. Press YES/ENTER to initialize the CF card.
You cannot undo this operationall data on the card will be lost. ONLY CARRY OUT THIS OPERATION IF YOU ARE SURE THIS IS WHAT YOU REALLY WANT TO DO.
Automatic song creation cannot be performed when initializing the CF card.

Advanced song management

Coping songs
The recording media is divided into partitions (see Disk/CF card management on page 38). You can use different partitions for different purposes: old songs/new songs, or instrumentals/vocal numbers, for example. This function allows you to copy a song to another partition. 1. From the SONG menu, select the COPY action: By rotating the DATA dial, you can select the target partition that the song will be copied to. The available free space is shown on the display.
3. Press YES/ENTER. The display shows:
2. Use the cursor (/) keys to highlight a song, and rotate the DATA dial clockwise to confirm the song to copy.
When the DP-02 leaves the factory, the disk has three native partitions.
4. Press YES/ENTER to copy the song, or NO/EXIT to cancel the operation. The unit then provides you with a progress icon as it carries out the copying operation. When it is finished, you see the copy screen again.
A appears in the check box. To deselect the selection, rotate the dial counterclockwise. The check mark disappears.

Protecting a song

When a song is protected, it cannot be edited, and further recording is not possible. Of course, it cannot be erased, either. 1. From the SONG menu, select the PROTECT action: 2. Use the dial to change protection from OFF to ON and press YES/ENTER. In lists of songs for copying, deletion, etc., a key icon ( ) appears beside any protected song. If you try to do an action which cannot be performed on a protected song, a message appears (Song Protected). Unprotect a song by following the steps above, but changing ON to OFF.

Using the USB connection

You can use a personal computer to read and write from the FAT partition of the hard disk or CF card.
You can make the following transfers: Whole songsthe unit calls this BACKUP (from the unit to the BACKUP directory of the FAT partition to the PC) and RESTORE (from the PC to the BACKUP directory of the FAT partition of the unit). Tracks in WAV formattracks can be exported (one or more at a time) as WAV files, or imported (one at a time) from WAV files between the PC and the WAVE directory of the FAT partition of the unit. Mastered stereo mixesexport only, as stereo WAV files to the WAVE directory of the FAT partition of the unit.

Are inputs assigned to tracks (see Assigning inputs on
page 23)? If youre in a menu, etc., recording may not be possible. Return to the home screen. Why cant my computer see the unit files?
Are the faders of the tracks youve recorded at a reasonable level? Is the MASTER fader at a reasonable level? Have you connected the LINE OUTPUT jacks to your monitoring system properly, and is your monitoring system set up correctly? Is a track muted (MUTE indicator lit)? Press SHIFT and the REC key to un-mute it. If youre monitoring through headphones, is the PHONES control turned to a suitable level? Why does the sound Im recording sound distorted?
Make sure the unit is connected to a USB port and
open (see Open and Close on page 43). The computer cant see files which are in the native partitions. Back up or export songs, tracks and mixes to the FAT partition (Using the USB connection on page 42) before opening the USB connection, so that the files can be read on a computer. Why cant I hear the selected effect? (DP-02 only)
You must turn on the effect for the appropriate input
(EFFECT) or turn on the effect (REVERB).
For reverb, you must turn up at least one tracks
EFFECT SEND, together with the master EFFECT RETURN.
Is the input level control on the top panel of the unit set
appropriately for the input source? If youre recording an acoustic instrument, are you sure youre not sending it through an electric guitar effect? (DP-02 only) Are you listening at too high a volume? Is it your monitoring system thats distorting?
The volume of a multi-effect may need adjusting or the
parameter is set so low that the effect is too subtle to be noticed (Multi-effect on page 59).


The following popup messages alert you to conditions that may arise while you are using the unit. Consult this table if you see something you dont understand: Empty Export Track File Not Found Youre trying to export a track (Importing and exporting tracks on page 45) which doesnt have anything recorded on it. Pick another track to export. Youre trying to restore a song when there are no backed-up songs on the partition (Backing up and restoring songs on page 44)maybe you hit the cursor key by mistake, or you may want to change the partition (Selecting the active partition on page 38). You are trying to enter repeat mode, but the time between the IN and OUT points is too short. Make the time longer. Youre trying to import a WAV file from the FAT partition when there arent any WAV files there (Importing a track on page 45). Connect the unit to a PC and transfer some files to the FAT partition for import. Youre trying to import a WAV file from the FAT partition that is too big for the remaining space on the partition. Free up some space on the (native) partition and try again. You tried to perform an action that cannot be done while in Bounce mode (Bouncing on page 34). You tried to perform an action that cannot be done while in Master mode (Mixdown and mastering on page 27). You tried to perform an action that cannot be done while in Punch mode (Punching recording on page 25). You tried to perform an action that cannot be done while in Repeat mode. You tried to store more than 999 location marks in a song (Location marks on page 29). Delete some location marks and try again. Youve tried to export a mastered mix track (Exporting the mastered stereo tracks on page 47) when the song doesnt have one. Master the song and then export the mix. You tried to export a master track which was too big for the remaining space on the FAT partition (Exporting the mastered stereo tracks on page 47). Connect the unit to a computer and free up some space on the FAT partition. Youre trying to set up auto-punching with no tracks armed (Punching recording on page 25). Arm a track or tracks and try again. You tried to create a song, but theres not enough space on the partition to create a song ( Creating a new song on page 21). Free up some space and try again. Youre trying to edit the location mark list (To edit a location mark on page 29) when no location marks have been set. Youve tried to use a non-existent master track as the source in a track cloning operation ( CLONE TRACK on page 51). Select another source or master the song and try again. Theres nothing for you to redo (nothings been undone). See Undoing/Redoing an operation on page 25. Youre trying to load a song from a partition that has no songs on it (Loading a saved song on page 22). Change partitions (Selecting the active partition on page 38). There are no actions to be undone. See Undoing/Redoing an operation on page 25. The transport is moving (not stopped, but playing back, recording, etc.) and youve pressed a key such as the BOUNCE key which cannot be used until you press STOP. Youre trying to perform an action which cannot be done while recording. You cant clone a track to itself. CLONE TRACK on page 51. Song Protected The song is protected (Protecting a song on page 42) and you are trying to change it (record or edit, etc.). Unprotect the song. You have 250 songs on one partition. You must delete some before you can create another song. Youre trying to import a file from the FAT partition to a track that has already been recorded to (Importing a track on page 45). You can only import to a blank track. Youre trying to master with the OUT point at the zero position (Mixdown and mastering on page 27). Set the OUT point (IN and OUT marks on page 30) and try again.


The unit contains an input effector, which contains different types of effects, grouped by the type of input (electric guitar, acoustic guitar, vocals, etc.) that they are suitable for.

Selecting the effect

Use the cursor (/) keys to highlight the PRESET value. Turn the DATA dial to scroll through all available effects (including those in other effect types). Effects available are listed in Available multi-effect settings on page 60.

Setting the parameter

Assigning the effect
Although there are two inputs, the multi-effect can only be applied to one of them at a time. The multi-effect produces a stereo output, so you can use it on stereo pairs, and you can then assign the output to two tracks (see Assigning inputs on page 23). Press and hold the SHIFT key and press the EFFECT key so that either the A or B indicator lights, showing the input to which you want to apply the multi-effect. There is a third setting in which neither indicator is lit, showing that the multi-effect is not in use on either input.
Selecting the effect type
Each multi-effect has one parameter (shown as PARAM ). Use the cursor (/) keys to highlight the PARAM value. Turn the DATA dial to set the value of the parameter (the parameter is different for different types of effects).
Setting the effect volume
Use the cursor (/) keys to highlight the VOLUME value.
Press the EFFECT key to bring up the multi-effect selection and editing screen:
Set the volume of the effect from 0 to 127 by turning the DATA dial.
Use the cursor (/) keys to highlight the TYPE value. Rotate the DATA dial to scroll through the different effect types available: Elec.Guitar Aco.Guitar Bass Guitar Vocal Drum Electric guitar Acoustic guitar Bass guitar Vocals Drums and percussion
The effect (second line of the display) also changes as you change the type, and so does the parameter value (on the third line).
Available multi-effect settings
This list is divided into the available effect types: Electric guitar settings (Elec.Guitar) TraDist Tube OD BlueDrv BlueSlid R.Bottom ClsRock1 ClsRock2 MelSus SmthDist SpeeKing Heavy1 Heavy2 Heavy3 Metal 80sRock1 80sRock2 90sRock FstChor CompChr1 CompChr2 Rhythm1 Rhythm2 Rhythm3 Funk Groove Country Crying Weeping Fusion1 Fusion2 ClnSolo PwrDist1 PwrDist2 PwrDist3 PwrDist4 Texas1 Texas2 Texas3 Texas4 Swingy FatJazz1 FatJazz2 R&B ClnVerb CtyBlues LtlWing CoolPick Fuzzy Hazy BritCln Traditional distortion and doubling with a short delay Tube (valve) overdrive and vibrato Blues overdrive with an auto-wah. Use short picking strokes with this setting Blues with a right and left tremelo 80s heavy rock sound A classic 70s British stack sound A deeper classic sound with a detuned chorus effect Mellow sustain setting with longish sustain. Use this with a bridge humbucker for a sweet drive sound Smooth distortion for solos, combining echo with an overdrive sound Single-coil pickup distortion Distorted tube-type sound for heavy rock Fuzz and flange for a heavy feel Chorus and distortion Traditional metal sound (twin lead) 80s metal with a cutting edge Deeper echo and a high cut with distortion Bright distortion and reverb; good for solo use Good with single-coil pickups for chords and arpeggios. Similar to acoustic. For single-coil pickups chorus with pre-delay expands the treble-emphasized sound A good backing sound A backing sound with an edge to it Smooth backing sound, suitable for jazz A harder backing sound A feather effect for funk/fusion backing Flanger provides a rolling sound for backing, and arpeggio playing Short echo and compression Very emotional use at different volumes for a variety of effects Overdrive with a big heart Sweet sustained overdrive Long delay and bright distortion Long, sustained solos are possible with this sound A tube setting with echo A deep chorused distortion for an American rock sound A rough, metal distortion sound Doubled distortion with an edge The classic black panel amp sound A powerful overdriven sound A sharper overdrive sound Chorus and stretched overdrive Mid-peaking warm sound Use on jazz pieces with breaks Compressed fat jazz setting High emphasis with a rough sound Clear long sustained sound Fat-sounding overdrive Bright crunch sound 3D sound with some feathering on the crunch A fuzzy deep sound No matter what color it is, its still hazy (use with a single-coil pickup) The traditional British clean sound


PowChord BmLead FlngGtr Oct.Dist PhaseRev Ensemble Surf Violin BlkPanel UKStack Jimi Box MBoogie HeartBrk GentWeep Bfinger Tweed RSCrunch NightDrv Ult.Funk Axe Bom Doctor Sold No Run Away Remains Nostalgi RealDst1 RealDst2 RealDst3 RealDst4 Distorted power chord setting for backing A special lead sound with pitch shift of a seventh and distortion Treble overdrive and a jet flanger One octave down split distortion Phase and reverb for backing 3D chorus effect good with single-coil pickups Suitable for West Coast surf Smooth attack nice with a humbucker A famous tube combo with spring reverb Maybe the most famous stack in the world There was only one Jimi and his distorted sound was something like this Famous combo sounds Tube stack at low gain Chorus and distortion great for a crying solo Distortion and retuned chorus. Good for finger-style playing Tweed-covered amp sound use with the front single-coil pickup (blues, for instance) A warm crunch guitar setting for single-coil pickups A deeper shade of purple. Single-coil sounds good here Ultimate funky cutting sound Heavy metal with a doubling edge Wah-wah pedal halfway down Simulated high-quality tube amp Play a cutting sound using a pick Double-neck 12-string sound Tube-based overdrive Distortion only, influenced by a large stack Distortion only, influenced by a famous small combo Power tube distortion sound Distortion only, influenced by echo on a smaller combo
Acoustic guitar settings (Aco.Guitar) Heaven Stroke Solo Blues Arpeggio 12String Crystal Nashvill Mellow ChorVib TremSolo Reverb with treble boost for a spacious feel Echo and chorus good for backing For acoustic solos For acoustic blues slide work Acoustic picked arpeggios sound good with this setting 12-string guitar sound (chorus and exciter) A crystal-clear sound, emphasizing the treble, and making the best of a not-so-good guitar For that Nashville sound (fat acoustic) A mellow acoustic setting simulates nylon guitar on steel strings, using a treble cut A thick vibrato chorus sound A stereo tremolo solo sound
Bass guitar settings (Bass Guitar) These sound best with bass instruments other source may not give such a good effect. Miller Singing Fretless Chopper Heavy Peculiar RockBass Flanger good for chopper bass A singing bass tone (chorus and distortion). Progressive sound A fretless bass sound Useful for slap-style playing For heavy rock, etc. Distortion adds depth to the sound A warm bass sound Distorted pick-bass setting with emphasized treble

heat and ultraviolet rays. It is important that they are not stored in a location where direct sunlight will fall on them, and which is away from sources of heat such as radiators or heat-generating electrical devices. Always store CD-R and CD-RW discs in their cases to avoid dirt and dust accumulating on their surfaces. When labeling CD-R and CD-RW discs, always use a soft oil-based felt-tipped pen to write the information. Never use a ball-point or hard-tipped pen, as this may cause damage to the recorded side. Always keep the recording sides of the discs away from grime and dust to avoid a reduction in sound quality. To clean a disc, wipe gently with a soft dry cloth from the center towards the outside edge. Do not use thinner, gasoline, benzene or LP cleaning fluid, as these will damage the disc and cause the disc unplayable. Do not put labels or protective sheets on the discs and do not use any protective coating spray. If you are in any doubt as to the care and handling of a CD-R and CD-RW discs, read the precautions supplied with the disc, or contact the disc manufacturer directly.
By contrast, a CD-RW disc can be used in much the same way as a CD-R disc, but the last track or tracks recorded can be erased before the disc has been finalized, and the space on the disc can be re- used for other recordings. The packaging of CD-RW discs will include the logo one of the following logos:
However, you should note that an audio CD created using a CD-RW disc may not play back satisfactorily on every audio CD player. It will, naturally, be playable on the unit. This is in no way a limitation of the unit itself, but of the difference between the different types of media and the methods used to read them. There are precautions that you should take when handling CD-R and CD-RW discs.
Avoid touching the recording (non-label) side of a disc on
which you will be recording. Recording on a disc requires a cleaner surface than playing back, and fingerprints, grease, etc. can cause errors in the recording process.

About finalizing

Although audio data may be written on a CD-R or CD-RW disc, a standard CD player will not be able to read the data (i.e. play back the audio) until a final *TOC has been written at the start of the disc.
*TOC:Table of contents Information of recorded data, which contains titles, starting and ending addresses, and etc.
In addition, a CD-RW disc that has been finalized may be unfinalized, i.e. only the TOC is removed. This allows further tracks to be recorded to the disc, provided that there is space on the disc.

Displays the track number and track length. The list of tracks on an audio CD can be viewed by turning the DATA dial or pressing the / cursor keys.
Press the EJECT key to eject the disc.
When the EJECT key does not work, turn off the power and carefully push a small stick into the hole under the CD slot a few times until the CD comes partially out, and be removed manually. If the power switch also does not work, disconnect the power cable from the unit and attempt the same operation. However, in this case, the unit cannot shut down properly so that all the data unsaved on CD will be lost (see Shouting down the unit on page 10).
The CD mechanism in this device produces noises when actions such as Inserting or Ejecting a CD are performed. Depending on the positions of the LEVEL controls, these noise may be recorded. Avoid using the CD controls while recording to avoid such noises appearing in your songs.

Audio CD performance

Playing back audio CDs
1. Insert the audio CD into the slot. 2. Press the CD key to bring up the CD menu screen, and select the CD PLAYER menu. 4. Press the PLAY () key to playback the selected track. 5. When the CD PLAYER menu is displayed, the CD player can be controlled using the following keys:
3. When entered, the display shows:
STOP key: Stops the CD player. PLAY () key: Plays back the selected track. F FWD/ keys: Skips the next track. REW/ keys : Skips the previous track. DATA dial: Selects a track to playback from the
YES/ENTER key: Plays the selected track. STOP+REW key: Stops playback and locates at
the start of the CD. (Press the REW key with the STOP key held down.)

track list.

The currently selected track is highlighted. The next track can be selected using the DATA dial or the cursor (/) keys.


Making an audio CD
On the DP-02, a songs master stereo track can be written to a CD-R or CD-RW (see Mastering on page 27), and this master recording can be burned to CD for audio CD playback. There are two ways of making a CD: Disk At Once (simply called DAO from here on) Track At Once (simply called TAO from here on) In the DAO recording, master stereo tracks recorded on the DP-02 are written all at once. DAO finalized the disc when its finished (see Finalizing CDs on page 68), making the CD compatible with other CD players immediately after writing by DAO has ended. With DAO, additional tracks cannot be written to the CD because it creates a finalized disc. In the TAO recording, master stereo tracks recorded on the DP-02 are written to the CD on a track-by-track basis. If you want to write tracks to a CD over several sessions, choose the TAO recording. Since TAO does not finalize the CD, this CD cannot be played back on a regular CD player (it can be played on the DP-02). After all of the desired master stereo tracks have been written by TAO, finalize the disc (Finalizing CDs on page 68). Additional tracks cannot be written to the CD after finalization has ended.

Repeat this step for multiple selection. To deselect the selection, highlight the track and rotate the DATA dial counterclockwise. The check mark disappears.
To edit a track name: Press and hold down the SHIFT key and press the TITLE key. The following screen is displayed, and you can rename of the track at the cursor position.
Rename the track and press YES/ENTER key to set the new name. (Titling on page 11)


When you back up a song, youre backing up the audio tracks, as well as any editing, etc. Reverse the process (a CD to FAT partition to DP-02 disk) when you want to restore a song.

Backing up songs to CD

Back up your songs to a data CD so that you can restore them later. 1. Insert a CD-R that has not been written or an erased CD-RW into the slot. 2. Press the CD key to bring up the CD menu and select the CD BACKUP action. 6. Press the YES/ENTER key again. The songs are saved, and the number of CDs required for the backup is displayed.
When you have prepared the required number of CDs, press the YES/ENTER key to begin backing up.
3. The song list is displayed when entered.
7. After backup to the first CD ends, a message prompting you to insert the second CD is displayed.
Select the songs to back up using the DATA dial or cursor (/) keys and the YES/ENTER key.
8. Insert a blank CD, or NO/EXIT to cancel.
4. The screen displays the name of the file to write to the data CD.
If you insert a written CD-RW instead of a blank CD: The following message is displayed.
Name the songs using up to eight letters by the cursor (/) keys or the DATA dial. (Titling on page 11)
If you press the YES/ENTER key, the CD-RW will be erased and the backup continues. If you do not want to erase the CD-RW, press NO/EXIT. If you hold the SHIFT key while pressing NO/EXIT, the unit will eject your CD-RW so that you can insert a blank CD.
5. Press the YES/ENTER key. The following confirmation screen is displayed.
Restoring songs from a CD
Restore (reading) songs backed up to data CDs. 1. Insert a CD-R that has not been written or an erased CD-RW into the slot. 2. Press the CD key to display the CD menu and select the CD RESTORE action. 4. Press the YES/ENTER key. The following confirmation screen is displayed.

How to Assign inputs to tracks Back up a song to a PC Bounce tracks Change the display between minutes/ seconds and bar/beat Change the EQ frequencies Choose another disk partition as the active partition Connect the unit to a PC Copy a song Copy and insert parts of a track Copy and paste parts of a track Create a new song Cut and close up part of a track Delete a song Delete unused song data Display the current partition Edit the IN and OUT and TO points Edit the location marks Erase a song Erase the whole of a track Export a stereo mix to PC Export a track's contents to PC Find out how much time is left for recording Format one partition Format the disk Format the FAT partition Hands-free recording Import a WAV file to a track Insert silence at a point in a track Jump to a location mark Jump to the IN and OUT and TO points Keys, etc. TO press ASSIGN + REC MENU D T B C U S N B C U A A A K P O G A K P BOUNCE Dial from home screen Press FREQ MENU D S P R I I N (DP-02) IK A TTO CARD P R I I N (DP-02CF) A TTO MENU U B YES/ENTER (DP-02) S USB YES/ENTER (DP-02CF) SONG C P O Y TRACK EDIT C P I S R O Y N E T TRACK EDIT C P P S E O Y A T SONG C E T R A E TRACK EDIT C T U SONG E A E R S SHIFT + CLEAR SHIFT + SONG INFO SHIFT + POINT EDIT Press + at a time SONG E A E R S TRACK EDIT C E N O T L A U MENU W V E P R M S E. A E X O T A T R MENU W V E P R T A K A E X O T R C SHIFT + SONG INFO MENU D S R F R A (DP-02) IK E O M T CARD R F R A (DP-02CF) E O M T MENU D S F R A (DP-02) IK O M T CARD F R A (DP-02CF) O M T MENU D S F T R F R A (DP-02) IK A E O M T CARD F T R F R A (DP-02CF) A E O M T AUTO PUNCH, RHSL, etc MENU W V I P R T A K A E M O T R C TRACK EDIT O E P N Press or LOCATION LIST keys for the location mark list Press IN, OUT or TO Description See Assigning inputs on page 23. See Backing up and restoring songs on page 44. See Bouncing on page 34. See Working in bars & beats on page 35. See EQ settings on page 31. See Selecting the active partition on page 38. See Using the USB connection on page 42. See Copying songs on page 41. See COPY -> INSERT on page 49. See COPY -> PASTE on page 48. See Creating a new song on page 21. See CUT on page 51. See Erasing a song on page 22. See Deleting unused data on page 26. See Song information on page 23 See IN and OUT marks on page 30. See Location marks on page 29. See Erasing a song(s) on page 22. See CLEAN OUT on page 52. See Exporting the mastered stereo tracks on page 47. See Exporting tracks on page 46. Song information on page 23. See Formatting a partition on page 40. See Formatting a disk/card on page 39. See Formatting the FAT partition on page 40. See Punching on page 32. See Importing a track on page 45. See OPEN on page 50. See Location marks on page 29. See IN and OUT marks on page 30.


TASCAM DP-02CF Recommended Media List Model Part # Extreme3 SDCFX3-1024-903 Extreme3 SDCFX3-2048-903 Extreme3 SDCFX3-4096-903 SanDisc Extreme4 SDCFX4-2048-903 Extreme4 SDCFX4-8192-903 Ultra2 SDCFH-1024-903 Platinum2 80x CF1GB-80-810 Lexar Platinum2 80x CF2GB-80-810 Professional 133x CF1GB-133-810 Princeton Xpert plus PCFS2-1G PQI High Speed 120 QCF12-1G
Capacity 1GB 2GB 4GB 2GB 8GB 1GB 1GB 2GB 1GB 1GB 1GB
Notice: The above cards were tested successfully with this model. Over time, these specific cards may become unavailable. At that time, it would be best to contact the CF/SD card manufacturer directly and have them suggest the model with the most similar specifications that is currently available which remains within the maximum capacity limit.


Technical specifications

Full description

TASCAM's DP-02CF combines 8-track CD-quality recording with a Portastudio interface - designed for musicians who want to record quickly and have fun. A matched pair of TASCAM mic pres features XLR inputs with phantom power for condenser mics and a guitar in for direct recording. Each channel gives you dedicated controls for instant access to fader level record arm/track mute pan effect send high and low EQ. There's also an EQ frequency button for finer control over the mix. The DP-02CF records two channels at a time to an included 1GB compact flash card - with enough space for a dozen songs or more. When you're satisfied with your production arm the dedicated master track for your stereo mixdown. You can transfer your tracks and mixes or backup your song to a computer through a speedy USB 2.0 connection for MP3 encoding or CD burning from your Mac or PC. Also available the DP-02 offers built-in multi-effects and CD mastering. No other workstation makes recording so simple affordable and fun as the TASCAM DP-02CF.



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