Overview: Building on Tascam's long history of providing professional
quality tape decks, the Tascam 202 mkVII dual cassette deck is ideal for
professional studios, houses of worship, music enthusiasts and more. The unit
features recording and playback on both decks, as well as parallel recording,
where both decks can record the same source at the same time. The 202 mkVII also
features a rear-panel USB output for archiving your tapes to a digital format.
Dual Cassette Wells: The Tascam 202 mkVII features dual twin-head
decks that can each be used for recording or playback. Recording can be done
from an external source, through the rear-panel RCA inputs, the Microphone
input, or from Tape 1 to Tape 2 (Dubbing).
Parallel Recording: The 202 mkVII also allows you to parallel record
an external source to both decks simultaneously, letting you make a master tape
and a copy at one time. Pressing the Tape 2 Pause button will pause both decks,
pressing a second time will resume recording on both.
One-Touch Dubbing: The Tascam's dubbing feature lets you copy one tape
to another. When a playback tape is loaded into Tape 1 and a blank tape in Tape
2, dubbing can be quickly and easily started by pressing the Dub Start button.
This simultaneously starts playback on Tape 1 and recording on Tape 2. If the
Tape 2 Pause button is pressed during dubbing, Tape 1 will continue to playback,
but Tape 2 will pause recording. Pressing the Tape 2 Pause button again will
resume recording on Tape 2. When dubbing, the recording level is set
automatically and the Rec Level knob on the front-panel becomes inoperative.
Mic Input: The front-panel includes a 1/4" mono Mic input jack with
its own Level control. The microphone source can be recorded directly to deck 2
with the signal placed in the center of the stereo field. The mic signal can
also be mixed with either Tape 1 or Tape 2's playback signal for karaoke, with
no recording. When recording, the mic input can be mixed with the playback
signal from Tape 1 and recorded to Tape 2 or mixed with an external source from
the rear-panel RCA input and recorded to Tape 2. The Mic input signal can also
be mixed in when dubbing. When a microphone is plugged into the front-panel
jack, the signal level from either Tape 1 or the external source, automatically
gets lowered to provide enough headroom for both signals.
Play Mode: The Tascam 202 mkVII features two types of playback modes,
Normal and Special, that can be selected using the Play Mode switch on the
- Normal: In this mode, signals played back from either Tape 1 or
Tape 2 decks are output from both the rear-panel Line Outs as well as the
front-panel Headphone output.
- Special: In this mode, signals played back from Tape 1 will be
output through the Line Outs, but Tape 2 can be played back through the
Headphone output. This handy feature lets you cue a second tape while
playing or recording another.
Timer Control: Recording and playback of the 202 mkVII can
automatically be started at set times by connecting a commercially available
timer (sold separately). The Tascam can be set to start recording or playback a
tape when the unit is powered on by the controlling timer.
Wireless Remote: Included with the Tascam 202 mkVII is the RC-1331
wireless IR remote control that features most of the functions provided on the
front panel for both decks.
USB: A rear-panel USB (Type-B, 2.0) is provided for recording tapes to
a computer with audio recording software installed on it. The Tascam is
compatible with the following operating systems:
- Windows 7 (32- and 64-bit)
- Windows 8 (32- and 64-bit)
- Windows 8.1 (32- and 64-bit)
- Windows 10 (32- and 64-bit)
- OS X Lion (10.7)
- OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)
- OS X Mavericks (10.9)
- OS X Yosemite (10.10)
- OS X El Capitan (10.11)
- macOS Sierra (10.12)
- macOS High Sierra (10.13)
Front Panel: Tape 1 and Tape 2 both have their own set of standard
playback controls - Play, Stop, FFWD, REW, Pause, Record, and Eject.
Additional controls provided are as follows:
- Pitch Control: A Pitch Control dial is provided for Tape 1 that
can raise or lower the pitch by 12% in either direction (12% is equivalent
to about 2 semitones). The Pitch Control is only for playback on Tape 1 and
is disabled when recording or dubbing.
- Return To Zero (RTZ): Both tape decks have their own Return To
Zero button that will fast forward or rewind the tape until the counter
- Counter Reset: Both tape decks have their own Counter Reset
buttons that work in conjunction with the Return To Zero button. The Counter
Reset button is pushed at a certain point on the tape, displaying 0000, when
the RTZ button is pushed, the tape will be rewound or fast forwarded to that
particular point on the tape.
- Repeat: The Repeat button can be used to repeat certain sections
of a tape during playback. The button gets pressed at the starting point of
your "loop", then pressed again at the end-point of you "loop". The tape
will play from the start point to the end point, then rewind and start the
"loop" over. Repeat playback will stop automatically after 20 repetitions.
- Rec Level: This center dial is used to adjust the recording level
for both decks and work in conjunction with the 18-segment Rec Level meter
in the display.
- Dimmer: Each press of the Dimmer button will change the
brightness of the front-panel display, with 5 levels available.
- Parallel Record: Sets both tape decks to record simultaneously
from the same source.
- Dub Start: Simultaneously starts both decks dubbing, Tape 1
playing and Tape 2 recording. The Norm Dub indicator will light on the
display when dubbing is activated.
- Rec Mute: Both decks have their own Rec Mute button that can
erase unnecessary parts of a recording or for creating spaces between songs.
A single press of the Rec Mute, while recording, will record about 4 seconds
of silence, then the unit will enter recording standby. If more space is
needed, you can hold down the Rec Mute button as long as needed. When
released, the unit enters recording standby. If a blank space less than 4
seconds long is needed, pressing the Pause button within 3 seconds of
pressing the Rec Mute will shorten the blank space, then the unit will go
into recording standby. Pressing the Pause button will resume recording.
- Play Mode: Allows you to select between Normal and Special
- Timer: Sets the unit for either Timer Recording or Playback. A
3-way switch allows options for Rec, Play, and Off.
- Noise Reduction: On/Off, this provides noise reduction for
Display: The front-panel display includes an 18-segment level meter
for both Left and Right channels and ranges from ∞
up to +6 with segments past 0 (peak) lighted in red. The display also has 4
digit counters for both Tape 1 and Tape 2.
Rear-Panel: The rear of the Tascam 202
mkVII includes the following:
- Inputs/Outputs: 2 pairs of RCA
jacks make up the stereo inputs and outputs.
- USB (Type-B, 2.0): A USB port is
provided for backing up tapes to a computer.
- Voltage Selector: A 2-way slide
switch selects the operating voltage - 120V / 230V
- Tracking System: 4-track, 2-channel
- Tape Speed: 1.89 ft./sec.
- Pitch Control: +/- 12%
- Wow and Flutter: 0.25% (WRMS)
- Frequency Response:
- Chrome Tape (Type II): 30 Hz -
15 kHz (+/- 4 dB)
- Normal Tape (Type I): 30 Hz - 13
kHz (+/- 4 dB)
- Total S/N Ratio: 59 dB (during
maximum recording level input, A-weighted)
- Analog Audio Inputs (RCA):
- Nominal Input Level: -9 dBu
- Maximum Input Level: +20 dBu
- Input Impedance: 33 kΩ
- Analog Audio Outputs (RCA):
- Nominal Output Level: -4.5 dBu
- Output Impedance: 1 kΩ
- Mic Input:
- Minimum Input Level: -66 dBu
- Input Impedance: 3 kΩ or more
- Headphone Jack (Stereo): 15 mW + 15
mW (into a 32Ω load)
- USB Port (Type-B, 2.0, standard
- Sampling Frequency: 8 kHz,
11.025 kHz, 16 kHz, 22.05 kHz, 32 kHz, 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz
- Quantization Bit Depth:
- Power Supply: 120 / 230 VAC, 50 / 60
- Power Consumption: 22 Watts
- Dimensions: Width - 19.0", Height -
5.125", Depth - 12.0" (incl. power cord)
- Weight: 12.13 lbs.