Sonic State Studio / Digital Mixers / TASCAM TM D1000

Average rating: 8.1/10 out of 10

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Hung a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I have had it for two days. No wonder most first time users are complaining about it. If you have been using a analog mixer, it will be painful to learn how to use this digital mixer for the first time without a tutoring video or manual. Without video tape or manual, you would get nothing out of it. So, make sure you ask for a video tape or manual if you intend to buy a used one. Anyway, after I watched the video tape and reading a few pages from the manual. TM-D1000 is not difficult to learn. I LOVE IT. It has a lot of nice features. If you can pay around $300-$370, I highly recommend you to go for TM-D1000. My advice for a first time user is don't be panic. Take it easy, watch the video or read the manual before you put your hand on it.

The only disadvantage of TM-D1000 is that TASCAM should have added a few more buttons to go directly to the set-up rather than pressing the key down and press the other keys. This have given hard time for the first time users.

Rating: 9 out of 10 posted Monday, 20-May-02 at 12:51
Gary Some1 a part-timer user from USA writes:
I really like this mixer. The key is to understand buss/aux (the video or the block diagram on pg 3 of http://www.tascamcontractor.com/archive/manual/TM-D1000_manual_pt2.pdf). A little hard to get around at first (I understand some of the complaints here) but all the things that seem hard to grab a hold of are under shift+option - from there it is all using the Data Entry knob. I suggest setting up a few snapshots with the aux/buss and fx in configurations you will likely use. For me there are about 6 basic setups I use and from there I only tend to vary fx (though not how they are mapped to busses), levels, and pan from there.

Plusses: Programmable (wonderful for sequencing), good sounding fx, mixer sounds good, price is quite right, tutorial video teaches mixing basics well, phantom power. Fade from preset to preset means programmable fadeouts and pans.

Minuses: More busses separate from sharing with aux would be nice especially for live applications. Manuals are average and not application/example oriented (video is however). External power supply.

Again, learn buss/aux, know most everything is under shift+option, and get a few common snapshots set up and I think you'll like it as much as I do.

Rating: 9 out of 10 posted Friday, 29-Mar-02 at 23:1
tiger style a Professional user from usa writes:
for digit_crapster: i've been using this machine as my front-end audio/digital converter/mixer, etc. and my strongly recommnended advice is to go with the TMD-1000. the sound quality is far beyond it's pricetag. i mean EXTREMELY quiet and clean; external efx processors be a helpful to some, but the internals are plenty; the faders are top-notch; channel routing is very simple; oh, and it's the best looking sub-$1500 out there [which is very important when your trying to impress your recording artists]. my ONLY problem is...well...i can't find another one. i'm looking to link them together for the extra channel space, but if i can't find one, i'm going to pick up a TMD-24. it's the 1000's big sister. put it this way: the TMD-1000's results is paying for my studio. 'nough said.

Rating: 10 out of 10 posted Tuesday, 26-Mar-02 at 0:12
Ben Dubois a Professional user from USA writes:
It's not without its limitations, but for the price it cannot be beat A lot of people criticize it for being difficult to use, but I've got to assume they think that because they are stupid. The effects are very nice sounding, and the routing is not at all complicated if you read the manual. In fact, if you watch the video and still don't understand how things work, you probably trip on your shoelaces all the time because you don't know how to tie those either. The TM D1000 makes a perfect front end to a DAW, or ADAT type recorder, it has clean preamps, it has MMC & automation, and it looks damn cool. What more do you want for $500?

Rating: 10 out of 10 posted Friday, 11-May-01 at 18:3
Dan a hobbyist user from USA writes:
Awesome mixer.. It isn't that hard to use. Don't tweak the effects in real time.. It does cause zipper noise. Do the effects sound good? Yes. I'd give this an 8/10 for it's retail price when it came out. It's a 10 at 500. I just bought another one.

Rating: 10 out of 10 posted Wednesday, 28-Feb-01 at 21:35
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