3 – Parts of the Pocketstudio 5
10 TASCAM Pocketstudio 5 Getting Started
NTransport keys These keys act in much the
same way as an ordinary tape recorder’s keys. There
is no pause key (none is necessary with a device like
the Pocketstudio 5). There is, however, an extra key
which you will not find on a tape recorder, the MARK
key, which allows you to set and return to preset
points throughout your song. See “Marks” on
OSource keys These keys are used to select
and confirm the assignment of the source to the
POL indicators If you are recording and these
indicators light, the signal you are recording is too
loud (the inputs are OverLoaded = OL). Turn down
the volume on the source, if possible, or adjust the
input level with the Pocketstudio 5’s own controls
(6 and 8).
QMenu navigation keys These keys allow
you to jump to a pre-defined menu (F.), to switch
between the menu and the “home” screens (MENU)
and to move up a level from a menu setting (EXIT).
RWheel and ENTER/YES This forms a key
part of the operation of the Pocketstudio 5. Turn the
wheel to change a value, and the ENTER/YES key to
confirm the setting of that value.
Press and hold the
key for a few seconds to
turn on the display backlight if it is off, or turn it off if it
SCursor Pad This is actually four keys in
one. Use this control to navigate around the screens.
Navigating around the Pocketstudio 5
The way in which you use the Pocketstudio 5 is
straightforward and easy.
You should learn the basic principles of operating
described here. Very soon you will find that using the
Pocketstudio 5 becomes second nature, and you can
carry out complex operations without having to think
The “home” screen
The display is where you see what’s going on and
where you pick options. It’s backlit1, so you can read
it even in poor lighting conditions.
The home screen shows the current status of the
The top row of this screen shows any mark that has
been set, as well as the current playback position in
On the next line is the name of the currently-loaded
song (up to eight characters).
At the right of the next line is an asterisk (*) which
appears on the screen whenever the Pocketstudio 5
reads data from the card or writes data to it (similar
to the hard disk access light on a computer).
Never remove the card from the Pocketstudio 5 while
this indicator is shown on the display, or you will cor-
rupt the data on the card, making it unusable.
Below this are the meters. There are two input level
meters: A shows the level of the signal fed through
the guitar input and B shows the level of the micro-
phone input before they have gone through the EQ
1. Turn the backlight on and off by pressing and
holding the ENTER key.
MARK min sec fr
INPUT A B TRACK 1 2 3 4 TG L R