TASCAM Pocketstudio 5 Getting Started 13
4 – Basic use of the Pocketstudio 5
Playback When you press the PLAY key, playback
starts from the point shown in the top right of the
home screen. The PLAY key lights when playback is
taking place.
Stopping Pressing STOP stops playback or
recording (note that there is no pause function). It
also stops fast “winding” (see below).
Recording To record, make sure that at least one
REC READY indicator is flashing (see “Patching and
routing on the Pocketstudio 5” on page 13), press and
hold down the RECORD key and press the PLAY key.
Recording then starts on the track(s) with flashing
REC READY indicators. The RECORD key lights
while recording is taking place. When you press the
STOP key to stop the recording, the RECORD key
flashes for a short time while the recorded data is
Never turn off the power to the Pocketstudio 5 while
key is flashing after a recording opera-
tion. If you do, the recorded data will be corrupted, and
you may lose not just the music you have just recorded,
but also the rest of the song.
You can also “drop into” record mode while playing
back, as long as at least one
indicator is
flashing. While the
key is lit, press the
key, which lights, and recording starts on the tracks
with flashing
“Drop out” of recording while pressing the
alone while recording is taking place (the
key is lit).
Fast forward and rewind The fast forward
(FFWD) and rewind (REW) keys take you back-
wards and forwards through the songs in a very simi-
lar way to a tape recorder, but note the following:
Pressing and holding one of these keys while play-
back is stopped or playing back (but not recording)
takes you backwards or forwards (depending on the
key pressed) with playback muted, and you can
read the current playback position on the display of
the top right of the home screen. When you release
the key, the “winding” continues (to the end of the
song for forward, or to the zero point for rewind).
Press STOP to stop the wind operation or PLAY to
start playback from the current location.
Pressing and releasing either of these keys briefly
while playback is stopped or playing back (but not
recording) will move to the previous or next mark
position (including the IN and OUT points). If no
mark positions have been set behind the current
playback position, the playback position will be set
to the start (REW) of the song. See below for
details of how to set and use the marks.
Special location (RTZ) If you press and hold the
STOP key and then press the REW key, the playback
position returns to the zero point.
Special location (LRP) If you press and hold the
STOP key and then press the FFWD key, the play-
back position moves to the point at which recording
last started (“LRP” stands for “Last Recording
Patching and routing on the Pocketstudio 5
These are very important concepts in the multitrack
world. Basically, they refer to the same thing—the
way in which signals reach their destination.
In a large recording studio, signals are often patched
(that is, passed through a patchbay, looking like an
old-fashioned telephone switchboard) and connected
using patch cords. Even in the case of modern all-in-
one units like the Pocketstudio 5 which have no
physical patchbay, we still use the term “patching” to
describe the joining of signals inside an audio
In the case of the Pocketstudio 5, since there are four
tracks that can be used for recording, and only two
inputs, there must be a way of routing or assigning
(other words for patching) the signals at the two
inputs to reach the tracks where you will actually be
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