Important Safety Instructions .............3
1. An introduction to the Porta02 .......4
1.1 Multitrack recording
a brief introduction..................4
1.2 Some safety notes and
1.3 What you need to make
1.4 Connecting the Porta02 ..........8
2. Parts of the Porta02 ........................9
3. Making your first recording...........13
3.1 Setting up ..............................13
3.2 Getting ready .........................13
3.3 Setting the level.....................14
3.4 Recording the first track .......15
3.5 Recording the next track ......16
3.6 Recording the stereo
3.7 Mixdown ................................18
4. Hints and advanced tips ...............20
4.1 Recording techniques ...........20
4.2 Mixdown ................................21
6. Specifications ................................23
Table of Contents
This appliance has a serial number
located on the rear panel. Please record
the model number and serial number
and retain them for your records.
WARNING: TO PREVENT FIRE OR
SHOCK HAZARD, DO NOT
EXPOSE THIS APPLIANCE TO
RAIN OR MOISTURE.
The exclamation point within an equilateral triangle is intended to alert the user to the
presence of important operating and maintenance (servicing) instructions in the liter-
ature accompanying the appliance.
The lightning flash with arrowhead symbol, within an equilateral triangle, is intended to alert
the user to the presence of uninsulated "dangerous voltage" within the product's enclosure
that may be of sufficient magnitude to constitute a risk of electric shock to persons.
CAUTION: TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK, DO NOT
REMOVE COVER (OR BACK). NO USER-SERVICEABLE PARTS
INSIDE. REFER SERVICING TO QUALIFIED SERVICE PERSONNEL.
Important Safety Instructions
· Read all of these Instructions.
· Save these Instructions for later use.
· Follow all Warnings and Instructions marked on the
1) Read Instructions -- All the safety and operating
instructions should be read before the product is operated.
2) Retain Instructions -- The safety and operating instruc-
tions should be retained for future reference.
3) Heed Warnings -- All warnings on the product and in the
operating instructions should be adhered to.
4) Follow Instructions -- All operating and use instruc-
tions should be followed.
5) Cleaning -- Unplug this product from the wall outlet
before cleaning. Do not use liquid cleaners or aerosol cleaners.
Use a damp cloth for cleaning.
6) Attachments -- Do not use attachments not recommend-
ed by the product manufacturer as they may cause hazards.
7) Water and Moisture -- Do not use this product near
water _ for example, near a bath tub, wash bowl, kitchen sink,
or laundry tub; in a wet basement; or near a swimming pool;
and the like.
8) Accessories -- Do not place this product on an unstable
cart, stand, tripod, bracket, or table. The product may fall, caus-
ing serious injury to a child or adult, and serious damage to the
product. Use only with a cart, stand, tripod, bracket, or table
recommended by the manufacturer, or sold with the product.
Any mounting of the product should follow the manufacturer's
instructions, and should use a mounting accessory recommend-
ed by the manufacturer.
9) A product and cart combination should be moved with care.
Quick stops, excessive force, and uneven surfaces may cause
the product and cart combination to overturn.
15) Lightning -- For added protection for this product during
a lightning storm, or when it is left unattended and unused for
long periods of time, unplug it from the wall outlet and discon-
nect the antenna or cable system. This will prevent damage to
the product due to lightning and power-line surges.
16) Power Lines -- An outside antenna system should not be
located in the vicinity of overhead power lines or other electric
light or power circuits, or where it can fall into such power lines
or circuits. When installing an outside antenna system, extreme
care should be taken to keep from touching such power lines or
circuits as contact with them might be fatal.
17) Overloading -- Do not overload wall outlets, extension
cords, or integral convenience receptacles as this can result in
risk of fire or electric shock.
18) Object and Liquid Entry -- Never push objects of any
kind into this product through openings as they may touch dan-
gerous voltage points or short-out parts that could result in a
fire or electric shock. Never spill liquid of any kind on the prod-
19) Servicing -- Do not attempt to service this product your-
self as opening or removing covers may expose you to danger-
ous voltage or other hazards. Refer all servicing to qualified
20) Damage Requiring Service -- Unplug this product
from the wall outlet and refer servicing to qualified service per-
sonnel under the following conditions:
a) when the power-supply cord or plug is damaged.
b) if liquid has been spilled, or objects have fallen into the
c) if the product has been exposed to rain or water.
d) if the product does not operate normally by following the
operating instructions. Adjust only those controls that are cov-
ered by the operating instructions as an improper adjustment of
other controls may result in damage and will often require
extensive work by a qualified technician to restore the product
to its normal operation.
e) if the product has been dropped or damaged in any way.
f ) when the product exhibits a distinct change in performance
_ this indicates a need for service.
21) Replacement Parts -- When replacement parts are
required, be sure the service technician has used replacement
parts specified by the manufacturer or have the same character-
istics as the original part. Unauthorized substitutions may result
in fire, electric shock, or other hazards.
22) Safety Check -- Upon completion of any service or
repairs to this product, ask the service technician to perform
safety checks to determine that the product is in proper operat-
23) Wall or Ceiling Mounting -- The product should be
mounted to a wall or ceiling only as recommended by the man-
24) Heat -- The product should be situated away from heat
sources such as radiators, heat registers, stoves, or other prod-
ucts (including amplifiers) that produce heat.
"Note to CATV system installer:
This reminder is provided to call the CATV system installer's
attention to Section 820-40 of the NEC which provides guide-
lines for proper grounding and, in particular, specifies that the
cable ground shall be connected to the grounding system of the
building, as close to the point of cable entry as practical.
10) Ventilation -- Slots and openings in the cabinet are pro-
vided for ventilation and to ensure reliable operation of the
product and to protect it from overheating, and these openings
must not be blocked or covered. The openings should never be
blocked by placing the product on a bed, sofa, rug, or other sim-
ilar surface. This product should not be placed in a built-in
installation such as a bookcase or rack unless proper ventilation
is provided or the manufacturer's instructions have been
11) Power Sources -- This product should be operated only
from the type of power source indicated on the marking label.
If you are not sure of the type of power supply to your home,
consult your product dealer or local power company. For prod-
ucts intended to operate from battery power, or other sources,
refer to the operating instructions.
12) Grounding or Polarization -- This product may be
equipped with a polarized alternating-current line plug (a plug
having one blade wider than the other). This plug will fit into
the power outlet only one way. This is a safety feature. If you
are unable to insert the plug fully into the outlet, try reversing
the plug. If the plug should still fail to fit, contact your electri-
cian to replace your obsolete outlet. Do not defeat the safety
purpose of the polarized plug.
13) Power-Cord Protection -- Power-supply cords should
be routed so that they are not likely to be walked on or pinched
by items placed upon or against them, paying particular atten-
tion to cords at plugs, convenience receptacles, and the point
where they exit from the product.
14) Outdoor Antenna Grounding -- If an outside antenna
or cable system is connected to the product, be sure the anten-
na or cable system is grounded so as to provide some protection
against voltage surges and built-up static charges. Article 810 of
the National Electrical Code, ANSI/NFPA 70, provides infor-
mation with regard to proper grounding of the mast and sup-
porting structure, grounding of the lead-in wire to an antenna
discharge unit, size of grounding conductors, location of anten-
na-discharge unit, connection to grounding electrodes, and
requirements for the grounding electrode.
(NEC SECTION 810-20)
(NEC SECTION 810-21)
POWER SERVICE GROUNDING
(NEC ART 250. PART H)
NEC - NATIONAL ELECTRICAL CODE
Example of Antenna Grounding as per
National Electrical Code, ANSI/NFPA 70
1 An introduction to the Porta02
1 An introduction to the Porta02
allows you to produce recordings which
are not possible with an ordinary stereo
We suggest that you read at least this sec-
tion 1 and also 3, "Making your first
recording" before you start using the
Porta02. Spending a little time reading
now will save you a lot of time in the
future. You can read the rest of the man-
ual at any time.
Multitrack recording a brief introduction
This section gives you a brief introduc-
tion to some of the terms and techniques
used in recording. If you are unfamiliar
with these terms, you may find it useful
to read through this section so that you
understand the rest of the manual, which
uses the terms explained here.
1.1.1 Multitrack recorders
When you listen to a commercial record-
ing (CD, cassette, etc.), it is quite proba-
ble that the different parts of the piece
will have been recorded at different
This is done by "multitracking"taking
through a mixer's inputs ("channels") and
recording them on a special tape recorder
which splits the tape into "stripes", each
stripe being used for a different part of
These stripes are called "tracks", and the
parts recorded on them may also be
called "tracks". Since there are many
tracks on a tape, the term "multitrack" is
used to describe these tapes and record-
The Porta02 allows you to record up to 4
tracks on inexpensive Type II (chrome)
cassettes using the same principle as
mixer's channels, feeding them into a
recorder which can record tracks inde-
pendently of each other, and building up
the song by recording new tracks while
listening to what has been recorded
The advantage of working with multi-
track recording is that the whole group of
musicians does not have to repeat the
whole piece if one person makes a mis-
The illustration below shows you how
tracks are arranged on an ordinary stereo
cassette tape, as well as on the Porta02
1 An introduction to the Porta02
and on A/V cue-equipped cassette record-
Notice that the stereo cassette arrange-
ment allows you to use both sides of the
cassette, by playing the tape in the other
direction. The Porta02, however, uses the
whole width of the tape. Notice also that
one pair of L and R tracks on the stereo
cassette take up the same positions as
tracks 1 and 2 on the Porta02. This can be
important for your recording projects, as
we will see later on.
1.1.2 Mixing down
Another advantage of multitrack record-
ing is that when you come to make the
final version (on CD, cassette, etc.), you
can adjust the level (volume) of each
track, so that the piece sounds the way
As well as adjusting the track levels, you
can also adjust the position of each track
with regard to the left and right speakers.
This is called "panning", and the controls
used to do this are called "panpots". By
using the panpots, you can make the
tracks appear to come from the left or the
right speakers or anywhere in the middle.
The technique of converting a multitrack
recording to a stereo recording is called
"mixing down" to a "stereo master" or
includes a mixdown section which allows
you to mix to a stereo cassette or MD
Some safety notes and precautions
Always use the PS-P2 power adaptor
supplied with the Porta02. If you use
any other adaptor, there is a risk of
damage, or even fire. Make sure that
the input voltage marked on the PS-P2
adaptor matches the power supply you
are using. If you are in any doubt, con-
sult your TASCAM dealer.
Turn off your Porta02 and remove the
cassette when you are not using the
Porta02. If you will not be using it for
an extended period of time, unplug the
When connecting or disconnecting the
Porta02 to or from any other equip-
ment, make sure the power to the
Porta02 and all other equipment is
turned off. This will avoid possible
damage to equipment.
Do not keep your Porta02 in a very
hot place. Remember that in sunny
weather, the inside of a parked car
heats up very quickly. Avoid leaving
your Porta02 in such a place.
Do not spill liquid onto your Porta02.
Avoid eating, drinking and smoking
near it (smoke particles are bad for
IEC (Philips) ste-
TASCAM 4Tr 4Ch
TASCAM 4Tr 3Ch
(A/V cue format)