Portastudio Porta 02 II No playback :(

Discussion in 'TASCAM Analog Forum' started by Duncan Roe, Sep 13, 2014.

  1. Duncan Roe

    Duncan Roe New Member

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    Gear:
    Tascam Porta 02 II
    Hi all, got this tape based recorder given and I now discover that although it records it wont playback through it's own mechanism.

    My trouble shooting process was like this.

    1) I recorded my guitar onto a selected track through the specific guitar input. Sound was clear through the headphones as I played.
    2) I set the track select to "safe" and tried to playback my recording.Heard nothing at all through headphones.
    3) removed the tape from the Porta and placed in an ordinary tape deck. Heard my recording perfectly.

    So the machine obviously records but seems unable to playback. I am guessing that there is a problem with aging caps in the playback amp area, but have no evidence to support this. I have other analogue gear so I have obviously cleaned the tape path and heads thoroughly before use.

    I have opened the machine up, remarkably easy, and checked for damaged capacitors (visually). Nothing to say about that!

    Unfortunately I cant seem to find a schematic for this mini beast which makes further inquiry difficult. So has anyone else had this issue with this, or similar equipment? Does anyone have a schematic?

    All help would be greatly appreciated.
  2. Michael Doncaster

    Michael Doncaster New Member

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    Hi,

    You don't say whether or not you have a manual. You can download one from here; http://tascam.com/content/downloads/products/320/Porta_02_manual.pdf

    This is from the trouble shooting section of the manual;

    Make sure that;
    • The OUTPUT LEVEL controls are set to monitor the tape tracks (not at 0).
    • Set the REC FUNCTION switches to SAFE and look at the meters.
    • Try monitoring through headphones and adjust the PHONES LEVEL.
    • If you can hear something through the headphones, check the LINE OUT connections.
    • Make sure the ampliļ¬er is set to the correct input source.
    Hope this helps.