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    Tascam 1641 - no play back recorded track/record signal unless power cycled..ideas?

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    Hey people, first thread over here!


    I have a weird problem and I wasn't sure to post it in here, or in the Tascam forum, so I'll try here first...

    Yesterday was my first time using my (used) Tascam 1641 on a windows PC married to Cubase 5. As my friend and I are setting everything up and going to try and record a scratch track we get a signal, we can see the meters moving up and down with the signal and we can hear the sound of it. After recording the single track (no more than 60 seconds) we try and play it back and there is no sound at all. Monitor button is off, the track shows sound waves and headphone is turned up, sounds card disabled and still nothing. We try and record a new track to see if we can play that back and it does not record a signal at all. A quick power cycle of the unit fixes all of this, after 3 seconds of having it off it records new tracks just fine and plays back all audio..

    I'm stumped, any ideas on what I can do? It may get pretty annoying having to power cycle the unit every time I want to record or play back a track.

    TIA!
    I'm not cryin' because your not here holding my hand, for your information there's an inflammation in my tear gland.

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    Have you gone to Tascam site HERE, and downloaded/installed correct driver for your system, as well as the firmware update for the 1641?
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    Also, the 1641 does not play well if using an external audio drive on the same USB controller. I use the 1641 on a USB 3.0 port, and everything else on USB 2.0.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmys69 View Post
    Have you gone to Tascam site HERE, and downloaded/installed correct driver for your system, as well as the firmware update for the 1641?
    I have not but that is a good place to start! thank you for the reply. Where can I source the firmware update? Tascams site?
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    Quote Originally Posted by TexMex Mustache View Post
    I have not but that is a good place to start! thank you for the reply. Where can I source the firmware update? Tascams site?

    So with the FW update, do I need to have the unit plugged in and turned on? Or can I just run the update?

    Also, I assume to run the most recent update that there was? Most recent update I see is back in 08, so just curious.

    My apologies for the probably pretty obvious questions, hence the forum I'm in
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    Yeah, the firmware update was way back, but when I purchased mine in 2010, it wouldn't work right without it.

    I don't remember exactly, but I think the firmware update will instruct you when to unplug the interface.
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    No question is obvious around here man. Yer good. And that is why we are here, to help each other.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmys69 View Post
    Yeah, the firmware update was way back, but when I purchased mine in 2010, it wouldn't work right without it.

    I don't remember exactly, but I think the firmware update will instruct you when to unplug the interface.

    Awesome, new driver installed and now onto the FW!

    Thank you again for the support, I totally appreciate it
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    All good bro. Well, as long as this works. lol

    Be sure to let us know k?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmys69 View Post
    All good bro. Well, as long as this works. lol

    Be sure to let us know k?
    It did work!

    But only for a little while. Now its doing something a bit different than before..


    The signal that is being recorded is fine, there is nothing causing it to pop/crackle that I can tell. A 100% clean signal is coming in. I turn the metronome on and it will sound just fine as I'm playing along with it and recording, then after about 60 seconds the metronome click starts to sound fizzy and distorted, along with the guitar tone that is coming in, it gets worse and worse then completely cuts out, but still records the signal, I just cant hear it after a minute or two. I keep playing, its still recording (with no monitoring sound playing back) and I hit stop. I go to play it back, and it sounds fine, even on the parts where it started to sound distorted and cut out it still sounds fine (because it was still recording). Then after about 2 or so minutes of playback (that sounds fine) it just cuts out and there is no sound.

    I power cycled the interface, re started the PC (win 7), updated drivers and firmware, disabled a bunch of programs along with the sound card, internet is off, tried multiple usb ports and inputs and on the interface, different mics/cables, and still this headache. After I updated FW/drivers it worked flawlessly when I was dinging around on a few tracks for like 3 hours. I come to the computer the next day and then I get this

    Any and all advice is again much appreciated!


    -Alex
    I'm not cryin' because your not here holding my hand, for your information there's an inflammation in my tear gland.

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