Tascam CD-RW901MKII Professional Balanced CD Recorder/Player with Proprietary TEAC Tray-Loading Transport



The CD-RW900MKII and CD-RW901MKII are professional CD recorders that replace the best-selling CD-RW900SL and CD-RW901SL. A new TEAC tray-loading transport ensures years of reliable operation in the most demanding installations. The new transport also allows gapless recording when writing track markers, something not possible using off-the-shelf PC drives. Various recording features like automatic track creation help the operator create polished recordings without constant supervision. An AKM AK4528VM is used for AD/DA conversion for clean, clear sound quality with a frequency response of 20Hz to 20kHz +/-0.8dB. 

With the CD-RW901MKII, balanced analog input/output jacks and external control terminals are included. Additionally, long-run continuous recording (and overlap recording) is possible by connecting multiple CD-RW901MKIIs with an accessory cable. An ISRC/RID code can be displayed to check the recording in a mastering studio.Whether used for PA/Sound Reinforcement playback, studio, mastering, or broadcast, the CD-RW900MKII and 901MKII are TASCAM's latest generation of reliable CD recording and playback.

CD Recorders That Meet The Demands of Professionals
The high-performance AKM codec captures audio with a wide dynamic range for better-sounding CD recording
Independent Input Trim Controls for Left and Right and Digital Input Trim
Both the left and right analog inputs have their own analog input gain controls. In addition, the digital input can be controlled for optimal recording levels from a digital source.
A selection of Track Division Functions
The CD-RW900MKII and 901MKII have a variety of track division functions to make recording simpler. Additionally, a rec-mute function can insert silence between tracks.

Automatic Track Division
A track marker can be created based on the input level, adding a new track when the input falls below a specified level (from -24 to -72dB).

Time Track Division
Time-based track creation can be set every 1-10 minutes. This method is preferred in some applications like conference recording, when there is no gap between segments like there is when recording music.

Manual Track Division
A new track can be written manually by pressing the Record key while the unit is in record mode.

All new TEAC-designed tray-loading transport with gapless continuous recording
The new TEAC CD-W5600S transport was designed for audio use – not a re-packaged computer drive. The tray-loading design provides a stable platter to minimize errors while writing the disc. Improved firmware allows the transport to write track markers without a gap, for seamless continuous live recordings.
Comprehensive Playback Features Make It the Ideal Professional CD Player
The Features Required in a Professional CD Player
Even if you don't need to record every day, the CD-RW900MKII and 901MKII make excellent CD players. Functions including auto-cue, auto-ready, pitch control, power-on playback, and fade-in/fade-out playback are provided. It is also possible to control the transport via a P/S2 keyboard (sold separately).

Reliable TEAC CD Transport
The new TEAC transport has been tuned up explicitly for these models. The drive can accept any legal CD type, including MP3 CDs. Like all TASCAM players, reliability is a principal design feature.
Shockproof Memory Prevents Skipping Due To Vibration
A RAM buffer stores audio data in memory to ensure smooth playback, even if shock or vibration lasts for up to four seconds. 

A Selection of Inputs and Outputs To Fit Any System Design
Unbalanced analog and S/PDIF coaxial and optical connections are provided for connection flexibility.
The CD-RW901MKII: For More Demanding Installations
ISRC/RID Display Function for Checking after Mastering
The ISRC (International Standard recording Code) written during mastering can be displayed. The CD-RW901mkII can check the data on a master disk after mastering. It can also display the RID (Recorder Identification Code).

External Control via RS-232C & Parallel Control
The RS-232C serial and 15-pin parallel terminals make it possible control the recorders from various master controllers. It can be used with a fader-start signal in a broadcasting station, or with a centralized control terminal in a public facility.
Analog/Digital XLR Inputs and Outputs Connect to Professional Equipment
Balanced analog XLR inputs and outputs are provided for use with pro equipment or long signal runs. Balanced AES/EBU is also included for use with digital mixers, processors, and processing.

Overlap Recording Function for Extended Recordings
Continuous recording is supported when using two or more CD-RW901MKIIs connected through their parallel ports. An optional cable is available for two or three-machine recording setups. A selectable overlap of 30, 60, or 90 seconds can be switched on for the next recorder to find a better edit point. 

Features at-a-glance
  • Adopts AK4528VM audio codec made by Asahi Kasei Microdevices which has 24-bits processing
  • Independent input level controls provides serious level control
  • Supported media: CD-R, CD-R-DA, CD-RW, CD-RW-DA
  • High speed CD-RW Supports
  • CD drive supports playback of CD-DA and Data-CD
  • High reliability proprietary TEAC tray drive
  • OPC (optimum power control) function: Adjusting the laser power for each disc type
  • Fade-in/Fade-out recording function (1 to 30 seconds, 1 seconds increments)
  • Sync recording function: Automatically start/stop recording at a preset level (-24dB to -72dB, 6dB increments)
  • Digital volume for adjusting recording level seriously (-∞、-54.0dB to 18.0dB)
  • Automatic track division: Automatically insert a track division at a preset condition
  • Manual track division: Insert a track division by manual operation
  • Time track division: Automatically insert a track division per preset interval (1 to 10 minutes, 1 minutes increments)
  • Rec-mute function: Recording four seconds of silence on the disc
  • Selectable maximum recording track numbers (automatically stop at preset number)
  • Erase function: Erase selected track or disc (for CD-RW)
  • Four playback modes (continuous, single, program, random)
  • Repeat playback function (continuous, single, program, random, A-B)
  • Fade-in/Fade-out playback function (OFF, 1 to 30 seconds, 1 seconds increments)
  • Auto-cue function: Automatically pause by detection of a sound of start point in a track
  • Auto-ready function: Automatically pause at head of next track after playback previous track
  • Pitch control playback function: Pitch and speed can be varied (+/-16%, 0.1 to 1.0% increments, for CD-DA)
  • Key control playback function: (b1 to b6, #1 to #6, half-note increments, for CD-DA)
  • When using key control function with pitch control function, these function provides speed changing without changing pitch
  • Timer playback function (external timer sold separately): Automatically begin playback when turned on
  • Unfinalize function (for CD-RW): Erase TOC information of finalized CD-RW
  • Time display switching (elapsed track/disc time, remaining track/disc time)
  • CD-text editing supports
  • PS/2 keyboard (sold separately) connection for remote control or entering a title
  • SRC (sampling rate converter): Automatically convert the incoming frequency to 44.1kHz (for 32 to 48kHz)
  • RCA analog unbalanced inputs/outputs
  • COAXIAL digital input/output (IEC60958-3:S/P DIF)
  • OPTICAL digital input/output (IEC60958-3:S/P DIF)
  • Wireless remote controller with 10-key included (for CD-RW900MKII)
  • Headphone output (20mW/ch)
  • 3-polar AC sockets with the detachable AC cable
  • 2U EIA rackmountable
  • RoHS certified
Dedicated Features for CD-RW901MKII
  • Sync trim function (+/-125 frame, +/-1.67 seconds)
  • Automatic track division with trim function (+/-125 frame, +/-1.67 seconds)
  • Selectable COPY ID(free/1 generation/prohibit/SCMS)
  • Call function: Return to a point at which playback last started from ready mode
  • EOM (end of message) function: EOM indicator will light-up before the end of track or disc (1 to 99 seconds)
  • ISRC/RID code display function
  • Time skip function: While in playback or ready, moves the playback point to forwards or backwards (1 seconds increments)
  • Index search function: Search indexes within a track that were assigned during recording
  • Overlap recording function: Using two-units CD-RW901MKII to make continuous recording
  • Fader start/stop control via parallel control connector
  • D-sub 9pin RS-232C serial control connector
  • D-sub 15pin parallel control connector
  • XLR analog balanced inputs/outputs
  • XLR digital input/output (IEC60958-4:AES/EBU)
  • Wired remote controller included
Differences from CD-RW900SL/CD-RW901SL
  • Time track division added to CD-RW900MKII
  • Industrial design
  • Tray loading type CD drive
Supported disc types: CD-R, CD-R-DA, CD-RW, CD-RW-DA(High Speed CD-RW is supported)
Playback disc formats: CD-DA, CD-ROM ISO9660 LEVEL 1/2 Joliet format, multisession discs and CD-text
Playback file formats  
CD-DA: 44.1kHz, 16bit, stereo
MP3: 44.1kHz, 64 to 320kbps, VBR
Recording file formats  
CD-DA: 44.1kHz, 16bit, stereo
Analog In  
Connector: RCA pin jack
Input impedance: 22kΩ +/-10% (unbalanced)
Reference input level: -10dBV (Full scale -16dB)
Minimum input level: -19dBV (adjustable level at Full Scale -16dB)
Connector: XLR-3-31(1:GND, 2:HOT, 3:COLD)
Input impedance: 14kΩ +/-5% (balanced)
Reference input level: -4dBu (Full scale -16dB)
Minimum input level: -5dBu (adjustable level at Full Scale -16dB)
Analog Out  
Connector: RCA pin jack
Output impedance: 200Ω
Reference output level: -10dBV +/-2dB (Full scale -16dB)
Maximum output level: +6dBV +/-2dB
Connector: XLR-3-32(1:GND, 2:HOT, 3:COLD)
Output impedance: 75Ω +/-5% (balanced)
Reference output level: +4dBu (Full scale -16dB)
Maximum output level: +20dBu
Digital In  
Connector: RCA pin jack
Format: IEC60958-3(S/P DIF)
Connector: TOS LINK
Format: IEC60958-3(S/P DIF)
Connector: XLR-3-31
Format: IEC60958-4(AES/EBU)
Digital Out  
Connector: RCA pin jack
Format: IEC60958-3(S/P DIF)
Connector: TOS LINK
Format: IEC60958-3(S/P DIF)
Connector: XLR-3-32
Format: IEC60958-4(AES/EBU)
Connector: 6.3mm(1/4") stereo phone jack
Output power: 20mW + 20mW or more(32Ω loaded)
Connector: Mini DIN 6pin
Control I/O  
Connector: D-sub 9pin
Connector: D-sub 15pin
Connector: For RC-RW901
Power: North America: 120VAC, 60Hz Europe: 230VAC, 50Hz Australia: 240VAC, 50Hz
Power consumption North America:17W, Europe, Australia: 19W
Dimensions: 482.6(W)×94(H)×309(D)mm 19.0(W)×3.7(H)×12.2(D)inch
Weight 4.5kg/9.9lb
Audio Performance
Frequency response  
Playback: 20Hz to 20kHz, +/-0.8dB
Recording: 20Hz to 20kHz, +/-1.0dB
S/N ratio  
Playback: 95dB
Recording: 90dB
Dynamic range  
Playback: 95dB
Recording: 90dB
Playback: 0.01%
Recording: 0.01%
Channel separation  
Playback: 90dB(1kHz)
Recording: 80dB(1kHz)
Wow and Flutter: Immeasurable (0.001% or less)

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