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Tascam DP-008EX 8-Track Digital Pocketstudio Multi-Track Audio Recorder,Black
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- A perfect music sketch pad with built-in high-quality stereo condenser microphones for multi-track recording anytime, anywhere
- Easy to operate, just like a cassette MRT, with recording preparation achievable in just two steps after turning the device on
- SD/SDHC cards are used for recording media, allowing data to be transferred to the computer via USB
- To ensure a simple, easy-to-use interface, no unnecessary features were included that might complicate the recording process
- Features two analog 1/4" inputs that allow users to connect external microphones, electric-acoustic guitars, and line-level devices
- Also features two XLR inputs with +48V Phantom Power to allow the connection of external condenser microphones
- Designed with many onboard effects for all input channels to get the most out of your recordings
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Features at a glance
- Eight mono tracks
- CD-quality recording (16bit/44.1kHz)
- 2 Built-in omni-directional condenser microphones
- Phantom power supply
Digital Portastudio Multitrack Recorder
Jot down ideas for your songs using these pro sounding multi-track recorders. For extra battery life, you can add the BP-6AA external battery pack. The DP-006 and the DP-008EX have two condenser microphones built into the front of the units. Record vocals or acoustic guitar anytime without the need for extra equipment or set-up time. TASCAM carefully chose the best sounding microphones for our recorders. Modeled after the top-selling DR series microphones, you can be assured high-quality sound.
Simple, Easy-to-Use Interface
Both models are optimally designed for on-the-spot recording. No unnecessary features were included that might complicate the recording to ensure easy functionality, and dedicated knobs make recording faster than digging through menus. Designed with Portastudio functionality, these POCKETSTUDIOs are the easiest songwriting scratchpads you can buy.
Ultra Light Weight Design – Carry It With You Everywhere
The DP-006 and the DP-008EX both feature ultra light-weight designs to ensure portability. The DP-006 is 13 oz, and the DP-008EX is 21.5 oz. (without AA batteries)
High-Speed Data Transfer via USB2.0
Both models record to widely available SD/SDHC card media (4GB card included). In addition, both models can connect to PCs via USB2.0 for high-speed data transferring. All song ideas can be transferred via USB or SD card readers to and from the units at any point in the recording process.
Two XLR Inputs with +48V Phantom Power
The DP-008EX can supply phantom power for condenser microphones, even when operated with AA batteries.
(Notice: Operating time becomes shorter when used with phantom power supply. We recommend connecting TASCAM's BP-6AA or a power supply when using phantom power.)
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|Item Dimensions||11.75 x 6.75 x 4 inches||9 x 6 x 3 inches||8.2 x 11.4 x 2.1 inches||10.12 x 7.48 x 2.01 inches||11.9 x 6.9 x 3.7 inches||18 x 16 x 6 inches|
TASCAM has been revolutionizing Portastudio since they invented them. For decades, TASCAM's Portastudio have remained the ideal scratch pads and easy-to-use home recording devices. Utilized by seminal artists and home for legendary albums throughout the years, TASCAM has stayed true to manufacturing rugged, compact, feature-rich song-writing and demo tools. TASCAM is introducing the DP-008EX 8-channel Pocketstudio with built-in input and master effects. Each channel is conveniently loaded with volume, pan, reverb-send knobs, auto-punch in/out, 2 XLR Mic inputs with +48V phantom power and built-in high-quality stereo condenser mics making the DP-008EX an ideal take-anywhere solid-state recorder.
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I've had this unit for 3 weeks now and I'm quite impressed by the quality. This unit feels substantial in your hands. All the controls are solid. I've recorded 6 songs already on it with nice results. The manual is somewhat long, but that is because it is VERY detailed and has pictures of every screen you will see as you follow the instructions, which is incredibly helpful. It also has a great Quick Start section at the beginning. I followed the quick start section to record my first arrangement of a percussive electric guitar song as a test. 2 stereo tracks doing the primary guitar part, 2 stereo tracks doing a bass part, and two tracks of background chords and harmonics. Took me about 20 minutes. You tell the unit which inputs you are going to use (mic, line, guitar), press the 1+2 track record buttons, set your levels, press PLAY and RECORD together and you’re off. Go back to the beginning and press 3+4 to record the next stereo track, etc. If you flub a take, you just stop and go back to the beginning of that track and rerecord. It has individual reverb, pan and level for each track. The previous tracks automatically play back while your are recording new tracks AND THERE ARE NO LATENCY ISSUES! (I can't stress this enough even with caps!) If tracks 5+6 don't enter into the song until 2 minutes in, you simply arm the tracks and start at 1:50. No need to start from the beginning to record new tracks.
The condenser mics on the front did a nice job recording an acoustic guitar song, in stereo and with reverb (numerous different reverb types available). The unit has a built in metronome and tuner, you can bounce tracks with no degradation (freeing up tracks for more recording), mix 8 tracks down to a stereo mix, and then mastering effects (auto or manual) can be applied to the final master. All this is recorded on an SD card. You can transfer files via USB to a computer for further work or to save as WAV files. Also has built in condenser mics on the front of it for capturing live performances. Plus auto punch in and out. All this on something the size of a VHS cassette. Pretty fun.
1. this is not a mixing board. Admittedly, this looks like a small mixer for 8 simultaneous inputs. It doesn't do that. You can only record 2 tracks at a time. The "mixer" is used to set levels for recording the 2 active tracks and/or playback levels of previously recorded tracks.
2. this cannot be used as a USB recording interface. You can transfer files to a computer AFTER recording them, but not WHILE you are recording them.
By Dave on April 17, 2017
There's a LOT of stuff in the manual, but it's well laid out and the quick-start section has pretty much everything you need to know. I still refer to mine for mixdown and mastering, but the steps are getting more familiar. The auto-mastering does an excellent job. Record/mixdown/master/export/transfer to computer is straightforward. Saving and exporting files isn't instant, but it's not very time consuming either; I'm not sure why there are complaints in some of the reviews. I'm not trying to rush things when I'm in the studio anyway.
I'm very glad I went with this unit vs. the DP-006, as it has several features that make it well worth the small price difference. Having controls for all 8 tracks is very handy, as are the XLR inputs and line outs. I quickly found that even doing solo work I was using several tracks, and not having to bounce tracks is very convenient.
A couple of people mentioned the short (2-second) intro for the auto punch-in. I have found that manual punch-ins with a foot pedal are much easier. Any normally-open keyboard foot pedal will work. Also I purchased a nurse call button on eBay, with a momentary switch and a 1/4" plug. It is perfect for doing punch-ins for vocals. You can react faster to get punched in between phrases, and you don't have to look down for your pedal or worry about kicking it and making noise.
Even if I waited almost 30 years to get one, my first Tascam is all I hoped it would be. Excellent product.
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I could not be more pleased with it ,I think the mains adapter is a really good Idea rather than batteries .