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Tascam DP-03 Digital Portastudio
- 8-track Digital Portastudio with CD Burner Records to SD/SDHC Card media.
- AC Adapter and Power Cord included
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Top Customer Reviews
I'm no pro musician. I just like to bang around a bit and sing and play with a few close friends and every so often I'll make a few recordings, and this does everything I want it to and most importantly, it makes us sound 10 times better than we really are!!!
My one beef, and this was also true of the Boss unit, was the lack of storage space on the memory card. If I go through the whole process of recording, mixing down, and then mastering, you really only have space for 5-6 songs before you have to off-load to a PC or burn a disc. So it's not the type of thing that you can just turn on and record a practice session.
(Additional Note: Since I did this original review, I went out and bought a larger 32G memory card ($35) and now the limitation on memory has ceased to exist. Plenty of room to record songs)
I love the portability and ease of use and the memory is a trade-off that I am more than willing to make.
In the beginning, I thought this thing was awesome.
I started out recording basic tracks, and everything worked great, and I really thought this was an amazing little unit. But as a I became more familiar with all the features of this recorder, and began to utilize them to make more sophisticated songs is when the problems started.
The first problem was with the CD burner itself. This thing seems to have problems mounting CDs. I've tried many brands to little avail. If you're able to mount a CD, cross your fingers because there's a good chance you'll get a "writing failed" message. I also began to find that with my more sophisticated songs the CDs I would burn would skip. Brand new, unblemished CDs just burned- the songs would skip. Not huge skips, just mini skips in different spots in the song each listen.
After about six months with the unit I began to encounter the "SD write busy, please power off" message. This would happen about two minutes into the recording of a track. So not only would I lose what I'd been recording on that specific track, but because of the nature of this unit, anything I'd recorded during that particular session would be lost as well. The DP-03 doesn't write what you record onto the SD card until the unit is powered off. So if you make the mistake of unplugging the unit without powering off you will lose everything you recorded during that particular session.
The "SD write busy" message started happening periodically during my recording at first, but now happens every time I record a track for more than two minutes at a time which essentially makes it useless.Read more ›
Its build is of that of a laptop but not as delicate. That same hard plastic shell. And why not, it has a CD burner inside! The buttons and the sliders feel like heaven. And I'm saying that coming from a DP-01 since 2002. That's right. 11 long years with the DP01 so I know Tascam is quality. And I started on a PortaStudio 414 back in the nineties. Anyway, the DP-01 feels like a toy compared to this (minus the HD, the DP-03 isn't equipped with a 40 GB HD, just SD cards to increase recording time). The sliders feel real good and rubbery and the sliding has a pretty pro standard feel unlike the DP-01 which has a plasticy feel. Buttons feel even more sturdier too. These buttons, I can really finger stomp them.
Its a beautiful looking machine too in black matte and chrome trimmings.
You can burn multiple songs on to a CD. In fact, there's an option to gap the time between songs. I keep it at zero for no gaps.
The sound is uncompressed 16 bit at 44.1 kHz. Which is CD standard quality and gives tunes a vintage sound.
My only gripe is that these didn't include SPDIF out like its elder DPs. With the DP-01, I used to connect the L and R outputs to my monitors and record into the CD recorder with the Digital Out. I was able to see clipping on the dB meter of the CD recorder.Read more ›
The only thing I didn't like was the material it's made of.I was hoping it would be made out of something a bit more sturdy,but it feels kind of plastic like. It has a little weight to it,but not much.
Other than that,this is definitely a Singer-Songwriter's best friend.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought this last year and now it stopped working. Trying to contact TASCAM to get the replaced under their "1 year" warranty program.Published 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
Did not come with legible instructions just a xerox-copied so lightly it can barely be seen.Published 4 months ago by St Nich
Purchased as a gift for my husband for Christmas. After a short learning curve he has it figured out and is having fun recording tunes and songs.Published 5 months ago by Hope D
This is a good recorder, and it has many advanced features. However, that very sophistication is its partial undoing. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Applewhite Minyard
Great machine. Great sound, and user friendly. CD burner is a life saver!Published 8 months ago by music man
This is really good if your an amiture and just looking to do your own thing. I have no complaints about it! Does the job perfectly Shipment came on time, within 2/3. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Donna
I haven't had time to enjoy it, but it's a great I love to play music and record.Published 9 months ago by Yolanda G Balderaz
this is a caution; unless you are already familiar with 8 track recording equipment or instrument panels, this item is not for you. Read morePublished 11 months ago by edna