Tascam DP-03SD 8 Track Digital Portastudio
A Gak Overview Of The Tascam DP-03SD 8 Track Digital Portastudio:
The DP-03SD is an affordable way to get into TASCAM's famed Portastudio system of making recording simple and affordable for musicians. The 8-track digital recorder captures your music at CD quality to affordable SD/SDHC cards, and a 4GB card is included with the recorder. With built-in microphones, effects, and mastering, the DP-03SD provides everything musicians need to record and share their music.
A pair of stereo condenser microphones is built into the front panel of the DP-03, helpful for capturing a rehearsal, live performance or songwriting ideas. Also included are a pair of high-quality XLR microphone preamps with phantom power for condenser microphones. 1/4" line inputs are also available, and an instrument-level switch allows you to record a guitar or bass without a direct box. A three-button footswitch, the RC-3F, is available for control and punch in.
Routing the inputs to one of the eight tracks is simple, and you can record two at a time until you fill up all eight. A tuner and metronome are built-in for tight-sounding tracks, each with its own dedicated button for quick access. Track can be edited with commands like copy/paste, silence, clone track and undo. Bouncing is also available, even bouncing all eight tracks down to one or two. There’s even the option to import a WAV file through USB.
Each track has its own send to a stereo reverb processor as well as two-band shelving EQ. Once you’ve perfected your mix with the 45mm faders, pan knobs, reverb and EQ, record it to the dedicated stereo master track. Your mix can be processed with mastering effects like EQ and limiting for a tight, modern sound. When you’re satisfied, transfer your mix to a computer over USB 2.0.
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- 8-track digital Portastudio
- Recording/playback at 44.1 kHz, 16 bit using SD/SDHC memory card
- Simultaneous recording of two tracks
- Record in stereo or record two independent mono sources
- Simultaneous playback of eight tracks
- Use dedicated controls on each channel for volume, pan and effect to create a mix
- Dedicated stereo mixdown track
- Mix your song to a stereo file you can transfer to a computer for MP3 encoding
- Built-in stereo condenser microphone
- Create a two-track recording instantly and without cabling
- Two XLR mic inputs with phantom power
- Plug in your favourite studio condenser microphones
- Two TRS line inputs, one switchable to guitar (hi-Z)
- Connect an electrical guitar or bass as well as synths, drum machines etc. directly
- RCA line output
- Connect your monitor amplifier/speakers here
- Headphones output with level control
- Two-band shelving EQ per track and on both inputs
- Set the frequencies the low and high EQ knobs cut or boost depending on your sound sources
- On-board Reverb processor to polish your mixes
- On-board mastering effects
- Get the most out of your mix with two-band EQ, single/multi-band compression and a normalizer to maximise the overall level and improve the sound density
- Auto punch in/out
- Record a marked section while playing or singing without pressing any button
- Track bounce feature
- Use more than eight tracks by creating a mixdown of several tracks to another track
- Workstation-style editing with copy, move, open, cut etc.
- Edit your tracks like a pro: tighten your timing, create loops, cut unwanted noise etc.
- Multi-level undo/redo history
- Undo/redo multiple steps in case you have made a mistake (including the editing functions)
- Location marks
- Set marks to easily locate the start of verses, soli, vocals etc.
- Built-in tuner and metronome
- USB 2.0 port
- Backup/restore projects or import/export wave files from/to a computer
- Nine 45-mm faders
- Selectable foot switch operation mode
- Foot switch with three switches and assignable functions available as an option (RC-3F)
- Routing the inputs to one of the eight tracks is simple, and you can record two at a time until you fill up all eight. A tuner and metronome are built-in for tight-sounding tracks, each with its own dedicated button for quick access. Track can be edited with commands like copy/paste, silence, clone track and undo. Bouncing is also available, even bouncing all eight tracks down to one or two. There's even the option to import a recording through USB or audio CD.
No upgrades available
This was bought as an upgrade to my previous smaller Tas 008 as I am setting up a studio in the shed. It operates pretty much the same, but because its larger, the layout of controls, sliders and inputs are much more usable. On first try with vocals the built in mics seem not as good sound quality as the 008, but generally pleased. Pity they couldnt have used a bit of the extra space to make the display larger though, and the manual could be a bit better.
Brilliant recorder, very easy to use and great sound quality
A comprehensive, compact, easy-to-use portastudio.