TASCAM Portastudio DP-03SD 8-Track Digital Multitrack Recorder

 
4.8

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SKU: TDP03SDXX-P

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The DP-03SD is the latest Portastudio in TASCAM’s long history of making recording simple and affordable for musicians.

The DP-03SD Digital Portastudio is a digital recorder capable of recording 2 channels simultaneously for up to 8 channels total. The DP-03SD records 16-bit/44.1kHz resolution audio to SD/SDHC cards and can export your mix to your computer via USB. The unit has 2 mic/line selectable XLR inputs in addition to dual 1/4" line ins, one of which can function as an instrument input. 8-channel faders and 1 master fader provide hands-on mixing, while built-in EQ compression and reverb help shape your tracks.

The 8-track digital recorder captures your music at CD quality to affordable SD/SDHC cards, and a 2GB card is included with the recorder. With built-in microphones, effects and mastering, the DP-03 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, plus the option to import a recording 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.

Features:
  • 8x Track Faders & 1x Master Fader
  • Records to SD/SDHC Cards
  • 2x Built-in Stereo Condenser Mics
  • 2x XLR Mic/Line Inputs
  • 2x 1/4" Inputs
  • Records 2 Tracks Simultaneously
  • Built-in EQ, Compression, Reverb
  • Includes 2GB SD Card

Things You Will Get:

  • Multitrack Recorder
  • Power Supply
  • SD Card
  • Warranty Card
  • Owner's Manual

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TASCAMPortastudio DP-03SD 8-Track Digital Multitrack Recorder
 
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5.0

Affordable 8 Track Recording

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from Cincinnati, OH

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Comments about TASCAM Portastudio DP-03SD 8-Track Digital Multitrack Recorder:

The Tascam Portastudio DP-03SD is a great way to start a home studio. With 8 tracks, 2 simultaneous &, 2 built in mics this is the way to record on a budget. CD quality digital recording can be achieved easily. SD cards allow you to decide how much recording time you have. With built in fx & mixing this is the complete recording package.

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4.0

Great if you travel a lot

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from Edison, NJ

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Comments about TASCAM Portastudio DP-03SD 8-Track Digital Multitrack Recorder:

With 8 track recording you can recording entire songs with a whole band and have each instrument have its own channel. When you are done you can transfer the file over to your computer through SD card or USB. The Tascam DP-03 is perfect for the musician that is always traveling and still wants to record his/her ideas.

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5.0

Portastudio is a portable studio

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from Richmond, VA

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  • Built-in Mics
  • Mastering

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      Comments about TASCAM Portastudio DP-03SD 8-Track Digital Multitrack Recorder:

      This is a great recording device for anyone who doesn't like always using their laptop or computer. I usually keep this device inside a case and leave it in my van (when not in extreme temperatures). I love using it for when my band comes up with something on the road and we don't want a low quality recording of the song. I have definitely kicked out some great tunes by using this device. I love the 8-track availability because my band's songs usually have at least 5-6 tracks to any song.

      This review is from Ellis at Sam Ash in Richmond, VA.

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      5.0

      Great Multitrack Recorder!

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      from nyc

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      • easy to use
      • great recording quality

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          Comments about TASCAM Portastudio DP-03SD 8-Track Digital Multitrack Recorder:

          This multitrack recorder is lots of fun to use. Great recording quality, and simple recording qualities. Great for the aspiring recording musician.

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          from Cincinnati, Ohio

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          Comments about TASCAM Portastudio DP-03SD 8-Track Digital Multitrack Recorder:

          With the DP03Sd, you can easily record 2 tracks at once with a total of 8 tracks total. Everything records onto an SD card (no CD recordable's here). Comes equipped with 2 onboard mics as well as compression and a few others effects such as reverb. You can take an idea and completely master it on this very portable, yet useful device. I have used Tascam products in the past (yes I still own my tape versions) and use a newer Tascam recorder as well. I stand by their products and love them all!

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          Reverb Hall1/Hall2/Room/Studio/Plate1/Plate2
          Series Digital Portastudios
          Model DP-03
          Reverb Yes
          Media SD card (64MB to 2GB)
          SDHC card(4GB to 32GB)
          Connectors 6.3mm(1/4") TRS-jack, BALANCED
          Input impedance 10k ohms or more
          Nominal input level +4dBV
          Maximum input level +24dBV

          LINE OUTPUT: (L/R)
          Connectors RCA pin-jack, UNBALANCED
          Nominal output level -10dBV
          Maximum output level +6dBV

          PHONES:
          Connector 3.5mm (1/8") stereo mini jack

          REMOTE Connector: 2.5mm TS jack
          USB Connector: Mini-B type
          Format USB2.0 HIGH SPEED mass storage class
          Microphone Type Built-in Omni Directional
          Audio Resolution 16-bit/44.1kHz
          EQ Yes
          EQ Type Hi +/-12dB, 1.7kHz to18kHz
          Lo +/-12dB, 32Hz to1.6kHz
          Compressor Yes
          Compression Type Compressor: THRESHOLD, RATIO, LEVEL
          Multi-band presets: 9
          Single-band presets: 4
          Tuner Chromatic mode: C3 to B5
          Oscllator mode: C3 to B5, 435Hz to 445Hz
          Metronome TEMPO: 20 to 250(BMP)
          BEAT: 1 to 12
          Other Features Normalize function detects the highest volume level and raises the overall volume until the highest level reaches the maximum limit.

          Power consumption 10W (when phantom power supplying)

          Operating system requirements Windows OS Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 Macintosh OS Mac OS X Jaguar (V10.2), Mac OS X Panther (V10.3), Mac OS X Tiger (V10.4), Mac OS X Leopard (V10.5), Mac OS X Snow Leopard(V10.6.8), OS X Lion(V10.7), OS X Mountain Lion(V10.8)
          Weight 3.97 lbs.
          Dimensions 11.4 x 2.1 x 8.2 inches (WxHxD)
          Warranty Info:

          The manufacturer's warranty covers parts for 1 year and labor for 90 days from date of purchase. Heads and disk drives are warrantied for 90 days. The warranty excludes damage from misuse, abuse, and contains other exclusions.