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

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


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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.

  • 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

Easy to use with a great sound!


If you're into old-school multi-track recording this is for you. I had a Tascam Porta-04 back in the day and this has the features and ease of use that I was looking for!



I wanted to like it but...


Never had a chance to find out one way or the other.


Waterloo, NY


I recommed this product for any home studio enthusist...


This was a great addition to my home studio where I can record up to 8 Tracks on the same song. I as still getting familiar with all of the bells and whistles but so far, loving it.



Small, light-weight and affordable


A small, portable, easy-to-use unit that's perfect for mobile recording outside of a fixed location. At first, I was skeptical about the two, internal condenser mics, but they worked perfectly ! The SD card format mean no more CDs for recording and plenty of memory available. The only reason I did not give it 5 stars was because in mic recording mode, even using the remote pedal, there was activation/punch-in noise I kept having to record over. Other than that, wonderful product.



Great economical gear for in the go recording


Small portable easy to use and suits its purpose for on the go recording— plug in your acoustic electric and use we & compression and sounds is pretty good. The built in condenser mikes make me want to get a separate condenser mike because you have to be right on top and center yourself for voice recordings.



Affordable 8 Track Recording


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.

Christopher H

Cincinnati, OH


Great if you travel a lot


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.


Edison, NJ

Portastudio is a portable studio


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.


Richmond, VA


Great Multitrack Recorder!


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






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!

Lee Finn

Cincinnati, Ohio


Portastudio DP-03SD 8-Track Digital Multitrack Recorder

4.4 10


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Series Digital Portastudios
Model DP-03
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

Connectors RCA pin-jack, UNBALANCED
Nominal output level -10dBV
Maximum output level +6dBV

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.

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