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Tascam DP 008 Portable Recorder

by Tascam

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  • TASCAM DP-008 PORTASTUDIO
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Technical Details
Item Weight608 g
Product Dimensions12.6 x 22.1 x 3.6 cm
Item model numberDP-008
  
Additional Information
ASINB002TYZMBC
Best Sellers Rank 16,827 in Musical Instruments (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1.2 Kg
Date First Available6 Nov. 2009
  
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The DP-008 is an 8-track Digital Portastudio small enough to fit into a guitar case. Based on the popular DP-004, the DP-008 adds four more tracks for a total of eight tracks with built-in mixing. Users can record two tracks at the same time while dedicated knobs for volume, pan, and reverb make tracking and mixing simple. A 2GB SD card is included with the unit. The DP-008 has two balanced XLR microphone inputs with switchable phantom power and two unbalanced line inputs (one switchable to guitar level). And there are even two built-in mics so users are ready to record anything just by sitting in front of it. Tracks are mixed down to a dedicated stereo track and EQ is available on both inputs as well as on each track. Whether recording a song demo, radio play or live concert, the DP-008 captures inspiration without technology getting in the way of your music.

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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful By C. A. R. Croft on 1 Jan. 2010
A brilliant step up from my 4 track tape Porta-one!
If you've used something similar then this unit is pretty intuitive. If you haven't then you'll have to read in the manual about assigning the right inputs, auto punch in, bouncing etc. The manual is clear and good though.
The sound quality is great, and I haven't found anything yet that I want and that it doesn't do. Sliders instead of volume knobs would make it quicker to level and more visual, but then the thing would have to be bigger.
You might be better off learning Garage Band and doing everything on a computer, though this is more portable, but then you wouldn't use it to record a gig since you can only have 2 of the 8 channels recording at one time. I like the way I can take it from room to room and do the mixing with headphones sitting on the sofa.
Got a really cheap PSP 5v power supply from amazon which works fine. Much cheaper than the Tascam one!
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Dr. David Snoswell on 23 Jan. 2011
I've been tinkering with home recording since the mid nineties on various computer based setups. I wish the DP-008 had been around all those years ago ! The sound quality is really very good and it's sooo refreshing to use a dedicated recorder rather than have to fight with an overly complicated computer.

The trouble with the home recording is there is a never ending list of hardware you feel you have to buy to make better recordings.... but in reality there are just a handful of ingredients that are right for you.... and if your like me it may take you many years to figure out what you need.

The DP-008 is it for me. Really simple to use but still a lot of flexibility with bouncing etc. You can even with a bit of imagination use the bounce feature to record fader and pan moves individually for each track if you want. I was hesitant about the quality of the reverb effects but actually found they worked better in the mix than some outboard units.

The way you can audition parts before recording works so well.... so much more intuitive than a computer setup. Use the knobs to mix your audition monitor, record, playback ... and then it sounds *exactly* the way you expect, no nasty surprises.

The lack of virtual tracks is a little disconcerting at first till you realise there is an extensive undo feature instead. This is good as it forces you to make decisions on the mix. Although if you are paranoid you can save individual tracks out at any stage.

The mic preamps are a little feeble, and you will get a better sound with dynamic microphones with an external preamp, I found an AKG D5 and TC-Helicon GXT a worthwhile improvement over the D5 directly into the on-board pres.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By MattL on 18 Sept. 2011
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Received it a couple of days ago and am stunned with its ease of use and overall sound quality.. this is a very functional song writing tool, with a great feature set, I write music and play in a band.. means I can get my songs down with ease at home and demo them before the band learn them, plus it makes decent enough recordings of the band rehearsals with careful placement.... Glad that I got the 8 track version which allows more scope and has pretty decent reverb... Thanks Tascam!

Matt
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Chris M. Dooks on 21 Mar. 2012
I am an artist/musician living with a chronic illness and so for the precious time I have to work on any musical project, I want it to be used making the actual music, not studying user forums why something doesn't work as it should. God, I hate that. How many hours of this finite life I have shredded slaved to an over expensive set up, I dread to think.

Aside from this machine, I also have Logic Pro, two macs and masses of other ways in which to make sounds, but for all I had invested in the past studio gear - all it did was make my creative choices stifling and exhausting.

Here, I can multitrack our out of tune piano with ease, and work out the whole endeavour without any heartache. I love the knobs, the tactile nature of the machine, the quality of the signal, and the TINY nature of the unit! It truly is portable. My previous 8 track was a beast, it was also a tascam, the dp-01fx - I must have used it only about ten times because of the weight, size and delicate hard drive - here, things are admittedly plastic and fun, but I USE the darn thing. The quality is identical and I have already clocked up more hours in a month than in two years with the previous gear.

I use it with a rode nt3 [...] headphones and I'm happy. Only gripe, no power supply which is extremely expensive and inexplicably so.
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