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Tascam DP-03 digital portable studio

by Tascam
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Technical Details
Item Weight2.8 Kg
Product Dimensions41.9 x 27.9 x 12.7 cm
Item model numberDP-03
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Best Sellers Rank 5,691 in Musical Instruments (See top 100)
Shipping Weight2.8 Kg
Date First Available23 Dec 2010
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8-track Digital Portastudio with CD Burner Records to SD/SDHC Card media Import audio tracks from CD Built-in stereo condenser microphone Two XLR microphone inputs with phantom power 1/4 stereo line inputs Switchable instrument-level input for guitar/bass direct recording Multi-band mastering effects 2-band EQ per track Internal reverb processor with dedicated send per track Chromatic Tuner and Metronome Track editing, autopunch and bounce features Optional RC-3F footswitch offers three switches for punch-in and transport operation Compact and lightweight Dimensions 11.4 x 2.1 x 8.2 (289.56 x 53.34 x 208.28mm) Weight 4lbs (1.81kg)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A recording studio in miniature 13 Jan 2014
Bought this for my son who is a drummer who is also lesrning bass and rhythm guitar. A very convenient way to create a CD demo disc. Procedure is to first create a song, record individual tracks, mix down, master and burn CD if required. Once you 'create a song' all your work is saved to SD card (a 2GB card is included). You can also transfer your recorded work to a computer if you need to. Both line and mic inputs are provided but the internal mics where surprisingly good and would probably be sufficient in a domestic situation.
Excellent piece of kit which takes up very little space on the shelf. I might mention that if the inbuilt CD burner is not required. A cheaper alternative to the DP03 is the DP08EX which offers the same facilities minus CD burner but with USB connection to PC Cd's can be readily burn't from computer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to use, great quality. 15 Jun 2014
By S. Peel
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I bought this as a replacement for my ageing Zoom MRS4. I had found the MRS4 difficult and unintuitive to use, with everything controlled by menus. Using this Tascam machine was like a breath of fresh air in comparison. Want to pan left or right? There's a knob to turn. Want to adjust the EQ? There's an EQ button and some knobs again. The ease of use reminded me of my old Tascam Porta 07 tape four-track (now that's going back in time a fair bit!) and I had no difficulty setting up to record my first pieces.
The sound quality is impressive. Basically, what goes in is what comes out, as a perfect replica. I was unable to tell the difference between the recording and the source sound. I haven't used the built in microphones much but when I have, they sound pretty good with vocals.
With the ability to record all 8 tracks and then bounce them down to one (for mono) or two (for stereo) without having to keep tracks free to put the bounced tracks on, it gives you a lot of flexibility. EQ can be adjusted at any stage very easily, as can the very usable built in reverb.
I should point out I have not used the CD writing function yet, so I can't comment on that, but all other functions have fulfilled or exceeded my expectations so far. If you've never used multi track recording devices before you may not find it quite as easy as I'm making out, but if you have, you will have no problem. The manual is NOT unclear as some reviewers make out - the problem is that many people reviewing this item don't understand some of the concepts and principles of the multi track process. I recommend this machine to anyone who wants to make slick, professional sounding recordings.
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Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars  37 reviews
44 of 44 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great little device 6 Aug 2012
By Boston48 - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this recently and was recording right out of the box within minutes. I previously owned a Boss recorder that was similar but I was looking for a few more tracks and the CD burner, and this was priced right. The external mics are good and all the knobs are seemingly well made.

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.
25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Works Great for a While, CD Burner Is Junk 6 Dec 2013
By amazonian65000 - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this unit because I wanted to record my original songs and liked that it has a built in CD burner.

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. Then next step for me per the user's manual is to contact Tascam about my problem. I'll let you know how it turns out.

For the first six months I would have given this item a four star review as it really worked well for my purposes. But at this time I have to give it one star. Shop around.
32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING! 15 July 2011
By Tyler - Published on Amazon.com
I purchased this at SamAsh this past Spring,and I absolutely love this.It was worth every penny and I truly believe this could pay for itself someday.It's easy to use and it has many nice features on it.
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.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Piece Of Hardware 9 July 2013
By ILL GREEN - Published on Amazon.com
Don't believe the hype of the other reviewers that wrote how flimsy the buttons and plastic casing is, and how it only records one song to a CD. Its all lies ladies and gentlemen. Complete concoctions from a shot of scotch and a couple NAMM vids.

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. Yes I know I can record to the internal CD burner with this model, but there is no way to tell if the song is clipping because the DP's meter lacks to tell you that, although the meters break up at the top and that suppose to tell you are clipping or for the inputs a red LED lights up by the gain knob if you are clipping there too. Of course, I have to rely on my ears, but sometimes I heard a song nine hundred times that I prefer to turn off the monitors and record by maintaining the gain and watching the meter to not reach the red so often. It becomes a game of Space Invaders.

Other than that, Tascam really hit home with the features, like recording with the EQ on. Reverb is its best kept secret and the internal mics sound like Shure 58s. Just needs a dB meter and digital out.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars "SD Write busy" = Pathetic. 27 Mar 2013
By Tyler - Published on Amazon.com
If it weren't for this inconsistent error, this device would be amazing, but whenever I try to mix a song, this stupid error interrupts every time having me turn the device off and back on. This error is what ruins this entire device. I would go to a better brand than this.
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