Composing and recording use two completely different parts of your brain. When you've been struck with inspiration, you don't want complicated machinery stifling your creative flow, but you also don't want a unit that's so simple it limits you. The Tascam DP02CF 8-Track Compact Flash Digital Recorder strikes the perfect balance between ease of use and powerful functionality. And because it's built around an ultra-light design that uses Compact Flash as its recording medium, you'll be able to capture your flashes of brilliance no matter where they strike. It's like a conduit through which your greatest ideas can enter the world.
Multitracking Made Easy
If the term "multitrack recorder" makes you nervous, fear not: the DP02's layout was designed around a streamlined recording workflow, and it makes laying down multi-part instrumentation a snap. Plug a microphone into one of the recorder's two XLR inputs, or a guitar into the dedicated instrument jack, "arm" the first two tracks, and hit record. When you've captured your basic idea, keep the mics plugged in, select two different tracks to record onto, and hit record again. . . you're overdubbing! Repeat this process to layer embellishments, harmonies, and counter-melodies until you've got a pop-orchestral number that'll make Brian Wilson green with envy. A built-in metronome helps keep all those parts in synch with one another, and the clear LCD and footswitch punch-in option make cleaning up flubbed takes a cinch. The overdub process is made so effortless by the Tascam DP02, it's like having your own studio assistant.
Simple Yet Powerful Mixing
Intuitive layout is only the beginning with the DP02. With eight separate tracks, you've got plenty of space for even complex arrangements, and having each element separate gives you more arranging flexibility even after you're done recording. Say you've just added a violin part that you think might conflict with the accordion lick you recorded three takes ago, but you're not sure which one you want to keep. Simply ride the respective tracks' faders to pull them in and out of the mix and listen to which one sounds best. Think a vocal part might sound better with a little reverb? Don't just try to picture it, use the DP02's built-in effects section and really get experimental. There's even flanger, overdrive and a bunch more effects especially tuned for guitar and bass. Each track also has dedicated EQ and left-right panning controls, so you can truly get a sense of what works and what doesn't in a stereo recording.
Share Your Masterpieces With The World
When you've got a mix where you like it, bounce everything down to a CD-quality, stereo WAV file using the dedicated Master Bounce tracks. From there, send you files to computer via high-speed USB and burn a CD, or distribute digitally to the entire world.
Optional Studio Pack Or Tascam LaunchPad Sarter Pack
Specially priced as an optional add-on, the Tascam LaunchPad Starter Pack is the perfect companion piece for your new DP02CF. Intended for the beginning recordist, this accessory pack comes with a pair of reference-quality Tascam HPVT1 headphones, and a dynamic microphone designed by MXL, makers of some of the most popular studio microphones on Earth. It's just what you'll need to start basic tracking right away.
If you're itching for that real studio experience, however, the Studio Pack represents an amazing opportunity to outfit a complete home studio at an amazing price. A zZounds exclusive, the Studio Pack is assembled by our pro-audio experts from some of our most popular recording accessories. It'll transform your Tascam DP02CF into an enviable recording rig. The Studio Pack includes a pair of second-generation KRK Rokit RP5 self-powered reference speakers for real, studio-quality playback monitoring. For a microphone, we've outfitted the recording pack with the Audio Technica AT2020, a beautifully detailed condenser microphone that sounds stellar on vocals, acoustic guitar, piano. . . just about anything you point it at. Of course, we've also included all the little extras--mic stand, cables, vocal pop-filter--to get your project studio off the ground without delay. We've even thrown in a spindle of fifty blank CDRs, so you'll be that much closer to your first record release.
Great ideas that aren't acted upon remain just that: ideas. Let the Tascam DP02CF help you get those ideas out of your head and into the world! Whether or not you've used a multitrack recorder before, the DP02CF makes expressing, developing, and sharing your unique creativity a whole lot easier. You won't have to keep those unrealized musical masterpieces to yourself any longer.
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Tascam's DP02CF combines 8-track CD-quality recording with a Portastudio interface--designed for musicians who want to record quickly and have fun. A matched pair of Tascam mic pres features XLR inputs with phantom power for condenser mics and a guitar in for direct recording. Each channel gives you dedicated controls for instant access to fader level, record arm/track mute, pan, effect send, high and low EQ. There's also an EQ frequency button for finer control over the mix.
The DP02 records two channels at a time to an included 1GB compact flash card--with enough space for a dozen songs or more. When you're satisfied with your production, arm the dedicated master track for your stereo mixdown. You can transfer your tracks and mixes or backup your song to a computer through a speedy USB 2.0 connection for MP3 encoding or CD burning from your Mac or PC. No other workstation makes recording so simple, affordable and fun as the Tascam DP02CF.
Two XLR mic/line inputs with phantom power for condenser microphones
Eight-track recording at uncompressed 44.1k/16-bit audio quality
Portastudio-based interface with volume fader, pan, effect send, high and low EQ controls per channel
EQ frequency button to access high and low EQ shelf frequencies
USB 2.0 interface for transferring tracks, mixes and backup files to a computer
Dedicated stereo master track for mixdown
Internal metronome and bar/beat display for song position
Stereo line outputs on RCA analog and S/PDIF optical digital connectors
1GB Compact Flash card included with enough room for a dozen songs or more
Tascam LaunchPad Starter Pack information
LaunchPad - The Tascam recording kit includes headphones, cables and a microphone to help musicians start recording at an affordable price. Since revolutionizing home recording 25 years ago with the Portastudio, the name TASCAM has become synonymous with creative home recording. The LaunchPad is the ideal accessory for musicians to start recording with their TASCAM DP01 Digital Portastudio, cassette Portastudio or USB computer interface.
Included in the LaunchPad are a pair of TASCAM HPVT1 studio-quality headphones and a TASCAM microphone designed by MXL, whose mics have found their way into a number of studios and hit songs. It also includes a mic clip, mic pouch and cable so you're ready to record right out of the box. The TASCAM LaunchPad is the ultimate mic & headphone kit for passionate musicians.
Optional Tascam DP02CF Studio Pack Contents:
1 x Hosa CPA203 Dual RCA To Dual RCA Cable (9.75 Foot)
1 x RaXXess Stoppit Microphone Pop Filter/Popper Stopper
1 x OnStage 7701B Tripod Boom Mic Stand
1 x Whirlwind MC20 XLR Microphone Cable (20 Foot)
2 x KRK RP5 Rokit Powered Two Way Active Monitor
1 x Audio-Technica AT2020 Side Address Studio Microphone
1 x Memorex CDR80 50-Pack Spindle (52x, 700MB)