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Tascam DP03 Portastudio Multitrack Recorder

Record 2 XLR inputs to SD Card media. Layer 8 tracks and mix on 8 faders. Burn a CD with the DP03's drive, or transfer via USB. This recorder does it all! (9) Read 6 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Ultra-portable and versatile, the Tascam DP03 digital 8-track Portastudio recorder covers all the pocket-recording bases. Two XLR microphone inputs, built-in stereo condenser microphones, SD card media, USB connectivity, a built-in CD drive for burning songs, effects processing, and intuitive controls make recording anything, anywhere a piece of cake. This Portastudio is so straightforward that even your mom can capture something good; put her in charge of recording your rehearsal for a demo disc, and expect nothing but high-quality audio.

Record and Share Your Music

Tascam's 8-track digital recorder captures CD-quality music to SD/SDHC cards -- a convenient, affordable option for musicians, media hoarders, and recording enthusiasts alike. Making the DP-03 useable right out of the box, it comes with a 2 GB card.

Once you've figured out what you want to record, point the DP-03's stereo pair of built-in condenser mics toward your sound source, and you're ready to go during live performances, practice time, or songwriting sessions. When you want to do some serious recording, whip out your more expensive external microphones and connect them to the DP-03's XLR microphone inputs with phantom power.

Eight Tracks of Fun

With the DP-03, you can easily record two tracks at a time until you fill up all eight slots. Use the built-in tuner and metronome to record your tracks just right, and then edit them with standard commands such as Copy/Paste, Silence, Clone Track, and Undo. Moreover, you can bounce all eight tracks down to one or two, or even import a recording via USB or audio CD.

The compact digital recorder has 1/4-inch stereo line inputs, a switchable instrument-level input for recording a guitar or bass without a direct box, and an optional three-button footswitch (RC-3F) for control and punch-in operations.

Multi-Effects At Your Fingertips

Record, mix, and master, all on the DP-03. Each of the eight tracks has its own send to a stereo reverb processor, as well as two-band shelving EQ, taking care of the essentials. After you tweak your mix with the 45 mm faders, pan knobs, reverb, and EQ, you can record it to the dedicated stereo master track, which you can process with mastering effects like EQ and limiting. When you're ready to finalize your work, transfer your mix to a computer over USB 2.0, or burn it on an audio CD via the DP-03's convenient built-in CD burner.

Features:

- 8-Track digital compact recorder with microphones, effects, editing, CD burner, and more
- Conveniently records to SD/SDHC Card media -- a 2 GB SD card is included
- Import audio tracks from CD
- Built-in stereo condenser microphones for quick setup and instant recording
- Two XLR microphone inputs with phantom power for connecting your favorite external mics
- 1/4" Stereo line inputs and switchable instrument-level input for guitar/bass direct recording
- Multi-band mastering effects such as EQ and limiting
- 2-Band EQ per track
- Internal reverb processor with dedicated send per track
- Built-in chromatic tuner and metronome for precision recording
- Track editing, auto-punch, and bounce features
- Optional RC-3F footswitch offers three switches for punch-in and transport operation
- Compact (11.4" [W] x 2.1" [H] x 8.2" [D]) and lightweight (4 lbs.)

With built-in microphones, XLR mic inputs, editing tools, effects, mastering, CD burning, and more, the DP-03 offers everything you need to record and save your music, all in a compact, 4-pound box.

zZounds is an authorized dealer of Tascam products.
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 6 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 17 x 11 x 5 in
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 323-727-7617

Product Description

Tascam continues to innovate home recording with the DP03 digital 8-track Portastudio. The compact songwriting platform records up to two XLR microphone inputs at a time, or use built-in stereo condenser microphones to capture rehearsals and performances. The 8-track DP03 records to SD card media while you mix on user-friendly knobs and faders. When you've completed your song, transfer to a computer over USB or burn to a CD with the built-in drive. Tascam's DP03 digital Portastudio is the musician-friendly way to capture your musical inspiration.

Features:

- Record up to two XLR microphone inputs at a time
- Built-in stereo condenser microphones for maximum portability and quick setup
- Record to an SD card, burn your CD on the built-in drive, or transfer with USB
- User-friendly controls and menus make recording very quick and easy
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Sound: The EQ and Compression features allow you to deliver "crisp" and "tight" product to disc. Feature: Most useful: EQ, Compression, metronome and punch in (I could go on) The tuner is probably the least useful but it's great if you don't have a piano, tuner or great ear with you. Ease of Use: Simply put, if you can read, you can use this product. Additionally, if you are intuitive and have some previous experience with recorders, you will feel like a pro with this product in no time. Quality: The product is by no stretch of the imagine rugged. However, I don't anticipate dropping it or throwing it around in the back of the car traveling either. It was purchased to be used in a small "home" studio where on a good day, 2-3 people will touch it. Value: In short, YES!!!! Manufacturer Support: I have not needed to deal with the manufacturer as of yet. The Wow Factor: The design is compact but bold. It is something I'm sure my sons look forward to showing off. Overall: I am in the midst of setting up a "starter" studio for my sons (guitar and piano) and wanted a product that wouldn't overwhelm them but meet my expectations at the same time. Well, the DP-03 "exceeds" my expectations.
Style of Music: Primarily Christian and Jazz.
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Sound: The sound is plenty good enough. If you want to tweak every last feature of the finished sound on every last track, you obviously need a bigger box or a computer (you can upload your tracks). If you're trying to lay down perfectly good tracks without a lot of setup knob-turning and mouse-clicking, the DP-03 is for you. Feature: Ease of use and high-quality sound and control are the most noticeable features. Has the usual reverb-by-channel, EQ-by-channel, etc. Ease of Use: If you record at home, and you like to play and sing more than you like to navigate menus, the Tascam DP-03 is your best choice. After 2 computer-based systems, 3 or 4 digital home-recorders, a cassette-based portastudio, and a reel-to-reel-based home recording system, this is the FIRST box I actually enjoy using. The learning curve is near zero. Almost any function (assign input-to-recording-track, tuner, mixdown, metronome, bounce tracks, phantom power, save your work, not to mention track-by-track EQ and reverb) take only 2 or 3 button pushes. Plug in and record. 8 tracks to work with. If you write songs frequently, you'll be delighted with the lack of set-up time needed. And it's got enough horse-power so you can produce a presentable finished product. Quality: I've only had it a few weeks. So far the construction seems solid. It would be foolish to guess on the unit's longevity. Value: If other items were this easy to use in relation to their horse-power, it would be easier to rate their price compared to this one. Manufacturer Support: Haven't needed it yet. The Wow Factor: It depends on what you want. If you want to tweak every parameter on every track, you should rob a bank, and then get a computer, software, and an analog-to-Midi computer interface box. If you want to record your vocals, guitar, base, keyboard and drum tracks shortly after you dream them up, and be able to mix it all down to nice-sounding full-band arrangements, get the DP-03. Overall: If I was filthy rich, I'd still use this unit to record full-band arrangements, and then turn the tracks over to my staff to do the million-copy studio work.
Style of Music: Blend of hard-rock, gospel, big-band swing, blues, country, classical, and Zydeco
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