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Tascam DP24 Portastudio Digital Recorder, 24-Track, New

Put down the mouse and get your hands on the Tascam DP24's 19 real faders. Record up to eight simultaneous channels, mix, master, and burn to CD. (18) Read 15 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Product Description

As the flagship of Tascam's long-running Portastudio series, the DP-24 solid-state recorder is your one-stop shop for capturing your musical ideas, mixing, and mastering to CD. This standalone multitracker gives you eight phantom-powered microphone preamps with XLR-1/4" combi jacks, including a Hi-Z direct instrument input for your guitar or bass. Record up to eight simultaneous tracks and layer up to 24 tracks to rock-solid SD or SDHC card flash memory, at up to 48 kHz/24-bit resolution. Play through amp simulations, reverb, chorus, delay, and more, and shape your sound with Tascam's powerful built-in EQs, compressors, and limiters -- all tweakable with real knobs and visual feedback from the DP-24's color LCD screen. You can even master and burn a CD directly on the DP-24. Plus, this standalone recorder doesn't limit your flexibility: to collaborate with other studios, simply transfer your .WAV-format multitracks to a computer-based DAW via the DP-24's USB output.

Keep Your Options Open with 24 Digital Tracks

Don't let track limitations keep you from doubling guitars, stereo-tracking piano or dubbing four more vocal harmonies to your songs. With 4-, 8- or 16-track machines, you may find yourself having to bounce what's already been recorded to a stereo sub-mix to make room for more overdubs. Not only does this add time to the recording process, it also commits you to a mix before you've tracked an entire song, and as any engineer knows, each new element can alter the overall sonic balance of an entire project. With the Tascam DP-24, you'll be able to keep more tracks separate when going into your final mix -- so feel free to add that extra accordion part.

Track The Whole Band on Eight Simultaneous Inputs

With eight simultaneous recording tracks, and 24 simultaneous playback tracks, the Tascam DP-24 is the ideal tool for full bands that want to record multitracks right in their rehearsal studios. With eight XLR-1/4" inputs with phantom-powered microphone preamps, you can mic up a drum kit and a couple of guitar amps and still have input channels left for the vocals without having to unplug your entire setup. And if you don't need to record a full band simultaneously, the DP-24 is also great for solo artists that want to build up a composition one track at a time. With 24 tracks on 18 faders (plus one more master fader), you've got plenty of elbow room.

Non-Destructive Digital Recording and Editing

Because the DP-24 is a digital recorder, an additional 8 "virtual tracks" are available for recording multiple takes on each track. No longer do you have to commit to a "take it or trash it" decision after each take -- this non-destructive recorder encourages musical experimentation. Plus, you won't have to worry about running out of space: the DP-24 accepts up to a 32 GB SDHC solid-state flash memory card, and it comes with a 2 GB card to get you started. It's even simple to punch in and out, copy, cut, paste, move, insert silence, and more editing functions with the DP-24's color LCD screen to guide you.

Channel Strip Section for EQ, Pan, Sends, and More

If you're accustomed to working on a console -- or even if you're used to looking at a software DAW -- you'll feel right at home with the DP-24's easy-to-use channel-strip section. Instead of paging through menus to find functions, the DP-24 lets you adjust channel EQ, pan, and effects sends with the top panel's buttons and knobs while the color LCD gives you relevant visual feedback. You'll also find dedicated buttons for all your transport controls: record, play, stop, fast forward and rewind -- plus dedicated track-selection and record-arm buttons for each of your 12 mono tracks and 6 stereo tracks.

Beyond Demos: Mastering and Burning CDs

No production is ready for duplication or dissemination without first going through the mastering process. The DP-24 provides a suite of mastering tools, including a multiband stereo compressor/limiter and mastering EQ that will help bring your final mix into sharp focus and noise-shaping dithering to bring your project from 24-bit to 16-bit. Once you have your stereo master track, finish the production process by burning a CD master using the DP-24's built-in optical drive. Not ready to commit to CD quite yet? Simply offload your tracks via USB 2.0 for further tweaking on a computer-based DAW.

Advantages Over Computer-Based Recording

While many musicians praise the virtues of computer-based recording solutions, the process of actually setting up and tracking onto your PC or Mac is fraught with obstacles. Is your interface compatible with your operating system? Is your RAM sufficient for your target track count? Have you partitioned your hard drive, calibrated your input level, organized your project folders, and suppressed any programs that might be running in the background? Who needs the hassle when the Tascam DP-24 is ready to record straight out of the box? The DP-24's perfectly matched hardware and operating system are virtually free of latency, processing lag, and crashes for fraction of the price. When you consider all the money you'd have to spend on plugins, recording software, outboard processors, and interfaces to get the same functionality that the DP-24 offers, there's just no comparison.

Features:

- Self-contained standalone 24-track digital recorder
- Record the whole band on 8 simultaneous tracks
- 8 phantom-powered microphone preamps with combination XLR-1/4" input jacks
- Layer and play back 24 tracks, each with 8 "virtual tracks" for recording non-destructive alternate takes
- Hi-Z instrument input for recording your guitar or bass "direct"
- Record and mix with EQs, compressors, limiters, reverbs, amp simulators, and many more effects
- Built-in CD-RW optical drive for burning audio CDs or backing up projects
- Up to 48 kHz/24-bit resolution
- Color LCD screen
- Record to inexpensive, quiet, and stable solid-state SD card media
- Includes 2 GB SD card; accepts up to 32 GB SDHC cards
- Built-in metronome and chromatic tuner
- USB output: transfer your multitrack recordings to a computer in .WAV format
- MIDI I/O
- Four 1/4" analog outputs plus stereo RCA outputs for connecting monitor speakers

Do you prefer hands-on hardware recording to messing with a mouse? If so, the Tascam DP-24 is a complete music production solution. Full-band tracking, mixing and mastering are all at your command, and all at 48 kHz/24-bit resolution on reliable solid-state SD Card media. For the D.I.Y. musician with the talent, the songs, and the will, the Tascam DP-24 is the gear will transform you into a true recording artist.

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Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
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Shipping Weight: 18 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 24 x 18 x 8 in
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 323-727-7617

Product Description

Tascam's DP-24 is a 24-track Digital Portastudio with solid-state recording, a color LCD and channel strip controls to make recording simple so you can stay creative. Up to eight simultaneous tracks can be recorded through its combination XLR and 1/4-inch combo jacks. Input processing like compression and limiting are available during recording, as well as guitar amp simulation and multi-effects for use with the instrument-level input.

Once recorded, tracks can be viewed and mixed on the large color LCD and dedicated mixing controls like 19 linear faders and a dozen channel strip encoders. Two Mixdown effects including reverb and chorus are also available, as well as a mastering processors. Once finished, songs can be transferred to computer over USB or written to CD with the built-in CD-RW drive.

With its great sound, powerful features and easy operation, the DP-24 is Tascam's most powerful Portastudio yet.

Features:

- 24-track digital recording
- Color LCD display and 12-encoder channel strips for simple operation
- Eight microphone inputs on combo XLR-1/4" jacks with phantom power
- Up to eight-track simultaneous recording at 48 kHz/24-bit audio resolution
- Solid-state recording to SD Card media for better shock resistance than hard drive recording
- 2 GB SD Card included -- can accept up to a 32 GB card
- Instrument-level input for direct recording of guitar or bass
- Dedicated controls for EQ, pan and effect sends
- Multiple effects processors for input processing, guitar amp simulation and mastering
- Virtual tracks for alternate takes and undo
- CD-RW drive for mixdown and backup
- Built-in chromatic tuner and metronome
- MIDI input and output for clocking and control
- 1/4" monitor outputs, effect send outs and headphone output
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zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. "great unit!"
Overall: It's very well built (heavy/solid). Also very easy to use, almost no need to open manual. Sound quality exceptional, I wish this unit had more built in effects and mastering options. Some users gave low rating here because of their lack of knowledge about SD cards and how CD drive works which was ridiculous. Educate yourself first and don't blame this fantastic device. Anyway after years dealing and fighting with DAW software I have enough, I needed simple and reliable digital recorder what the DP-24 exactly is.
Style of Music: alternative, jazz, fusion.
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Overall: Have had this unit for a week and very easy instructions to follow. Every thing I hoped for from ease of use to great sound quality. Absolutely no complaints so far. Was a prior Korg owner, Tascam as good or better sound quality at 1/3 the price.
Style of Music: Rock, Country and Blues
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