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Rating and Reviews: Tascam DP-32SD Recorder

Build your home studio around the Tascam DP-32. This digital Portastudio records 8 simultaneous tracks and plays back 32 -- all on rock-solid SD card media.

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"A World of Capabilities." submitted January 26, 2015

By Ken B in Westfield, MA
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Musical Background: Been playing guitar most of my life. Play harmonica and bass guitar as well. Now into drums and keyboard a bit.
Music Style: Blues, Jazz, Christian, Classic Rock. Mostly as a hobbiest now; not in a band for years, but throw a pick-up band together now a
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Overall: I'm just getting started with this unit, and have no experience with other equipment to compare this with, but so far I am very favorably impressed. It's very easy to use and understand if you have any technical background at all, even a little bit. The directions seem clear, and do not assume you know anything already, as far as I can see. Descriptions of functions and the "how to's" are clear and make sense as you follow the steps to familiarize yourself. Recording and playback is easy. I would suggest getting the compatable SD card list from the Tascam website for the unit, then purchase the cards you want that will have enough space them for your projects. I bought two 32GB sanDisk Ultra Plus SDHC UHS-1 cards at Staples. They are already formatted, but ran one through the formatting process on the DP-32 just to get familiar. I'm very impressed with the sound quality and capabilities of this unit. Overall, I'm very pleased, and if I had a need, I would purchase this unit, or similar, again. I did not intend to buy this big a unit, but zZounds had a " blemished" one for a ridiculous price! I have yet to find the "blemish," and everything works as advertised.
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"Tascam Dp-32sd Digital Portastudio" submitted May 4, 2015

By rochester davis in allentown, PA
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Musical Background: lets just say along timd. I play a Fender Jazz American a thhe way and a fine bass by warwick
Music Style: The " P " that The Funk as well as Rock R&B some Jazz
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Overall: Total satisfaction !!!! Very easy to adapt to so mu h easier the computer and really give me the sense of knowing that I am in control totally of what I am doing .Again. Total satisfaction
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"I really like it but...." submitted March 6, 2016

By Dave m in Brimfield, OH
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Musical Background: producer / performer
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Overall: These units have a design flaw. They have electronic spikes. It seems to happen when punching in and out. I've owned two DP32s and they both had this very negative aspect.
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"didn't get what i paid for" submitted July 17, 2016

By Dj KS in darby, PA
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Musical Background: 20years
Music Style: all
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Overall: the main reason I wanted this was for the cd burner but when it arrived it was the newer one and it didn't have one ,very disappointed....to run and external effect send is difficult sometimes it works and sometimes it don't....waste of money'''''''''
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"It is ok for recording demos" submitted May 17, 2015

By armando Portillo in Miami, FL
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Musical Background: Professional guitarrist
Music Style: Alternative rock, reggae, Balad, Pop.
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Overall: I bought this to record my ideas and then try to record them professionally in a studio. If you are not looking for a home-recording sound, don't buy it. But if are trying to record lots of tracks to have fun and remember your ideas it is great. I am having a lot of fun with it. It is really fun playing around with it and pretty good sounding for a home recording device. I would recommend it. But not for professional recording.
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"Tascam!! Quit teasing us!!!!!" submitted August 26, 2015

By John B in Denton, TX
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Musical Background: Professional musician/ live sound and recording engineer 35+ years
Music Style: Jazz, rock, pop, EDM, classical, big band, country, blues, reggae,
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Overall: I was ready to pounce on this recorder... until I remembered a Tascam upgrade always involves the consumer having to lose something in the end. In this case, we lost midi connectivity. How many of us sequence midi tracks? Raise your hands. If the unit is only fully functional when paired with a computer, might as well just use a computer in the first place. The low score for sound is based on the horrible effects. This could be a great unit, but Tascam ruined it by trimming necessities. Tried to contact Tascam several times. I have never received a response after several (maybe 8) attempts to correspond with them. This is why "pro" studios don't use Tascam products anymore.
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"Gismo laden toy" submitted January 15, 2015

By Jay D
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Musical Background: 38 years a guitarist and bassist, 21 years a recording engineer.
Music Style: Rock
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Overall: I assumed since this is a 32 track recorder that it would be capable of big time production projects. After all, why would a "scratch pad" recorder need 32 tracks? 3 band eq? Really. Try mixing 32 tracks together and get everything to fit together with no overlapping frequencies with 3 band eq. The guitar amp sims sound terrible. Good enough for a "scratch pad" recorder, but again, why do you need 32 tracks for that? Having full, real time control during mixdown is not possible with the menu setup. Would be fine for someone who is just learning to record, but why do you need 32 tracks for that?
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