TASCAM DP-32SD Portastudio 32-Track Digital 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.
When you want a reliable piece of home-recording hardware, turn to the TASCAM DP-32SD Portastudio -- an all-in-one portable recorder packed with hands-on controls, effects processing, and eight individual input channels for tracking the entire band. A one-stop solution for multichannel recording, the digital DP-32SD offers 8 combination XLR-1/4" inputs with +48V phantom power, 32 tracks (8 mono, 12 stereo) for flexible playback, the ability to select between stereo and mono, and much more in a compact, rugged design.

All You Need In One Box

Think of the TASCAM DP-32SD as the hardware version of your digital audio workstation (DAW). Do all your recording, mixing, editing, mastering, and more on the DP-32SD, without having to check in with a computer. The DP-32SD conveniently records to SD cards, providing the stability, reliability, and portability you need to capture audio on the go. Meanwhile, its USB port allows you to load up backing tracks or other sounds from your computer if you need them, as well as bounce tracks to your computer for storage or for extra tweaking in a DAW.

Powerful Signal Processors and Handy Built-Ins

The DP-32SD supplies all of the necessary tools for processing your tracks across 32 channels. Built-in amp models, EQ, delays, compressors, and dozens of other effects are available, allowing you to get just the sound you want. What's more, this Portastudio also gives you the option to record up to 12 stereo tracks for keyboards, MIDI instruments, read more or bouncing down drum tracks or other large files. Take advantage of the unit's master effects before finalizing your recording and transferring it to your computer.

What's on the Back

The rear panel sports eight combination XLR-1/4" mic inputs, monitor out, effect sends, RCA stereo out, an SD slot for reliable file storage, and a USB port for connection to a computer. SD Cards keep the device much more portable, offer a quieter working environment and are much more stable than hard drives. The USB is available for bouncing tracks to your computer for storage or further mixing if desired. Employ the USB port for loading up other sounds like backing tracks or drum loops as well.

Intuitive Layout for Near-Instant Recording

The DP-32SD's no-nonsense layout, high-res color LCD screen, easy-to-use built-in software, and dedicated controls will have you making music in no time -- perhaps without even reading the manual! The DP-32SD's master channel-strip section is intuitive to use, providing hands-on controls for your channel EQ, pan, and send settings. With TASCAM's DP-32SD recording system, you have all the recording features you could want in a portable, budget-friendly unit.

Features:

- Portable digital recorder capable of recording 8 simultaneous tracks and playing back 32
- 8 Mono tracks and 12 stereo tracks
- Stereo tracks can be used as mono tracks for even more recording options
- Integrated 40-input mixer to mixdown
- 44.1 or 48 kHz/16- or 24-bit resolution recording
- 8 Combination XLR-1/4" inputs with high-quality mic preamps with +48V phantom power
- Hi-Z input selectable on input H for recording guitars
- Unbalanced stereo outputs (2x RCA jack)
- Balanced stereo monitor outputs (2x 1/4" TRS jack)
- 2 Unbalanced effect sends (2x 1/4" TS jack)
- Stereo headphone outputs (1/4" TRS jack)
- Remote input (2.5 mm minijack TRS) to connect a RC-3F
- Versatile input effects, guitar effects, mixdown effects, and mastering effects
- Bounce functionality to mix input signals and playback tracks, and record the mixed signal(s) to track(s)
- Virtual tracks capability
- Mark function, chromatic tuner, and metronome keep your audio sounding its best
- Records to reliable SD card media
- Includes AC adapter
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- Recording Media: SD (512MB - 2GB) / SDHC card (4GB - 32GB)
- File System: SD card:FAT16 / SDHC card:FAT32

INPUT A-H:
XLR:
- Connector: XLR-3-31(1:GND, 2:HOT, 3:COLD), Balanced
- Input impedance: 2.4k ohms
- Nominal input level: -14dBu
- Maximum input level: +2dBu

TRS:
- Connector: 6.3mm(1/4")TRS phone-jack, Balanced
- Input impedance: 22k ohms or more/ 1M ohms(when INPUT H, GUITAR selected)
- Nominal input level: +4dBu
- Maximum input level: +20dBu

STEREO OUT:
- Connector: RCA pin-jack, Unbalanced
- Output impedance: 200 ohms
- Nominal output level: -10dBV
- Maximum output level: +6dBV

EFFECT SENDS:
- Connector: 6.3mm (1/4")TS phone-jack, Unbalanced
- Output impedance: 200 ohms
- Nominal output level: -10dBV
- Maximum output level: +6dBV

MONITOR OUT:
- Connector: 6.3mm (1/4")TRS phone-jack, Balanced
- Output impedance : 200 ohms
- Nominal output level: -2dBu
- Maximum output level: +14dBu

PHONES:
- Connector: 6.3mm (1/4")TRS phone-jack
- Maximum output level: 70mW + 70mW (THD+N 0.1% or less, 32 ohms loaded)

USB:
- Connector: USB Mini-B type 4-pin
- Format: USB2.0 High-Speed mass-storage class

REMOTE:
- Connector: 2.5mm TRS jack

- Power: Dedicated AC adapter (TASCAM PS-1225L, included)
- Power consumption: 12W (when phantom power supplying)
- Dimensions: (W x H x D) 514 x 104 x 340mm (20.2 x 4.1 x 13.4")
- Weight: 6.2kg / 13.67 lb
- Operating temperature: 5 to 35*C / 41 to 95*F
- Accessories: AC adapter, 2GB SD card, USB cable, warranty card, owner's manual

Operating system requirements Windows:
- OS: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
- CPU: Pentium 300MHz or more
- Memory: 128MB or more
- USB: USB2.0

Operating system requirements Macintosh:
- OS: Mac OS X Jaguar (V10.2),Mac OS X Panther (V10.3),Mac OS X Tiger (V10.4),Mac OS X Leopard (V10.5),Mac OS X Snow Leopard(V10.6.8),OS X Lion(V10.7),OS X Mountain Lion(V10.8)
- CPU: Power PC, iMAC, G3, G4 266MHz or more
- Memory: 64MB or more
- USB: USB2.0
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 16.25 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 24 x 18 x 7 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): TAS DP32SD
For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: (323) 726-0303
Web: https://tascam.com/us/support/contact

TASCAM DP-32SD 32-Track Portastudio

TASCAM's DP-32SD Digital Portastudio records an unmatched 32 tracks to solid-state media. Up to eight tracks can be recorded at a time through its combination XLR and 1/4" 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. A color LCD and channel strip knobs make mixing fast and creative. With its great sound, powerful features and easy operation, the DP-32SD is TASCAM's biggest Portastudio yet.

Twelve Mono and Twelve Stereo Tracks

The DP-32 has 12 selectable tracks between MONO or STEREO. Use a STEREO track for recording synthesizer, or set the track to MONO when recording guitar or vocal. Not only that, you can create ideal settings for each track. (set #9 to #12 STEREO, then set #13 to #22 MONO) If all tracks are set to MONO the DP-32 becomes a 20-track multi track recorder.

21 faders eliminates layer structuring

The DP-32, even with the high number of tracks, is one of the easiest multi-track recorders in the market to use. The DP-32SD has 20 track-faders and one master fader. You can control any track with ease.

The 3.5" full-color LCD and the self-illuminated buttons increase visibility

The DP-32SD has a 3.5" LCD screen and select self-illuminated buttons, making it easy to view your entire creative process. Some of the illuminated buttons include (SOURCE, SELECT, REC, MUTE).

12 rotary knobs linked to the LCD to help increase easy operation

The DP-24/32 have similarly employed rotary knobs to control qualities such as EQ, Effect Send and other related features.

Utilizing SD/SDHC media ensures confident recording, free from shock due to loud sounds

The DP-32SD uses SD/SDHC media. These cards provide secure shock resistance due to the absence of any moving parts. The file format in the DP-32SD is FAT 16 or 32. You can transfer the recorded files to your computer via USB.

INPUT A-H and each track are equipped with 3-band EQ

The equalizer for each track and each input are independent from other effects. Record like any professional studio with EQ for each individual track.

8 dynamics effects, guitar effects and mix-down effects

Use up to 8 dynamics effects at once, one for each input source. For example, utilize the built-in compressor effect for your bass, guitar and drums tracks. In addition, the DP-32SD have multiple guitar and mixing effects.

Buil-tin Mastering

The DP-32SD is equipped with mastering effects for finished mixes. There is no need for computers when recording and mixing. The mastering effects section includes a Multi-Band Compressor, EQ, Noise-Shaping Dither, and a Normalize Effects.

The headphone amplifier has a high output power of 70mW/ch

The headphone amplifier provides easy monitoring in loud environments such as a rehearsal studios or live performance.

Features:

- Simultaneous 32 track playback
- 8 mono tracks + 12 mono/stereo selectable tracks
- Mounted TMSS (TASCAM Multi Stage Sampling rate converter) provides high-quality sampling rate conversion
- Integrated 40-input mixer to mixdown the 32 playback tracks with the 8 inputs or for bouncing
- Simultaneous 8 track recording
- 16 or 24 bit, 44.1 or 48 kHz recording
- 8 XLR/TRS combo connectors
- Phantom power supply for all inputs
- High-impedance input available (INPUT-H)
- Stereo RCA pin-jack output
- 2 effect send outputs (1/4" TS jack)
- 70mW/ch headphone amplifier
- Peak-hold function at a level meter of the LCD
- Sub-frame editing
- Remote connector for optional RC-3F footswitch
- INPUT A-H and each track are equipped with 3-band EQ
- Automatic punch in/out
- Various edit functions(COPY INSERT, COPY PASTE, MOVE INSERT, MOVE PASTE, OPEN, CUT, SILENCE, CLONE TRACK, CLEAN OUT)
- Undo and Redo function with Undo history
- 8 dynamics effects
- Guitar effects
- Mix-down effects
- Mastering Effects
- Track bounce function
- Virtual tracks (8 virtual track per one track)
- Locate mark up to 99 at one song
- File transferring via USB2.0
- Chromatic tuner
- Metronome
- Dedicated AC adapter included(TASCAM PS-1225L)
- 8 mono and 12 mono/stereo selectable tracks
- 21 faders (19 track-faders and one master fader)
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Submitted October 29, 2019 by Paul A in Clearwater, FL
"No complaints....."
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I am absolutely having a ball with this recorder! It's well worth taking the time to learn how to find your way around and manipulate tracks. After a few days of diving in and playing around, I went through the whole manual cover to cover. I can now work very quickly and easily. This an an amazingly low price for all that you get. So you have to expect some limitations. The on-board reverb is not bad. Same goes for the noise suppression. But the compression leaves much to be desired. I use outboard equipment to limit and compress at the input as I record tracks (inserts on each channel would be nice so that you could patch in outboard gear on individual tracks at mixdown - maybe the next model?). The onboard compression can be used on 1 track at mixdown. This comes in handy when needed. 32 tracks really allows you to develop ideas. I frequently fill every track when recording. It's pretty easy to sub-mix a group of tracks and bounce them to a single, stereo track. This is great for recording multiple harmony voices. The sound of the machine can be a little "dark." But I just adjust my monitors to compensate (roll back the high end). I haven't had any of the technical problems that I read about online. And I've had the recorder for over 3 years. And I use it a lot! As I said, for the price, you have to expect some short comings. But I've been able to get around most of them.

Sound
The sound lacks a little sparkle in the high transients. read more But you can easily compensate during mixdown (and especially when mastering). I would recommend listening on as many different systems as possible. This is how I learned to mix so that it would sound good on anything. I use 2 sets of speakers in the studio. Then listen on my home stereo, both car stereos, a boom box and whatever else is available.

Features
The guitar amp simulator is not very good. But it does comes in handy when you want to quickly work out scratch parts or put down ideas. I live in a condo. So I built a box out of foam rubber in a closet. I have a 12" speaker cabinet inside it that I power with a Blues Jr. I keep it miked up so I can record guitar tracks using an amp and speaker. This makes a WORLD of difference! This allows me to use FX pedals and anything else that I want to run through the amp. The onboard guitar effects are not that great. But I will say that using the built-in flanging or chorus and recording it to a stereo channel sounds great!

Ease of Use
As I mentioned, once you get the hang of it, it's very easy to use the unit. It will take some time until you start getting things to sound the way you want them to. But it certainly can be done.

Quality
I have not noticed any defects so far. Occasionally, I press a button and a light doesn't come on (or go off). I suspect the switches will go eventually. But I do use it a lot and haven't had any major problems. Remember, it's a computer. If you start going FF and Rewinding really quickly it can freeze up. But, like a computer, I've found that turning it off and re-starting it usually fixes the problem. I have never crashed it and lost a track or a mix.

Value
This is more than worth the money. I lived and worked (played & recorded music) in LA for several years. You can buy one of these recorders for $599. I have worked at several studios in LA and NYC. In these places, it will cost you $599 to load your equipment in!!!! If this recorder broke, I would buy another immediately.

Manufacturer Support
I have never had to contact Tascam (I hope it stays that way....).

The Wow Factor
Honestly, the value is the WOW FACTOR. I can record drums and percussion all on separate tracks then overlay several guitar and vocal over-dubs. So many tracks that I can record a specific delay setting for one guitar on a separate track. Aside from the fact that you cannot control midi tracks, there is nothing I've wanted to do that I wasn't able to do on the Tascam DP-32SD.

Musical Background:
Professional musician & songwriter. Live, studio, clubs, concerts, etc. 40+ years

Musical Style:
All styles
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