TASCAM Portacapture X8 Multi-Track Recorder

Carry 8 tracks in your pocket! This tiny TASCAM recorder is a beast, with detachable X-Y/A-B stereo mics, 4 XLR-TRS combo jacks, and a color touchscreen.

TASCAM PortaCapture X8 multi-purpose/multi-function handheld recorder represents the next generation of TASCAM's DR series portable recorders.


See how to get started recording on the Portacapture X8:


Learn about 32-bit float recording and timecode features on the Portacapture X8:


Launcher Presets: The Right Settings to Fit Your Application, Fast


The Launcher system and 3.5-inch color touch panel allow smooth navigation to select the best audio settings that match the application. Taking advantage of these presets, users will have more time to focus on the actual recording without the need to struggle with complicated settings. Also, USER SETTING on the launcher allows direct access to user-determined specific app settings with just one step.

In MANUAL mode, multitrack recording of up to six channels is possible. Other modes include VOICE for capturing interviews, dictation and meetings; PODCAST for recording podcasts with up to four people; MUSIC for easily capturing instrumental and vocal performances; FIELD for recording outdoors, and ASMR mode, in which the screen visual effect changes in response to the input sound.

Configure Level Settings With Ease


The Portacapture X8 provides a preset level setting to achieve a wide dynamic range utilizing the premium dual AD converters and 32-bit float point recording technology. The result is content with uncompromised audio quality even with low level recordings. The audio data can be edited and increased later without deteriorating read more the S/N (signal-to-noise ratio). Also the internal normalize function allows automatic level alignment of the 2-mix file after recording. Combining these features, there's no need to use valuable creative time finding the right audio level that matches the recording.

USB Audio Interface Function With No Driver Needed


Utilizing plug-and-go driverless functionality, the Portacapture X8 can be used as a compact mixer with built-in microphones for live streaming via OBS or similar platforms, and also offers direct recording of video narration and dialogue directly to DAW and editing software. The Portacapture X8 streams up to 8 tracks (6 inputs and 2mix) through USB. By supporting the USB Type-C Power Delivery standard, Portacapture X8 can provide phantom power to each external mic at once with USB bus power. For video or audio conferencing, use the Portacapture X8 as your USB microphones and even record the audio simultaneously. Also, Portacapture X8 supports 32bit float USB transmission (from V1.30), enabling DAW recording with wider dynamic range, higher resolution and audio quality, and editing capability.

Premium Large Format Built-in Microphones

The Portacapture X8 comes with two 14.6mm diameter built-in microphones, the largest in TASCAM's lineup. Employing a detachable mechanism, both L and R microphones can be flexibly attached/detached from the main unit to form A-B / True X-Y mic patterns.

Wireless Remote Control via Optional Bluetooth Adapter and Original App

Wireless remote control is possible via mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets (iPad and Android devices) using the optional AK-BT1 Bluetooth dongle and the Portacapture Control app, which can be downloaded free of charge from the App Store or Google Play.

Wireless Timecode Sync with Atomos AtomX SYNC/ UltraSync BLUE supported devices

Adding timecode sync greatly helps the post-editing process by aligning files on a time basis, especially for projects using multiple cameras or recorders. Wireless timecode sync is available with Atomos AtomX SYNC, UltraSync BLUE and other compatible products such as ATOMOS CONNECT and SHOGUN CONNECT. The optional AK-BT1 Bluetooth adapter for Portacapture X8 is required.

Multi-track Recording Up to 8 tracks (6 tracks + 2 mix)

The Portacapture X8 can simultaneously record up to 8 tracks in total (6 tracks + 2 mix). From monaural audio recording to multi-track music recording, the Portacapture X8 can be flexibly adapted for a wide range of applications.

4 HDDA Mic Preamps

For the XLR/TRS inputs, TASCAM know-how utilizing the in-house-developed HDDA (High Definition Discrete Architecture) mic preamps -- enables high-quality audio recording.

4 XLR/TRS Combo Jacks With External MIC/LINE Connectivity and Camera in/out

With its 2 built-in stereo mics, 4 XLR inputs with support for both mic and line-level, EXT-IN, LINE OUT, and CAMERA IN/OUT connections, the Portacapture X8 is a versatile portable recorder with an abundance of IN/OUT choices. (Maximum input level: +24dBu)

Flexible Configuration With Cold Shoe/Tripod Screw Connectors

The unit's external mechanism provides flexible functionality. Portacapture X8 can be easily mounted on top of cameras and tripods, and be combined with AV rigs. The rear cold shoe mount also makes it possible to attach mic holders and/or wireless receivers. Adapters and cables not included.

Features:

- Detachable, interchangeable 14.6mm large-diaphragm condenser mics for both A-B position and X-Y position
- Large central control knob for fine adjustment of input gain and other parameters
- Internal multi-track recording up to 8 tracks (6 tracks + 2 mix)
- Supports up to 192 kHz/32-bit floating point recording
- Wireless remote control via optional Bluetooth dongle and original app
- Intuitive Launcher system using a 3.5-inch color touch panel display
- Recording applications such as basic multi-track recording, podcasting, music, voice (interviews, vlog), field recording, ASMR and more
- 4 XLR/TRS locking combo jack MIC/LINE inputs with individual phantom power supply (24V/48V) and in-house-developed HDDA (High Definition Discrete Architecture) mic preamps
- Includes 8-in/2-out USB audio interface function (Internal mics can be used as a USB audio source; internal recording to microSD card is available while the unit is functioning in USB audio interface mode, and supports 32-bit float USB transmission)
- TASCAM Portacapture Control app for wireless remote control via mobile devices (with optional AK-BT1 Bluetooth adapter)
- Wireless timecode sync with supported devices from Atomos (with optional AK-BT1 Bluetooth adapter, added in V1.20)
- Dual recording mode enables each track to be recorded in a different file format
- Equipped with a variety of functions such as low-cut filter, compressor, limiter, auto-gain control, reverb, noise gate and normalize
- Stores user settings on app and input presets (up to three for each) from V1.30
- CAMERA/EXT input allows audio recorded on a camera to be monitored and also supports audio input of wireless microphones and more
- CAMERA/LINE output with attenuation function allows for sending audio to external devices like cameras, etc.
- Audio monitoring is possible with either headphone output or the built-in speaker
- USB mix-minus on PODCAST app (from V1.30)
- Supports micro SD/micro SDHC/micro SDXC (up to 512GB) recording media
- Equipped with a Mark function and slate tone function
- Powered by 4 AA batteries, USB bus power, or optional AC adapter (PS-P520U)
- Support for multi-language menu display (English, Japanese, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Chinese, Korean, Russian)

What's in the box?

- Portacapture X8
- Included mics (left/right pair)
- 4 x AA alkaline batteries
- Owner's Manual (including warranty)
- TASCAM ID registration guide

Note: microSD cards, USB cable, & power supply not included.
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Optional Accessories:

- Accessory package: AK-DR11G MKIII
- Accessory package for DSLR connection: AK-DR11C MKII
- Bluetooth adapter : AK-BT1
- AC adapter: PS-P520U
- Shotgun microphone: TM-200SG
- Windscreen: WS-11
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 1.61 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 9 x 7 x 3 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): TAS PORTACAPTX8

For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 323-726-0303
Email:
Web: https://tascam.com/us/support/contact

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