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      Tascam HD-P2 Portable High-Definition Stereo Audio Recorder (240493)

A high-resolution, portable stereo recorder designed for easy use in one-take-only situations.

The TASCAM HD-P2 Portable High-Definition Stereo Audio Recorder is the professional solution for challenging live and on-location applications. Co-developed with Frontier Design Group, it records at up to 192kHz/24-bit resolution to Compact Flash media, and its audio files are instantly available to DAWs through the built-in high-speed FireWire computer connection. Unlike consumer MP3 sketchpads, the professional HD-P2 incorporates high-end features like a SMPTE timecode input for synchronization to external devices while in record or playback. The user interface is designed for fast and intuitive use under stressful one-take-only situations, and its large, angled LCD is perfect for any application from over-the-shoulder location recording to concert recording and commercial use.

The HD-P2 records in stereo from 44.1kHz to 192kHz, at 16- or 24-bit, to affordable Compact Flash media. Not only is Compact Flash absolutely silent, so no transport noise will show up on your recording, but the recorded audio is written directly as Broadcast WAVE files for immediate use in digital audio workstations. The unit even includes a FireWire jack for the fastest possible transfer of files to your PC or Mac computer. .

The professional design of the HD-P2 extends to convenient details that pro users will appreciate. The Retake button allows the user to delete the last recording and set up to re-record with a single button press. As audio is recorded, the file headers are continually re-saved to protect your recording against accidental data loss. Files can be named from the front panel interface or using a PS/2 keyboard, which can also be used to control transport and setup features..

On the input side, the unit has a pair of XLR mic inputs with phantom power and analog peak limiting to curb distortion during unpredictable live events. The input level control allows the user to change the level without taking their eyes off the action. The HD-P2 also features unbalanced RCA ins and outs as well as S/PDIF digital I/O. Monitoring is available through a headphone out - again, with its own ergonomic level control - using a built-in speaker. A built-in microphone is also provided for interviews and educational use..

TASCAM's HD-P2 comes standard with a full-featured timecode input - making it the most affordable recorder with built-in timecode ever made. Incoming LTC is connected to the locking XLR input for timestamping your Broascast WAVE files from a central clock. Not only does the recorder timestamp your recorded audio with sample accuracy, the HD-P2 chases incoming timecode during playback for review or loading into an editor. A video clock input allows frame edge resolve to a central blackburst source or use as a lock-and-release timecode slave. There's also a freewheel setting for use with unpredictable timecode sources. For maximum compatibility with the post production world, the HD-P2 supports pull-up and pull-down sample rates, even at high-resolution settings. The video clock input accepts tri-level sync for high-definition television production..

The shoulder-slung design of the HD-P2 with its included locking strap makes it a natural choice for film production recording. The Compact Flash media is safely recessed and latched to prevent accidental ejection, and audio can be recorded locked to timecode and video reference for absolute lock. It runs for approximately 5.5 hours on readily-available AA alkaline batteries, and weighs less than two pounds with batteries installed. Recordings can be instantly transferred through the FireWire jack or a CF reader for use in a non-linear editor to sync dailies or to conform dialog during post..

The HD-P2Ã?s 192kHz/24-bit recording resolution is so precise, you can almost hear what brand of cork was used for the conductor's baton. Its Compact Flash transport doesn't make any noise, so you don't need to worry about machine noise on the recording. The high-quality mic preamps provide phantom power to handle sensitive condenser microphones, and the analog limiter protects the recording against sudden transient distortion. .

Although the HD-P2 was designed for demanding film shoots and live concerts, it's still simple and affordable enough for use in everyday classrooms, churches and home studios. School band and orchestra leaders can use it to record rehearsals for students, and then record concerts to sell for fundraising. House-of-worship leaders can record their services for duplication on CD, and its high-speed FireWire connection provides instant access to the recording, so that CDs can be authored and duplication can begin as the laity files out of the church. With professional connectivity, built-in synchronization, high-resolution recording and Compact Flash convenience, the HD-P2 is the professional solution for serious recording in a reliable, portable package.

Tascam HD-P2 Portable High-Definition Stereo Audio Recorder Features:

  • HD-P2 recording features:
    Stereo recording to CompactFlash media
    44.1kHz to 192kHz recording resolution at 16- or 24-bit
    Time-stamped Broadcast WAVE file format
    Retake button
    Data-loss prevention features
    Comprehensive system and transport control from the front panel or a PS/2 keyboard

    HD-P2 I/O features:
    XLR inputs with phantom power and analog peak limiter
    Unbalanced stereo RCA I/O
    S/PDIF digital I/O
    Headphone output
    Mono microphone and speaker
    Analog level controls
    FireWire interface

    HD-P2 Synchronization features:
    SMPTE/LTC timecode input (locking XLR balanced)
    Timestamps Broadcast WAVE recordings from SMPTE input
    Chase locks to incoming SMPTE timecode
    Video clock input resolves to house clock
    Tri-level sync support for HDTV applications
    Frame Lock, Lock, and Release and flexible Freewheel settings
    Pull-up and Pull-down sample rates for video format compatibility

    HD-P2 Convenience Features:
    Familiar tape machine-style layout and function
    Angled screen for table-top or shoulder strap use
    Large, uncluttered LCD display
    Shortcut keys and LED indicators for most-used functions
    Recessed Compact Flash slot
    Uses (8) AA batteries or DC power adapter
    Approximately 5.5 hours operation on batteries
    10.25"W x 7.75"D x 2.5"H
    <2 lbs. with batteries

Tascam HD-P2 Portable High-Definition Stereo Audio Recorder

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  • Lousy support

    As reviewed by Mike on 3/9/2009

    Stay away from this unit unless you want to be stuck using 8GB or smaller Compact flash. This recorder can not in it's current state and most likely will not ever record pass 8 gb on any compact flash card. (We only been asking tascam for two years now) For example I purchased a 16gb San Disk III card back when they first came out. I put the card in the unit, the Unit recognized the card and I thought all was well until the unit made it to 7.99 gbs on the CF card and promptly locked up. Repeated tests have proven time and time again this unit will lock up solid when you attempt to record more than 7.99 gbs of data onto a CF card. It does not matter the resolution you record at when you get to 7.99 gbs the unit will lock up and requires removing batteries..

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful.
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  • Professional quality unit that is built to last

    As reviewed by Fuzzball on 9/27/2006

    First off I must say that the Tascam High-Definition Portable Stereo recorder is amazing. The recording quality is excellent! The unit records onto flash media for quick and easy portability. The unit has 2 XLR mic pres which are very usable. The unit even has a built in mic which is good for recording interviews (I have used it to record my band interviews with fans). The Recorder even has an instant re-take feature and time code input so that you can link it to external devices! Once again this unit is not a consumer grade recording unit, this thing is definitly a pro level device. If you want superior results you will be very happy with the Tascam High-Definition Portable Stereo Recorder!

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful.
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  • Great For film

    As reviewed by Traviesofilmz on 12/20/2006

    I am a filmaker and I was looking for audio recording that would be able to keep up with my HD cameras. The HD-P2 did the trick. I love this machine. The audio is great and the flash memory allowed for easy editing on the computer using Adobe Audition. I recommend to anybody!!

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful.
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