Tascam DP-004 Portable 4-track Digital Multi-track Recorder  

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TASCAM's DP-004 Digital Pocketstudio is based on 30 years of easy-to-use cassette Portastudios, updated with four tracks of CD-quality digital recording. Like those groundbreaking Portastudios, a row ... Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

TASCAM's DP-004 Digital Pocketstudio is based on 30 years of easy-to-use cassette Portastudios, updated with four tracks of CD-quality digital recording. Like those groundbreaking Portastudios, a row of knobs set levels and pan instead of a list of menus.

The DP-004 can record two sources at once to the included 1GB SD Card. A built-in stereo condenser microphone makes it simple to record anywhere you go, perfect for concerts, rehearsals and songwriting inspirations. A pair of 1/4" jacks on the rear panel allow you to connect your own microphones or sources. You can even switch the inputs to guitar level for recording.

The DP-004 allows you to build up your arrangement until you've filled up all four tracks. The Bounce feature allows you to consolidate tracks and make room for more overdub layers. Track editing and undo is also available.

Mixing is also built into the Digital Pocketstudio. Once you set levels and pan, record your mix onto a dedicated stereo master track. You're able to transfer your tracks and mixes to a computer over USB 2 for CD burning and sharing online.

Despite its go-anywhere compact design - smaller than a paperback book - the DP-004 is simple enough for students, songwriters and musicians who want to keep their recording process simple and creative.

Features
  • Four tracks of CD-quality digital recording
  • Record two sources at once to the included 1GB SD Card
  • Mixing is also built into the Digital Pocketstudio
  • Transfer your tracks and mixes to a computer over USB 2 for CD burning and sharing online.
  • Smaller than a paperback book
Specifications
  • Connections:
    Two 1/4" unbalanced mic/line inputs
    Switchable guitar input
    Headphone/Line output
    USB 2.0 connector

    Recording:
    Four-track digital multitrack recording
    CD-quality 44.1kHz/16-bit WAV recording
    Records to SD Card media (1GB card included)
    Repeat, Record undo
    Dedicated stereo mixdown track

    Physical:
    Powered through AA Batteries or optional PS-P520 power adapter
    Battery life: About 8 hours recording, about 8.5 hours playback (alkaline batteries)
    Dimensions (WxHxD): 6.1" x 1.3" x 4.2" (155mm x 33.5mm x 107mm)
    Weight: 2.8 oz (360 g, w/o batteries)

Warranty
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
Tape machines - 90 day warranty; one year parts warranty.
Warranty terms vary. Check with manufacturer for specific product warranty.


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TASCAMDP-004 Portable 4-track Digital Multi-track Recorder
 
4.6

(based on 20 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

One of the Greatest Purchases I have made

If I could give it six stars I would. Whether you are recoring prazctice session, live performance, or just wanting to get better, this is for you. You won't cut a professional...Read complete review

If I could give it six stars I would. Whether you are recoring prazctice session, live performance, or just wanting to get better, this is for you. You won't cut a professional CD with one of these things, but you sure can cut demo's, or songs to play on ipods. It is not hard to use at all. I am in my 40's and have been out of the industry for 20 years. I learned how to use every feature of this device in about three hours...and spit out a WAV file to use on my ipod. It was pretty easy. I wish it had EQ for each track, but then it'd be bigger and probably more expensive. It can fit into my guitar case with no problem. I would reccomend getting a larger SD card for it, because you will find yourself using this toy a bunch. It runs on AA batteries, and does a great job, on average I get about eight hours out of a set. I am planning on getting the power supply for it, when I use it at home. If you are an aspireing musician, this is a must. I wish I'd had something like this 20 years ago. If it got lost, broke or stolen tomorrow, I would purchase another one as fast as I' could.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good Sound, but also annoying

Like any other product, there is good and bad. The good is that this device----like all digital recorders, does a wonderful job of recording in rooms that don't have all of...Read complete review

Like any other product, there is good and bad. The good is that this device----like all digital recorders, does a wonderful job of recording in rooms that don't have all of the sound-deadening foam and acoustic values. This means you can record in a concrete floored basement---unlike back in the day when such would make for aweful sound. What is good about this unit is essentially what's good about digital recording as a whole. The bad---I would caution buyers ---some of the annoyances are more than just peaves---they can be very frustrating. No AC adaptor---which costs extra. This is like buying a car with no tires. Next; The screen isn't lit---and you might think saving some cash and sacrificing such is ok---it will drive you crazy if you want to record in a soft lighting (hello, that's what we musicians do.) The single most annoying thing is that everytime you execute a major function---like erasing a piece--you have to reassign the recording inputs,i.e. mic, guitar/line, internal mic, off---etc. Everytime. Such a neat lil machine with such an annoying shortcoming. And last---and this can be very limiting when studying your tracks at playback(levels, overall sound), the headphone jack puts out a very weak power signal---so, no jammimg whatsoever til you play it through a amp or mixer. And if you are playing acoustic drums (or even an acoustic guitar) and want to use the click---forget about being able to hear the click through ANY type of phones, regardless of how sharp your headphones are---unless you use an amp. By the time you get all your amps, cords and signals lined out---you start jonesing for the other machines---machines you can see in dim lighting, don't have to change settings when attempting a single task, and can give a nice boost to the phones. I hate negative reviews, but I shoulda spent an extra hundy or so.

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(63 of 66 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A beautiful little machine

By Jonathan Hogan

from NYC, NY

Comments about TASCAM DP-004 Portable 4-track Digital Multi-track Recorder:

Astonishing quality and versatility in such a small and elegant package. Easy to use; so far I've only used the built in mikes - sat down with the recorder on the table in front of me, played guitar and sang. Played back on my portable speakers and heard better sound than on my TEAC reel to reel with great microphones. The line out/headphone jack, two mic. inputs, 4 tracks, bounce and punch in capabilities, ease of use and brilliant sound - and you can download on to your computer - I guess you could say I am pleased.

(55 of 55 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

One of the Greatest Purchases I have made

By Oysters and Beer

from Dallas, Texas

Comments about TASCAM DP-004 Portable 4-track Digital Multi-track Recorder:

If I could give it six stars I would. Whether you are recoring prazctice session, live performance, or just wanting to get better, this is for you. You won't cut a professional CD with one of these things, but you sure can cut demo's, or songs to play on ipods. It is not hard to use at all. I am in my 40's and have been out of the industry for 20 years. I learned how to use every feature of this device in about three hours...and spit out a WAV file to use on my ipod. It was pretty easy. I wish it had EQ for each track, but then it'd be bigger and probably more expensive. It can fit into my guitar case with no problem. I would reccomend getting a larger SD card for it, because you will find yourself using this toy a bunch. It runs on AA batteries, and does a great job, on average I get about eight hours out of a set. I am planning on getting the power supply for it, when I use it at home. If you are an aspireing musician, this is a must. I wish I'd had something like this 20 years ago. If it got lost, broke or stolen tomorrow, I would purchase another one as fast as I' could.

(44 of 50 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Good Sound, but also annoying

By EJ

from Evansville, IN

Comments about TASCAM DP-004 Portable 4-track Digital Multi-track Recorder:

Like any other product, there is good and bad. The good is that this device----like all digital recorders, does a wonderful job of recording in rooms that don't have all of the sound-deadening foam and acoustic values. This means you can record in a concrete floored basement---unlike back in the day when such would make for aweful sound. What is good about this unit is essentially what's good about digital recording as a whole. The bad---I would caution buyers ---some of the annoyances are more than just peaves---they can be very frustrating. No AC adaptor---which costs extra. This is like buying a car with no tires. Next; The screen isn't lit---and you might think saving some cash and sacrificing such is ok---it will drive you crazy if you want to record in a soft lighting (hello, that's what we musicians do.) The single most annoying thing is that everytime you execute a major function---like erasing a piece--you have to reassign the recording inputs,i.e. mic, guitar/line, internal mic, off---etc. Everytime. Such a neat lil machine with such an annoying shortcoming. And last---and this can be very limiting when studying your tracks at playback(levels, overall sound), the headphone jack puts out a very weak power signal---so, no jammimg whatsoever til you play it through a amp or mixer. And if you are playing acoustic drums (or even an acoustic guitar) and want to use the click---forget about being able to hear the click through ANY type of phones, regardless of how sharp your headphones are---unless you use an amp. By the time you get all your amps, cords and signals lined out---you start jonesing for the other machines---machines you can see in dim lighting, don't have to change settings when attempting a single task, and can give a nice boost to the phones. I hate negative reviews, but I shoulda spent an extra hundy or so.

(39 of 53 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Pocket Studio!

By tmoretti

from La Grange,IL

Comments about TASCAM DP-004 Portable 4-track Digital Multi-track Recorder:

Everything you can ask for at this price! Great for home guitar projects.I have many tascam products and this a 5 star take anywhere studio.

(33 of 34 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Big Surprise, Small Package

By Ed Marynski

from Davisburg, Michigan

Comments about TASCAM DP-004 Portable 4-track Digital Multi-track Recorder:

I was mainly looking for a scratch pad to capture ideas without having to fire up my laptop, soundcard, recording program, etc.. I looked over all the portable recorders and tried a few out, and the Tascam IMO is by far the best. Some of the single track/stereo field recorders were nice, but I needed something multitrack. Anyways, the mics on this blew me away. Very easy interface and easy transfer of files to computer. I'm buying the new DP-008, after the Holidays, if this were stolen or broke, I would immediately buy another one, this was my favorite purchase of 2009, I use it every single day.

(30 of 31 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Nice solid unit

By Mark

from Stanley, NY

Comments about TASCAM DP-004 Portable 4-track Digital Multi-track Recorder:

I have owned several portastudios and this one follows in the same tradition of quality and ease of use. The sound quality is outstanding, it is small and portable and lasts a long time just on batteries. My only complaint is the display, it is dark and you have to be at the right angle to see it clearly.. maybe it is just my older eyes. Would I buy it again if it got stolen? Yes.... amazing technology for the price.

(29 of 30 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome piece of equipment

By jeff

from montrose,pa

Comments about TASCAM DP-004 Portable 4-track Digital Multi-track Recorder:

This is an impressive piece of equipment. For it's size and price, you can't go wrong with this jem. It is very easy to use with great features and , it sounds great. One of the best things about this unit is how much you can do, internally. I used the built in mics for something (which you can set the sensitivity for)and when I hit record, the noise of actually pushing the button was captured. I went back and was able to silence that noise with an easy to use editing function. You can master, bounce, backup, edit, and other things, all without any external equipment and for every action that you perform, there is a history kept and you can undo by simply deleting the action from the history. Once done with a recording, you connect to your computer and put it on there as a wave file and then use your computer to convert it to whatever type of sound file you want. All in all, this is a great tool for the recording musician in a compact, easy to use, well priced package.

(25 of 26 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best musical investment yet

By Joe K.

from Southgate, MI

Comments about TASCAM DP-004 Portable 4-track Digital Multi-track Recorder:

Yeah, I've only been playing guitar for like 3 years. I have been wanting to record my own stuff, but had trouble getting people together to do it. This device here is a Godsend! You can record everything yourself, and it is very easy to use. The portability makes it easy to drag it along when you want to jam or create music with someone else. It was very important for me to be able to upload and download songs/tracks to my computer to edit them, and this thing does it with ease. This is something you can really have fun with, and it's very well worth the price tag, I would have paid more for something like this.

(18 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Device!

By JP

from Michigan

Comments about TASCAM DP-004 Portable 4-track Digital Multi-track Recorder:

Just got the Tascam DP-004 and I love it. So far I've only messed around with recording multi-tracks, but have found it easy to use. I just quickly reviewed the quick start guidelines and was off and recording my keyboard. Love it so far!

(16 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

REALLY COOL...EASY TO USE

By Dan

from Sugar Grove, IL

Comments about TASCAM DP-004 Portable 4-track Digital Multi-track Recorder:

This little thing is awesome! I had the old analog version before, and while that one did have more options for controlling sound, this thing still blows it away. The internal mics work great, and have 3 level settings to drown out any unwanted room noise...and the highest level setting is so strong I could hear my wife in the other room! It's easy to use if you read through the quick start guide in the book, and is a perfect way to record personal demos or things like that.

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