Tascam DP-008EX Digital 8-Track Pocketstudio  

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Portable digital recorders are a necessity for all songwriters, and the TASCAM DP-008EX Digital POCKETSTUDIO is a great choice. Jot down all of the key components to your songs using this professional sounding multi-track recorder. Be ready wherever creativity strikes.

Built-In High-Quality Stereo Condenser Microphones
The DP-008EX comes with two condenser microphones built directly in the front of the unit so you can record vocals or acoustic guitar anytime without the need for extra equipment or setup time. TASCAM held many evaluation tests to secure the best sounding microphones and structures. Modeled after the top-selling DR Series microphones, you can be assured you're receiving top-quality. Moreover the DP-008EX was designed with a tripod mount for versatile set-up and placement.

Simple and Easy-to-Use Interface
The DP-008EX is designed for on-the-spot recording. No unnecessary features were included that might complicate the recording to ensure easy functionality. Designed with analog functionality and dedicated control knobs the DP-008EX POCKETSTUDIO is one of the simplest to use songwriting scratchpads on the market.

Ultra Light Weight Design
Carry It with you everywhere in your gig bag. The DP-008EX features ultra lightweight designs to ensure portability. It weighs in at only 360g (without AA batteries).

Two Analog Inputs for External Mics and Electric/Acoustic Guitar, etc.
The DP-008EX has two input terminals by phone-jack, these terminals provide to connect an external microphone, an electric-acoustic guitar and a line-level device like a synthesizer. Alternately with the help of a conversion cable you can connect a tablet device like the iPad (conversion cable is not included).

Record to SD/SDHC Card (up to 32GB), High-Speed Data Transfer via USB2.0
Both models record to widely available SD/SDHC card media (2GB card included). In addition, both models can connect to PCs via USB2.0 for high-speed data transferring. All song ideas can be transferred via USB or SD card readers to and from the units at any point in the recording process. Files can be used in correspondence with DAWs.

Two XLR Inputs with Full +48V Phantom Power
The DP-008EX can supply phantom power for condenser microphones, even when operated with AA batteries. (Notice: Operating time becomes shorter when used with phantom power supply.)

Grab Your Ideal Sounds with Insert Effects for All Inputs
The DP-008EX is designed with insert effects for all input channels. Insert effects include EQ, compressor, de-esser and exciter. For vocal recording, you can use the EQ to boost your desired frequency range, and compress your tracks to normalize your song.

2-Band Shelving EQ for Each Track
Demo song needs the same high-quality as final masters. The DP-008EX has separately adjustable 2-band EQ for each track. Hi-range EQ can be adjusted from 1.7kHz to 18kHz, Low-range EQ can be adjusted from 32Hz to 1.6kHz.

Ideal for Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, etc. Utilize the DP-008EX's Built-In Effects
The DP-008EX has six different types of reverb to help tailor your ideal sounding vocals to any style song. Easily set your reverb with dedicated control knobs for each track. Reverb effects include: Hall1/2, Room, Studio, Plate1/2. Reverb time and master level can both be adjusted.

Eliminate the Need for Any Other Products with Built-In Mastering Effects
The DP-008EX's built-in mastering effects will provide high-quality master-like file creation. The mastering effects include 2-band EQ, Multi-band compressor and Normalize effect. Finalize dynamic and powerful sounding songs by utilizing the DP-008EX's mastering effects.

The Auto Analysis Mastering Function Allows Easy Track Mastering
Anyone using the DP-008EX can easily master tracks with the Auto Analysis Mastering tool. In one step, select a mastering style, NATURAL or MAXIMUM, then the DP-008EX will make the calculation based on analysis of the song data.

Features
  • Eight mono tracks
  • CD-quality recording (16bit/44.1kHz)
  • Two tracks simultaneous recording/ eight tracks simultaneous playback
  • Dedicated stereo master track available
  • Record to SD/SDHC card (Up to 32GB)
  • Two built-in omni-directional condenser microphones
  • Microphone sensitivity can be selected from 2-positions (Low/High)
  • Two TS 1/4" or XLR mic/line inputs
  • INPUT A can connect high-impedance instrument directly (Like an electric-guitar)
  • Phantom power supply
  • Independent LEVEL/PAN/Reverb SEND knobs for each track
  • Two RCA unbalanced line inputs
  • 20mW/ch headphone output
  • Footswitch ready with polarity switching (Notice: can't use RC-3F)
  • 128x64 dot-matrix LCD with backlight
  • Four AA batteries operation up to 6.5 hours (When recording, using the eneloop battery)
  • Insert effects for input channels (2-band shelving EQ, compressor, exciter, de-esser)
  • Mastering effects (2-band shelving EQ, multi-band compressor, normalize)
  • Auto analysis mastering function
  • 2-band shelving EQ for each track
  • Reverb effects (Hall1/2, Room, Studio, Plate1/2)
  • Optional AC adapter ready (TASCAM PS-P520)
  • Can connect an external battery pack (TASCAM BP-6AA)
  • Direct locate function by jogwheel
  • Repeat playback between IN/OUT point
  • Track edit functions(COPY PASTE, COPY INSERT, MOVE PASTE, MOVE INSERT, OPEN, CUT, SILENCE, CLONE TRACK, CLEAN OUT)
  • Bounce function allows recording of more six tracks
  • UNDO/REDO (UNDO HISTORY) function
  • Chromatic tuner and metronome included
  • High-speed data transfer by USB2.0 connection
  • Backup and restore songs
  • File import/export by Wav format (mono/stereo)
  • Export stereo master file as stereo wav format
  • 2GB SD card included
Specifications
  • Recording media: SD card (512MB-2GB), SDHC card (4GB-32GB)
    File system: TASCAM original (MTR partition) / FAT32 (FAT partition)
    INPUT A/B
    XLR
    Connectors: XLR-3-31(1ï¼GND, 2ï¼HOT, 3ï¼COLD), BALANCED
    Input impedance: 2.4kohms
    Nominal input level: -8dBu
    Maximum input level: +8dBu
    1/4" TS-jack
    Connectors: 6.3mm (1/4") TS-jack, UNBALANCED
    Input impedance: 10kOhms or more (INPUT A:MIC/LINE), 1MÎ (INPUT A:GUITAR)
    Nominal input level: -10dBV
    Maximum input level: +6dBV
    Headroom: 16dB
    Built-in microphones: Omni-directional condenser microphone x 2
    LINE OUT
    Connectors: RCA pin-jack
    Nominal output level: -10dBV
    Maximum output level: +6dBV
    PHONES
    Connectors: 3.5mm (1/8") stereo mini jack
    Maximum output level: 20mW+20mW or more (THD+N less than 0.1%, 32ohms loaded)
    USB
    Connectors: USB Mini-B type 4-pin
    Format: USB 2.0 HIGH SPEED mass storage class
    Continuous battery operation time
    Alkaline battery (EVOLTA) About 5.5H (Using line input/recording) About 6H (Using headphone/playback)
    Nickel-metal battery (eneloop) About 6.5H (Using line input/recording) About 7H (Using headphone/playback)
    Power: Four AA batteries (Alkaline or nickel-metal battery)
    Power consumption: 2.4W (Maximum)
    Dimensions: 221 (W)—44.3(H)—126.5(D)mm
    Weight: 610g (without batteries)
    Operating temperature: 5-35C
    Backup memory: In the PREFERENCE, contents of "Repeat Int", "Auto Power Save", "Contrast", "Back Light" and "FootSW Polarity". Contents of INPUT SETTING (Without EQ)
    Accessories: 2GB SD card, AA battery x4, USB cable (80cm), Warranty card, Owner's manual
    Operating system requirements
    Windows
    OS Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
    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)
    Audio performance
    Frequency response 20Hz to 20kHz (+1/-3dB, INPUT (MIC/LINE) to LINE OUT)
    Distortion Less than 0.05% (INPUT LINE to LINE OUT)
    S/N ratio More than 81dB (INPUT MIC/LINE to LINE OUT)
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-008EX Digital 8-Track Pocketstudio
 
4.4

(based on 59 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (35)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (46)
  • Easy to use (34)
  • Versatile (31)
  • Excellent sound (26)
  • Low distortion (15)

Cons

  • Limited functions (6)
  • Difficult to use (4)
  • No ac adapter included (3)

Best Uses

  • Amateur recording (44)
  • Home studio (40)
  • Performances (17)
  • Outdoor events / games (13)
  • Professional recording (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (26), Professional musician (18), Novice (9)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

EXCELLENT MUSIC NOTEPAD

I found that I was able to use it right out of the box with just a brief run through of the manual. I, being of the cassette tape era and having owned another...Read complete review

I found that I was able to use it right out of the box with just a brief run through of the manual. I, being of the cassette tape era and having owned another multi-track found it especially inuitive to navigate.
I've run direct and with the internal mic's at home with guitar and found the sound quality to be quite pleasing. I also use this at band rehearsal and with the right placement, adjustments to trim, output level, gain - that it captures a pretty balanced sound.
It's been two weeks that I've been using this device almost on a daily basis. I can't express how easy it is to use with just a short read of the instructions. It has many more functions which I've yet to explore but for recording on the fly this is very simple to use.
I've played some recordings for people who are your typical listeners and they can't distinguish between this and studio quality recordings.
For me, it's an all in one srcatchpad which has exceeded my expectations and is perfectly suited for what it was designed for.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Improved 008

I got this as a SDOTD (with the TM78 microphone) for scratchpadding outside my digital studio. I was surprised at the depth of features and quality of the sound as well as the...Read complete review

I got this as a SDOTD (with the TM78 microphone) for scratchpadding outside my digital studio. I was surprised at the depth of features and quality of the sound as well as the decent internal microphones. The features have been substantially improved over the previous 008.

The construction is good (especially compared to the atrocious DR-08 I bought previously) and the controls are intelligently laid out. The manual is sensible and well-organized, which is important with a product with as many complex functions as this has.

The biggest single problem (in common with Tascam's other portables) is the extremely high battery consumption relative to Tascam's fanciful claimed battery life. This is a real deal-killer for outside use. Incredibly, given this unit's ravenous appetite for AAs (especially when providing phantom power) and its list price, there is no AC adapter included! What were they thinking?

At a very low sale price, I would recommend this unit, with the caution that there would be additional investments in multiple sets of rechargeable batteries and a wall adapter. At typical retail, I would not.

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5.0

Love it !

By Mike

from Maine

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Compact
  • Durable
  • Lightweight
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio

    Comments about Tascam DP-008EX Digital 8-Track Pocketstudio:

    The only thing I need to know is how to hook up my Alexis sr 16 to it.

     
    1.0

    Because 0 just isn't an option.

    By Darin

    from undisclosed

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

      Cons

      • Limited Functions
      • Pricey / Poor Value

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio

      Comments about Tascam DP-008EX Digital 8-Track Pocketstudio:

      No reflection at all on Guitar Centers..... I was wondering about a "count in" or "4 beat" to be able to start the recording of different tracks at the same time. I have an older GNX-3 that has the capability and technology even back then..... I was told "Buy a pair of drum sticks". I am seriously thinking of sending this back, then someone else may buy it and I couldn't do that to anybody. Yep, that bad.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Recommended for Home or Mobile Recording

      By Jeff

      from Pryor, Oklahoma

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Limited Functions

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio

      Comments about Tascam DP-008EX Digital 8-Track Pocketstudio:

      This is a sweet little recorder. I've had mine for 6 years so I've had some experience with it.

      The good: Very good recording quality. The 2 built in condenser mics are nice. You can use external condensers because it has phantom power or dynamic mics. You can bypass your amp and plug a guitar directly into the recorder. Record up to 8 channels but only 2 at a time. It has a jack for a pedal (sold separately) so you can punch in and out--very handy feature. (Punch in/out is if you have a good recording except for that one bad place. Just play along with your good recording until you get to the bad spot then Punch In using the foot pedal--now you're recording over the bad spot. Once you record past the bad spot Punch Out using the pedal and the rest of your original good recording is in tact).

      You record onto an SD card. 2GB included.

      The recorder has some basic effects. And the really nice thing about this recorder is that it is so small yet so versatile for its size and price.

      The Bad.

      First thing is that there is a learning curve. It's not too bad but be prepared to spend a little time figuring out the basic functions. For example: if you want to record a song before you do anything else you must "create" a song file. Then you go into that song file and you can record. You can't record first then save/name the file afterwards. It's like this. If this recorder was the Word text editor you would have to open up a blank document, name it and save it Before you could type and save anything. So in this basic sense the recorder isn't "intuitive" for someone who hasn't recorded before. It's no big deal. All you are doing when you "create a song" is you are making and naming a "file folder" before you begin recording.

      Another thing. If you want to transfer a file from your recorder to your computer you must first change the format of the file. Just another thing to learn.

      You'll also want an a/c adapter, a 16 or 32 GB SD card , and pedal.

       
      5.0

      Great tool for songwriters. Best I've found.

      By Ray

      from Austin, TX

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Performances

        Comments about Tascam DP-008EX Digital 8-Track Pocketstudio:

        This is the best tool I've found for getting a song idea down quickly. The built-in microphones sound good and the built-in reverb per track with a dedicated knob is nice. Also, battery operation, when desired, is a handy feature.

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Writing Tool

        By Arctic Sound

        from Columbia TN.

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • I get more writing done with this unit.
        • Lightweight
        • The mic's are great.
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Really which it had MIDI out

        Best Uses

        • A great writing tool.
        • Home Studio
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Tascam DP-008EX Digital 8-Track Pocketstudio:

        Owner of Arctic Sound Studios since 1983

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Light, Portable & Easy to Use! Great Features / Great Price!

        By Randall

        from undisclosed

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Compact
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances

          Comments about Tascam DP-008EX Digital 8-Track Pocketstudio:

          Great for Demos at Home, Rehearsal Space, or in the field. My All-Time favorite devices were the KORG PXR4 Pandora's Box Digital 4 Track Recorder, which I loved for it's ease of use and complete portability, and my TASCAM Digital 8-Track that I had about 10 years ago. This is a combination of those two- the best of both worlds! Decent built-in Mic capabilities work as a convenient sketchpad if need be. 2 XLR inputs and 1/4" input make it great for demos or more involved home / field recordings, or songwriting/arranging experimentation. Get yourself a decent mic and Mic Preamp and you are good to go!

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Not child's play at all

          By jstar

          from Silver Spring, MD

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Compact
          • Durable
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Limited Functions

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording

          Comments about Tascam DP-008EX Digital 8-Track Pocketstudio:

          One of the earlier reviewer's said this was so easy a child could use it. Not so at all for a middle aged novice in digital music production. I bought this because it was a digital version of a 4 track cassette recorder, which I am familiar with, so I thought it would be easy to use. The buttons are all laid out like a mixer, so the visual part is easy to read.
          .
          With some slogging through the manual, I was able to make a decent three track recording using a keyboard drum machine, and two guitars. However, the digital set up on this thing was done by an engineer whose first language is not English, not an American musician, so the arrangement of things and the names of the labels are all strange. There is a lot of deep diving in the menus to get anything done. It is not at all intuitive. There were steps left out or not explained clearly in the manual. With practice you can get used to the interface. It works well though and the sound quality is very good.

          I got this recorder because I found GarageBand to be overwhelming without any instruction. But the setup on this has made me go back to GarageBand, which I have now found a video series on. I think the time is better spent on GarageBand. I've ordered some iRig gear. I will probably sell the Tascam.

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Record

          By Jeffrey

          from undisclosed

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Tascam DP-008EX Digital 8-Track Pocketstudio:

          Handy little portable recording studio. Can be used to record instruments separately and mix or do multiple tracks at once. I use it to record our band at practices with good results. Small enough to carry in a pocket on a mic stand bag.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          I would buy this product again without hesitation!

          By DD

          from South Carolina

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Compact
          • Lightweight
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Mobile DJ
            • Performances

            Comments about Tascam DP-008EX Digital 8-Track Pocketstudio:

            This is a great unit for recording on the fly using the external mic's...I use it at home to save songs that I write and also at practice to helps us improve our sound....Next job I will try it coming out of the mixing board and I am sure if you have everything set right it will record you beautifully...Don't forget the hard case for protection...Love it, It was a great investment...

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            DP-008EX Digital 8-Track Pocketstudio

            By Brutus Bassman

            from Greenville, SC

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Compact
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • No AC power cord provided

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording

            Comments about Tascam DP-008EX Digital 8-Track Pocketstudio:

            Really easy to use - up and running very quickly after following the Quick Start guide. Great for quickly capturing ideas and working out arrangements. It probably has limited production capability but I am not advanced enough to notice. My only complaint is that the unit burns through batteries very quickly and doesn't come with an AC power cord.

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