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Tascam DP-24 24-Track Digital Portastudio

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The DP-24 from TASCAM is a 24-track digital portastudio with solid state recording, an easy-to-read color LCD display, and channel strip controls that make the recording process simpler, so you can st... Click To Read More About This Product

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The DP-24 from TASCAM is a 24-track digital portastudio with solid state recording, an easy-to-read color LCD display, and channel strip controls that make the recording process simpler, so you can stay creative. A total of up to eight tracks can be recorded simultaneously at 24-bit/48kHz audio resolution, so you know you'e getting professional quality sound. There are a total of eight microphone inputs, each with combination XLR-1/4 jacks and phantom power. There's plenty of inputs for whatever your project is calling for, even enough to mic up an entire drum kit. Input processing like compression and limiting are available during recording, so you™ll be able to keep levels consistent. There are also multi-effects and a guitar amp simulation for use with the instrument-level input, that way you can track guitars straight into the DP-24 without the need to lug around amplifiers, especially if you'e on-the-go.

Once you are happy with your recording, each of the tracks can be viewed and mixed on the large color LCD display. The DP-24 features dependable mixing controls like 18 linear channel faders, a master fader, and a dozen channel strip encoders with dedicated controls for EQ, pan and effect sends, giving you complete hands-on control. There are two mixdown effects including reverb and chorus that are available, as well as a mastering effect that will have you polishing up your final mix in no time. Once finished, your final song can be transferred to computer over a fast USB connection or your tracks can be written directly to CD with the built-in CD-RW drive for instant mixdown and back-up options. That means you can go from recording, to mixing, and straight to CD without ever leaving the DP-24.


Color LCD display and 12-encoder channel strip for simple operation
Eight microphone inputs on combo XLR-1/4 jacks with phantom power
Up to eight-track simultaneous recording at 48kHz/24-bit audio resolution
Solid state recording to SD Card media for better shock resistance than hard drive recording
Instrument-level input for direct recording of guitar or bass
Dedicated controls for EQ, pan and effect sends
Multiple effects processors for input processing, guitar amp simulation and mastering
Virtual tracks for alternate takes and undo
CD-RW drive for mixdown and backup
Built-in chromatic tuner and metronome
MIDI input and output for clocking and control
1/4 Monitor outputs, effect send outs and headphone output
Power supply: AC adapter (TASCAM PS-1225L)
Power consumption: 12W (Phantom power ON)
Dimensions (WxHxD): 21-1/4 x 4 x 13-3/8 (540 x 104 x 340 mm)
Weight: 13.67lb. (6.2kg)
Operating temperature range: 5 to 35-degree C/41 to 95-degree F
Recording media: SD card (512MB to 2GB) SDHC card (4GB to 32GB)
File system: SD card (512MB to 2GB) : FAT16 SDHC card (4GB to 32GB) : FAT32

Analog Audio Input/Output Ratings
INPUT A to H jack
XLR type (Balanced):
Connector: XLR-3-31 (1 : GND, 2 : HOT, 3 : COLD)
Input impedance: 2.4kÎ
Rated input level: “14dBu
Maximum input level: +2dBu
Standard jack type (Balanced):
Connector: 6.3mm (1/4") TRS standard jack
Input impedance: Above 22kÎ 1 MÎ (INPUT H only, when LINE-GUITAR switch is set to GUITAR)
Rated input level: +4dBu
Maximum input level: +20dBu
Connector: RCA pin jack
Rated output level: “10dBV
Maximum output level: +6dBV
Output impedance: 200Î
Connector: 6.3mm (1/4") TS standard jack
Rated output level: “10dBV
Maximum output level: +6dBV
Output impedance: 200Î
Connector: 6.3mm (1/4") TS standard jack
Rated output level: “2dBu
Maximum output level: +14dBu
Output impedance: 200Î
Connector: 3.5mm stereo jack
Maximum output level: 70mW+70mW or more (THD+N 0.1% or less, 32Î load)
Control Input/Output Ratings
MIDI input (MIDI IN)
Connector: 5-pin DIN
Format: Standard MIDI format
MIDI output (MIDI OUT)
Connector: 5-pin DIN
Format: Standard MIDI format
USB port
Connector: USB 4-pin mini-B type
Format: Mass Storage Class USB 2.0 HIGH SPEED
Connector: 2.5mm TRS jack
Audio Performance
Frequency response
MONITOR OUT: 20Hz to 20kHz, +1dB/“1dB
MONITOR OUT: 0.01% or less
S/N ratio
MONITOR OUT: 90dB or more

Operating Requirements
See the TASCAM website for updated information about OS compatibility.
Pentium 300MHz or faster 128MB or more memory USB port (USB 2.0 recommended)
Power PC, iMac, G3, G4 266MHz or faster 64 MB or more memory USB port (USB 2.0 recommended)
Recommended USB host controller
Intel chipset
Supported OS
Windows: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 Macintosh: Mac OS X 10.2 or later
Pro Coverage
Tape machines - 90 day warranty; one year parts warranty.
Warranty terms vary. Check with manufacturer for specific product warranty.

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(23 of 25 customers found this review helpful)


VERY happy with this machine


from Winnebago, IL

I bought this to replace my old TASCAM 488 Portastudio. I am able to route 7 of the 8 channels to the new DP-24. Finally able to backup my old recordings. I have used this mainly for importing live recordings of the band I am in, and use the mix/master tools to enhance the recordings. I use a TASCAM hand held digital recorder for the live recording. The results are amazing! The DP-24 is built like a tank, and is very quick to learn if you have any experience with this type of equipment. I now have two 32 GB SD cards. They indicate about 100 min each when formatted. I would highly reccomend this to anyone looking for a decent priced home recorder.

(6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)


A True Do-it-all Standalone Recorder!!!!!.

By fernandez shaw

from Chicago, Illinois

A complete recording workstation, TASCAM's DP-24 packs the flexibility of a fully loaded DAW into a single piece of ultra-reliable hardware!. With eight individual input channels, this 24-channel recording powerhouse lets you easily track entire bands!. A studio's worth of onboard effects, signal processors, and mastering tools gives you everything you need to polish your tracks to perfection!. And thanks to the TASCAM DP-24's intuitive master section and full set of hands-on controls, producing music is as fun as it is rewarding!!!!!.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)




from Texas City, TX

I bought my unit 5 months ago and troubles on it have been mounting. I got it with a loose power connector, which was OK if I taped it . Then the unit started to shut down. Recordings started to get pretty muddy, then the effects would turn off and on by themselves. I called Tascam and was sent to a repair facility 49 miles away in North Houston where I was told I had to give them $139 before they would accept the recorder. I was also told that the TASCAM WARRANTY DOES NOT COVER LABOR, at least not after 90 days. Parts are the only thing the warranty covers for 1 year. I have to pay for the labor to fix my defective recorder. The unit is a solid piece of equipment but the sound is a bit bright for me. By the time I adjust the EQ and Compressor to get a decent sound the headroom on the bass/mid ranges are causing all kinds of unwanted sound. Shaving that off brings the sound back to being very thin. I've had 4 Portastudios before this and I have loved them. This one is a bit of a disappointment. The mic volumes on this unit have to be turned all the way up for a decent recording. The pre-amps on this are not the best, very weak. The effects on this are pretty bad but, I've always used the portastudio to record clean tracks then I mix them on my MacBook Pro without effects so, I didn't expect much. Comparing my recordings to the recordings I've made with other units, the Zoom H4N has a much fuller/warm sound to them then the Tascam recordings I've made. The effects on the Zoom are quite nice, giving you a nice clean sound without adding any distortion or taking away from the original recorded sound in any way. I'm going to be selling this when I get the Tascam back to get a ZOOM.


Best Studio I have ever owned

By Joseph Calabretta

from Scottsville, Va.

I go back to the days of the original PortaStudio when they used cassettes and even then Tascam led the market in every aspect. With the DP 24, I find it extremely user friendly, superior effects for both both and guitar. There is not much more I can write except that for the money, you get it all in one package. My son uses a MC and an interface to record, and he likes my productions on the Tascam much better. I would suggest this product to anyone playing music whether you be a beginner or a Pro like me.

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