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Tascam HD-P2 Portable High-Definition Stereo Audio Recorder

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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 u... Click To Read More About This Product

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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-P2•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.


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
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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TASCAMHD-P2 Portable High-Definition Stereo Audio Recorder

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Professional quality unit that is built to last

By Fuzzball

from Ida, MI

Comments about TASCAM HD-P2 Portable High-Definition Stereo Audio Recorder:

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!

(12 of 15 customers found this review helpful)


Lousy support

By Mike

from NEO, Ohio

Comments about TASCAM HD-P2 Portable High-Definition Stereo Audio Recorder:

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..

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)



By John Newman

from Newtown Square, PA

Comments about TASCAM HD-P2 Portable High-Definition Stereo Audio Recorder:

I am an electronic engineer and purchased the TASCAM HD-P2 for a project to make precision acoustic recordings of wind turbines using very high end microphones. While the features including low noise preamps and Phantom power were state of the are in 2005, this recorder is essentially obsolete. It has a WINDOWS XP interface with no upgrades. The Firewire would not work with Windows 7. The menu options are easy to use, we could not get any interface to a PC to work,even with an older high end XP laptop. Further, telephone tech support was nonexistent. I made more than a dozen calls to Tascam over a week, every single time the operator switched me to a support line that hung up after 10 minutes on hold, even after repeated requests of the operator to speak to anyone who could answer question. Purchasing the HD-P2 is an absolute waste of money. Product descriptions do not at all convey this product is obsolete.

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