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    The easiest, most portable studio yet.

    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

    Keep your recording process simple and creative. Order today

     

    DP-004 Portable 4 Track Digital Recorder Ltd Edition Blue 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)
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    TASCAMDP-004 Portable 4 Track Digital Recorder Ltd Edition Blue
     
    4.6

    (based on 12 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Compact (11)
    • Easy to use (10)
    • Excellent sound (9)
    • Versatile (7)
    • Low distortion (6)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur recording (8)
      • Home studio (8)
      • Outdoor events / games (4)
      • Performances (4)
      • Professional recording (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (6), Professional musician (3)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Great little machine!

      I fail to see why certain reveiwers have made such a point to negatively criticize this machine. Thou dost protesteth too much, perhaps?

      The DP-004 got my attention for several...Read complete review

      I fail to see why certain reveiwers have made such a point to negatively criticize this machine. Thou dost protesteth too much, perhaps?

      The DP-004 got my attention for several reasons. I was looking for a simple, compact, straightforward and capable 4track. I like to be able to record at a moment's notice wherever I am, and the DP-004 best fit the bill for me. I am able to fit it and a few other studio basics (mics, small mixer w/phantom power, power supply, extra batts, some percussion elements, etc.) into a small briefcase, and carry the whole shebang wherever I go and record in whatever spaces I find inspiring.

      I also started years ago on Tascam, Fostex and Clarion cassette four tracks (some of which I still use for creation now and then), and wanted to get back to that self-imposed limitation of 4 tracks. I have access to all the tracks I might want, via other DAWs and computer software, but having an actual self-contained unit to record on now and then has gotten me back to paying more attention to details and thinking ahead and more critically about what I am doing musically and engineering-wise. I really think limitations many times can force us to find more creative solutions sometimes, and this is a way of imposing some of that on my own creative process.

      If needed, you can bounce to your hearts content to get more space on the unit to record more parts, though again sometimes the limitation in tracks has simply made me more aware of making each part and track count rather than luxuriously using up a bunch of tracks for no really good reason except laziness and indecision. Have some guts, basically, and trust your intuition a little more.

      The DP-004 really is very easy and very intuitive to use. It is nowhere as "complicated" as one reviewer in particular wrote. Basically, turn the machine on, set your inputs (mic/line, etc.), set levels, position your mics with care (integral mics or external), hit record, title and save your work. That's really about it!

      If you wish to make more room, you can bounce down to one or two tracks as you wish, or you could even simply do an analog mono or stereo transfer (meaning thru cables) to another multi-track (4 or 8 or 16 or whatever...), and continue adding tracks if desired.

      THEN, you can download your tracks and mixes to your computer for further editing/mixing/mastering by first sending your recorded data to the FAT partition, then out via USB to your computer.

      This is basic recording stuff folks, always has been. Learn it, get used to it, and enjoy yourselves. Its not that complicated, and can lead to hours, even years of creativity and pleasure. Enjoy the learning curve too while you're at it!

      I am sure the other small units out there work similarly and quite satisfactorily. For me, the DP-004 has been a pleasure to work with. I look forward to using it for years to come.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      amteur musician

      This unit appears to be doing the job for me as a simple one track digital recorder. The difficulty with it is that it is very complicated to use. The instructions are hard...Read complete review

      This unit appears to be doing the job for me as a simple one track digital recorder. The difficulty with it is that it is very complicated to use. The instructions are hard to follow. I have not even attempted yet to do multiple tracks or make a master. The instructions are vague when it come to transferring to computer. You have to figure out the computer part on your own.
      I haven't been able to get into all the features yet. The instruction manual is hard to follow. This unit is very complicated to use--not nearly a simple as my 4-track tape recorder.
      Quality appears tro be satisfactory.

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      5.0

      nice unit

      By wooiskie

      from Slidell,Louisiana

      About Me Novice

      Ask me a question

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Low Distortion
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording

        Comments about TASCAM DP-004 Portable 4 Track Digital Recorder Ltd Edition Blue:

        Still learning...I like it.

        Comment on this review

         
        4.0

        REAL BARGAIN

        By Norman Watson

        from Broken Arrow, Ok

        About Me Experienced

        Ask me a question

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Excellent Sound

        Cons

        • Difficult To Use

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about TASCAM DP-004 Portable 4 Track Digital Recorder Ltd Edition Blue:

        This Tascam DP-004 recorder was a real bargain as Stupid Deal of the Day. It has good sound quality, is compact, attractive and well built. I am amazed at the multichannel recording clarity for such a low price. The only reason it is not five stars is the instruction manual is not as explicit as I would prefer.

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        5.0

        Great portable recorder!

        By Mick

        from Syracuse

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Performances

          Comments about TASCAM DP-004 Portable 4 Track Digital Recorder Ltd Edition Blue:

          Great

          Comment on this review

           
          5.0

          Superb Value

          By TL

          from New Rochelle NY

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about TASCAM DP-004 Portable 4 Track Digital Recorder Ltd Edition Blue:

            The device is smaller than you might think, and that was a pleasant surprise. We keep it handy for impromptu recording of song ideas. Because of its size and ease of use, it's unobtrusive in our living room area and thus easily accessible when inspiration hits.

            Comment on this review

             
            5.0

            DP-004 review

            By Bruce

            from Florida

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            Ask me a question

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Low Distortion
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording

              Comments about TASCAM DP-004 Portable 4 Track Digital Recorder Ltd Edition Blue:

              The recorder shipped quickly, was a deal of the day (yay),& was delivered promptly. I recorded back in the 80's & early 90's with a 4 track Tascam cassette recorder, using it to capture my song ideas. I play acoustic/electric/bass/keyboards for over 30 yrs now. My old cassette recorder was good for capturing demos. This little unit is great, easier,quieter,faster & about 1/6th the size. Very good sound quality, fairly easy to use, & for the price- you can't go wrong. I still have my old Tascam (& it still works well) but wanted to upgrade to the digital age to capture my new song ideas & parts. I have not loaded any music onto my computer from this unit yet or used the built in mics, but that's coming soon.I've only had it for a few weeks so I can't speak to its longevity. I'll do a follow up review somewhere down the road when this little guy has some miles on it & I have used all the features. So far, I'm very impressed. Yes, the screen could be backlit & easier to read but it does what it is designed to do, it's not a deal breaker by any means.

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              4.0

              Worth it!

              By chris w james

              from Mostly travel the East Coast

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Easy To Use
              • Low Distortion

              Cons

              • Battery Life Short

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Mobile DJ
              • Performances

              Comments about TASCAM DP-004 Portable 4 Track Digital Recorder Ltd Edition Blue:

              I have Acid on my laptop and have a problem with latency recording directly into the laptop. This little recorder has zero delay and I can lay down guitar/bass etc directly into it with no hiss, then transfer it to Acid on my laptop. Even vocals aren't bad. Throw some compression and a bit of reverb and you can get a decent recording. Batteries lasted me 3 days of constant recording. I'd prefer the power adapter but I got it deal of the day and it's way worth it. I had a Tascam 4 track back in the day with a cassette tape etc and this works almost the same way. Bounce tracks, etc without the hiss the tapes had. Get it!

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              5.0

              Great little portable digital recorder

              By FreddieBaby

              from Minneapolis, MN

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about TASCAM DP-004 Portable 4 Track Digital Recorder Ltd Edition Blue:

                I love this little box. It gives me a decent portable digital recorder at a really good price. If anyone is looking for something similar, I would highly recommend the Tascam DP-004.

                Comment on this review

                 
                5.0

                Great little machine!

                By daroc

                from New England

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Clean Sounding
                • Compact
                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • Excellent Sound
                • Highly Useful
                • Low Distortion
                • Powerful
                • Versatile
                • Very Good Mics

                Cons

                • None so far

                Best Uses

                • Events
                • Home Studio
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about TASCAM DP-004 Portable 4 Track Digital Recorder Ltd Edition Blue:

                I fail to see why certain reveiwers have made such a point to negatively criticize this machine. Thou dost protesteth too much, perhaps?

                The DP-004 got my attention for several reasons. I was looking for a simple, compact, straightforward and capable 4track. I like to be able to record at a moment's notice wherever I am, and the DP-004 best fit the bill for me. I am able to fit it and a few other studio basics (mics, small mixer w/phantom power, power supply, extra batts, some percussion elements, etc.) into a small briefcase, and carry the whole shebang wherever I go and record in whatever spaces I find inspiring.

                I also started years ago on Tascam, Fostex and Clarion cassette four tracks (some of which I still use for creation now and then), and wanted to get back to that self-imposed limitation of 4 tracks. I have access to all the tracks I might want, via other DAWs and computer software, but having an actual self-contained unit to record on now and then has gotten me back to paying more attention to details and thinking ahead and more critically about what I am doing musically and engineering-wise. I really think limitations many times can force us to find more creative solutions sometimes, and this is a way of imposing some of that on my own creative process.

                If needed, you can bounce to your hearts content to get more space on the unit to record more parts, though again sometimes the limitation in tracks has simply made me more aware of making each part and track count rather than luxuriously using up a bunch of tracks for no really good reason except laziness and indecision. Have some guts, basically, and trust your intuition a little more.

                The DP-004 really is very easy and very intuitive to use. It is nowhere as "complicated" as one reviewer in particular wrote. Basically, turn the machine on, set your inputs (mic/line, etc.), set levels, position your mics with care (integral mics or external), hit record, title and save your work. That's really about it!

                If you wish to make more room, you can bounce down to one or two tracks as you wish, or you could even simply do an analog mono or stereo transfer (meaning thru cables) to another multi-track (4 or 8 or 16 or whatever...), and continue adding tracks if desired.

                THEN, you can download your tracks and mixes to your computer for further editing/mixing/mastering by first sending your recorded data to the FAT partition, then out via USB to your computer.

                This is basic recording stuff folks, always has been. Learn it, get used to it, and enjoy yourselves. Its not that complicated, and can lead to hours, even years of creativity and pleasure. Enjoy the learning curve too while you're at it!

                I am sure the other small units out there work similarly and quite satisfactorily. For me, the DP-004 has been a pleasure to work with. I look forward to using it for years to come.

                Comment on this review

                 
                5.0

                Great way to start

                By Tommyg

                from Niagara Falls,NY

                About Me Novice

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Easy To Use
                • Not Too Difficult To Lear

                Cons

                • No Effects
                • Only 4 Tracks

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Great For Creating Songs
                • Home Studio

                Comments about TASCAM DP-004 Portable 4 Track Digital Recorder Ltd Edition Blue:

                It's a great way to get started. You can produce high quality songs while honing your skills for more advanced(and expensive and complicated) units

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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Easy Enough For An Old Dinosaur Like Me

                By Ed

                from Jackson, OH

                About Me Experienced

                Ask me a question

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Easy To Use
                • Excellent Sound
                • Low Distortion
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Events
                  • Home Studio
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about TASCAM DP-004 Portable 4 Track Digital Recorder Ltd Edition Blue:

                  Buying my Tascam DP-004 was a great move. Right out of the box I laid down one of my original tunes (4 tracks) with ease. I was able to tweak all the levels as often as I wanted to, and able to pan any track right, left, or center. Love it!

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