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TASCAM DP-006 Digital 6-Track Pocketstudio  

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  • Up to six tracks recording (2 mono tracks+ 2 mono/stereo switchable tracks)
  • CD-quality recording (16bit/44.1kHz)
  • Two tracks simultaneous recording/ six tracks simultaneous playback
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Lightweight, portable 6-track digital multitrack recorder.

Portable digital recorders are a necessity for all songwriters, and the TASCAM DP-006 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-006 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 set-up 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-006 was designed with a tripod mount for versatile set-up and placement.

Simple and Easy-to-Use Interface
The DP-006 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-006 POCKETSTUDIO is one of the simplest to use songwriting scratchpads on the market.

Ultra-Lightweight Design
Carry It with you everywhere in your gig bag. The DP-006 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-006 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).

Features
  • Up to six tracks recording (2 mono tracks+ 2 mono/stereo switchable tracks)
  • CD-quality recording (16bit/44.1kHz)
  • Two tracks simultaneous recording/ six tracks simultaneous playback
  • Dedicated stereo master track available
  • Record to SD/SDHC card (Up to 32GB)
  • 2 built-in omni-directional condenser microphones
  • Microphone sensitivity can be selected from 3-positions (Low/Mid/High)
  • Two TS 1/4" mic/line inputs
  • INPUT A can connect high-impedance instrument directly (Like an electric-guitar)
  • Independent LEVEL/PAN(BALANCE) knobs for each track
  • 15mW/ch headphone output
  • 128x64 dot-matrix LCD
  • Four AA batteries operation up to 9 hours (When recording, using the eneloop battery)
  • Optional AC adapter ready (TASCAM PS-P520)
  • Can connect to an external battery pack (TASCAM BP-6AA)
  • Tripod screwhole
  • Direct locate function by jog-wheel
  • Repeat playback between IN/OUT point
  • Track edit functions (CLONE TRACK, CLEAN OUT, SILENCE, CUT, OPEN)
  • Bounce function allows recording of more six tracks
  • UNDO/REDO (UNDO HISTORY) function
  • Chromatic tuner and metronome included
  • High-speed data transfer by USB 2.0 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

Be prepared whenever inspiration strikes. Order the DP-006 today.

 

DP-006 Digital 6-Track Pocketstudio Specifications:

  • Recording media: SD card (512MB-2GB), SDHC card (4GB-32GB)
  • File system: TASCAM original (MTR partition) / FAT32 (FAT partition)
  • INPUT A/B
  • 1/4" TS-jack
  • Connectors: 6.3mm (1/4") TS-jack, UNBALANCED
  • Input impedance: 10kOhms or more (INPUT A:MIC/LINE), 1MΩ (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: 3.5mm (1/8") stereo mini jack
  • Nominal output level: -16dBV
  • Maximum output level: 0dBV
  • PHONES
  • Connectors: 3.5mm (1/8") stereo mini jack
  • Maximum output level: 15mW+15mW or more (THD+N less than 0.1%, 32ohms loaded)
  • USB
  • Connectors: USB Mini-B type 4-pin
  • Format: USB2.0 HIGH SPEED mass storage class
  • Continuous battery operation time
  • Alkaline battery (EVOLTA) About 8H (Using line input/recording) About 8.5H (Using headphone/playback)
  • Nickel-metal battery (eneloop) About 9H (Using line input/recording) About 9.5H (Using headphone/playback)
  • Power: Four AA batteries (Alkaline or nickel-metal battery)
  • Power consumption: 1W(Maximum)
  • Dimensions (WxHxD): 155mm × 41.5mm × 107mm
  • Weight: 360g (without batteries)
  • Operating temperature: 5-35˚C
  • Backup memory: In the PREFERENCE, contents of "Repeat Int", "Auto Pwr Save" and "Contrast"
  • 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)
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TASCAMDP-006 Digital 6-Track Pocketstudio
 
4.5

(based on 24 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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  • 4 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 3 Stars

     

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (22)
  • Excellent sound (18)
  • Easy to use (13)
  • Versatile (13)
  • Low distortion (9)

Cons

  • Difficult to use (8)

Best Uses

  • Amateur recording (18)
  • Home studio (15)
  • Outdoor events / games (8)
  • Performances (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (15), Professional musician (5), Novice (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Tascam PD-006

Purchased the DP-006 as SDOD special and am amazed with the sound quality and compactness for the price. There is no LCD back light on this recorder but the LCD is fairly easy...Read complete review

Purchased the DP-006 as SDOD special and am amazed with the sound quality and compactness for the price. There is no LCD back light on this recorder but the LCD is fairly easy to read under a reasonably good external light source. The menu structure is fairly intuitive. I had a little difficulty exporting a file to a wav format because the option is not allowable in the master recording menu where it would seem logical to implement an export option. However, the overall structure of the menus are easier to decipher than some other multi-track digitals I have used in the past.

I was surprised with the quality of the built in microphones. The built-ins offer three level controls and pick up well with the instruments I have used (acoustic guitar, banjo, harmonica, button accordion). I've also experimented with the line in controls using electric guitar, analog and digital synthesizers and a mixer - so far so good. The recorder seems to process levels very well and I have had less problems with going under or over sound levels than on other portable machines.

Overall, this recorder is a pleasure to use. Even though it does not have built in effects, the overall sound quality sounds superior to the other recorders I've used (Zoom PS-04, Fostex 8 track). I am not a professional sound person and don't have a lot of interest in tweaking microphones and levels to get the perfect recording. I just want something that sounds clean, will allow for some separation when I desire it and won't sound too condensed or clipped in the final result. This recorder seems to fit the bill for someone new to multi tracking or someone who wants a quick way to get musical ideas down before finalizing them on a more professional platform.

Another feature I like with the recorder is that it takes SD cards and can handle 16 gig cards without a problem ( read Tascam's list on approved cards before you buy extra media). My other recorders take media that is hard to find and very restricted in size. The tascam allows me to pop in an SD card available almost anywhere and record without having to worry about taking a bunch of extra memory cards or running out of recording time. The recorder's method of formatting is a little strange but useful- it formats some of the card for proprietary use and then formats a separate partition that your computer can access. I didn't like this feature at first but it seems to work very well. When you export something to a wav file it is placed on the partition your computer can retrieve. This multiple formatting feature prevents having to access a bunch of folders or strange files when it is time to transfer the file to a computer.

So far, I'm very pleased with what Tascam has done with this recorder. If I decide to go with something larger in the future I will definitely check out their product line based on my brief time with the 006.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Capable of very good recordings

The DP-006 isn't nearly as easy to use as other TASCAM recorders, such as the DR-05 (but that doesn't multi-track). That being said, the DP-006 is still capable of...Read complete review

The DP-006 isn't nearly as easy to use as other TASCAM recorders, such as the DR-05 (but that doesn't multi-track). That being said, the DP-006 is still capable of making some excellent recordings. The key is to watch your levels very carefully (a limiter function would have been nice). If you record acoustic instruments with the internal mics, put the unit on a tripod and get as close to the instrument as possible. Trying to record an acoustic guitar from across the room just won't get it. Also, I recommend you export your tracks and post-process and mix them in your normal DAW software. The master mix in this unit is a joke and has to "record" the final mix in real time once you specify the start and end points. Saving the tracks seems to take place in real time, as well - a 3 minute track seems to take about that long to save - for each track! Quirks: After doing lots of takes, frequently says it is out of space when in fact there is ample room on the memory card. Metronome on a saved song shows whatever you set it to last, but in fact reverts to default 120BPM until you go back and refresh the BPM setting.

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5.0

I am having trouble

By Java Jim

from Riverside, Calif

About Me Professional Musician

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Pros

  • Compact
  • Excellent Sound
  • Low Distortion
  • Powerful
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Difficult To Use
  • Trouble Tranfering

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Desktop Tranfering
  • Events
  • Home Studio
  • Performances

Comments about TASCAM DP-006 Digital 6-Track Pocketstudio:

I love the power and the clarity of the machine but I am having a hard time loading the material to my computer, places such as Reverbnation, You tube, sound Cloud, etc. Please send to my e-mail a clear way to transfer Thank you, and God Bless you and yours.

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4.0

Too comlicated

By Benny

from New Ulm, MN

About Me Professional Musician

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Pros

  • Compact

Cons

  • Difficult To Use

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording

Comments about TASCAM DP-006 Digital 6-Track Pocketstudio:

Read the manual and found it was too involved for my use. Will look at something more basic and simple

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5.0

Like new

By Dave Basham

from Uniontown, Indiana

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Compact
  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about TASCAM DP-006 Digital 6-Track Pocketstudio:

    I bought this unit as level 1 and it is like new.I have the DP-004 and this unit is very similar. I have used the 004 to record tracks and for practising for my Music ministry live performances. I also made a demo to play when I joined the band I was in. The 006 only adds a couple of features but I thought I would get it at this low price to have a back up and also to see what the stereo on tracks 3,4 would do. These machines are true CD quality and the only downside is that the output track can be a little low on audio. It is best to boost the tracks and mix with computer but the unit will do a good job of mastering and I really like it.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Capable of very good recordings

    By ebrains2003

    from North Carolina

    About Me Experienced

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    Pros

    • Compact
    • Excellent Sound

    Cons

    • Difficult To Use
    • Quirky Operation
    • Takes Too Long To Save

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio

    Comments about TASCAM DP-006 Digital 6-Track Pocketstudio:

    The DP-006 isn't nearly as easy to use as other TASCAM recorders, such as the DR-05 (but that doesn't multi-track). That being said, the DP-006 is still capable of making some excellent recordings. The key is to watch your levels very carefully (a limiter function would have been nice). If you record acoustic instruments with the internal mics, put the unit on a tripod and get as close to the instrument as possible. Trying to record an acoustic guitar from across the room just won't get it. Also, I recommend you export your tracks and post-process and mix them in your normal DAW software. The master mix in this unit is a joke and has to "record" the final mix in real time once you specify the start and end points. Saving the tracks seems to take place in real time, as well - a 3 minute track seems to take about that long to save - for each track! Quirks: After doing lots of takes, frequently says it is out of space when in fact there is ample room on the memory card. Metronome on a saved song shows whatever you set it to last, but in fact reverts to default 120BPM until you go back and refresh the BPM setting.

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    5.0

    An Excellent Small Recorder

    By Virginia Caver

    from Western Virginia

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Difficult To Use

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio

    Comments about TASCAM DP-006 Digital 6-Track Pocketstudio:

    This is a great little recorder. It is difficult to use at first but worth the learning curve.

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A little complicated, great sound!

    By Dogpatch52

    from Hamilton, Mo.

    About Me Novice

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Excellent Sound
    • Low Distortion

    Cons

    • Difficult To Use

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio

    Comments about TASCAM DP-006 Digital 6-Track Pocketstudio:

    The last recording device I owned was a four track reel to reel. Old school. My mind set was in a by gone era. This device is nothing like that. It is and attachment for a computer. It took me a while to absorb all of the instructions. I finally got it. This device makes excellent recordings. The sound quality is impressive to say the least. You would have to spend a lot more money to top this recording device.

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great little recorder(at the right price

    By Ryan

    from Mount Prospect, IL

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording

      Comments about TASCAM DP-006 Digital 6-Track Pocketstudio:

      I got this as a stupid deal of the day. For 150, this might be a little pricey, but for under 100 it's a great deal. Not quite a pocket recorder, but for a lightweight multi-tracker it's awesome. Good mics and line-ins. Haven't used it too extensively, but the battery seems to be holding up (I plan on using the 5V power in, too.)
      Only nit is that there's no external speaker, so I have to remember headphones. Kinda makes sense for a multi-track; on the other hand, this isn't for professional recordings, so it could be a little more convenient.

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      4.0

      recorder

      By Ric

      from Center Valley PA

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Excellent Sound

      Cons

      • Difficult To Use

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about TASCAM DP-006 Digital 6-Track Pocketstudio:

      Acceptable

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great Device Overall, Not enough level

      By Billy K.

      from Seattle

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Inputs Not Hot Enough
      • Slow Rtz
      • Weak

      Best Uses

      • Songwriter Demos

      Comments about TASCAM DP-006 Digital 6-Track Pocketstudio:

      This is a great little thing to have to do demos. You can do your basics, and a couple of overdubs, to give you an idea of what your song is about.

      It's actually quite easy to use. The learning curve is simple, if you are experienced with other kinds of recorders.

      But a couple of things......

      First, the RTZ(Return to Zero) is slow, if you are accustomed to DAW's, and instant return to the beginning.......but having grown up in the era of reel-to-reel and cassette, myself, this really isn't a big thing to me.

      The second issue is the biggie.....and that is the inputs for instruments are just not HOT enough. Having a stomp box from your instrument will bring it up....but really and truly, you shouldn't have to resort to doing this.

      After all, this is supposed to be portable and basic.

      Otherwise, it fits the bill. No "whistles and bells" expected. But everything else is great--
      portability, overall sound, price, ease of use.

      I only wished that the levels were a bit hotter, that's all.....

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      5.0

      Great Little Compact Unit!

      By rangood2

      from Winchester,Tn

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • None that I have found

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about TASCAM DP-006 Digital 6-Track Pocketstudio:

      This is New to me as Recording, but the Ease of Use is awesome, Great Sound and I believe in a very Short time I can produce Grade A CD's with no trouble at all.

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