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Tascam DP-006 Digital 6-Track Pocketstudio   

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OVERVIEW

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).

Lightweight, portable 6-track digital multitrack recorder.

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.

SPECIFICATIONS

DP-006 Digital 6-Track Pocketstudio

  • 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), 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: 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: 5-35C
    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
 
4.4

(based on 38 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (21)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

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    (2)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (36)
  • Excellent sound (23)
  • Versatile (23)
  • Easy to use (20)
  • Low distortion (11)

Cons

  • Difficult to use (11)
  • Weak (3)

Best Uses

  • Amateur recording (28)
  • Home studio (21)
  • Outdoor events / games (13)
  • Performances (13)
  • Professional recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (26), Professional musician (7), Novice (5)

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

You want quality? Yes. Yes. A thousand Times Yes.

By A.

from DFW, TX

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording

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

    I knew this was a superior product when I ordered it. Whether you're laying down 'acoustic tracks' to save for later -or- layering multi-instrumentals to create 'heavy obscure rock music', you won't be disappointed.

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    5.0

    if you want to record get this

    By mr ex

    from georgia

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Lightweight
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio

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

      clear recoridings sounds clear on play back

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      5.0

      Awesome Recorder

      By Boomer62

      from Bloomington, Indiana

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio

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

        I got this recorder as a Christmas gift from my wife. It's the coolest thing i've ever had. I had read reviews that said it was too complicated to operate but i totally disagree with them. Within 2 hours of opening it i had recorded a 4 track song.The internal mics are a plus and sound pretty good.Battery life isn't as bad as some have said but i mostly use the a/c adapter (Which i highly recommend getting).It's also very handy for making backing tracks to practice leads to. I highly recommend it!

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        4.0

        Intricate Recorder

        By Joy Joy

        from Elk Grove, CA

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • A lot to figure out

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances

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

        If I recommended it to a friend I would have them try mine first to see if they could figure it all out.

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        (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Gift for my bro

        By dbag extra good

        from 18015

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Compact
        • Lightweight
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

            Well, I bought this unit for my bro, but based on my experience with TASCAM, they always make an awesome product. I'm sure this one will not disappoint.

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            5.0

            Very good buy for the money.

            By Butchdogg

            from Las Vegas

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Easy To Use
            • Low Distortion
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Events
              • Mobile DJ
              • Performances

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

              Performance. And Backin Track's

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              (0 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              I returned it. Too complicated.

              By godzilla

              from quincy, ma

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact

              Cons

              • Difficult To Use

              Best Uses

              • Door stop

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

              no comment

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              5.0

              Very Good

              By AzHeat

              from Fort Mohave, Arizon

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording

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

                Everything worked as it should.

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                (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                does everything it says it will

                By napman

                from wheeler,or

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Excellent Sound
                • Powerful
                • Unbelievable
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

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

                  sensitive mics, dials that you can hear manipulate the sound. 4+ track recording. we live in an unbelievable age.

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                  (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Works good for our church

                  By TheRick

                  from Central Valley, CA

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Events
                    • Performances

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

                    We use this for recording church services. Used a DP004 for years but seemed to be having some issues and I wasn't sure if it was my helper or the machine. Picked this up so cheap it was an easy decision. I just wished they both recorded in a standard format so we didn't have to "export" - which converts it to a .WAV file (no choice about that, either).

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