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TASCAM DP-008EX Digital 8-Track Pocketstudio   

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Lightweight, portable 8-track digital multitrack recorder.

Portable digital recorders are a necessity for all songwriters, and the TASCAM DP-008EX 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-008EX 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 setup 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-008EX was designed with a tripod mount for versatile set-up and placement.

Simple and Easy-to-Use Interface
The DP-008EX 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-008EX POCKETSTUDIO is one of the simplest to use songwriting scratchpads on the market.

Ultra Light Weight Design
Carry It with you everywhere in your gig bag. The DP-008EX 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-008EX 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).

Record to SD/SDHC Card (up to 32GB), High-Speed Data Transfer via USB2.0
Both models record to widely available SD/SDHC card media (2GB card included). In addition, both models can connect to PCs via USB2.0 for high-speed data transferring. All song ideas can be transferred via USB or SD card readers to and from the units at any point in the recording process. Files can be used in correspondence with DAWs.

Two XLR Inputs with Full +48V Phantom Power
The DP-008EX can supply phantom power for condenser microphones, even when operated with AA batteries. (Notice: Operating time becomes shorter when used with phantom power supply.)

Grab Your Ideal Sounds with Insert Effects for All Inputs
The DP-008EX is designed with insert effects for all input channels. Insert effects include EQ, compressor, de-esser and exciter. For vocal recording, you can use the EQ to boost your desired frequency range, and compress your tracks to normalize your song.

2-Band Shelving EQ for Each Track
Demo song needs the same high-quality as final masters. The DP-008EX has separately adjustable 2-band EQ for each track. Hi-range EQ can be adjusted from 1.7kHz to 18kHz, Low-range EQ can be adjusted from 32Hz to 1.6kHz.

Ideal for Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, etc. Utilize the DP-008EX's Built-In Effects
The DP-008EX has six different types of reverb to help tailor your ideal sounding vocals to any style song. Easily set your reverb with dedicated control knobs for each track. Reverb effects include: Hall1/2, Room, Studio, Plate1/2. Reverb time and master level can both be adjusted.

Eliminate the Need for Any Other Products with Built-In Mastering Effects
The DP-008EX's built-in mastering effects will provide high-quality master-like file creation. The mastering effects include 2-band EQ, Multi-band compressor and Normalize effect. Finalize dynamic and powerful sounding songs by utilizing the DP-008EX's mastering effects.

The Auto Analysis Mastering Function Allows Easy Track Mastering
Anyone using the DP-008EX can easily master tracks with the Auto Analysis Mastering tool. In one step, select a mastering style, NATURAL or MAXIMUM, then the DP-008EX will make the calculation based on analysis of the song data.

FEATURES
  • Eight mono tracks
  • CD-quality recording (16bit/44.1kHz)
  • Two tracks simultaneous recording/ eight tracks simultaneous playback
  • Dedicated stereo master track available
  • Record to SD/SDHC card (Up to 32GB)
  • Two built-in omni-directional condenser microphones
  • Microphone sensitivity can be selected from 2-positions (Low/High)
  • Two TS 1/4" or XLR mic/line inputs
  • INPUT A can connect high-impedance instrument directly (Like an electric-guitar)
  • Phantom power supply
  • Independent LEVEL/PAN/Reverb SEND knobs for each track
  • Two RCA unbalanced line inputs
  • 20mW/ch headphone output
  • Footswitch ready with polarity switching (Notice: can't use RC-3F)
  • 128x64 dot-matrix LCD with backlight
  • Four AA batteries operation up to 6.5 hours (When recording, using the eneloop battery)
  • Insert effects for input channels (2-band shelving EQ, compressor, exciter, de-esser)
  • Mastering effects (2-band shelving EQ, multi-band compressor, normalize)
  • Auto analysis mastering function
  • 2-band shelving EQ for each track
  • Reverb effects (Hall1/2, Room, Studio, Plate1/2)
  • Optional AC adapter ready (TASCAM PS-P520)
  • Can connect an external battery pack (TASCAM BP-6AA)
  • Direct locate function by jogwheel
  • Repeat playback between IN/OUT point
  • Track edit functions(COPY PASTE, COPY INSERT, MOVE PASTE, MOVE INSERT, OPEN, CUT, SILENCE, CLONE TRACK, CLEAN OUT)
  • Bounce function allows recording of more six tracks
  • UNDO/REDO (UNDO HISTORY) function
  • Chromatic tuner and metronome included
  • High-speed data transfer by USB2.0 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-008EX today.

SPECIFICATIONS

DP-008EX Digital 8-Track Pocketstudio

  • Recording media: SD card (512MB-2GB), SDHC card (4GB-32GB)
  • File system: TASCAM original (MTR partition) / FAT32 (FAT partition)
  • INPUT A/B
  • XLR
  • Connectors: XLR-3-31(1:GND, 2:HOT, 3:COLD), BALANCED
  • Input impedance: 2.4kohms
  • Nominal input level: -8dBu
  • Maximum input level: +8dBu
  • 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: RCA pin-jack
  • Nominal output level: -10dBV
  • Maximum output level: +6dBV
  • PHONES
  • Connectors: 3.5mm (1/8") stereo mini jack
  • Maximum output level: 20mW+20mW or more (THD+N less than 0.1%, 32ohms loaded)
  • USB
  • Connectors: USB Mini-B type 4-pin
  • Format: USB 2.0 HIGH SPEED mass storage class
  • Continuous battery operation time
  • Alkaline battery (EVOLTA) About 5.5H (Using line input/recording) About 6H (Using headphone/playback)
  • Nickel-metal battery (eneloop) About 6.5H (Using line input/recording) About 7H (Using headphone/playback)
  • Power: Four AA batteries (Alkaline or nickel-metal battery)
  • Power consumption: 2.4W (Maximum)
  • Dimensions: 221 (W)×44.3(H)×126.5(D)mm
  • Weight: 610g (without batteries)
  • Operating temperature: 5-35˚C
  • Backup memory: In the PREFERENCE, contents of "Repeat Int", "Auto Power Save", "Contrast", "Back Light" and "FootSW Polarity". Contents of INPUT SETTING (Without EQ)
  • 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-008EX Digital 8-Track Pocketstudio
 
4.6

(based on 37 reviews)

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97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (32)
  • Excellent sound (26)
  • Easy to use (24)
  • Versatile (21)
  • Low distortion (16)

Cons

  • Difficult to use (4)
  • No ac adapter included (3)

Best Uses

  • Amateur recording (30)
  • Home studio (29)
  • Performances (11)
  • Outdoor events / games (9)
  • Professional recording (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (19), Professional musician (12), Novice (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

EXCELLENT MUSIC NOTEPAD

I found that I was able to use it right out of the box with just a brief run through of the manual. I, being of the cassette tape era and having owned another...Read complete review

I found that I was able to use it right out of the box with just a brief run through of the manual. I, being of the cassette tape era and having owned another multi-track found it especially inuitive to navigate.
I've run direct and with the internal mic's at home with guitar and found the sound quality to be quite pleasing. I also use this at band rehearsal and with the right placement, adjustments to trim, output level, gain - that it captures a pretty balanced sound.
It's been two weeks that I've been using this device almost on a daily basis. I can't express how easy it is to use with just a short read of the instructions. It has many more functions which I've yet to explore but for recording on the fly this is very simple to use.
I've played some recordings for people who are your typical listeners and they can't distinguish between this and studio quality recordings.
For me, it's an all in one srcatchpad which has exceeded my expectations and is perfectly suited for what it was designed for.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Improved 008

I got this as a SDOTD (with the TM78 microphone) for scratchpadding outside my digital studio. I was surprised at the depth of features and quality of the sound as well as the...Read complete review

I got this as a SDOTD (with the TM78 microphone) for scratchpadding outside my digital studio. I was surprised at the depth of features and quality of the sound as well as the decent internal microphones. The features have been substantially improved over the previous 008.

The construction is good (especially compared to the atrocious DR-08 I bought previously) and the controls are intelligently laid out. The manual is sensible and well-organized, which is important with a product with as many complex functions as this has.

The biggest single problem (in common with Tascam's other portables) is the extremely high battery consumption relative to Tascam's fanciful claimed battery life. This is a real deal-killer for outside use. Incredibly, given this unit's ravenous appetite for AAs (especially when providing phantom power) and its list price, there is no AC adapter included! What were they thinking?

At a very low sale price, I would recommend this unit, with the caution that there would be additional investments in multiple sets of rechargeable batteries and a wall adapter. At typical retail, I would not.

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4.0

Excellent for my needs.

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from Panama City, Fl

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Perfect for songwriting

    Comments about TASCAM DP-008EX Digital 8-Track Pocketstudio:

    I have not had much tome to play with it. I am recouping for a shoulder replacement. So, I ust started using it. So far, I am pleased. Can't beat it for the price.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great product...

    By 

    from Melbourne, FL

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Excellent Sound
    • Powerful
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio

      Comments about TASCAM DP-008EX Digital 8-Track Pocketstudio:

      I had been using the DP-004 for a couple years with great results. Then I started looking at projects where I would need more than 4 tracks, and the DP-008 came up as the "Stupid Deal of the Day" for a ridiculous price. Besides the extra tracks, the -008 has some added features (like reverb and EQ) that some may find useful if they plan to do much of their mixing in the portable studio. I prefer to capture tracks in the -008 and transfer them to a DAW on my computer to add effects and mix, so they don't mean anything to me. Be aware that there is a learning curve in navigating the menus, and some operations are tedious, like having to unnecessarily enter the same filename multiple times to just backup and create WAV files for export. These should default to the entered name for the song name.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      wow

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      from Lake Ariel , PA

      About Me Novice

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy Recording
      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Great Practice Tool

      Cons

      • Doesn't Come With Power C

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Practice
      • Recording Over Jam Tracks
      • Recording Over Multiple P

      Comments about TASCAM DP-008EX Digital 8-Track Pocketstudio:

      I bought this to record rhythm's and then work on some leads. Which it does wonderfully. But I have come to use it as a practice tool. I can listen to the music as I play it then record it and improve on my mistakes.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Nice compact Unit for the Money

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      from Myrtle Beach SC

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Excellent Sound
      • Good For Beginner

      Cons

      • Some Functions Are Tricky

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio

      Comments about TASCAM DP-008EX Digital 8-Track Pocketstudio:

      This unit helps me to understand recording and mixing functions better.
      It has a decent enough sound.

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      (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      I like it

      By 

      from Houston, Texas

      About Me Novice

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio

        Comments about TASCAM DP-008EX Digital 8-Track Pocketstudio:

        I like it!

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        buy one for a starter unit

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        from milton fl

        About Me Professional Musician

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio

          Comments about TASCAM DP-008EX Digital 8-Track Pocketstudio:

          this is an excellent little unit for the basic recorder really does every thing you would expect, and the perfect tool to begin exploring multi-tracking. not quiet simple, takes a little study and effort but (you can only eat an elephant one bite at a time)

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          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Clear Quality Recordings

          By 

          from New England

          About Me Novice

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Playback Crisp And Clear

          Cons

          • Some Difficulty In Use

          Best Uses

            Comments about TASCAM DP-008EX Digital 8-Track Pocketstudio:

            This is the first multitrack digital recorder I've used. The instructions are not 100% clear, but with a couple of trials and a couple of rereads it was easy to figure out.

            I first used the built-in mics to record acoustic instrument. I had to set input to high and all volume adjustments nearly to max to get a decent volume on meter. I then tried using a Shure 57 microphone in both rear inputs, but it made no difference - still needed higher volume levels than I expected. I could not get the overload indicators to light even with heavy strumming.

            I also attached an electric guitar in the guitar inputs direct with no amplifier. This was a little better but nearly insignificant. I was able to get a slight overload indication.

            Alkaline batteries will only give you a couple of hours of use before they're dead. Get an external power supply as it will save you money in the long run.

            Product quality is very good to excellent and I was quite pleased with appearance, functions, and 'feel'. My brother has used Tascam recorders and rates them very highly as the best in their price range.

            Buying from Musician's Friend was easy, priced right, and very quick shipping.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Love it

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            from Minnesota

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Events
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about TASCAM DP-008EX Digital 8-Track Pocketstudio:

              Love it

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Biggest Little Studio Ever.

              By 

              from Avon CO

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio
                • Performances

                Comments about TASCAM DP-008EX Digital 8-Track Pocketstudio:

                Haven't explored it fully yet, but so far very impressed with size and value.

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                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                nice little recorder..

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                from CHGO, ILL..

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                Ask me a question

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Easy To Use
                • Excellent Sound
                • Low Distortion
                • Record A Room Or A Song
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Events
                  • Home Studio
                  • Performances

                  Comments about TASCAM DP-008EX Digital 8-Track Pocketstudio:

                  very good, record a song, or record a room, 8 tracks, nice..

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