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TASCAM DP-008EX Digital 8-Track Pocketstudio  

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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 k...Read More

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OVERVIEW

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
 
4.5

(based on 31 reviews)

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  • 4 Stars

     

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97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (27)
  • Excellent sound (21)
  • Easy to use (20)
  • Versatile (18)
  • Low distortion (14)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Amateur recording (25)
  • Home studio (23)
  • Performances (11)
  • Outdoor events / games (8)
  • Professional recording (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (17), Professional musician (10), Novice (4)

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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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Clear Quality Recordings

By QDuck

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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    4.0

    Love it

    By Leisha

    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

      Comment on this review

       
      5.0

      Biggest Little Studio Ever.

      By Born again engineer

      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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        5.0

        nice little recorder..

        By Big Rich

        from chgo..

        About Me Experienced

        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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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great little Multitrack Recorder

          By Biker Bob

          from Little Rock, AR.

          About Me Experienced

          Ask me a question

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Excellent Sound
          • Good Internal Mics
          • Low Distortion
          • Powerful

          Cons

          • Confusing Manual
          • No Power Supply

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances

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

          First of all, I'm not new to multitrack recorders. I have my main recorder in the studio, but I wanted something that was portable and powerful. I was immediately impressed by the build quality. This unit has some weight and feels like you'd expect a quality piece of gear to feel. The internal mics do a decent job of noise rejection and pick up surprisingly well. Having only 2 inputs is limiting, but hey for the price... The good news is that with bounce down recording you can actually have up to 14 tracks. The unit has some basic effects that are decent and can be applied either pre or post recording. The vocal effects and compressor do a good job. If you are familiar with a multitrack recorder the layout and basic recording will be familiar and intuitive. If you are not then the manual can be confusing. The mix down process is somewhat confusing and the manual takes some study. Now for the cons. The unit does not come with a power supply and battery life has not shown to be as long as advertised (surprise, surprise). The supply is five volt two amp, so it's not as easy to find a good generic. I don't know why companies can't just standardize a power supply to neg nine volts and be done with it. Just get a supply. Be prepared to spend some time with the manual and a little head scratching. Also, take the time to make some test recordings and play before recording something vital (I found out the hard way). I haven't used phantom powered mics yet, so I'm not sure of the battery draw there. Take extra batteries. Overall, I am thrilled with the recorder and the folks at MF always make shopping a pleasure.

          Comment on this review

           
          4.0

          Not a Bad Ride GREAT SOUND!

          By Modshaman say's

          from Erie, Pa.

          About Me Experienced

          Ask me a question

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • 6 Hrs Goes Fast On Aa Bat
          • 6hrs Goes Fast On Aa Batt
          • No Ac Adapter

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Put It In Your Pocket

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

          If you already have a Full Size studio recorder this thing is EASY to use. I had a little trouble down loading to a PC READ every WORD in the manual on Downloading.Final Mastering sounds GREAT!Once you get the Hang of this thing you WILL love it.Do yourself a favor GET the AC power for in the studio 6hr. Batt life goes Quickly when your Busy, But on Batt.go Mix in the livingroom. :)

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          EXCELLENT MUSIC NOTEPAD

          By Original Sinner

          from Washington DC

          About Me Experienced

          Ask me a question

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • band practice
            • Home Studio
            • Personal Recording

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

            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.

            Comment on this review

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            When software is a pain...

            By El Peligroso

            from Durango, CO

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Easy To Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio

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

              It's pretty much everything that Tascam says it is.
              Great product. Fast and simple (esp. compared to recording software). The manual could have been written in a more concise manner, but when has that ever happened? Get the AC adapter.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              I Did Buy This Product Again..

              By Guitar Dave

              from Cocoa, Florida

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

                Cons

                • No cons

                Best Uses

                • Professional Recording

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

                I have replaced my Teac Reel to Reels with the Tascam DP-008 and now added the EX Model. I record all my You Tube Covers and Guitar Instructional Videos using The Tascam DP-008 Recorder.I love these Units.

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Functionality is Awesom

                By Mister_Ickus

                from Fort Worth, TX

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Amazing Deal
                • Compact
                • Easy To Use
                • Excellent Sound

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Studio
                  • Professional Recording

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

                  I've been put through the wringer with paying for blocks of studio time to lay down vocals for tracks. With the DP008EX, I have taken that money I would have spent and put it to good use. Ive coupled the DP008EX with an MXL 990 Condenser Mic and, I now have a studio quality set up that is within my budget.

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