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MF MD HG Exclusives 09-19-14

TASCAM DP-008EX Digital 8-Track Pocketstudio  

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Overview
  • Eight mono tracks
  • CD-quality recording (16bit/44.1kHz)
  • Two tracks simultaneous recording/ eight tracks simultaneous playback
Description & Specs
  • MSRP:
    $449.99
  • Your Savings:
    - $300.00
  • Your Price:
    $14999

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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.

 

DP-008EX Digital 8-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
  • 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 20 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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  • 4 Stars

     

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  • 3 Stars

     

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (17)
  • Easy to use (13)
  • Excellent sound (13)
  • Versatile (13)
  • Low distortion (8)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Amateur recording (17)
  • Home studio (15)
  • Performances (7)
  • Outdoor events / games (5)
  • Professional recording (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (10), Professional musician (7), Novice (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Product, Great Deal

This is a great little piece of equipment. It is small enough to take with you wherever you go. Turn virtually any space into a make shift studio. While there are better pieces...Read complete review

This is a great little piece of equipment. It is small enough to take with you wherever you go. Turn virtually any space into a make shift studio. While there are better pieces of equipment out there, for the price this one can't be beat.
If you are not familiar with recording, you should take the time and read the instruction manual very carefully. My 16 year old daughter was able to use the manual and have a multi-track song recorded in about an hour. It has great sound on the guitar tracks, but I would recommend picking up a condenser mic to go with it. The built in mics are sufficient for basic stuff, but the additional mic will help tremendously with achieving a professional sound.
You should know that the AC adapter is not included and the battery life is short lived to say the least. Be sure to pick up an adapter to go with the DP008EX and you will be good to go.
All in all this is a great product and I would absolutely recommend it to you!

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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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5.0

Awesome product

By The Muffster

from Florida

About Me Experienced

Ask me a question

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:

    This recorder has so many features, I'm not going to get into them here (read the product page). I now actually use this unit as the main recorder attached to my full-sized mixer board in my home studio... It's that good!

    How MF can sell this for the price they do absolutely blows my mind. It's simply an incredible value, really can't say enough about that.

    Thanks once again to Musician's Friend as always, for carrying quality products and promptly answering questions I had regarding this unit before purchase!

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    (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Just what I needed

    By Old and tired

    from Amarillo, TX

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Heck Of A Deal
    • Low Distortion
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • None for me

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Performances

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

    Nice sound quality, easy to use, instructions even for dummies like me.

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    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Dang Good

    By prairie mooner

    from Wichita Falls, Texas

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Great Sound Easy To Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

        Great price for an outstanding piece of high quality equipment. Worked first time!

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        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Heavy...man!

        By Mumbling Jim

        from New York

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Easy To Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio

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

          I haven't used this unit yet, but when it arrived I was impressed with it's design and overall sturdiness. The DP-008EX Digital 8-Track Pocketstudio simply feels substantial in my hands. That's a good thing, because I figured the machine might be light and plastic and cheap. Now, the actual weight of any product doesn't necessarily guarantee operational excellence. After all, it would have been easy to build a very lightweight device with all the features of the DP-008EX Digital 8-Track Pocketstudio. But in my mind, the fact that the DP-008EX feels substantial means that this is a serious machine and not a toy. I appreciate that.

          I was also impressed with the manual, which covers everything I need to know. While I haven't recorded anything yet, I easily navigated to the sample tune on the SD Card (included) and was able to turn some dials to get a brief idea of how this unit performs.

          My only complaint is the fact that no adapter is included, but I quickly found one online, for about a third of the price of the genuine Tascam adapter.

          Overall and thus far, I like theDP-008EX Digital 8-Track Pocketstudio, and it will make a great addition to my home studio.

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          (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Just what the doctor ordered

          By Outlaw

          from Houston, TX

          About Me Novice

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Easy To Use
          • Get Started Easily
          • Simple To Use

          Cons

          • No Ac Adapter Included

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Good For Capturing Ideas
          • Home Studio

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

          The recorder is simple to use and great for songwriting. I like the ability to operate on battery power but the lack of an a/c adapter was a big letdown. The price is good...add an a/c adapter and charge a little more. Musician's Friend was good. I recieved a pair of headphones with my purchase as a free gift. Nice touch guys.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Aesome little field recorder.

          By devus54

          from Del Rio, Texas

          About Me Professional Musician

          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:

            It is a great portability addition to any DAW. Just copy a WAV mixdown of your project to the WAVE folder on the SD card, import to your song and you're ready to get somebody to add a track anywhere you can take it. Reverse the process to get the track into your DAW.

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            (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Does all the basics and a bit more

            By Rick153

            from Monroe, NC

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Excellent Sound
            • Low Distortion
            • Portabl
            • Versatile
            • Very portable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Performances

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

              This Tascam is so portable that it's very easy to take with you on playing jobs. In the home, it's easy to make recordings of 8 or more tracks, but the manual is necessary to work your way through some processes. I like the idea of being able to use both hi and lo impedence mikes. A lot of features have been shoved into the machine. They're not all great, but they're handy in a pinch, and better than nothing. For instance, there is some EQ, reverb, etc. I would have preferred that with all that technology, it could have figured out it's mike sources or ambiant noise levels. It does take a while to record a song, install it on the computer and then covert it to audio technology, but at least it can be done and it's extremely portable and fills a good niche. One warning, though, is that if one buys the 32gb card, it's easy (at least with mine) to start getting "SD Write" on the screen and then you have to power down with a subsequent loss of info unless you saved everything. Overall, it's an excellent product. I am glad that I purchased it and have used it nearly daily for 9 months with no issues or indications of wear (I've taken good care of it). It does tend to pick up dust specs on the inside of the screen. The actual rating would be 4.5 stars due to its lack of simplicity (not unexpected) and struggles with 32gb cards.

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              (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              no i would not buy this product again.

              By oldtbird1955

              from mitchell county north carolina

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Versatile

              Cons

              • Difficult To Use
              • Poor Quality Construction
              • Poor Sound Quality
              • Weak

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording

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

              if you ever need service from tascam i wish you all the luck.i would not trust them at all.this is the last tascam product i will ever buy.

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              (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Nice price, nice unit

              By PaulG.

              from Binghamton, NY

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Events

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

                Great for song ideas.

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                4.0

                Excellent Sound for the Price

                By Bruno Pro

                from Ontario Canada

                About Me Novice

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Excellent Sound
                • Versatile

                Cons

                • Too Many Steps To Output
                • Unnecessary Functions

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio

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

                This little box sounds great but....the mikes are niosy if you gain them up. Use external ones. plugged in an acoustic and it sounded great. To many steps for the final output: Create a file,
                record your tracks,set your in and out points, go to mixdown, it will record the mix in real time (don't know where)go to mastertering, Will again record in real time)goto export to wave and it will export to the sd card..you can see this file on your computer.

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