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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 8 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Compact (6)
    • Excellent sound (5)
    • Versatile (5)
    • Easy to use (4)
    • Good power output (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur recording (7)
      • Home studio (7)
      • Professional recording (4)
      • Performances (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (4), Professional musician (3)

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      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Product, Great Deal

      By Joyce Skidmore

      from Jonesville, VA

      About Me Experienced

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      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy To Use
      • Powerful
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • No Ac Adapter Included

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio

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

      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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      (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      The sales people need improved on !

      By kingsmusician

      from fayetteville ,tn.

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • The Product Is Good
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Difficult To Use

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording

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

      Good recorder , alittle troubling getting started ? The sales people I feel did not telll me the truth .They wanted to sell it be fore they got it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Which they kept tell me different times ,that it was going to ship ????But tascam is a great product !

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      5.0

      nice recorder

      By brian james

      from michigan

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Excellent Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

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

        If you know anything about recorders and recording, you can have a multi track recorded and mastered and on the pc in 30 minutes, which is what I did.
        Very easy to use, excellent sound quality. love it.

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        (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Nice little recorder!

        By johnmngr

        from Topeka, KS

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio

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

        Like a lot of individuals on the site it seems, I picked this up as one of MF's "Stupid deals of the day", which also included a TM-78 condenser mic. The intuitiveness and quick start section of the manual get you started right away and the quality is superb. The small size is nice for portability but if you're used to working with a 4-track cassette or an older, larger digital multitrack, you might find it an adjustment working with a unit this size. The only real complaint I have is the headphone monitor being a thumbwheel on the back panel. It should have been a regular dial on the top mixer panel. As for the lack of an AC adapter, that's easily enough solved. A PSP-100 game console power supply is a dead ringer for the Tascam one, just make sure you get one that's 5 volts DC and 2000 milliamps current, easily had cheaply on ebay. Even the original DC barrel plug is the right size. P.S., Neither I, nor Musician's Friend are responsible if it smokes your recorder, but that's what I use, and the specs are identical. All in all, it's quite a versatile little recorder and well worth the money.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Improved 008

        By Anchoret

        from California

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Good Instruction Manual
        • Good Internal Mics
        • Intuitive Layout

        Cons

        • High Battery Consumption
        • No Ac Adapter Included

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio

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

        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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        (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Brilliant

        By batduo

        from Tampa FL

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio
          • Professional Recording

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

          Thanks Musicians Friend. The Tascam DP-008EX Digital 8-Track Pocketstudio is truly a fantastic product

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          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Portable Hardware recording at its best

          By SuperSteve

          from Long Island, NY

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

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

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

          This small device works great, especially if you don't want to be tied to your Digital Audio Workstation. Its portable, and the two built in microphones work decently. I got this as The Stupid Deal of the Day and sold my used DP-008 device and got enough money to buy this upgraded DP-008EX for less than what I sold the old version because of the Deal of the Day, plus I received the free Tascam Microphone as a bundled perk. What a deal. Thanks Musician Friend. The device is portable and records very nicely and allows you to take your recording and export them your full features DAW for additional processing. A very handy device for the singer songwriter musician. Keep on picking.

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          (3 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          compact studio

          By Fugazi123

          from allentown Pa

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Excellent Sound
          • Low Distortion

          Cons

          • Difficult To Use
          • File Tranfer Is Not Easy
          • Sensitive Internal Mic

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

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

          the only problem is that it can be easily confiscated or stolen because of its size
          and it did not come with a power supply

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