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TASCAM DP-008EX Digital 8-Track Pocketstudio   (Open Box)
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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
 
4.6

(based on 27 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (23)
  • Excellent sound (18)
  • Easy to use (17)
  • Versatile (15)
  • Low distortion (11)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Amateur recording (23)
  • Home studio (21)
  • Performances (8)
  • Outdoor events / games (6)
  • Professional recording (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (16), Professional musician (8), Novice (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Does the job, but could be easier to use

I am an old geezer who has owned a 4-track cassette Portastudio for years (I still have it, and it still works perfectly!).

Around 14 years ago, I made...Read complete review

I am an old geezer who has owned a 4-track cassette Portastudio for years (I still have it, and it still works perfectly!).

Around 14 years ago, I made the switch to Cakewalk and computer-based recording. While recording on a computer opens up an entire new world of possibilities, my productivity actually suffered -- any time I tried recording a new song, it seemed like I would spend too much time messing with computer stuff, and not actually recording. Then there's all the upgrades, patches, etc. Recording become less "fun" and more of a "chore".

I saw the DP-008EX on sale at Musician's Friend, and decided to give it a try. I was hoping that, by eliminating the computer, my recording would again become as easy and painless as in the old cassette Portastudio days.

The Digital Portastudio comes close, but has a couple of annoyances that get in the way of me truly enjoying it.

PROS:
The recording is push-button simple. press the "record" button on a track, and press the master "record" button on the unit -- you're recording a track! In this regard, it works exactly like the old Portastudio does. Once you get your input sources set up properly, you can lay down 8 tracks with ease.

Sound quality is very good.

Super portable! You could record with this anywhere. I'm thinking of carrying it in my car along with a guitar, so I could record tracks on my lunch hour at work.

Bouncing tracks is done in "real time", which is wierd, but works flawlessly.

Unit allows you to Import/Export tracks to/from a computer, via the SD card.

I like the built-in Mastering mode, I wouldn't call the results "studio quality" but I am very happy with it.

CONS:
The old cassette Portastudio's had a Mic/Line switch, and a trim pot, for each track, right on top of the unit. It was simple-easy to switch between a line or mic source, and set the trim. I switch between microphone, guitar, and a keyboard a LOT. On the Digital Portastudio - the Mic/Line switch is on the BACK of the unit, where you can't see it.. and there's only one switch that applies to all inputs. And there's no trim pot -- to set the input gain of the source, you have to go to a menu mode and select "Ext Input - MIC" or "Ext Input - Line" - this takes several button clicks. And you have to do it for each input (ie, twice). Because the switch and trim settings are "invisible", it's easy to forget where you're set and you'll mess up a few takes before you realize what the problem is. I switch between microphone,keyboard and guitar a LOT, and this is a major hassle for me.

EQ settings are too hard to get to, via the menu. I wish they had added a couple more knobs per channel for EQ, like the old Portastudio's had. I dislike the EQ menu so much, I just ignore it.

Unit only records 2 tracks at a time - I knew this, but it might be important to note. If you want to record piano and vocals simultaneously, you can do so -- but each track will be in mono. A workaround would be to run your mic and keys through another mixer first, then feed the stereo output into the DP-008EX.

VS

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

Great little Multitrack Recorder

By Biker Bob

from Little Rock, AR.

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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.

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4.0

Not a Bad Ride GREAT SOUND!

By Modshaman say's

from Erie, Pa.

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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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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

EXCELLENT MUSIC NOTEPAD

By Original Sinner

from Washington DC

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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.

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    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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      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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          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Does the job, but could be easier to use

          By KSandbergFL

          from Nashwauk, MN

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Excellent Sound

          Cons

          • Difficult To Use

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio

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

          I am an old geezer who has owned a 4-track cassette Portastudio for years (I still have it, and it still works perfectly!).

          Around 14 years ago, I made the switch to Cakewalk and computer-based recording. While recording on a computer opens up an entire new world of possibilities, my productivity actually suffered -- any time I tried recording a new song, it seemed like I would spend too much time messing with computer stuff, and not actually recording. Then there's all the upgrades, patches, etc. Recording become less "fun" and more of a "chore".

          I saw the DP-008EX on sale at Musician's Friend, and decided to give it a try. I was hoping that, by eliminating the computer, my recording would again become as easy and painless as in the old cassette Portastudio days.

          The Digital Portastudio comes close, but has a couple of annoyances that get in the way of me truly enjoying it.

          PROS:
          The recording is push-button simple. press the "record" button on a track, and press the master "record" button on the unit -- you're recording a track! In this regard, it works exactly like the old Portastudio does. Once you get your input sources set up properly, you can lay down 8 tracks with ease.

          Sound quality is very good.

          Super portable! You could record with this anywhere. I'm thinking of carrying it in my car along with a guitar, so I could record tracks on my lunch hour at work.

          Bouncing tracks is done in "real time", which is wierd, but works flawlessly.

          Unit allows you to Import/Export tracks to/from a computer, via the SD card.

          I like the built-in Mastering mode, I wouldn't call the results "studio quality" but I am very happy with it.

          CONS:
          The old cassette Portastudio's had a Mic/Line switch, and a trim pot, for each track, right on top of the unit. It was simple-easy to switch between a line or mic source, and set the trim. I switch between microphone, guitar, and a keyboard a LOT. On the Digital Portastudio - the Mic/Line switch is on the BACK of the unit, where you can't see it.. and there's only one switch that applies to all inputs. And there's no trim pot -- to set the input gain of the source, you have to go to a menu mode and select "Ext Input - MIC" or "Ext Input - Line" - this takes several button clicks. And you have to do it for each input (ie, twice). Because the switch and trim settings are "invisible", it's easy to forget where you're set and you'll mess up a few takes before you realize what the problem is. I switch between microphone,keyboard and guitar a LOT, and this is a major hassle for me.

          EQ settings are too hard to get to, via the menu. I wish they had added a couple more knobs per channel for EQ, like the old Portastudio's had. I dislike the EQ menu so much, I just ignore it.

          Unit only records 2 tracks at a time - I knew this, but it might be important to note. If you want to record piano and vocals simultaneously, you can do so -- but each track will be in mono. A workaround would be to run your mic and keys through another mixer first, then feed the stereo output into the DP-008EX.

          Comment on this review

           
          5.0

          Awesome product

          By The Muffster

          from Florida

          About Me Experienced

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          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 3 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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