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25 years after the introduction of the first Portastudio, TASCAM makes hard disk recording affordable and simple enough for all musicians.
The TASCAM DP-01 Digital 8-Track Portastudio features the one-knob-per-function design that has made TASCAM cassette Portastudios the choice of thousands of musicians. The DP-01 eliminates the confusing page-shift-menu interface popular with most other digital recorders.
Designed to be as uncomplicated to use as TASCAM's other Portastudios, it's a breakthrough product for musicians who are ready to get into digital recording.
2 mic inputs on 1/4" TRS jacks for dual mono or stereo recording. 8 tracks record at uncompressed CD quality to an internal 40GB hard drive, and a stereo master track is available for recording a mix. Each channel has a 45mm volume fader, plus dedicated controls for pan, effects send, high EQ, and low EQ. LCD display shows meters, editing settings, and locate points. The DP-01 has a USB 2.0 jack for file backup and transferring mixes to a computer. There are RCA line, headphone, and S/PDIF outputs.
Finally, a digital recorder to rival the cassette Porta Studios in ease of use and a killer price. Make it yours today.
DP-01 Digital 8-Track Portastudio
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Tascam DP01 recorder
When I was considering buying the DP01, I had special criteria. First off, I needed to able to use the Tascam as a digital interface with my analog recorders. I was able to...Read complete review
When I was considering buying the DP01, I had special criteria. First off, I needed to able to use the Tascam as a digital interface with my analog recorders. I was able to transfer analog tape signals to the DP01, and from there I was able to use the USB connection to import the DP's tracks to my laptop for burning a CD. The results were excellent! I also love the fact that I did not need any software or programs to install on my laptop. After that, I started recording with mics, and line in with a keyboard. By setting levels carefully, I found the DP01 has excellent recording quality, rivaling my analog recorders. In some ways, especially with tape "hiss" the DP actually is better! Bouncing tracks is accomplished with little or no sound degradation, as is often the case with analog. There are some limitations, but for the price I feel I got a real winner with the DP01. Limitations are: no XLR inputs (but I used another mixer with phantom power and patched into the input of the DP with excellent results! You can also use an XLR mic transformer. Two track simultaneous recording may be a little limited, but it doesn't hamper my recording techniques, which is mostly overdubbing. I wish the display had a light! It took me about 2 days to understand the manual/recorder but after that I find it rather easy to use. I don't need the DP01 with efx; I have all the outboard gizmos I need. So I'd recommend this to anyone who wants a straight, no frills digital 8 track.
Most Liked Negative Review
A little more money could go a long way
If you are a hobbyist and you want to record only a couple of inputs at a time you'll have some fun with the DP-01. If you are serious about quality recordings of...Read complete review
If you are a hobbyist and you want to record only a couple of inputs at a time you'll have some fun with the DP-01. If you are serious about quality recordings of your stuff and/or you want to record more than two inputs simultaneously, here's what you should know: The DP01 has 2 mic imputs. If you want to record more inputs simultaneously buy a more expensive product with 4 or more inputs. THe DP-01 works for me but I record solo so I never need more than a vocal mic and one guitar mic at any one time.The DP01 does not have XLR mic inputs. Simply sticking a 1/4" to XLR adapter on your mic cable won't help. You must use an in-line impedence matching transformer between the XLR mic cable and the 1/4" input on the DP01. You can readily get these from this store or others - they look like a small cable adapter and anyone can do this without any expertise. Without an impedence matching transformer you will have terrible noise/hiss and very low volume on anything you record from the mic. If you want quality results from your mics, and less hassle, spend more money and buy a mixer with XLR inputs (like the DP-01FX or most other TASCAM or Fostex mixers).The DPO1 is also notorious for ground hum in the mic inputs (which translates into a loud hum in your recording unless you turn the volume down to the point where the recording is useless). This can be especially severe if using one of the mic inputs for guitar plug-in, which the DP-01 is designed to do. I have had this problem as have many others I have chatted with on various sites. It's almost impossible to fix this ground hum completely. I solved my problem with some electronics engineering of my own but the average user won't want to or be able to do this.I found the DP01 really easy to use but there are only 2 equalizer controls (High & Low) so don't expect studio quality control from bass to mid-range to treble.The lack of a backlit digital display is really annoying. You simply can't see what you're doing unless you are sitting right in front of the display with decent lighting. Plus, the digital volume bars are small and tough to read - you can adjust the height and thickness of these bars but it won't help. Trying to monitor your input volume with these is pretty much useless so you'll have to do everything by ear and trial and error.If you intend to use condenser mics, you'll need a separate phantom power source because the DP01 does not have one (unlike the DP-01FX). Then again, if you're using condenser mics you shouldn't be settling for an inexpensive recorder like this anyway.If you want decent reverb and digital effects you'll need an external unit for this as the DP-01 does not have any internal effects. However, the internal effects on even some of the more expensive mixers aren't that great anyway. After a lot of experimentation (and fixing the aforementioned problems) I have been able to get good sound quality and decent "home studio" recordings from the DP01 but if I were buying another digital recorder today I would not settle for this one. If you are serious about how your music sounds spend more money on something without these limitations.
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This model has a serious hard-drive problem. DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT! Just google it and read some columns.... disturbing.
I've had this piece of equipment for roughly 2 years. You would be suprise at the great sound you get out of it for such a low price. I do not have any bad things to say about it except sometimes I wish i had more tracks.. I use it as a backup hardrive for my music and to lay vocals. When I'm done recording I transfer the tracks over to a computer base program to edit them. This thing is a charm. And when my computer crashed had every song I ever recorded still on here. I've recorded like three albums and two mixtapes on here and I still have space for more... Its wonderful... If you have a good preamp for your mic....
This machine is SO easy to use. I was recording, mastering and transferring tracks to my computer in no time. Not too shabby for being a novice at digital recording. I have owned this recorder for over a year, and have recorded demos for my friends bands, my own music, and its FLAWLESS. The only downside that I could see is that it lacks alot of bonus features, but who even really cares at this price! WELL WORTH BUYING. I would recommend it to anyone.
Everytime I use this it gets easier and easier. I've done lots of demos for my band and I consifering upgrading to the 2488 mkII since it works a lot like this. If anyone is having problems you shouls download the quick start guide from Tascams site. A mid e.q would help this unit a bunch but I found you can adjust how the hi and lo e.q. work that made a big difference. Most problems I've seen people having was when they tried to export a tune to a computer. READ THE MANUAL. I'm by no means a computer guy and I got it. Now that the price has dpopped this an outstanding buy.
There is also no backlight for the display. Not being able to bounce two tracks to one sucks.
I have been a recording engineer for many years and have used Tascam products often in those 30+ years. Read the manual boys! Just caus' you can turn a knob doesn't mean you can run a digital recorder, especially one that is set up for "easy - old-school" style. Every mmachine has it's little oddities. Some Fostex products require you to hold the RECORD button down while engaging the play to go into record mode. Who would have thought it? So 1980's but you have to read the manual. I realize that many of you young rockers don't read at a fifth grade level... but if you do... give Tascam a shot... old school style at a great price. And I use ProTools in my studio and Roland on the Road. I have a Tascam 24 and just let my Tascam 234 Syncassete go after about 20 years and it was still running!
I used to have the old Tascam 4 track cassette recorder. That is where I am coming from. I'm not trying to use this as a professional recording unit. It works great and since I was familiar with the old Tascam this one was easy to use. I have added an additional 6 channel mixer for recording drums and a rack mounted effects unit. Yes there is more noise with the quarter inch plugs. However I'm not recording a symphony.With decent mics ,you can get a pretty good sound. It also helps a great deal to be able to actually play the instrument you are recording. It's kinda like people who think recordings of their voice don't sound like them. Yes, that is how you sound. Buy this unit if you want something in expensive and useful. Don't buy this unit if you are looking for a professional recording unit.
This is the best, highest quality, easiest to use, recorder ever. You can even mix channels into each other and record an infinite # of tracks. I've owned several other and this is by far the best.
I borrowed one of these from my friend. Its really not that hard to use, contrary to what other people are saying. It took me like 20 - 30 minutes to figure out everything. The recordings however, are not of the highest quality. The sound, as someone else mentioned, "muddy", but they still sound good enough to make a demo with. The eq really doesnt do anything, and recording drums is difficult without triggers. I am lucky, I can get the snare and bass with triggers and just use one overhead mice to recore. Anything more and you are screwed, it only has 2 inputs.
I love my DP-01 machine!! If you are on a budget, it's a great starter. If you have your own reverb, compressor, and mic preamp, you are good to go. I've tried recording with computer software but I just couldn't figure it out. Operating this little beauty is basic and simple. Instead of having songs one behind the other, it lets you save each and start a new one at 0:00!! I just wish it had pitch control, like the cassette portastudio has.