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TASCAM DP-03 Digital Portastudio  

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The DP-03 Digital Portastudio gives you the freedom to record two tracks at a time at CD quality to affordable SD/SDHC cards using XLR microphone pre...Read More

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OVERVIEW

An 8-track Digital Portastudio with built-in CD burner, 2-band EQ per track, reverb, and more.

The DP-03 Digital Portastudio gives you the freedom to record two tracks at a time at CD quality to affordable SD/SDHC cards using XLR microphone preamps or a pair of built-in condenser microphones. During recording you can manipulate reverb and the 2-band EQ using dedicated knobs for simple operation. When your production is finished, easily transfer it to your computer via a USB 2.0 cord or burned onto a CD using an internal drive.

A pair of inputs can be routed to any tracks, providing condenser microphones with phantom power when required. The DP-03 inputs also include 1/4" line and instrument level switches for recording sources like drum machines, guitar, and bass. A chromatic tuner and metronome are built in for assembling polished performances. Once recorded, tracks can be bounced, autopunched, and edited.

Like the DP-02 before it, the DP-03 uses an array of dedicated controls for mixing, combined with a simple menu interface for editing and other features. New mastering effects like EQ and multiband compression have been added for radio-ready masters. With so much power in a compact package, the DP-03 makes recording affordable, portable, and fun.

FEATURES
  • 8-track Digital Portastudio with CD Burner
  • Records to SD/SDHC Card media
  • Import audio tracks from CD
  • Built-in stereo condenser microphone
  • Two XLR microphone inputs with phantom power
  • 1/4" stereo line inputs
  • Switchable instrument-level input for guitar/bass direct recording
  • Multiband mastering effects
  • 2-band EQ per track
  • Internal reverb processor with dedicated send per track
  • Chromatic tuner and metronome
  • Track editing, autopunch, and bounce features
  • Compact and lightweight

Quality recording on the go is available in this portable, affordable solution. Order today!

SPECIFICATIONS

DP-03 Digital Portastudio

  • Dimensions: 11.4"W x 2.1"H x 8.2"D
  • Weight: 4 lb.
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TASCAMDP-03 Digital Portastudio
 
4.3

(based on 27 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

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  • 2 Stars

     

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87%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (21)
  • Excellent sound (17)
  • Easy to use (16)
  • Versatile (14)
  • Low distortion (8)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur recording (16)
    • Home studio (16)
    • Performances (6)
    • Professional recording (5)
    • Outdoor events / games (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (11), Novice (6), Professional musician (6)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Tascam quality that simply shines!!

    The Jog wheels flexibility makes this machine so easy to use.
    I bought the Tascam DP-03 because I was getting so frustrated with the problems of using music software and, I...Read complete review

    The Jog wheels flexibility makes this machine so easy to use.
    I bought the Tascam DP-03 because I was getting so frustrated with the problems of using music software and, I longed for the days of when I could edit like I did with a razor knife on tape.
    What I found was more than that. The amazing thing about it was the learning experience of using compression levels to make that recording shine. I have used compression in the past but, the machines are complicated and time consuming. The Tascam, laid out the way to use compression in a better way with easier language. This machine does everything but sing. From the Jog wheel to the fine recording textures you can achieve; you won't feel you wasted your money. What makes it different than the Zoom machine? Flexibility!! How many hours was I recording? 14. I simply love this machine.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    What were they thinking

    I tested this for a friend and was not impressed.
    Tascam took a proven winner, the DP-02, ditched the internal 40GB hard drive, and replaced it with a slot for an...Read complete review

    I tested this for a friend and was not impressed.
    Tascam took a proven winner, the DP-02, ditched the internal 40GB hard drive, and replaced it with a slot for an SDHC memory card. The purchaser loses 38GB in storage space, because the unit only comes from the factory with a 2GB card. While the possibility of simply swapping memory cards when one becomes full is attractive, since it is easier than swapping a hard drive, the memory cards are not cheap. The least expensive 32GB I could find on Tascam's approved media list has a street price of $65. Coupled with the fact that this has a street price which is priced higher than the DP-02, that means an investment of at least $130 more than what the DP-02 costs in order to approximate its storage capacity.
    Cost aside, the second reason for switching to memory cards as opposed to an optical drive is that memory cards are about as flimsy as the old 3.5" floppy disks--they won't hold up over time. Like old floppy disks, they are also prone to damage from exposure to magnetic fields, unlike data stored on an optical drive.
    All in all, idea behind it [more portability] is great, but the execution is not well thought out for those of us who want a small all-in-one unit for a small project studio, don't have a fortune to spend, and don't want the learning curve of the 24-track flagship of the Tascam line.
    The Zoom R8 costs $200 less, and will do anything this can do with the exception of burning CDs. But that's what I have a computer for.
    No features which are not found in other units costing less. Compare to the Zoom R8, which is less--this means the purchaser is paying for a CD burner, which is the only feather this has that the comparable Zoom Unit lacks.
    The build is flimsy compared to comparable units from Boss and Zoom.
    See comments in the "Overall" Section

    Reviewed by 27 customers

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    5.0

    Excellent price on an Amazing Recorder!

    By Riboild

    from Hickory, NC

    About Me Professional Musician

    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-03 Digital Portastudio:

    I personally have owned a couple of Tascam 4 track audio cassette recorders in the past and a Tascam digital recorder with a 20gb hard drive in it and all were amazing recorders... But I can honestly say this thing blows them away in every facet, ease of use is confirmed with the instructions they ship with the item. I have used a digital recorder before so I was already use to the setup. Included are two mics that work in stereo and are very sensitive. I like this since sometimes I just want to set it down and record quickly. I have gotten ahead of myself with how easy it is and forgotten to select the track to record with and hit record but it goes to show how easy it is to setup, you can easily forget. There are somethings I wish they could update better, and maybe they have with the upper end ones, but I wish while having to set "in" and "out" on the mixdown and mastering you have to manually fast forward to the end of recordings and hope you don't accidentally cut off something at the end you didn't notice. Also certain SDHC cards don't work with this recorder... I used a Sandisk ultra and a PNY Elite and both worked fine but a standard PNY would not. Also annoying is that the recorder will not work unless you "format" the card, which it does before using it and sets aside a considerable amount of space for it's file system on the card. Also any recordings you do cannot be accessed until you mixdown them or master. and then they will be on the card in the wav folder. or you can opt to use a usb cable... Which was way slower than just removing the sdcard and plugging it into the computer. Tone adjustment is great on this as you can set which freqs you are adjusting on the hi and low. I used this in tandem with a Canon EOS 70D through the mic port and made some pretty good recordings.
    All in all a great feature set on an amazing recorder and for a great price. Even if you paid full price I would not of hesitated if I knew what I know now. Just remember to get a good name brand high quality Memory card and you should be good on this recorder and be patient since the mastering can't be fast forwarded, you have to wait for it to essentially playback for as long as the initial recording was for some reason. I always wondered if there was a way to speed it up but so far I haven't found a way to yet. BTW It feels solid too, doesn't feel flimsy at all very good construction. And the layout is familiar to any that have used TASCAM Multitrack recorders before. I don't regret getting this one second. I would do it again in a heartbeat!!!

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    5.0

    DP-03 portastudio

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about TASCAM DP-03 Digital Portastudio:

      Thought I got a good deal with a rebate. A week later, came up as stupid deal of the day and could have saved more. Timing is everything.

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      5.0

      The DP-03 is versatile and sounds great

      By jmarriott 5783

      from Dublin, Oh

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Powerful
      • Simple Navigation
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about TASCAM DP-03 Digital Portastudio:

        This is the 3rd time I bought tascam for home recording. The DP-03 is easy, logical and sounds great. It burns cd s of your recordings and whether you listen via cd player or just put the file in iTunes (et al.) It sounds clear and strong. A great little tool for musicians.

        ps. The attached external mics produce amazing sound quality.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Awesome

        By Geetarman

        from Amelia Virginia

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about TASCAM DP-03 Digital Portastudio:

          This is the best portable recording studio you could want. It produces great sounding CD's and is simple to use with the easy quick start instructions, or use the entire manual to get total satisfaction of all the features available. Two thumbs up!!!!

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Works great-not hard to use

          By Steve

          from Wisconsin

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Easy To Use
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording

            Comments about TASCAM DP-03 Digital Portastudio:

            I have been using a DP-04, so this was easy to get used to as it's basically the same. They seem daunting at first, but follow the examples in the book and you'll soon be a pro. Does a great job of amateur recording and then the built in CD burner gives a finished product quick and easy.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Really Fills The Bill

            By Buddy

            from Loch Sheldrake, NY

            About Me Novice

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Events
              • Home Studio

              Comments about TASCAM DP-03 Digital Portastudio:

              This unit is exactly what I needed to continue my work on my musical tribute shows. Having a built in CD drive is a huge plus for me since the access TV station I volunteer at has older equipment not compatible with digital technology. I just burn the tracks to the CD and I'm ready to go. It's awesome !

              Comment on this review

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great sound

              By jayt107

              from St Paul, MN

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Studio

                Comments about TASCAM DP-03 Digital Portastudio:

                This is a good recording unit for beginner or experienced musicians. Tascam once again made a very easy to use machine and kept to the similar concept seen throughout all of the Portastudio series. I have actually transferred some of my old analog four track cassette recordings into the DP- 03 and added additional tracks then mixed and mastered them. All you need is an impedence matcher (Rolls MB15B). Great, versatile unit.

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                (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                The dp03

                By Panthrax

                from east texas

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Easy To Use
                • Excellent Sound

                Cons

                • Not Grounded

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Mobile DJ
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about TASCAM DP-03 Digital Portastudio:

                I bought to replace my zoom zhn. It is a little cumbersome at first to get started. My only complaint is the the power supply supplied is not grounded.
                Because of this there is a faint buzz sound when recording guitar tracks. There is a ground on the bottom of the unit. Why not simply include a ground in the power supply. Anyways I rigged up a ground wire to kill the unwanted feedback. Overall it does what says. It puts out great sound and is a great buy.
                Jeez ... Really ppl include a three prong power supply.

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                (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Excellent value

                By mheffler

                from Houston, TX

                Verified Buyer

                Comments about TASCAM DP-03 Digital Portastudio:

                Best portable solution for the price. Now I just have to find time to use it...

                Comment on this review

                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                It's great! I'm glad I bought it.

                By GuitarJammer

                from San Antonio, Tx.

                About Me Professional Musician

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                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Easy To Use
                • Excellent Sound
                • Powerful

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Studio

                  Comments about TASCAM DP-03 Digital Portastudio:

                  I'm so glad I bought the DP-03 sd/cd for the price I paid. I thought it might cost a lot more. I can't believe it has so many features that it has when I record the song, I play it back, I hit the EQ and it continues playing and the sound is changing as I control the gain of high or low. Other portable recorders do not have such a feature. I've yet to find more good stuff on it cause for now I haven't had it too long. I'm looking forward to it.

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