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Overview

  • 8-track Digital Portastudio with CD Burner
  • Records to SD/SDHC Card media
  • Import audio tracks from CD
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    $599.99
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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!

 

DP-03 Digital Portastudio (SD/CD) Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 11.4"W x 2.1"H x 8.2"D
  • Weight: 4 lb.
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TASCAMDP-03 Digital Portastudio (SD/CD)
 
4.1

(based on 19 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

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  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (13)
  • Excellent sound (10)
  • Easy to use (8)
  • Versatile (7)
  • Low distortion (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home studio (10)
    • Amateur recording (9)
    • Performances (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (6), Professional musician (5), Novice (4)

    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 19 customers

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    4.0

    Excellent value

    By mheffler

    from Houston, TX

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about TASCAM DP-03 Digital Portastudio (SD/CD):

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

    Comment on this review

    (2 of 2 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 (SD/CD):

      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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      (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Does Not Last

      By nutmeg

      from Lufkin, TX

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about TASCAM DP-03 Digital Portastudio (SD/CD):

            This worked great when it did work, but after a year and a half, for no apparent reason, it stopped working and is completely useless. Every time I try to record, I get a message "SD Card Busy" and I'm forced to shut down everything, losing what I had recorded (but usually not even able to finish a song). It will cost at least 80 plus shipping to get it fixed, which isn't worth it to me. I am hoping I have better luck with Zoom. This was great and easy to use, but it did not last.

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            done

            By bob

            from espanola nm

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about TASCAM DP-03 Digital Portastudio (SD/CD):

                  i needed the book to start. i soon had control of this handy little machine. seems to play the same sound from my monitor that goes in.

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                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  quality piece

                  By Mike

                  from Goose Creek, SC

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Excellent Sound
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording

                    Comments about TASCAM DP-03 Digital Portastudio (SD/CD):

                    Much better quality than one might expect for the price. Once I understand how to use it I feel this will be an exciting platform to create music without limitations of one's imagination.

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                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    very easy to use

                    By waco bc

                    from Baltimore MD

                    About Me Experienced

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                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Excellent Sound

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording
                      • Home Studio

                      Comments about TASCAM DP-03 Digital Portastudio (SD/CD):

                      This unit is very easy to use and sounds great. If you're sick of messing around on the computer, this is a great alternative!!

                      Comment on this review

                      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      DP-03 DIGITAL PORTASTUDIO (SD/CD)

                      By Guvno

                      from Elgin IL

                      About Me Professional Musician

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                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Excellent Sound
                      • Low Distortion
                      • Powerful
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                      • Difficult To Use

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording
                      • Home Studio

                      Comments about TASCAM DP-03 Digital Portastudio (SD/CD):

                      THE PRICE WAS FANTASTIC!

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                      (1 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      3.0

                      haven't had time to use it yet.

                      By rocky

                      from atlanta ga.

                      About Me Professional Musician

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                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording
                        • Events
                        • Home Studio
                        • Performances

                        Comments about TASCAM DP-03 Digital Portastudio (SD/CD):

                        i have day job and have not had time to use recorder yet,but looking forward to using it.it was stupid deal of the day and a great price!

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                        (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        important info to know before ordering.

                        By Berlin Mark

                        from Orlando, FL. The city beautiful.

                        About Me Professional Musician

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Awesome Product
                        • 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 (SD/CD):

                        NO CONS FROM ME HERE, well three EQ knobs on each channel would be awesome, but I happily sacrifice those for a much lower cost unit. That being said, I have no ties to Musician's Friend or Tascam but I need to rave about this product. But first things first: Just be aware when you order over the phone to tell them that their description of the item IMPLIES THAT NO POWER ADAPTER PROVIDED" however it INDEED DOES COME WITH THE POWER ADAPTER. You will NOT need to order one from them. So the rep has a free pass on this one, PLUS another important piece of info, I did "un-necessarily" pay for the seperate said power adapter and it's a 5V. So I'm like, "I never heard of any 5v powered gadget in my life". But then I open the DP-03 box and there's 2 separate "manual update info" pages and one reads "manual states this product runs on 5V power, BUT IN FACT IT RUNS ON THE VERY COMMON 12V system" and there's a nice long adapter tucked away in the corner of the box. So the phone rep gets another erroneous free pass for sending me a useless adapter, as he merely ordered what evidently their computer description read. So I had to call Musician's Friend and inform them of these 2 erroneous bits of info they have on file and they immediately emailed a "FREE" RETURN AUTHORIZATION UPS sticker to print to ship it back for a full refund. Actually, I need to check if they credited my card yet. Enough time must have passed by now, I hope. OK then, back now to the product. I had the the predecessor DP-02 with effects in 2005 and it was a pleasurable God-send for this here "40 year span recording veteran musician". And here is the comparable but much streamlined modern beauty follow up in this comparatively tiny DP-03 that looks like a a futuristic gadget from a latest Tom Cruise/Spielberg Sci-Fi thriller. Like a little Ferarri in your hand. I lie at night sometimes in bed with it with my Shure Mic and Epiphone SG (with brand new EMG active pickups on it) and work on song parts so I don't forget them before I sleep. My EMG packed SG sounds like Heaven just straight into this thing. What a pleasure in life to get such a bargain priced, but so user friendly, and attractive, superior product to motivate you to do some recording. Has large mics built in on left and right to sing in stereo, no cords needed, just to quickly sing a part on the fly so as to not forget it.
                        I highly recommend this thing. I had huge Tascam reel to reels in the 70's and 80's, 2 track, 4 track and then later 8 track and I'm so glad to have lived to see such a power packed machine to do the same tasks that sits right in the palm of your hand for comparatively dirt cheap. Life is good once in a while and my money was very well spent on this unit. OK that's my report. Thank you, Musician's Friend, for this forum to share this info with your readers.

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                        (1 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        1.0

                        DP-03 portastudio

                        By patrick

                        from skowhegan maine

                        About Me Novice

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Excellent Sound

                        Cons

                        • Difficult To Use

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording
                        • Home Studio

                        Comments about TASCAM DP-03 Digital Portastudio (SD/CD):

                        I bought this machine thinking it was easy as 123 I was wrong I am used to being on stage but not behind I have not figured out how to use it I am going to sell it . the machine is to complicated to use . I am sorry I spent the money on it and I can not afford to keep bying extras to learn how to use the machine .

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