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TASCAM DP-03 Digital Portastudio  

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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 Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 11.4"W x 2.1"H x 8.2"D
  • Weight: 4 lb.
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TASCAMDP-03 Digital Portastudio
 
4.2

(based on 24 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

85%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (18)
  • Excellent sound (14)
  • Easy to use (13)
  • Versatile (11)
  • Low distortion (7)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur recording (13)
    • Home studio (13)
    • Outdoor events / games (3)
    • Performances (3)
    • Professional recording (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (10), Novice (5), Professional musician (5)

    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 24 customers

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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 !

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          (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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            (1 of 1 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 2 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...

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            (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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              (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Does Not Last

              By nutmeg

              from Lufkin, TX

              About Me Experienced

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                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about TASCAM DP-03 Digital Portastudio:

                    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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                    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    done

                    By bob

                    from espanola nm

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

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                      Cons

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                          Comments about TASCAM DP-03 Digital Portastudio:

                          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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                          (4 of 5 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:

                            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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