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TASCAM DP-03SD 8-Channel Portastudio   (Open Box)
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Product# J02682
OVERVIEW

Eight track digital recording at unprecedented prices.

The DP-03 is the latest Portastudio in TASCAM’s 37-year progression of making recording simple and affordable for musicians. This version of the DP-03 is an exclusive deal in that it is absent the CD burner that usually comes with the DP-03. It is also absent about $100 of the selling price. Most musicians own a computer that burns CDs, so in some cases, the CD burner is not really needed. At least not needed as much as a hundred bucks.

This 8-track digital recorder captures your music at CD quality to affordable SD/SDHC cards, and a 2GB card is included with the recorder. With built-in microphones, effects, and mastering, the DP-03 provides everything musicians need to record and share his or her music.

A stereo condenser microphone is built into the front panel of the DP-03, helpful for capturing a rehearsal, live performance or songwriting ideas. Also included are a pair of high-quality XLR mi2crophone preamps with phantom power for condenser microphones. 1/4” line inputs are also available, and an instrument-level switch allows you to record a guitar or bass without a direct box. A three-button footswitch, the RC-3F, is available for control and punch in.

Routing the inputs to one of the eight tracks is simple, and you can record two at a time until you fill up all eight. A tuner and metronome are built-in for tight-sounding tracks, each with its own dedicated button for quick access. Track can be edited with commands like copy/paste, silence, clone track and undo. Bouncing is also available, even bouncing all eight tracks down to one or two. There’s even the option to import a recording through USB or audio CD.

Each track has its own send to a stereo reverb processor as well as two-band shelving EQ. Once you’ve perfected your mix with the 45mm faders, pan knobs, reverb and EQ, record it to the dedicated stereo master track. Your mix can be processed with mastering effects like EQ and limiting for a tight, modern sound. When you’re satisfied, transfer your mix to a computer over USB 2.0 or burn an audio CD.

FEATURES
  • Eight tracks of CD quality recording
  • Built-in stereo microphone
  • XLR and 1/4" inputs
  • On-board reverb
  • Two-band EQ
  • Mastering effects
  • USB output

Most music gets away before you can catch it. Order today.

SPECIFICATIONS

DP-03SD 8-Channel Portastudio

  • 8-track digital portastudio
  • Records to SD/SDHC card media
  • 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
  • Multi-band 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
  • Optional RC-3F footswitch offers three switches for punch-in and transport operation
  • Compact and lightweight
  • Dimensions: 11.4" W x 2.1" H x 8.2" D
  • Weight: 4lb.
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TASCAMDP-03SD 8-Channel Portastudio
 
3.3

(based on 10 reviews)

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60%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (6)
  • Easy to use (5)
  • Compact (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Amateur recording (6)
  • Home studio (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Expand your options

If you need compression, eq, reverb and easy control of eight channel, 16 bit recording, this is for you. Plug in a condenser mic and with the built in phantom power, you...Read complete review

If you need compression, eq, reverb and easy control of eight channel, 16 bit recording, this is for you. Plug in a condenser mic and with the built in phantom power, you have all you need for recording clean, discreet tracks. It has enough ins and outs to be compatible with any playback set up you want. It's compact size makes it easy to fit in whatever space you have: live recordings, rehearsals or anywhere you want to capture sound. The built in condenser mics make for great impromptu recordings, since it will also run on AA batteries. I bought the A/C power supply and use a 32 GIG card that will make MP3s and WAV files. It transfers to your computer via USB or to your interface via RCA outs, it even has a footswitch jack for those Todd Rundgren punch ins. I have used it for almost a year now and have been amazed at the production values packed in this unpretentious package. It records two tracks at a time of separate signals, or you can record two tracks of the same signal for a "wet track" or whatever variation you wish. Its intuitive controls and user friendly menus allow me to get from idea to recording in seconds. If you record for fun this will make it happen for you and if you work at it you can annoy your friends with decent demos of your latest opus.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Broken and had to return

Was looking forward to receiving item. It arrived broken - neither of the mic inputs worked. Headphone volume was very weak. Went online to Musician's friend - customer service rep assured me that...Read complete review

Was looking forward to receiving item. It arrived broken - neither of the mic inputs worked. Headphone volume was very weak. Went online to Musician's friend - customer service rep assured me that they would pay for return shipping, and said they would email me paid shipping label for UPS. After receiving their email, it turned out that it was NOT PAID - I HAD TO PAY FOR RETURN SHIPPING OF BROKEN ITEM!. I would call or email, but don't feel like tying up another hour of my time to straighten this out. I have ordered a replacement of the same model - Guys, I hope that someone is reading this review - you've got two strikes against you so far. I am a loyal customer and have ordered many instruments and stuff with your company - I really expected a better experience than I'm getting now. If this get's screwed up a third time, I will be taking my future business elsewhere.

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4.0

Very cool

By 

from Eugene, OR

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Compact

Cons

  • Usual Computer Menu Trees

Best Uses

    Comments about TASCAM DP-03SD 8-Channel Portastudio:

    If you have previously used TASCAM multitracks, going back to the Porta-One, this unit is a fine remake of that same capability in digital form. The interior mics are helpful for on the fly recording, if a bit noisy as mics. Still, with the ability to master and normalize CDs, including effects and compression,this unit does things the cassette units never could. Recording stereo drums with the internal mics in a large garage sounds very good. So if I hit the wrong little menu buttons occasionally it's worth it, still easier, quieter and better sounding than this kind of portable gear ever was in days of old.

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    (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Fit my needs

    By 

    from USA

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    Ask me a question

    Pros

    • Excellent Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio

      Comments about TASCAM DP-03SD 8-Channel Portastudio:

      This unit fits my needs perfectly. I use it to direct record 3 keyboards and a drum box. It is positioned next to my keyboards and I use a patch panel to record up to 2 tracks at a time. I record the all the desired tracks (up to 8) and export them to the SD card and later edit and master them on a PC. There is a variety of powerful editing software available (some free).
      This approach allows me to easily capture the individual tracks with no discernable latency and use a PC for post processing.
      The internal mics work fine and I had no trouble following the manual. I have not used an external microphone, or used the SD-03 for mastering a song, so I cannot comment on those aspects.
      The Unit seems well made and I have had it for several months with no issues so far.
      It is a great learning tool, allowing you to hear yourself play (or sing – do I sound like that?)

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      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great for home use

      By 

      from Wahpeton, ND

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio

        Comments about TASCAM DP-03SD 8-Channel Portastudio:

        I recently got a DP-03 the same recorder with CD. Very easy to use. If you used a pocket studio the instructions are almost identical. Has great playback sound and tone. Record a song. mix down, create a stereo track and master, that easy.

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        (2 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Most Horrible Recording Experience yet

        By 

        from nc

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Could Hear W Earphones
        • Excellent Sound

        Cons

        • Difficult To Use
        • Unnecessary Functions
        • Waste Of Time

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio

        Comments about TASCAM DP-03SD 8-Channel Portastudio:

        One good thing. Great Sound. I could hear he playback through the earphones.
        After that , good luck to you. the manual is not clear, after mixing and mastering four tracks, it told me to shut the unit down. It did not tell me where to find the song, so that I could upload it. I cannot say enough bad things about this until. IT IS and WAS the most horrible waste of time experience that I have EVER encountered with a recording device.

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        (14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Expand your options

        By 

        from Jacksonville, Florida

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        Ask me a question

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Powerful

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances

          Comments about TASCAM DP-03SD 8-Channel Portastudio:

          If you need compression, eq, reverb and easy control of eight channel, 16 bit recording, this is for you. Plug in a condenser mic and with the built in phantom power, you have all you need for recording clean, discreet tracks. It has enough ins and outs to be compatible with any playback set up you want. It's compact size makes it easy to fit in whatever space you have: live recordings, rehearsals or anywhere you want to capture sound. The built in condenser mics make for great impromptu recordings, since it will also run on AA batteries. I bought the A/C power supply and use a 32 GIG card that will make MP3s and WAV files. It transfers to your computer via USB or to your interface via RCA outs, it even has a footswitch jack for those Todd Rundgren punch ins. I have used it for almost a year now and have been amazed at the production values packed in this unpretentious package. It records two tracks at a time of separate signals, or you can record two tracks of the same signal for a "wet track" or whatever variation you wish. Its intuitive controls and user friendly menus allow me to get from idea to recording in seconds. If you record for fun this will make it happen for you and if you work at it you can annoy your friends with decent demos of your latest opus.

          Comment on this review

          (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Like having a little buddy

          By 

          from White Bluff,TN

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio
          • Professional Recording
          • Singer Songwriter

          Comments about TASCAM DP-03SD 8-Channel Portastudio:

          Cut my first record using a Tascam 4trk. Cut my last CD using this baby and it blew me away! Like alot of musicians, I lost it in a pawn shop. It was like looing a freind. Gonna get another one soon as I can. I mi my buddy.

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          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great studiio at a great price

          By 

          from Buffalo NY

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          Ask me a question

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio

          Comments about TASCAM DP-03SD 8-Channel Portastudio:

          Used to record with a Fostex MR8, but this studio is a huge improvement. This is very easy to use, and has a much better sound and much better effects than the Fostex.

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          (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Defective

          By 

          from Lexington, KY

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            Cons

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                Comments about TASCAM DP-03SD 8-Channel Portastudio:

                After 5 reschedules, I finally received it. Had the previous reviews been posted, I would have cancelled the order. I had the same problem. The mic inputs did not work, and when I turn them up, I, too, experienced the same white noise. I've sent it back, and am not willing to gamble on another

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                (12 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                Broken and had to return

                By 

                from Buffalo NY

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                Ask me a question

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Poor Quality Construction
                  • Poor Sound Quality

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about TASCAM DP-03SD 8-Channel Portastudio:

                    Was looking forward to receiving item. It arrived broken - neither of the mic inputs worked. Headphone volume was very weak. Went online to Musician's friend - customer service rep assured me that they would pay for return shipping, and said they would email me paid shipping label for UPS. After receiving their email, it turned out that it was NOT PAID - I HAD TO PAY FOR RETURN SHIPPING OF BROKEN ITEM!. I would call or email, but don't feel like tying up another hour of my time to straighten this out. I have ordered a replacement of the same model - Guys, I hope that someone is reading this review - you've got two strikes against you so far. I am a loyal customer and have ordered many instruments and stuff with your company - I really expected a better experience than I'm getting now. If this get's screwed up a third time, I will be taking my future business elsewhere.

                    Comment on this review

                    (3 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    1.0

                    Dreadfull!!

                    By 

                    from Buffalo NY

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                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use

                    Cons

                    • Broken
                    • Poor Sound Quality

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording

                    Comments about TASCAM DP-03SD 8-Channel Portastudio:

                    Was excited about the Phantom power function, as I recently purchased a condenser Mic set. The recorder is awful. When using this function, there is a loud white noise that makes using these new Mic impossible. When I attempted to use my older dynamic Mic, I have to have the gain up to full blast (and even then it only let's this Mic work occasionally). How disappointing to get a new, out of the box product that doesn't work. I WILL BE SENDING THIS BACK FOR A REFUND.

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