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Tascam DP-03SD 8-Channel Portastudio   

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The DP-03 is the latest Portastudio in TASCAM' 37-year progression of making recording simple and affordable for musicians. This version of the DP-03...Read More

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OVERVIEW

Eight track digital recording at unprecedented prices.

The DP-03 is the latest Portastudio in TASCAM' 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' 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'e 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

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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
 
3.6

(based on 14 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

64%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (9)
  • Compact (8)
  • Excellent sound (6)
  • Versatile (5)

Cons

  • Poor sound quality (3)

Best Uses

  • Amateur recording (10)
  • Home studio (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (10), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

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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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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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5.0

Really love this recorder

By Jim

from Osceola arkansas

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Compact
  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio

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

    Really love this recorder easy to use-ialeady owned Tuscan recorders before this was an upgrade

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    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Lives Up to its Billing

    By TubeHead

    from Tullahoma, TN

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easy To Use

    Cons

    • Low Headphone Output

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio

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

    This recorder has 8 tracks, but can record to only 2 at a time.
    Therefore, it is obviously for home, amateur or demo use. This
    review is written with that as its purpose.

    Pros:
    1. Overall, I'd say it's a good buy: it is a compact 8-track
    digital recorder with overdub, mixing, bouncing and mastering
    capabilities. It lives up to its billing.
    2. At 11" by 8" by 2" it's a good size: small enough to be
    portable, but large enough so that the controls are easily
    operated.
    3. The two built-in microphones are handy, even if they are not
    particularly high-quality. Input jacks are available for both
    dynamic and XLR condenser microphones, though.

    Cons:
    1. The biggest drawback to this recorder is the low output level
    of the headphone jack. Even turned up all the way, during
    recording, the sound from outside getting through the headphones
    is often louder than the playback coming from them. This is
    the reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5.
    2. The User's Manual is thorough, but not very well written.
    After some use, though, I picked up on the "mindset" of the
    operating controls, and it's fairly intuitive.

    Some Facts to Consider:
    1. Although it has a USB port, no USB cable comes with the unit.
    2. However, the SD card that holds all the data is removable
    and can be inserted in a slot on a computer. Only mixed and
    mastered WAV files can be read by a computer; the raw 8-track
    data is stored in a proprietary format.
    3. The dynamic range of the "Guitar" input is +/- 75 millivolts;
    while the dynamic range of the "Lin/Mic" inputs is +/- 110
    millivolts. That seems backward to me; plus, it's not that
    much different. Why have the two types?

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Hobbiest Delighted

    By Brown's Lounge Music

    from Pocatello, Idaho

    About Me Novice

    Ask me a question

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Move between computer and Tascam

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio

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

    Once I got the hang of the three step process of initial recording, mix down recording and finally the master recorded, it was a very straight forward effort with features that can adjust and enhance the overall final product. Great machine and quality built for the price. Record harmonica with backtrack music. Highly recommend to anyone who prefers to use a stand alone digital recorder that does not need computer interface for a finished product.

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    (6 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Disappointed

    By Joe

    from Asbury Park, NJ

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easy To Use
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Poor Sound Quality

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording

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

    I recently purchased this unit so that I could record quality demos right at home. I am a solo singer/songwriter and when I tried to record a 3 track recording (guitar, vox, harmonica), it was super easy to set up. Once I got to the editing and mixing stage, I turned up the reverb and it sounded what can only be described as someone crunching a bag from the inside of a cereal box. The minute I heard it, I boxed it back up and sent it back to the store I got it from. I'm sorry but for the price I paid for this, every function on this machine should at least be decent enough to work with. And being a singer/songwriter looking to make a few demos, I NEED a little reverb. Sorry Tascam, but it just didn't work out for me :(

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    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Very cool

    By glissando

    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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      (15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Fit my needs

      By Charles

      from undisclosed

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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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        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great for home use

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        By Bill

        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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          (7 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Most Horrible Recording Experience yet

          By musiclvr

          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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          (18 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

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          By Old but slow

          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.

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            (9 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Like having a little buddy

            By Juice

            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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