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TASCAM DP-32 Digital 32-Track Portastudio  

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TASCAMDP-32 Digital 32-Track Portastudio
 
4.7

(based on 14 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (10)
  • Easy to use (9)
  • Versatile (9)
  • Compact (7)
  • Good power output (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur recording (10)
    • Home studio (10)
    • Professional recording (9)
    • Outdoor events / games (3)
    • Performances (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (9), Professional musician (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great Portable Studio

    I recently purchased the Tascam DP-32 Portastudio mainly as a curiosity since I had read reviews it sounded better than a computer-based DAW. I've been recording, mixing and mastering songs using a computer...Read complete review

    I recently purchased the Tascam DP-32 Portastudio mainly as a curiosity since I had read reviews it sounded better than a computer-based DAW. I've been recording, mixing and mastering songs using a computer based DAW since 1999 but I also wanted to expand my studio by being able to easily pack up a piece of equipment and take it to another site and record acts in remote locations and not have to worry about computer crashes and glitches So I wanted to record outside the box in live situations or recording acts in their rehersal/practice areas.

    I performed some tests on the unit and the first time I heard the sound coming out of it I was extremely surprised. It gave me the warm fuzzies the first time I heard it and I'm a pretty picky customer.

    I loaded up a jazzy song I've been working on which has good brass hits, walking-rhythmic drums, guitars, bass, and piano.

    The first thing I noticed is good instrument separation in the playback and a good punchy feel to it as well.

    I must say, yes, this unit does sound better than my computer-based DAW though this unit and a DAW would work well in any particular work flow.

    You don't have to apply a lot of compression with this unit since it really produces a loud signal from the get-go. The song I did, I sparingly used some equalization on the individual instruments, and on the master, enough compression for blend and a touch more equalization on the master as well. I kicked out a CD from the unit and played it all over the place; my home computer, my living room surround system, a older boom box, a better mid-range boom box and my car stereo. Each case the sound was great for the particular equipment I tried it on.

    The only knit-pick I have with the unit is that it's a bit time consuming entering a song name using the data wheel when creating a new song.

    I'm starting to record my next album and the Tascam DP-32 Portastudio is going to be my new workhorse.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Failed within 2 months, useless warranty

    The unit had noise problems with popping after rewinding within a short period of time. The warranty is short. The extended warranty by musicians friend is not what the representative claimed. It is...Read complete review

    The unit had noise problems with popping after rewinding within a short period of time. The warranty is short. The extended warranty by musicians friend is not what the representative claimed. It is for repair, NOT FOR REPLACEMENT as I was told.

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    5.0

    Very sophisticated - yet great quality

    By Thefolksinger2014

    from New Orleans, LA

    About Me Experienced

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Powerful
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about TASCAM DP-32 Digital 32-Track Portastudio:

      First of all I've owned this Portastudio now for 10 months, and it seems as I keep using, I find more great features.

      Tascam has a outstanding reputation in the industry for a really long time making this kind a portable music studio "workstation". It is modular, and would make for a outstanding system to record live albums and things like that because of it's design.

      I currently use it in my room alongside my iMac on a slidable TV table in which it fits quite snugly. We are going to eventually build a table/desk for the computer and Portastudio.

      But on with it's features:

      As a folksinger (aka a singer/songwriter) knowing that I have 32 tracks to work with is wonderful. A bit too much, but I expect to have it a long time, and to use with whenever I have a band. The sound quality is something beautiful, because it records in lossless WAV format it's basically as good as it can get for digital multitrack recording. The guitar effects on the DP-32 are great fun to play with when you plug in a electric or acoustic guitar. The reverb effect this Portastudio has is literally legendary to my friends because of it's nearly authentic fidelity. The idea of "send" effects is something I originally found quite unneeded, but after a while I know think it's a great way to gauge the power of the main effects. It's built like a tank, with a metal body, with hard plastic sides and buttons. The color display is very helpful and the way it displays things are very laid back and modern. So, that's about it. I originally wanted a reel-to-reel tape machine for authenticity, but I found it would be too much of a hassle. This is basically the 21st century tape machine, with impeccable quality in a market that is based around DAW's and other PC-related objects. I really enjoy this machine, and it does have a learning curve; but when you get it, you'll cherish it's features.

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      5.0

      This unit ROCKS!!!!!

      By Russ

      from Ogallala, Ne

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about TASCAM DP-32 Digital 32-Track Portastudio:

        I love this unit. I have taken my songs to a level of quality I never thought possible with out spending thousands in a studio.

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        5.0

        Very Nice

        By DALE

        from Wilton, NH

        About Me Experienced

        Ask me a question

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Difficult To Use

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about TASCAM DP-32 Digital 32-Track Portastudio:

        The unit looks great out of the box. It has weight to it and feels sturdy and serious. I just started to learn to use the system and it is a good bit more complex than the 10 channel Zoom I have. I doubt I will use all of the functions and capability the unit offers but so far it will do the trick. The on board CD burner should make final mastering easier as it is designed to function with the board rather than patching to another peripheral unit. The negative thing I have to say is the instruction booklet reads like the proverbial stereo instructions and is a bit confusing. So far, I have to say this is a nice unit and do recommend it to anyone who wants a powerful self contained traditional recorder with modern enhancements.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Love it

        By Gene

        from Arlington TX

        About Me Novice

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about TASCAM DP-32 Digital 32-Track Portastudio:

              I'm a beginner and maybe someday I'll outgrow this unit, but for my needs I doubt it. In one day I accomplished more than I had in three years on my computer based set up. Granted, I have a lot of irons in the fire and never truly devoted myself to learning my computer set up, but just learning to record one spoken vocal track was an all day ordeal. On my first afternoon with my Tascam I recorded 3 tracks in stereo and burned a CD of them. It makes the process fun so I WANT to make time for learning.

              Comment on this review

              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Failed within 2 months, useless warranty

              By cwaduke

              from Peterborough, NH

              About Me Professional Musician

              Ask me a question

              Pros

              • Easy To Use

              Cons

              • Poor Quality Construction

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording

              Comments about TASCAM DP-32 Digital 32-Track Portastudio:

              The unit had noise problems with popping after rewinding within a short period of time. The warranty is short. The extended warranty by musicians friend is not what the representative claimed. It is for repair, NOT FOR REPLACEMENT as I was told.

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Home Recording

              By Rick

              from Central Florida

              About Me Professional Musician

              Ask me a question

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Excellent Sound
              • Low Distortion

              Cons

              • A Little Complicated

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Events
              • Home Studio
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about TASCAM DP-32 Digital 32-Track Portastudio:

              This is a great recorder. For those of you who are new to recording, I would suggest that you get the Tascam DP-24 DVD Tutorial. This can be easily found on line.

              Comment on this review

              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Pro Studio Quality

              By bc12string

              from Fayetteville, GA

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about TASCAM DP-32 Digital 32-Track Portastudio:

                A professional grade studio in the comfort of my home. Versatile, easy to use, great quality sound and effects.

                Comment on this review

                (13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great Portable Studio

                By Sidney Vaught - Sidscape Media

                from Roanoke VA

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Studio
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about TASCAM DP-32 Digital 32-Track Portastudio:

                  I recently purchased the Tascam DP-32 Portastudio mainly as a curiosity since I had read reviews it sounded better than a computer-based DAW. I've been recording, mixing and mastering songs using a computer based DAW since 1999 but I also wanted to expand my studio by being able to easily pack up a piece of equipment and take it to another site and record acts in remote locations and not have to worry about computer crashes and glitches So I wanted to record outside the box in live situations or recording acts in their rehersal/practice areas.

                  I performed some tests on the unit and the first time I heard the sound coming out of it I was extremely surprised. It gave me the warm fuzzies the first time I heard it and I'm a pretty picky customer.

                  I loaded up a jazzy song I've been working on which has good brass hits, walking-rhythmic drums, guitars, bass, and piano.

                  The first thing I noticed is good instrument separation in the playback and a good punchy feel to it as well.

                  I must say, yes, this unit does sound better than my computer-based DAW though this unit and a DAW would work well in any particular work flow.

                  You don't have to apply a lot of compression with this unit since it really produces a loud signal from the get-go. The song I did, I sparingly used some equalization on the individual instruments, and on the master, enough compression for blend and a touch more equalization on the master as well. I kicked out a CD from the unit and played it all over the place; my home computer, my living room surround system, a older boom box, a better mid-range boom box and my car stereo. Each case the sound was great for the particular equipment I tried it on.

                  The only knit-pick I have with the unit is that it's a bit time consuming entering a song name using the data wheel when creating a new song.

                  I'm starting to record my next album and the Tascam DP-32 Portastudio is going to be my new workhorse.

                  Comment on this review

                  (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Perfect recorder

                  By Rhino

                  from Dallas

                  About Me Experienced

                  Ask me a question

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Events
                    • Home Studio
                    • Mobile DJ
                    • Performances
                    • Professional Recording

                    Comments about TASCAM DP-32 Digital 32-Track Portastudio:

                    The recorder works incredibly well. It's easy to use and worth every penny. It's a huge bonus that I can also just unplug it and take it to band practice and gigs.

                    Comment on this review

                    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Tascam and Musicians Friend Rocks!

                    By "the great guitarist"

                    from Plainville, GA

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Excellent Sound
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home Studio
                      • Professional Recording

                      Comments about TASCAM DP-32 Digital 32-Track Portastudio:

                      Finally, a recorder that closes the gap between all in one production workstations and DAW computer programs.

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