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TASCAM DP-32SD Digital 32-Track Portastudio   (Open Box)
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Product# J06382
OVERVIEW

Same functions as the DP-32, but with convenient SD media.

The TASCAM DIGITAL PORTASTUDIO DP-32SD is one of the best and most affordable ways to remove the mind-numbing glow of the computer screen from personal recording. It's safe to say, that after decades of manufacturing and transforming Portastudios, TASCAM has revolutionized the series once again. Employing 8 combo 1/4" - XLR inputs with +48V Phantom Power, 32 tracks (8 mono, 12 stereo) the ability to select between stereo and mono and an affluence of other key features, TASCAM DIGITAL PORTASTUDIO DP-32SD is an obvious choice for multi-channel home recording. The DP-32SD is just like its brother the DP-32, but without the built-in CDR/RW drive for recording media.

Utilizing SD/SDHC media ensures confident recording, free from shock due to loud sounds
The DP-32SD adopted use of SD/SDHC media. SD/SDHC cards provide secure shock resistance due to the absence of any rotary mechanism. File format of the DP-32SD is FAT 16 or 32. You can find the recorded files on your computer when connected via USB.

The last 12 faders are selectable between MONO and STEREO
The DP-32SD has 12 selectable tracks between MONO or STEREO. These tracks provide more flexibility. For example, set to STEREO for recording synthesizer, or set to MONO when recording guitar or vocal. Not only that, you can create ideal settings for each track. (set #9 to #12 STEREO, then set #13 to #22 MONO) If all tracks are set to MONO the DP-32SD becomes a 20-track multi track recorder.

21 faders eliminates layer structuring
The DP-32SD, even with the high number of tracks and features is one of the easiest multi-track recorders in the market to use. The DP-32SD has 20 track-faders and one master fader. You can control any track with ease.

The 3.5" full-color LCD and the self-illuminated buttons increase visibility
The DP-32SD has a 3.5" LCD screen and select self-illuminated buttons, making it easy to view your entire creative process. Some of the illuminated buttons include (SOURCE, SELECT, REC, MUTE).

12 rotary knobs linked to the LCD to help increase easy operation
The DP-32SD has employed rotary knobs to control qualities such as EQ, Effect Send and other related features.

FEATURES
  • Simultaneous 32 track playback
  • 8 mono tracks + 12 mono/stereo selectable tracks
  • File transferring via USB 2.0
  • 21 faders (19 track-faders and one master fader)
  • Mounted TMSS (TASCAM Multi Stage Sampling rate converter) provides high-quality sampling rate conversion
  • Integrated 40-input mixer to mixdown the 32 playback tracks with the 8 inputs and for bouncing
  • Simultaneous 8-track recording
  • 16- or 24-bit, 44.1 or 48kHz recording
  • 8 XLR/TRS combo connectors
  • Phantom power supply for all inputs
  • High-impedance input available (INPUT-H)
  • Stereo RCA pin-jack output
  • Two effect send outputs (1/4" TS jack)
  • 70mW/ch headphone amplifier
  • Peak-hold function at a level meter of the LCD
  • Sub-frame editing
  • Remote connector for optional RC-3F footswitch
  • INPUT A-H and each track are equipped with 3-band EQ
  • Automatic punch in/out
  • Various edit functions (COPY INSERT, COPY PASTE, MOVE INSERT, MOVE PASTE, OPEN, CUT, SILENCE, CLONE TRACK, CLEAN OUT)
  • Undo and Redo function with Undo history
  • 8 dynamics effects
  • Guitar effects
  • Mix-down effects
  • Mastering Effects
  • Track bounce function
  • Virtual track (8 virtual track per one track)
  • Locate mark up to 99 at one song
  • Chromatic tuner
  • Metronome
  • Dedicated AC adapter included (TASCAM PS-1225L)

32 Tracks of portable recording power at your fingertips. Order the DP-32SD today!

SPECIFICATIONS

DP-32SD Digital 32-Track Portastudio

  • Recording Media
  • SD: 512MB - 2GB / SDHC card: 4GB - 32GB
  • File System
  • SD card: FAT16 / SDHC card: FAT32
  • INPUT A-H
  • XLR
  • Connector: XLR-3-31 (1:GND, 2:HOT, 3:COLD), Balanced
  • Input impedance: 2.4kOhms
  • Nominal input level: -14dBu
  • Maximum input level: +2dBu
  • TRS
  • Connector: 6.3mm (1/4") TRS phone-jack, Balanced
  • Input impedance: 22kOhms or more / 1mOhms (when INPUT H, GUITAR selected)
  • Nominal input level: +4dBu
  • Maximum input level: +20dBu
  • STEREO OUT
  • Connector: RCA pin-jack, Unbalanced
  • Output impedance: 200 ohms
  • Nominal output level: -10dBV
  • Maximum output leve:l +6dBV
  • EFFECT SENDS
  • Connector: 6.3mm (1/4") TS phone-jack, Unbalanced
  • Output impedance: 200 ohms
  • Nominal output level: -10dBV
  • Maximum output level: +6dBV
  • MONITOR OUT
  • Connector: 6.3mm (1/4") TRS phone-jack, Balanced
  • Output impedance: 200 ohms
  • Nominal output level: -2dBu
  • Maximum output level: +14dBu
  • PHONES
  • Connector: 6.3mm (1/4") TRS phone-jack
  • Maximum output level: 70mW + 70mW (THD+N 0.1% or less, 32 ohms loaded)
  • USB
  • Connector: USB Mini-B type 4-pin
  • Format: USB 2.0 High-Speed mass-storage class
  • REMOTE
  • Connector: 2.5mm TRS jack
  • Power: Dedicated AC adapter (TASCAM PS-1225L, included)
  • Power consumption: 12W (when phantom power supplying)
  • Dimensions (WxHxD): 514mm × 104mm × 340mm / 20.2" × 4.1"×13.4"
  • Weight: 6.2kg / 13.67lb.
  • Operating temperature: 5 to 35˚C / 41 to 95˚F
  • Accessories
  • AC adapter, 2GB SD card, USB cable, warranty card, owner's manual
  • Operating system requirements
  • Windows
  • OS Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
  • CPU Pentium 300MHz or more
  • Memory 128MB or more
  • USB USB 2.0
  • Macintosh
  • OS Mac OS X Jaguar (V10.2), Mac OS X Panther (V10.3), Mac OS X Tiger (V10.4), Mac OS X Leopard (V10.5), Mac OS X Snow Leopard (V10.6.8), OS X Lion (V10.7), OS X Mountain Lion (V10.8)
  • CPU Power PC, iMAC, G3, G4 266MHz or more
  • Memory 64MB or more
  • USB USB 2.0
  • Audio performance
  • Frequency response: 20Hz to 20kHz (+/-1dB, INPUT to STEREO OUT/EFFECT SENDS/MONITOR OUT)
  • S/N Ratio: 90dB or greater (INPUT to STEREO OUT/EFFECT SENDS/MONITOR OUT)
  • THD 0.01% or less (INPUT to STEREO OUT/EFFECT SENDS/MONITOR OUT)
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TASCAMDP-32SD Digital 32-Track Portastudio
 
4.5

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85%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home studio (4)
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Wow

    If you are looking for massive onboard effects, infinite ad nauseam tweaking, and more automation than r2d2 look elsewhere this unit is not for you!

    If you want a hassle free,...Read complete review

    If you are looking for massive onboard effects, infinite ad nauseam tweaking, and more automation than r2d2 look elsewhere this unit is not for you!

    If you want a hassle free, reliable, durable, portable and musical unit then read on.

    I have had the unit long enough to make a competent review of it.
    I bought the SD variant because I did not want a cd drive since it involves moving parts and moving parts is bad at least in my book :).

    Using the unit is pretty straight forward you can take it out of the box and use it as an 8x8 recorder the first time you use it like an old 424 or similar tape machines.
    My only real complaint about the unit is the manual. if you take the time to figure it out and maybe watch a couple of tutorials on it. It is not difficult to pickup.

    Most of the projects I have done so far I actually mixed down on the machine then exported the resulting wave file to my ipad (final touch app) to master it.
    I have to say having a slider for each channel is refreshing on mix down, and the virtual tracks are a really nice feature. This was the original reason I chose this unit over the R-16. I made great use of them on one project where I was tracking drums and the client wanted to have different takes side by side.

    As other reviews have stated this unit does not have a lot of effects horsepower.
    I would agree but for recording they are more than adequate.
    And the guitar effects are passable though I only use them for tracking not recording a whole band live as you are limited in simultaneous effects.
    I really like having the noise gate on all incoming inputs.
    Also you can bounce a track or tracks and add effects at that point.

    When doing mix down I usually use an external reverb in conjunction with the internal reverb. I personally don't use a lot of effects post anyway.

    The preamps are very clean yet they seem to have the tascam (warmth) to them.
    I do use a single tube preamp sometimes when tracking vocals.

    I have paired the unit to my Mac-mini for file tweaking and transfer.
    But I built a decrepit old Linux FTP box with 4 big cheap hdd's for archives.
    As you can generate an incredible amount of data with this guy.

    Projects completed with unit at time of review:
    I have cut several good tracks for myself.

    Recorded:
    A string quartet. ( a paying gig)
    A pipe organ concert. ( got rave reviews on this)

    Produced: Jazz trio project

    Produced:
    several songs for a hip hop act.
    Including doing the drum loops for stage show.

    Produced/Recorded the neighbor kid's speed metal group.
    Could've used 12 inputs on that one but hey it worked.

    Recorded a series of ambient loops for commercial client.

    And several more projects in the process right now.
    Unit paid for itself twice over in the first month.

    In final if you are tired of computer hassles and just want to make/record music.
    This is the best machine for the money hands down.

    Musicians friend took very good care of me on this purchase.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    I wish I knew

    This is a disabled version of the real DP-32, which MF misrepresented. Listing said it had CDR & MIDI. Had neither! This is a special MF useless version. They never mentioned...Read complete review

    This is a disabled version of the real DP-32, which MF misrepresented. Listing said it had CDR & MIDI. Had neither! This is a special MF useless version. They never mentioned that. I can live without the CD writer,.... who uses them? But, without the MIDI sync this unit is rendered useless as a songwriting tool. Furthermore, it is not upgradable. Tascam updates don't even see it as a DP-32,.... because it's not. I'm learning.

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    5.0

    Awesome

    By BatmanRVP

    from Batcave, Gotham City

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • PERFECT
    • Simple

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

        Had an Old Tascam, New at the time, Cassette Track... For the time it was fantastic. I knew this Tascam product would also be fantastic and perfect for what I need.

        I record all the different band instruments on separate tracks... Drums, Keyboards, Bass, Synth, background vocals, some guitar, mix to the data card then accompany with me live vocals and lead or rhythm guitar.

        This is awesome... I know today more tech musician do a lot with computers... for me this is the real deal

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        5.0

        very nice

        By Michael

        from Northern Colorado

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

              Well worth the expense. Thank you!

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              4.0

              Tascam DP-32SD Digital Portastudio

              By Pedro47

              from Iowa

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Sound quality is good

              Cons

              • Can't Find Bigger Sd Card
              • Manual Not For Beginner
              • Not user friendly
              • Tascam Tech Won't Answer

              Best Uses

              • For An Experienced User

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

              We are novice recording musicians. The manual is less than helpful. We ordered the DVD for the 24-SD and it is much more helpful. Also have called Tascam Tech for help with finding a bigger gigabyte SD card. They have a list on line to show which ones are compatible, but the ones listed are VERY hard to find. The TASCAM Tech number rings 2 times and then disconnects. I've tried it several different times. I called Musician's Friend to find one and MF doesn't sell them and couldn't help me except to give me the phone number for TASCAM. It was a different than the one than I had already tried so I called that number and it disconnected also. We are very discouraged with the TASCAM Tech support. We will keep working with the Portastudio because we think we'll be able to get a good recording once we figure out the machine.

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              4.0

              Great recorder after learning curve

              Pros

              • Screen Easily Read
              • Solid Construction
              • Very Versatile

              Cons

              • Poorly written manual

              Best Uses

              • Good Garage Studio
              • Good On Site Recorder

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

              This machine replaced my Boss BR1600 and though it is early days I believe it will be a good replacement. I did have to purchase a separate C.D. recorder. While I've truly just started learning the machine, I like most of the bells and whistles. My issue isn't with the machine, it's with the dang tech writers who write the user manual. I still can't access some of the effects and that is most annoying. I'm an older rocker and like the guy who hates to ask for directions when he's lost; I hate to call these guys and ask for help. It needs a more understandable manual. Otherwise, good recorder and affordable.

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              3.0

              Good but not great

              By SdT

              from N.E. Pa.

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

                    No midi, no cd burner but I knew this when I bought it. Recordings are very noise free and I'm guessing since this machine uses an sd card, that's one of the big reasons. With that being said, when recording with a mic I have to crank the input levels all the way up or recorded volumes are so low it's ridicules. I've used a new MXL, a Shure, and a Samson drum kit mic set. All produce the same result. Recorded levels are so low it's aggravating. Tascam customer support is no help either, matter of fact, they never replied to my request for assistance with this problem. I would not recommend this unit only based on how noise free the recordings are but in my case, I have to edit the tracks outside of the Tascam to achieve proper volume levels and that process adds some noise which pretty much defeats how quiet the initial recordings are. Maybe there's a problem with my machine, I guess if support would ever reply I could find out.

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                    4.0

                    THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY

                    By OLD SCHOOL MUSICIAN

                    from COLUMBUS, OHIO

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                      Cons

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

                          Okay, first the GOOD news. Heavy duty metal construction, sliders have good solid resistance when sliding (a good thing), easy to read screen, great sound quality, and making a quick recording is fast and easy. While this unit is well worth the money, it isn't without its faults and limitations.

                          The BAD....This unit is highly lacking when it comes to onboard effects compared to my old Roland VS840EX. Also, I don't care for the on/off switch having a type of delayed start-up of the unit. Additionally, pressing two buttons to return to zero quickly seems totally unnecesscary. Personally, I don't care
                          for the unit having to be off when inserting or ejecting the SD card, simply because i'm used to inserting a zip disc on my VS840 when the unit is ON, and upon shut down it ejects itself. So, its kind of backwards compared to what I'm
                          used to on my old unit. I was also able to save up to eight mixdown scenes much quicker on the VS840 as compared to the Tascam DP32. Personally, I also prefer using the jog wheel on the VS840EX for panning as opposed to the tiny knob on the Tascam unit, as well as the cursor for switching from one screen to another versus using F2 AND F4 buttons on the Tascam as well as
                          other function buttons. While the tiny knobs are somewhat frustrating, (like an old Crate amplifier), I must admit they do seem to have pretty good frequency range.

                          Now for The Ugly.....I have the built in CD burner which is total junk. (Probably why they discontinued it).Its so cheap that the dish isn't even a full circle, let alone the fact that you have to manually pull the tray out and push it back in like a 1970s cassette player. Also, whoever organised and wrote the owners manual should find another occupation. It has no logical order, and between "refering to another page" and the way some things are worded, you're ready to just set the book on fire and figure it out on your own. Let's just say it isn't user friendly, and you are having to constantly refer back to it because it isn't presented well.

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                          5.0

                          Good Machine So Far

                          By Sturgis Goodfellow

                          from Rainbow Studio

                          Pros

                          • Clean Clear Sound
                          • Easy Access To Effects
                          • Easy to use

                          Cons

                          • Internal Compressor - Ok
                          • Internal Effects Are Okay

                          Best Uses

                          • Home Studio
                          • Remote recording

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

                          I bought this recorder as an upgrade for my 2800NEO which for whatever reason had a bad jog wheel. The DP-32 is actually smaller footprint-wise than the NEO even thought it has more sliders. It records very clean and crisp. It reproduces the instrument sounds very well even when plugged directly into the board. Saving directly onto the removable SD card makes exporting to computer easy. However, I learned I cannot import files directly into the DP-32. I must copy them to the Depot folder and then import them from there making certain the bit rates match. A bit slow, much much quicker than via USB cable. Speaking of USB transferring, the DP-32 is apparently not compatible with Linux whereas the NEO was, so I am happy that the SD card makes transferring files so easy.

                          The only weaknesses I have found is I am not overly impressed with the internal reverb effects. I may get an external reverb/effects unit at some point.

                          Overall, as long as the jog wheel doesn't malfunction as the NEO's did, I think I will be very happy with this purchase. I am currently working on a western album for a friend who intends to have it professionally mastered and sell it. I believe this unit will do a very nice job for him.

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                          5.0

                          great for home studio/mobile pro use

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

                                So, I am a bass player, I experiment with other instruments, .... guitar, electronic drum kit, keyboards/synths, pedals etc. I, in expanding from using a looper and 4 track digital recorder to create music, added this to my studio. the creative capabilities of this unit are great. I can, in a moment of brilliance, come up with a bass line that i love, save it and then come back and redo or add to it. then when the moment strikes add a guitar rhythym riff or lead, synth line, vocals etc. usually layer this over a drum beat i record before or after the bass line. once you have your project complete, saving and then burning your creation is relatively easy.Take some time to get to know this thing, read the manual. you wont be disappointed. good monitors and headphones are a must !

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                                3.0

                                Good but no midi

                                By JC

                                from Ft. Worth, TX

                                Pros

                                • 32 Tracks
                                • Excellent compression
                                • Great Mixdown Capability

                                Cons

                                • No Cdr
                                • No Midi

                                Best Uses

                                • Good For Bands Live Rec

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

                                I bought this expecting to have automation and midi sync capability. Was disappointed to find out otherwise. I returned the unit and got an original DP32 in its place. Awesome machine. If you need it to sync with midi equipment, you are out of luck. Do not buy this one. Hopefully, you can find an original DP32. If you don't need midi, you can't beat having all those tracks to use.

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                                1.0

                                Beware

                                By RM

                                from WY

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

                                If you are a musician and you enjoy practicing, playing and occasionally recording your music, stay clear of this machine. On the other hand, if you are some techno-geek who enjoys spending long hours in front of a stupid machine that is impossible to figure out -- instead of practicing, playing or recording -- buy it.

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