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Tascam DP-32SD Digital 32-Track Portastudio   

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OVERVIEW

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.

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

FEATURES
  • Simultaneous 32-track playback
  • 8 mono tracks + 12 mono/stereo selectable tracks
  • File transferring via USB 2.0 (cable sold separately)
  • 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 35C / 41 to 95F
    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 (cable sold separately)
    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 (cable sold separately)
    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
 
4.3

(based on 44 reviews)

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84%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (7)
  • Good audio (5)
  • Versatile (4)
  • Compact (3)
  • Portable (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (7)
  • Home recording (3)
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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.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Does Tascam Care?

After a few weeks of recording on this machine, I started getting clicking and popping noises in the tracks. I changed SD cards thinking that was the problem, but it just kept getting...Read complete review

After a few weeks of recording on this machine, I started getting clicking and popping noises in the tracks. I changed SD cards thinking that was the problem, but it just kept getting worse. When the popping started showing up in the mixdown track, I called Tascam tech support. After I explained the issue to the tech guy, he told me Tascam was aware of this problem and there would be a new "firmware update" to solve this issue (which apparently only happens when doing 24bit recordings). I inquired when the update would be available, but he couldn't answer that question. He offered no other solution to the problem. My solution to this problem is not to buy another Tascam product!

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5.0

This is going to get interesting!

By Edgar

from Jupiter, Florida

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording

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

    I have been playing and recording for several decades and chose this unit to replace an eight-track DAW that finally failed after many years of service. I have tried to work with PC based systems, but I'm "analog" at heart. Much of what this unit does and how it does it is familiar to me, so my "learning curve" has been smooth. I like the idea of SD cards for memory because my hard-drive based units became full fairly quickly. (I can be a prolific writer sometimes). All the sliders and knobs seem well made and sturdy and the layout is very intuitive. I have only had this unit for a week and have already laid the foundation for three songs on it. I am very impressed with the on-board effects both for the guitar and over-all. I have not gotten into mixing and mastering yet, but it looks like I'll have plenty of help and tools to work with. I decided on this particular model after seeing my friends older unit and recognizing the obvious upgrades and availability of 32 tracks, I had to go for it. So far, no regrets. I have owned Tascam products in the past and have always been satisfied with them.

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    1.0

    Constant Problems

    By CA

    from Bennington, NH

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Easy To Use

    Cons

    • Breaks Easily
    • Poor Sound Quality
    • Pricey / Poor Value
    • Unreliable

    Best Uses

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

      This recorder is easy to use, but has lots of problems. I bought one which had the problem of popping sounds when punching in. The popping sounds were then scattered throughout the recording in multiple places that I didn't attempt to punch in. When it returned from repair, nothing worked correctly at all. In other words, there were problems that weren't there when I sent it in. I was awarded a second one. It had the same problem. My money was returned.

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      4.0

      So far, so good

      By Anthem

      from Omaha, NE

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Old School Approach
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Professional Recording

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

        Just got the unit. So far, so good. One of the reasons I picked it was it appears to work more like the old school recorders on the front end with the digital backend/components. Wanted to get a review out here, which I will revise as time goes on. Looks good so far. Disappointed there is only a USB out, the SD card, and analog options. Would really also like to see an optical out, or at least a digital coax out too. Foot switch jack on the front, which doesn't make sense to me that it's in front. Anxious to dig in!

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        4.0

        So far, so good.

        By Mike

        from Houston

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Lightweight
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio

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

          So far, so good. A little bit of a learning curve from the old Tascam 424. But so far impressed !

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          (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Super idea.

          By RichieRich

          from Hayward, Ca.

          Verified Buyer

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

          This unit is a mind blower. Easy to use. Super sound quality.

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          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Super idea.

          By RichieRich

          from Hayward, Ca.

          Verified Buyer

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

          This unit is a mind blower. Easy to use. Super sound quality.

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          (14 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          wait for firmware update

          By disapointed

          from lousiana

          Verified Buyer

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

          NOT like dp32 but without cd burner. it DOESN'T HAVE MIDI either. if you record at 24 bit you get pops and clicks. called tascam tech support. they said its a KNOWN ISSUE when recording at 24 bit. all you can do is record in 16 bit and WAIT for firmware update. there is no eta for a update and he didn't know for sure if they are working on it. all other dp models discontinued. I had to pay to send back

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          (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Tascam produces a great recording studio in a box

          By Pepperman

          from Cherry Hill, NJ

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Quick Start Up

          Cons

          • None yet

          Best Uses

          • Home Recording

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

          I had previous porta studios and was planning to go the PC recording route or stick with a porta studio. When DP 32 SD hit the market I stayed with this format. I'm a musician not a sound engineer. Yes, there is a learning curve, but you can produce great recordings on this machine. Using a SD card for data makes sense as you can transfer files to your PC easily and burn a finished product to a CD. An MP-3 or ITunes. I love plugging in my guitar directly to the board and using the built in effects. I recommend this porta studio for the home recording musician.

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          (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          For the Old School Recording On The Move

          By Whitenoise

          from Lome, Togo

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • great processing
          • Portable
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • complex at first
          • Memory Card Small

          Best Uses

          • Demo Recordings
          • Home Recording
          • On The Move Recording

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

          I grew up with Recorders like this one and in a time where you could buy huge all-in-one recorders similar to this for even professional recordings. Now most home set-ups are computer based and you never even touch real faders.

          This one was a little difficult to figure out at first (mainly the effects and EQ assignment) but if you take the time to sit down with the user guide, or search some videos on YouTube it starts to make a lot of sense. It is versatile enough for somewhat complex recordings while being simple enough to have a no-nonsense feel. The SD card it came with is much to small in my opinion so buy a 32g SD Card to thrown in there.

          I recommend it for anyone used to all-in-one recorders or a budding musician who wants to record and be able to tote it around to different locations.

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          5.0

          I would buy this product again and again

          By karl

          from Hilliard ( Columbus ), Ohio

          Verified Buyer

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

          fest setup and, also good use as a audio mixer in video production and editing.

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