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Tascam DP-004 Portable 4-track Digital Multi-track Recorder

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The easiest, most portable studio yet.

TASCAM's DP-004 Digital Pocketstudio is based on 30 years of easy-to-use cassette Portastudios, updated with four tracks of CD-quality digital recording. Like those groundbreaking Portastudios, a row of knobs set levels and pan instead of a list of menus.

The DP-004 can record two sources at once to the included 1GB SD Card. A built-in stereo condenser microphone makes it simple to record anywhere you go, perfect for concerts, rehearsals and songwriting inspirations. A pair of 1/4" jacks on the rear panel allow you to connect your own microphones or sources. You can even switch the inputs to guitar level for recording.

The DP-004 allows you to build up your arrangement until you've filled up all four tracks. The Bounce feature allows you to consolidate tracks and make room for more overdub layers. Track editing and undo is also available.

Mixing is also built into the Digital Pocketstudio. Once you set levels and pan, record your mix onto a dedicated stereo master track. You're able to transfer your tracks and mixes to a computer over USB 2 for CD burning and sharing online.

Despite its go-anywhere compact design - smaller than a paperback book - the DP-004 is simple enough for students, songwriters and musicians who want to keep their recording process simple and creative.

FEATURES
Four tracks of CD-quality digital recording 
Record two sources at once to the included 1GB SD Card
Mixing is also built into the Digital Pocketstudio
Transfer your tracks and mixes to a computer over USB 2 for CD burning and sharing online.
Smaller than a paperback book

Keep your recording process simple and creative. Order today

SPECIFICATIONS
Connections:
Two 1/4" unbalanced mic/line inputs
Switchable guitar input
Headphone/Line output
USB 2.0 connector

Recording:
Four-track digital multitrack recording
CD-quality 44.1kHz/16-bit WAV recording
Records to SD Card media (1GB card included)
Repeat, Record undo
Dedicated stereo mixdown track

Physical:
Powered through AA Batteries or optional PS-P520 power adapter
Battery life: About 8 hours recording, about 8.5 hours playback (alkaline batteries)
Dimensions (WxHxD): 6.1" x 1.3" x 4.2" (155mm x 33.5mm x 107mm)
Weight: 2.8 oz (360 g, w/o batteries)

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TASCAMDP-004 Portable 4-track Digital Multi-track Recorder
 
4.3

(based on 48 reviews)

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Pros

  • Compact (5)
  • Easy to use (3)
  • Excellent sound (3)
  • Versatile (3)

Cons

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Just what I needed ...

This little box is perfect for quick recording tasks -- not the ones that take all day, but the little 1-2 hour sessions that might not even happen because of the hassle of...Read complete review

This little box is perfect for quick recording tasks -- not the ones that take all day, but the little 1-2 hour sessions that might not even happen because of the hassle of setting up mics, dealing with a laptop, etc. My drummer has been bugging us to record our rehearsals for months now, but they've never happened. He'll be surprised this week!

The two built-in condenser mics are surprisingly good, and on the low setting can tolerate sitting in the same room as a band. It can take up to 32GB Smart Cards, which is plenty of room for recording an outdoor gig with multiple bands. The user interface is pretty straightforward and 'tape-like.' (I bought mine in a Stupid Deal of the Day, and it only came with a 1GB card, but the new ones seem to have 2GB.)

What don't I like? 1) The display is great for bright lighting, but impossible to read in low light or a dark room. I wish there was a backlight. 2) The AC adapter is optional, and the box goes through batteries at a pretty good clip.

One caution: The Smart Card is dual-formatted, with FAT32 and Tascam's on private format. This means that you only have part of the card to record. At smaller sizes (1-2GB), the partitioning is 50:50, so figure that you only have 1/2 the memory available for tracks. From 8GB on up, this isn't a problem. On the good side, this makes it almost impossible to accidentally delete tracks when the card is in your computer.
Four track deck with the ability to record two tracks at a time. RTZ is a nice addition. Takes Smart Cards, which are getting cheaper all the time. Built-in stereo mics. Guitar/Line select on Input A. Mics have three levels of sensitivity; guitar has two. Knobs for both input and track levels.
Seems well built. I wouldn't expect old-school recording deck reliability, but I think it could fall off the back of a table and keep on going. The knobs are small, but have a quality feel to them.
I bought mine on a Stupid Deal of the Day! That's just ridiculous, considering all the features this thing has!

Even at the price, I think it's a good deal.

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CRASHED!

TASCAM would not stand behind their product, and for that I will never by another one of they products again. Don't waste your money.
My unit started glitching while it was still under...Read complete review

TASCAM would not stand behind their product, and for that I will never by another one of they products again. Don't waste your money.
My unit started glitching while it was still under warranty, and when I called they suggested a hard reset. I did this, and it didn't glitch again for a few months. When I called back they said it was out of warranty, and suggested a firmware update. Did that, and it still glitched. Finally it crashed to where it won't turn on anymore. Called back, and they would not fix it under warranty. Ran around in circles with them, and they agreed to warranty the parts, but not the labor. Refused to pay $40 to have it inspected, and postage both ways. So, now it's a glorified paper weight.

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(19 of 24 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

CRASHED!

By David Chitwood

from Undisclosed

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Comments about TASCAM DP-004 Portable 4-track Digital Multi-track Recorder:

TASCAM would not stand behind their product, and for that I will never by another one of they products again. Don't waste your money.
My unit started glitching while it was still under warranty, and when I called they suggested a hard reset. I did this, and it didn't glitch again for a few months. When I called back they said it was out of warranty, and suggested a firmware update. Did that, and it still glitched. Finally it crashed to where it won't turn on anymore. Called back, and they would not fix it under warranty. Ran around in circles with them, and they agreed to warranty the parts, but not the labor. Refused to pay $40 to have it inspected, and postage both ways. So, now it's a glorified paper weight.

(15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Buy This!!!

By gpalmer

from Pawleys Island, SC

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Comments about TASCAM DP-004 Portable 4-track Digital Multi-track Recorder:

I've been recording longer than most...through reel to reel, tape cassette, early digital, and up to the present, and I've never had a better sound with less work than with this recorder. As soon as you master your first song, take out the phones, plug in a monitor or your pa system, and be prepared for the magic. The only problem I have found, which has been mentioned, is the LED display. It's not lit, and, for any eyes over 30, you may need a magnifier. I bet they fix this on the next one. If this was lit, and bigger, it would, for sure and certain, be a 10 plus.
For the money, none better. Heck, even for more money, it would be worth it.
Very light and small, but don't let that fool you. The Tascam is sturdy. I dropped it during my first recording session, and it kept right on. Tough little guy. The knobs and buttons have that "thick" feeling....no cheap and fragile.
For this money, you literally have a recording studio in your home...or wherever.

(12 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Very Disappointed

By jim buettner

from Chicago

Comments about TASCAM DP-004 Portable 4-track Digital Multi-track Recorder:

bad
I was extremely disappointed with this unit , I read the reviews and bought it for quick recording of my band and jam sessions and figured the multi-track would be great for recording away from my PC,

First off it does not come with a AC adapter so add another $25 to buy one, it eats batteries like crazy.
Some reveiws said there were a ton o steps to record tracks and they were not kidding, also the angle to view the small screen (with no light ) is so bad that you have to move the unit toward you to see what you are doing ,

After a couple uses I started getting a I/F error and a message to power off which made me lose everything I was working on !!

I tried to record again and master a great recording and boom same error and lost tracks
Unit is being returned

(12 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Just what I needed ...

By drawbars

from Ashby, MA USA

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Comments about TASCAM DP-004 Portable 4-track Digital Multi-track Recorder:

This little box is perfect for quick recording tasks -- not the ones that take all day, but the little 1-2 hour sessions that might not even happen because of the hassle of setting up mics, dealing with a laptop, etc. My drummer has been bugging us to record our rehearsals for months now, but they've never happened. He'll be surprised this week!

The two built-in condenser mics are surprisingly good, and on the low setting can tolerate sitting in the same room as a band. It can take up to 32GB Smart Cards, which is plenty of room for recording an outdoor gig with multiple bands. The user interface is pretty straightforward and 'tape-like.' (I bought mine in a Stupid Deal of the Day, and it only came with a 1GB card, but the new ones seem to have 2GB.)

What don't I like? 1) The display is great for bright lighting, but impossible to read in low light or a dark room. I wish there was a backlight. 2) The AC adapter is optional, and the box goes through batteries at a pretty good clip.

One caution: The Smart Card is dual-formatted, with FAT32 and Tascam's on private format. This means that you only have part of the card to record. At smaller sizes (1-2GB), the partitioning is 50:50, so figure that you only have 1/2 the memory available for tracks. From 8GB on up, this isn't a problem. On the good side, this makes it almost impossible to accidentally delete tracks when the card is in your computer.
Four track deck with the ability to record two tracks at a time. RTZ is a nice addition. Takes Smart Cards, which are getting cheaper all the time. Built-in stereo mics. Guitar/Line select on Input A. Mics have three levels of sensitivity; guitar has two. Knobs for both input and track levels.
Seems well built. I wouldn't expect old-school recording deck reliability, but I think it could fall off the back of a table and keep on going. The knobs are small, but have a quality feel to them.
I bought mine on a Stupid Deal of the Day! That's just ridiculous, considering all the features this thing has!

Even at the price, I think it's a good deal.

(10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Wish I'd done this years ago.

By Kweej

from Paragould AR

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Comments about TASCAM DP-004 Portable 4-track Digital Multi-track Recorder:

I've been a musician for almost 40 years starting with elementary school where I recorded my practice sessions on tape then moved on to garage/bar/stage bands mainly on guitar. I recorded these sessions on reel to reel multi channel tape decks and the quality was (I thought) pretty good. My home studio was a jumble of preamps, amps, mixers,equalizers, sfx, tape decks and a snakepit of cables. This little jewel has eliminated most of the mess. And best of all, no noise. After adding track after track with tape, eventually the noise just takes over. Not with this. No hiss, no distortion. Just sound. And the files download to the computer with a minimum of hassle where I use Nero 6 for the final editing/cd burning. If you've ever tried to record/edit/manipulate sound tracks using a tape deck you'll really appreciate the ease of operation of this thing. So easy an evolutionarily challenged person (caveman) could do it. Although 4 tracks might not seem like much, the overdub feature allows you to just keep adding stuff and the final stereo mix down makes it easier to produce a finished product. Since the display is not backlit," it can be difficult to use under low/adverse lighting conditions. Maybe they just didn't think that one through or it just takes too much battery power. I got the optional power supply cause my sessions can last a bit long and upgraded the SD card for the same reason. I can see a future where I might need more tracks but right now this package is just right.
Simple and easy to use. The mics should probably be located on the back so you can see the display and the display itself isn't backlit making it a little difficult to see. Recording quality is great and playback is a little to real sometimes.
Tough cookie. It's survived a couple of ""drop tests"" and 4 grandkids messing with it.
Great deal for the money", enough said.

(9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great for Quick Demos

By Jeff Chmielewski

from MI

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Comments about TASCAM DP-004 Portable 4-track Digital Multi-track Recorder:

If you're writing some quick demos to share, this does the job. I've noticed it works best with quieter music, such as acoustic. I play in a band with some pretty heavy fuzzy guitars, and that doesn't really do well with the thing. But if you are recording a full band, you can get the best sound out of this by doing a live recording of all the instruments at once and using the dual-recording feature (that is, recording 2 tracks at the same time) and using the "pan" feature to put each track on complete opposite sides. In short, you can really distinguish the difference between separate tracks if you do them one at a time (especially vocals.) If you do record individual tracks with this, I'd recommend you use your own microphone.

Basically, it's a nice little piece of equipment for rough drafts of your songs. You might want to take a step up if you want some final copies of your work. Nothing awesome about it, nothing lame about it. It just gets the job done.
For what it is, everything on this thing gets the job done. There isn't much else you could add on that's going to improve the recording quality. One minor difficulty I have with it is how complicated certain things can be at first. It's a bit confusing the first time you try getting your tracks onto a computer, but it's nothing to get too worked up over. Just read the manual carefully and things go smoothly.
It's a neat little machine, not cluttered in any way. Knobs and buttons function smoothly and it's well-put-together. The plastic casing seems a little on the cheap side, but as long as you don't go throwing it against a wall you'll be fine.
For the price, you'd expect at least a little better sound quality. It's not horrible quality... but I'd price it differently if it were my decision.

(7 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Crashes and Loses Data

By Justin H.

from Midwest USA

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Pros

  • Compact
  • Low Distortion

Cons

  • Difficult To Use
  • Poor Quality Construction

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    Comments about TASCAM DP-004 Portable 4-track Digital Multi-track Recorder:

    I bought the Tascam DP-004 to record the room when my band plays live. I didn't think that was asking a whole lot. I quickly learned how crabby this unit it. First, I use it with an AC adapter, and I noticed if you unplug the unit while it's recording it loses the entire recording! Hours of audio are gone in a snap. I learned my lesson. Now after each recording I carefully press the stop button and power the unit off. That was only the beginning of my troubles.

    Next I popped the SD card out and put it in my computer, but noticed the card showed like it was empty. Turns out Tascam stores all audio in a proprietary format, and to get it onto your computer you have to export the track as a WAV file. The export process takes about as long to do as the recording is long, so a 2 hour recording takes about 2 hours to export. Extracting is a long, tedious, one-at-a-time process. It would be much easier if my computer could have direct access to all audio. As inconvenient as it was, it was just something else I had to get used to for this recorder to work for me.

    Because exporting was slow, I had some shows recorded that I hadn't gotten around to exporting yet. I plugged it in and began that process. When I came back a couple hours later to see if it was done I noticed the Tascam was off, which was odd. I live alone in my apartment with no pets, so I know it hadn't been touched. When I turned it back on I got "MOUNT ERROR: 0c Please PWR OFF". WHAT?!!! No matter what I did I could not get the error message to go away. If I pop the SD card into my computer, it told me the card was unreadable. Apparently, while exporting a track as a WAV file the unit crashed and wrecked ALL of the data on the SD card. Unbelievable! A Google search quickly concluded I was not alone, and the only thing that could be done was format the SD card, which erases everything.

    Ugh!!! This thing is more trouble than it's worth. Do NOT buy this product!

    (6 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Better than Expected

    By GuitarGrandpa

    from King NC

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    Comments about TASCAM DP-004 Portable 4-track Digital Multi-track Recorder:

    The Tascam DP-004 Pocketstudio 4 Track Digital Recorder was delivered in a couple of days and after a little playing with it, was pretty easy to operate. Coupled with a editing software, some pretty good recordings can be done with this, especially considering the price.

    (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Disappointed

    By HarpsichordMan

    from Midwest, USA

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    Pros

      Cons

      • Need Preamp
      • Poor Lcd Contrast

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        Comments about TASCAM DP-004 Portable 4-track Digital Multi-track Recorder:

        Pretty disappointed in this unit. LCD is horrible under dim lighting. Biggest problem is low gain on line input. Coming out of a board with REC OUT maxed out this unit can barely produce enough level for voice recording even at high sensitivity. No bargain if it does not work. Looking for an alternative.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Best recorder I ever had

        By whitecrow-EngOb

        from kentucky

        Comments about TASCAM DP-004 Portable 4-track Digital Multi-track Recorder:

        I got this tascam recorder a couple years ago. This is much simpler to use than cakewalk and other recording programs I have for my PC. I always have some kind of problem Vista and recording. It Don't have fancy effects, but you can pan each track you record, bounce multiple tracks, adjust the volume for each track and master record it. You can also transfer .wav files back and forth from your pc to the tascam. If I want to add any special effects I use a program called Audacity(free online) to make the changes and then send it back to the tascam. I admit at first I was intimidated by the manual that came with it. So I read the whole thing front to back. Actually it is simple to use and if you forget how to do something the manual is easy to read and step-by-step how to do things. Once you get the hang of it, its hands-on fast to use and easier than computer programs. It has two built in condeser mics. The only thing that I noticed is that when I plug my guitar and pedal straight into the tascam, the play back sound watered down. The tascam has different input settings to use and each has a low/med/high, volume output. You can also adjust the overall master volume. I may have recorded the track on an input setting that I should not have. As it does have "Mic" and "guitar/line" as a setting. I will switch between the two next time to see if there is a difference. This is a minor issue though, If I wanted to I can just use the condeser mic instead, and it is great. It can pick up the smallest sound. This Tascam recorder is Awesome!!

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        great unit but not perfect

        By huck cussler

        from Salt Lake City, UT

        Comments about TASCAM DP-004 Portable 4-track Digital Multi-track Recorder:

        I bought this 'used - condition 1' (a previous retrun). I was pleased to find that the unit functioned as it seemed to be designed to when I received it. I still hold that conclusion.For what it is, it works wonderfully. But it's not perfect. First, the bad.1) There is a 'condition 4' used unit for sale on the site right now that states the unit gives an error stating 'SD Size Error' when powering on. I have run into this error message on my unit frequently. What I've found from experimenting is that it happens when new batteries are inserted. A workaround is to mix old and new batteries. When I do this, the unit powers on with no error. My theory as somebody who knows next to nothing about electronics is that for some reason when the batteries are new (4 x AA @ 1.5 volts each = 6 volts) the unit is receiving too much voltage and causes the error. This might explain why mixing old and new batteries gets around the error.But more importantly, when powering the unit using the Tascam PS-P520 AC adaptor (5 volts) the unit powers on with no errors ever.The unit also does not seem particularly well-built in terms of durability. I am extremely fearful of dropping as it does not look or feel like it would withstand a fall from 3 or 4 feet without breaking apart. For a recorder this small, that is designed to be portable, this is an issue. Portable devices like cell phones, MP3 players, etc are likely to get dropped from time to time. It would be nice if I could feel some comfort about this thing surviving a plunge, especially since one of my purposes for buying it was to take it out on walks to record found sounds.Moving from bad to neutral, there are a couple of points I would recommend to anybody buying this product. First, as hinted at before, get the AC adaptor (Tascam PS-P520). It is essential. For one, batteries do not last long in this unit. If you don't have the option to power it from a wall socket, you may as well buy stock in duracell or energizer, because you're going to be spending a lot on batteries. Secondly, as before mentioned, there seems to be an issue with powering this thing with brand new batteries.Also, buy a new SD card. The one supplied is nowhere near sufficient in terms of storing and mastering enough material. I got an 8MB card which is much, much better. The point of this product is to have a simple means of recording basic tracks. If you have to constantly fret over whether you are going to have enough memory on your card or are going to run out of battery juice, the purpose is defeated.Now, on to the good. Overall, I really love this product. I use it to record band practices (an upgrade from our Walgreen's special tape recorder) and to record my own guitar work at home. And for that, it more than pays for itself very quickly (which is why I'm willing to overlook it's deficiencies in favor of it's overally useability).The features it offers are plenty. Overdubbing is amazing for being able to lay down a basic riff, play it back and simultaneously record other noodlings over the top. Priceless for working out basic song parts.Being able to plug an electric without running through an amp (ie you can use this as a personal amp with headphones) is equally amazing.The sound quality of the recordings is also superior, especially for such a small unit.Overall, if you are on the fence, don't hesitate to buy this thing. When you do, plan to spend some time getting familiar with it. Read the manual and keep it handy after you do for reminders. I'm finally getting to the point where I feel fairly competent with taking a recording from start to finish. But it took some time and effort. It is not the most intuitive piece of equipment I've dealt with. But that's to be expected for the number of features it offers.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Great Songwriting Sketchpad

        By stikman

        from North Carolina

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        Comments about TASCAM DP-004 Portable 4-track Digital Multi-track Recorder:

        I was looking at low cost recorders to record song ideas quickly and easily without having to deal with a lot of effects, EQ, etc. I like to write and play and don't care to engineer. I get bogged down in technology and can't seem to finish anything. The DP-004 is portable meaning I would not have to sit behind a computer. I do that all day at work and enjoy using this in my kitchen, living room, and deck. Typically I use vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica and hand percussion in my songs and the condenser mics on the front work great for that. When I want bass I just plug it into one of the 1/4" inputs. Sometimes I use an SM-58 but the condensers sound fine for my needs and are less hassle.The ability to export files and tracks back and forth to a computer means that once I get something finished I can add effects, EQ, etc. on my computer or take the tracks to a friends high end studio and either use them in the final mix or use them as a go by while I record a production quality version of the song.Also this recorder is great for recording stuff to upload to the various internet sites.It also sound pretty good.

        (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Not for me

        By HarpsichordMan

        from Midwest, USA

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        Pros

        • Compact

        Cons

        • Exporting Is Way Too Hard
        • Low Preamp Levels
        • Poor Lcd

        Best Uses

          Comments about TASCAM DP-004 Portable 4-track Digital Multi-track Recorder:

          Overall, disappointed in this unit. Low preamp levels when connected to a pro board on REC OUT. Almost had to run wide open. Exporting a song to my PC was stupidly complicated and VERY slow. I've been using a ZOOM Q3 and was spoiled by the ease of export from that device. Returned the Tascam -- no bargain if you can't use it.

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Value

          By Dennis In Miami

          from Miami, Florida

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          Comments about TASCAM DP-004 Portable 4-track Digital Multi-track Recorder:

          I bought my DP-004 two weeks ago and have not bothered to open the manual except to find out what buttons to push to start a recording... (Record and go at the same time)... It's that intuitive.This is about as simple as a 1 track cassette recorder, but it has lots of capabilities the bigger recorders have. Being a really simple user, I might never get into more serious recording than to perform each track, pan and EQ them, then mix to master.I took off 1 point for features because it doesn't come with the required 5 volt AC adapter. It also goes through batteries pretty fast, so the AC adapter is something you definitely want.Built in mics are actually not bad. Playback is clean and clear. This is as simple as it gets for as little money as you can find. If you are a single act singer/song writer, the DP-004 is a super little recorder.

          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Tascam Does It Again!!!

          By Rick Holly

          from New Jersey

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          Comments about TASCAM DP-004 Portable 4-track Digital Multi-track Recorder:

          Let me start by saying that for the past five years I have owned a Tascam 2488 24 track recorder and it still works like new (my long history with Tascam products remains unblemished. So why do I need a Tascam 4 track?I bought this DP 004 to have a small recorder that I could carry around and have on hand when I want to put down some quick ideas, record a rehersal or even a live gig. This DP 004 does exactly what I want it to do.Since I am so familiar with the Tascam 2488 I found the features a breeze to understand as it's immediately obvious that this unit uses many of the same programing and features of the big brother. How does it sound?......Perfect. What ever you put into it comes out crystal clear and accurate.The built in mics are a great bonus and work very well when you want to capture a quick idea without having to hook up anything like microphones other gear.If you have any hands on recording experience you will be up and running in 10 minutes right out of the box. If you are a newbie this is a great place to start. To give it a bigger task I took it out to record my "midi assisted" duo at an outside job the other night. I used a small Behringer mixer and two mic splitters and ran our two vocals (panned left in the Behringer mixer) into track one of the Tascam DP 004 and the other instruments (panned right on the mixer) into track two. I used an 8 gig card in the DP 004 (it comes with a one gig card). Iwas able to get all four sets recorded on one 8 gig card.An 8 gig card is more than enough. The next day I hooked up the Tascam DP 004 to my home computer and moved all the sets (saved as 4 long songs) into my computer using the DP 004 USB connection. I then moved all four sets (2 tracks each)to my Tascam 2488 where I added reverb to the vocal channel, and a small bit of compression to the overall.The recording was incredible. The bottom line is that I was able to record an entire night on the DP 004. To mix the results I could have used any number of recording softwares that I have (Sonor and Cuebase) or even just brought the tracks into Audacity (a great free software that you can download on-line) to add the reverb and compression, but I wanted to see how difficult it was to make a complete transfer to another recorder. It was very easy and results were worth the effort. Looks like Tascam has done it again. They have produced another economical recorder that just kicks ass.

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          A songwriter's dream machine!

          By RubyTuba

          from Park City, KS

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          Comments about TASCAM DP-004 Portable 4-track Digital Multi-track Recorder:

          I use my DP-004 for songwriting demos. I run an MXL 990 through a Helicon VoiceCreate into it.The sound quality is absolutely stellar! The controls and menus are so intuitive that you almost don't need the manual. It's easier to use than my old Tascam 144 cassette 4-track was. I'd waited a long time for digital stuff to get simple enough so that the technology doesn't get in the way.I want to be able to knock off a demo in 30 minutes. I can do that now!Side note: I bought a used one, one of the nifty red models. I'd like to thank Musician's Friend for making that option available. It was a GREAT deal, and the unit works flawlessly.

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Easy and Sounds Awesome

          By Anonymous

          from Undisclosed

          Comments about TASCAM DP-004 Portable 4-track Digital Multi-track Recorder:

          I play guitar in a local cover band and we've been wanting to put some of our own stuff out there for a while. I read the reviews on a few small multitrack recorders and this one seemed by far the best, so I got it. It's everything I've been looking for and a lot more. Just my style - simple but effective. This is coming from a guy with no recording experience whatsoever - I spent about 5 minutes reading the instructions, turned it on, and started recording. The internal mics sound great and it's even better when you plug it in. The other reviews said it could use an AC adapter and an SD card with more memory, so I got both and I have no complaints. And I'm not kidding about how great it sounds! It can't handle really high volume, but I don't play loud. Nothing fancy, but it's definetly worth the price. Like I said, I don't know any better, but I am completely satisfied with this product.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great machine

          By John Richards

          from San Francisco

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          Comments about TASCAM DP-004 Portable 4-track Digital Multi-track Recorder:

          First day of use I am recording 4-track songs no problem. Read the first couple of sections first. It does accept many 16 GB SDHC cards, most 8 GB and almost all 2 and 4 GB cards. Check the list on their website. The mics are surprisingly good: use the low, mid or high gain preamps wisely. You can make the stereo master or convert the tracks to wav on the card and transfer them all to a computer with USB or an SD card reader. This machine is actually better than the advertising!! It's really small and light. Everyone needs one of these.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Review

          By Profdave

          from Kentucky

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          Comments about TASCAM DP-004 Portable 4-track Digital Multi-track Recorder:

          The TASCAM DP-004 Pocketstudio 4-Track Digital Multitrack Recorder is an excellent choice for musicians, media professionals, and oral historians. All in all, the unit seems durable. The knobs are solid and input/output connections are not flimsy. The unit is compact and easy to operate. I had no trouble learning the nuances of the device, but I will admit that I have some experience with recording over the years. Objectively, I'd rate the learning curve at the low to medium level, but if you dedicate a few hours to experimenting (and reading the manual) initially, I think you'll find it easy to operate. The internal stereo condenser microphones are certainly adequate for basic recording and impromptu live work. The internal microphones have good pickup. I've also experimented with an MXL studio condenser microphone that is run through an inexpensive tube preamp, and it sounded excellent with the DP-004. The vocals were warm and resonant and sounded very professional. I also ran the MXL condenser microphone through a Digitech Vocal Harmony pedal with good results. I've recorded Taylor, Takamine, and Alvarez-Yairi acoustic guitars with the DP-004. The internal microphones worked well with the acoustics. A specially voiced MXL instrument microphone (with the same tube pre-amp) worked even better. In terms of an electric guitar, I ran my guitar through a Digitec RP255 pedal/simulator into the DP-004 with good results and sound faithful to the pedal. Bouncing tracks is easy. I was surprised at how well the bounced tracks sounded, as I remember the old days when bounced tracks on a cassette multi-track machine sounded like an old radiator hissing in a church basement. Some may complain that the unit only records in 16-bit audio, but it is CD quality and I have absolutely no complaints about audio performance. Batteries last between 7-8 hours overall (4 AA). I may purchase an AC adapter. All in all, the Tascam DP-004 more than serves its purpose as a means of recording ideas and songwriting demos. With external microphones and signal processors, the sound is even more professional. I think the price is reasonable. Don't expect high-end features like built-in reverb, delays, or amp modeling. This unit is just a bare-bones, durable, straightforward device that records excellent audio within its capabilities. I am very satisfied with it.

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          thinking out of the box

          By Bebop

          from New Cumberland, WV

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          Pros

          • Compact
          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Versatile

          Cons

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              Comments about TASCAM DP-004 Portable 4-track Digital Multi-track Recorder:

              I already own the DP-008 for multi-track recording. I bought the DP-004 for another reason (not to mention the price was amazing). As a professional musician, I was looking for an easy way to hear myself as I play the sax in a group without lugging a mike, stand, and speaker to every gig. With the 004, I plug in a mike that clips onto my sax and plug in some earbuds to the output. I can hear myself perfectly and it's so small that nobody notices it.

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