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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

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

  • 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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    (4)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

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Buy This!!!

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...Read complete review

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.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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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(17 of 22 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

CRASHED!

By David Chitwood

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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

(11 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Just what I needed ...

By Bruce Wahler

from Ashby, MA

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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

      Best Uses

        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!!

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