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Lightweight, portable 6-track digital multitrack recorder.

Portable digital recorders are a necessity for all songwriters, and the TASCAM DP-006 Digital POCKETSTUDIO is a great choice. Jot down all of the key components to your songs using this professional sounding multi-track recorder. Be ready wherever creativity strikes.

Built-In High-Quality Stereo Condenser Microphones
The DP-006 comes with two condenser microphones built directly in the front of the unit so you can record vocals or acoustic guitar anytime without the need for extra equipment or set-up time. TASCAM held many evaluation tests to secure the best sounding microphones and structures. Modeled after the top-selling DR series microphones, you can be assured you're receiving top-quality, Moreover the DP-006 was designed with a tripod mount for versatile set-up and placement.

Simple and Easy-to-Use Interface
The DP-006 is designed for on-the-spot recording. No unnecessary features were included that might complicate the recording to ensure easy functionality. Designed with Analog functionality and dedicated control knobs the DP-006 POCKETSTUDIO is one of the simplest to use songwriting scratchpads on the market.

Ultra-Lightweight Design
Carry It with you everywhere in your gig bag. The DP-006 features ultra-lightweight designs to ensure portability. It weighs in at only 360g (without AA batteries).

Two Analog Inputs for External Mics and Electric/Acoustic Guitar, Etc.
The DP-006 has two input terminals by phone-jack, these terminals provide to connect an external microphone, an electric-acoustic guitar and a line-level device like a synthesizer. Alternately with the help of a conversion cable you can connect a tablet device like the iPad (conversion cable is not included).

FEATURES
  • Up to six tracks recording (2 mono tracks+ 2 mono/stereo switchable tracks)
  • CD-quality recording (16bit/44.1kHz)
  • Two tracks simultaneous recording/ six tracks simultaneous playback
  • Dedicated stereo master track available
  • Record to SD/SDHC card (Up to 32GB)
  • 2 built-in omni-directional condenser microphones
  • Microphone sensitivity can be selected from 3-positions (Low/Mid/High)
  • Two TS 1/4" mic/line inputs
  • INPUT A can connect high-impedance instrument directly (Like an electric-guitar)
  • Independent LEVEL/PAN(BALANCE) knobs for each track
  • 15mW/ch headphone output
  • 128x64 dot-matrix LCD
  • Four AA batteries operation up to 9 hours (When recording, using the eneloop battery)
  • Optional AC adapter ready (TASCAM PS-P520)
  • Can connect to an external battery pack (TASCAM BP-6AA)
  • Tripod screwhole
  • Direct locate function by jog-wheel
  • Repeat playback between IN/OUT point
  • Track edit functions (CLONE TRACK, CLEAN OUT, SILENCE, CUT, OPEN)
  • Bounce function allows recording of more six tracks
  • UNDO/REDO (UNDO HISTORY) function
  • Chromatic tuner and metronome included
  • High-speed data transfer by USB 2.0 connection
  • Backup and restore songs
  • File import/export by WAV format (mono/stereo)
  • Export stereo master file as stereo WAV format
  • 2GB SD card included

Be prepared whenever inspiration strikes. Order the DP-006 today.

SPECIFICATIONS

DP-006 Digital 6-Track Pocketstudio

  • Recording media: SD card (512MB-2GB), SDHC card (4GB-32GB)
    File system: TASCAM original (MTR partition) / FAT32 (FAT partition)
    INPUT A/B
    1/4" TS-jack
    Connectors: 6.3mm (1/4") TS-jack, UNBALANCED
    Input impedance: 10kOhms or more (INPUT A:MIC/LINE), 1MÎ (INPUT A:GUITAR)
    Nominal input level: -10dBV
    Maximum input level: +6dBV
    Headroom: 16dB
    Built-in microphones: Omni-directional condenser microphone x 2
    LINE OUT
    Connectors: 3.5mm (1/8") stereo mini jack
    Nominal output level: -16dBV
    Maximum output level: 0dBV
    PHONES
    Connectors: 3.5mm (1/8") stereo mini jack
    Maximum output level: 15mW+15mW or more (THD+N less than 0.1%, 32ohms loaded)
    USB
    Connectors: USB Mini-B type 4-pin
    Format: USB2.0 HIGH SPEED mass storage class
    Continuous battery operation time
    Alkaline battery (EVOLTA) About 8H (Using line input/recording) About 8.5H (Using headphone/playback)
    Nickel-metal battery (eneloop) About 9H (Using line input/recording) About 9.5H (Using headphone/playback)
    Power: Four AA batteries (Alkaline or nickel-metal battery)
    Power consumption: 1W(Maximum)
    Dimensions (WxHxD): 155mm — 41.5mm — 107mm
    Weight: 360g (without batteries)
    Operating temperature: 5-35C
    Backup memory: In the PREFERENCE, contents of "Repeat Int", "Auto Pwr Save" and "Contrast"
    Accessories: 2GB SD card, AA battery x4, USB cable (80cm), Warranty card, Owner's manual
    Operating system requirements
    Windows
    OS Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
    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)
    Audio performance
    Frequency response 20Hz to 20kHz (+1/-3dB, INPUT (MIC/LINE) to LINE OUT)
    Distortion Less than 0.05% (INPUT (LINE) to LINE OUT)
    S/N ratio More than 81dB (INPUT (MIC/LINE) to LINE OUT)
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TascamDP-006 Digital 6-Track Pocketstudio
 
4.4

(based on 40 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (23)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (38)
  • Versatile (25)
  • Excellent sound (23)
  • Easy to use (22)
  • Low distortion (11)

Cons

  • Difficult to use (11)
  • Weak (3)

Best Uses

  • Amateur recording (29)
  • Home studio (22)
  • Outdoor events / games (13)
  • Performances (13)
  • Professional recording (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (27), Professional musician (8), Novice (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Tascam PD-006

Purchased the DP-006 as SDOD special and am amazed with the sound quality and compactness for the price. There is no LCD back light on this recorder but the LCD is fairly easy...Read complete review

Purchased the DP-006 as SDOD special and am amazed with the sound quality and compactness for the price. There is no LCD back light on this recorder but the LCD is fairly easy to read under a reasonably good external light source. The menu structure is fairly intuitive. I had a little difficulty exporting a file to a wav format because the option is not allowable in the master recording menu where it would seem logical to implement an export option. However, the overall structure of the menus are easier to decipher than some other multi-track digitals I have used in the past.

I was surprised with the quality of the built in microphones. The built-ins offer three level controls and pick up well with the instruments I have used (acoustic guitar, banjo, harmonica, button accordion). I've also experimented with the line in controls using electric guitar, analog and digital synthesizers and a mixer - so far so good. The recorder seems to process levels very well and I have had less problems with going under or over sound levels than on other portable machines.

Overall, this recorder is a pleasure to use. Even though it does not have built in effects, the overall sound quality sounds superior to the other recorders I've used (Zoom PS-04, Fostex 8 track). I am not a professional sound person and don't have a lot of interest in tweaking microphones and levels to get the perfect recording. I just want something that sounds clean, will allow for some separation when I desire it and won't sound too condensed or clipped in the final result. This recorder seems to fit the bill for someone new to multi tracking or someone who wants a quick way to get musical ideas down before finalizing them on a more professional platform.

Another feature I like with the recorder is that it takes SD cards and can handle 16 gig cards without a problem ( read Tascam's list on approved cards before you buy extra media). My other recorders take media that is hard to find and very restricted in size. The tascam allows me to pop in an SD card available almost anywhere and record without having to worry about taking a bunch of extra memory cards or running out of recording time. The recorder's method of formatting is a little strange but useful- it formats some of the card for proprietary use and then formats a separate partition that your computer can access. I didn't like this feature at first but it seems to work very well. When you export something to a wav file it is placed on the partition your computer can retrieve. This multiple formatting feature prevents having to access a bunch of folders or strange files when it is time to transfer the file to a computer.

So far, I'm very pleased with what Tascam has done with this recorder. If I decide to go with something larger in the future I will definitely check out their product line based on my brief time with the 006.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Capable of very good recordings

The DP-006 isn't nearly as easy to use as other TASCAM recorders, such as the DR-05 (but that doesn't multi-track). That being said, the DP-006 is still capable of...Read complete review

The DP-006 isn't nearly as easy to use as other TASCAM recorders, such as the DR-05 (but that doesn't multi-track). That being said, the DP-006 is still capable of making some excellent recordings. The key is to watch your levels very carefully (a limiter function would have been nice). If you record acoustic instruments with the internal mics, put the unit on a tripod and get as close to the instrument as possible. Trying to record an acoustic guitar from across the room just won't get it. Also, I recommend you export your tracks and post-process and mix them in your normal DAW software. The master mix in this unit is a joke and has to "record" the final mix in real time once you specify the start and end points. Saving the tracks seems to take place in real time, as well - a 3 minute track seems to take about that long to save - for each track! Quirks: After doing lots of takes, frequently says it is out of space when in fact there is ample room on the memory card. Metronome on a saved song shows whatever you set it to last, but in fact reverts to default 120BPM until you go back and refresh the BPM setting.

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(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Tascam PD-006

By bpmatt

from Shenandoah Valley, Virginia

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • No Effects
  • No Lcd Back Lighting

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Home Studio

Comments about Tascam DP-006 Digital 6-Track Pocketstudio:

Purchased the DP-006 as SDOD special and am amazed with the sound quality and compactness for the price. There is no LCD back light on this recorder but the LCD is fairly easy to read under a reasonably good external light source. The menu structure is fairly intuitive. I had a little difficulty exporting a file to a wav format because the option is not allowable in the master recording menu where it would seem logical to implement an export option. However, the overall structure of the menus are easier to decipher than some other multi-track digitals I have used in the past.

I was surprised with the quality of the built in microphones. The built-ins offer three level controls and pick up well with the instruments I have used (acoustic guitar, banjo, harmonica, button accordion). I've also experimented with the line in controls using electric guitar, analog and digital synthesizers and a mixer - so far so good. The recorder seems to process levels very well and I have had less problems with going under or over sound levels than on other portable machines.

Overall, this recorder is a pleasure to use. Even though it does not have built in effects, the overall sound quality sounds superior to the other recorders I've used (Zoom PS-04, Fostex 8 track). I am not a professional sound person and don't have a lot of interest in tweaking microphones and levels to get the perfect recording. I just want something that sounds clean, will allow for some separation when I desire it and won't sound too condensed or clipped in the final result. This recorder seems to fit the bill for someone new to multi tracking or someone who wants a quick way to get musical ideas down before finalizing them on a more professional platform.

Another feature I like with the recorder is that it takes SD cards and can handle 16 gig cards without a problem ( read Tascam's list on approved cards before you buy extra media). My other recorders take media that is hard to find and very restricted in size. The tascam allows me to pop in an SD card available almost anywhere and record without having to worry about taking a bunch of extra memory cards or running out of recording time. The recorder's method of formatting is a little strange but useful- it formats some of the card for proprietary use and then formats a separate partition that your computer can access. I didn't like this feature at first but it seems to work very well. When you export something to a wav file it is placed on the partition your computer can retrieve. This multiple formatting feature prevents having to access a bunch of folders or strange files when it is time to transfer the file to a computer.

So far, I'm very pleased with what Tascam has done with this recorder. If I decide to go with something larger in the future I will definitely check out their product line based on my brief time with the 006.

(8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

GREAT LITTLE SCRATCH PAD

By Ozzy Barrios

from Lockport, LA

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Pros

  • Compact
  • Excellent Sound
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Demos

    Comments about Tascam DP-006 Digital 6-Track Pocketstudio:

    This little recorder is perfect for putting down ideas and arranging demo's. At least what i used it for any way. It takes a little getting used to if your not familiar with multi-track recorders but all in all its not complicated. Read the quick start guide, fool with it then read the rest of the instruction and its all gravy. I know for a little more money you can pick up the 8 track with a back lit display and a few more features, but i got a killer deal for the stupid deal of the day, half price!! couldn't pass it up. I cant say enough good about this piece of gear. editing is also easy once you learn it. cant go wrong for the price. i gave it four stars ONLY cause of the lack of a back lit display.

    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    This recorder is a blast.

    By robby

    from clemson SC

    About Me Novice

    See all my reviews

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Excellent Sound

    Cons

    • Difficult To Use

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording

    Comments about Tascam DP-006 Digital 6-Track Pocketstudio:

    I got this to replace my Tascam 424, purchased from MF back in the 80's. It is not as powerful (e.g., does not have effect send/receive), but suits my needs perfectly. I usually just need to lay down a backing track for practice.
    I agree with the other comments that the DP006 is difficult to (learn to) use. My suggestion is to read the 100+ page manual cover-to-cover first and try each of the examples. After about 1 1/2 weeks of use, it's getting much more intuitive.
    I would give it 5 stars if they had included an AC power supply.

    (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Terrible Departure from the Past

    By Mike D

    from Marietta, GA

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easy To Use

    Cons

    • Poor Quality Construction
    • Weak

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording

    Comments about Tascam DP-006 Digital 6-Track Pocketstudio:

    I remember using a Tascam for recording with a friend back in '87 and thought I couldn't go wrong with this device. Unfortunately, I was terribly wrong.

    I bought this last year and used it over the last 10 months for about a total of 2 hours of recording time. The last time I used it it just powered off, mid session, and I couldn't turn it back on. It was simply recording with the mics. I've changed batteries and could not get it to start up again. The buttons flashed red and I got some horizontal lines on the display, but the device wouldn't power up. Very dissatisfied. I contacted Tascam and they will pay for the parts, but not the labor, which is quite costly.

    (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Capable of very good recordings

    By Joe

    from Valdese, NC

    About Me Experienced

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    Pros

    • Compact
    • Excellent Sound

    Cons

    • Difficult To Use
    • Quirky Operation
    • Takes Too Long To Save

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio

    Comments about Tascam DP-006 Digital 6-Track Pocketstudio:

    The DP-006 isn't nearly as easy to use as other TASCAM recorders, such as the DR-05 (but that doesn't multi-track). That being said, the DP-006 is still capable of making some excellent recordings. The key is to watch your levels very carefully (a limiter function would have been nice). If you record acoustic instruments with the internal mics, put the unit on a tripod and get as close to the instrument as possible. Trying to record an acoustic guitar from across the room just won't get it. Also, I recommend you export your tracks and post-process and mix them in your normal DAW software. The master mix in this unit is a joke and has to "record" the final mix in real time once you specify the start and end points. Saving the tracks seems to take place in real time, as well - a 3 minute track seems to take about that long to save - for each track! Quirks: After doing lots of takes, frequently says it is out of space when in fact there is ample room on the memory card. Metronome on a saved song shows whatever you set it to last, but in fact reverts to default 120BPM until you go back and refresh the BPM setting.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A little complicated, great sound!

    By Dogpatch52

    from Hamilton, Mo.

    About Me Novice

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Excellent Sound
    • Low Distortion

    Cons

    • Difficult To Use

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio

    Comments about Tascam DP-006 Digital 6-Track Pocketstudio:

    The last recording device I owned was a four track reel to reel. Old school. My mind set was in a by gone era. This device is nothing like that. It is and attachment for a computer. It took me a while to absorb all of the instructions. I finally got it. This device makes excellent recordings. The sound quality is impressive to say the least. You would have to spend a lot more money to top this recording device.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great little recorder(at the right price

    By Ryan

    from Mount Prospect, IL

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording

      Comments about Tascam DP-006 Digital 6-Track Pocketstudio:

      I got this as a stupid deal of the day. For 150, this might be a little pricey, but for under 100 it's a great deal. Not quite a pocket recorder, but for a lightweight multi-tracker it's awesome. Good mics and line-ins. Haven't used it too extensively, but the battery seems to be holding up (I plan on using the 5V power in, too.)
      Only nit is that there's no external speaker, so I have to remember headphones. Kinda makes sense for a multi-track; on the other hand, this isn't for professional recordings, so it could be a little more convenient.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      I LOVE THIS LITTLE MACHINE..!

      By richardallenproject

      from Marion,Ohio

      About Me Professional Musician

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      Pros

      • Compact
      • Excellent Sound
      • Low Distortion
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Difficult To Use
      • Needs A Power Supply Incl
      • Unnecessary Functions

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Band Practices
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Jam sessions
      • Mixing Down Private Songs
      • Performances

      Comments about Tascam DP-006 Digital 6-Track Pocketstudio:

      As a pro Musician in Contemporary Christian Music, I don't get much studio time, unless I'm in my own studio.. This recorder is great for checking my count, staying on beat, and playing it back and finding "BAD HABITS".! Even before they become habits... It helps when running a new song, I can record the original song, play it back as often as I need to to learn it, then record my self and the band playing the same song, on a different track, and see how they "MIX"..! I highly recommend this unit, and the new models coming out soon.. They just keep getting better, and better...

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      I am having trouble

      By Java Jim

      from Riverside, Calif

      About Me Professional Musician

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      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Difficult To Use
      • Trouble Tranfering

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Desktop Tranfering
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about Tascam DP-006 Digital 6-Track Pocketstudio:

      I love the power and the clarity of the machine but I am having a hard time loading the material to my computer, places such as Reverbnation, You tube, sound Cloud, etc. Please send to my e-mail a clear way to transfer Thank you, and God Bless you and yours.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Like new

      By Dave Basham

      from Uniontown, Indiana

      About Me Experienced

      See all my reviews

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about Tascam DP-006 Digital 6-Track Pocketstudio:

        I bought this unit as level 1 and it is like new.I have the DP-004 and this unit is very similar. I have used the 004 to record tracks and for practising for my Music ministry live performances. I also made a demo to play when I joined the band I was in. The 006 only adds a couple of features but I thought I would get it at this low price to have a back up and also to see what the stereo on tracks 3,4 would do. These machines are true CD quality and the only downside is that the output track can be a little low on audio. It is best to boost the tracks and mix with computer but the unit will do a good job of mastering and I really like it.

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