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Tascam DP-01FX Digital 8-Track Portastudio   

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8-track digital recording even working musicians can afford.

The TASCAM DP-01FX Digital 8-Track Portastudio features a one-knob-per-function design that has made TASCAM cassette Portastudios the choice of thousands of musicians. It shatters the confusing page-shift-menu interface found in most other digital recorders. The DP-01FX has 2 - 1/4 " TRS mic/line inputs, 2 phantom-powered XLR microphone inputs for connecting condenser mics, plus a guitar-level input. Its 8 tracks record at uncompressed CD quality to an internal 40GB hard drive, and a stereo master track is available for recording a mix. Each channel has a 45mm volume fader, plus dedicated controls for pan, effects send, high EQ, and low EQ. An LCD display shows meters, editing settings, and locate points. It has a USB 2.0 jack for file backup and transferring mixes to a computer. There are analog RCA line outputs, a headphone out and S/PDIF line output. The DP-01FX also has a multieffects processor for adding effects to an instrument during recording and a reverb processor for adding effects during a mix.

FEATURES
  • 8-track recording at uncompressed CD quality into a built-in 40GB hard drive
  • 2-track simultaneous recording
  • Dedicated stereo mixdown track
  • Dedicated controls on each channel for volume, pan, EFX send, EQ high and EQ low
  • 2-band semi-parametric EQ per track
  • 2 - 1/4 " TRS mic/line inputs
  • 2 phantom-powered XLR microphone inputs
  • Guitar level input
  • Built-in reverb processor
  • Built-in insert effects processor
  • Effects send and stereo return
  • RCA line output
  • S/PDIF digital optical output
  • Headphone output with level control
  • MIDI Timecode output
  • USB 2.0 port for computer backup

The DP-O1FX makes a digital recording accessible to everyone. Order yours today and start capturing your musical ideas.

SPECIFICATIONS

DP-01FX Digital 8-Track Portastudio

  • Dimensions: 17.8"W x 12.1"D x 4.3"H
    Weight: 9lbs
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4.5

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This is a good machine

I have been using this machine for about a year and have produced 4 CDs and 2 radio commercials. I sometimes use a 16 channel mixer ahead of this machine which may seem odd...Read complete review

I have been using this machine for about a year and have produced 4 CDs and 2 radio commercials. I sometimes use a 16 channel mixer ahead of this machine which may seem odd to some people. I will agree with other reviewers. This machine is only as good as the person and ears using it. People have been totally amazed with my recordings and assume they were done in a big studio. To be fair I output the master optically to an external CD burner, Also have made Wav files on a computer and compressed to mp3 format for emailing. Be careful here! Otherwise for the price this machine is hard to beat. I understand the DP-02FX is slightly better. I'll keep this baby till it dies and it doesn't appear like it will.

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

It?s amazing how far multi-track recorders have come in the past 20 years. Unfortunately, improved technology seems to come and in hand with poor quality control and practically non-existent product support. The...Read complete review

It?s amazing how far multi-track recorders have come in the past 20 years. Unfortunately, improved technology seems to come and in hand with poor quality control and practically non-existent product support. The bottom line for me with this machine is....was it worth it? First, the good. Incredible ease of use?fairly intuitive, excellent effects. For the non-professional musician making home CD?s or demo?s, it is hard to beat a machine of this type. I was even impressed with the overall digital sound quality, being an old-world analog guy.The bad. The machine has a couple glitches. Sometimes when you set an effect. It sounds like it?s on while you are recording, but when you play it back it?s dry. The way around this is to un-arm and re-arm the track and/or to un-assign-re-assign the effect. I have read other DP-01FX?s have the same issue. Not a show stopper but a pain in the butt. The assign A nd B lights are both always on, which makes no sense but again....just ignore it.The Ugly. After 14 months, my machine locked up in the boot-up phase. This machine was never moved or abused in any way. Out of warranty of course. I removed the hard drive and found the ?song? partitions were no longer visible...all data lost. I did back up a few songs but not most (yes, this was my fault) but that is another tedious process...certainly more than plugging in a USB connection to your PC. Good luck with Tascam ?customer support?. The hard drive appears to be replaceable at least.Bottom line...a nice machine for the money but with the typical life expectancy of all the other electronic garbage out there. I still have my Fostex cassette 4-track from 20 years ago, and even though it?s on it?s last leg...it runs! Next time I would try another Fostex or maybe a Korg.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

TASCAM DP-01FX

By Tater-rzR0u

from Albuquerque NM

I like it. First the bad news, I was disappointed that it had no pitch control. My old tape one did and I got used to fidgeting with the key on there. I'm a baritone so I need help finding where it?s ?singable? to me. I bought the TASCAM DP-01FX and didn?t even think to look if it had that feature. It doesn?t. But I?ll keep it anyway and transpose the old fashioned way.I also don?t like the LED display with no back lighting. I bought a little book light and have it clipped to the back so I can see the read out.The good news is it sounds great. I make demos on it and it does a great job for that.I?m going to keep it.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This is a good machine

By Blivit

from Georgia

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I have been using this machine for about a year and have produced 4 CDs and 2 radio commercials. I sometimes use a 16 channel mixer ahead of this machine which may seem odd to some people. I will agree with other reviewers. This machine is only as good as the person and ears using it. People have been totally amazed with my recordings and assume they were done in a big studio. To be fair I output the master optically to an external CD burner, Also have made Wav files on a computer and compressed to mp3 format for emailing. Be careful here! Otherwise for the price this machine is hard to beat. I understand the DP-02FX is slightly better. I'll keep this baby till it dies and it doesn't appear like it will.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great for home demos

By Lefty Dirt

from Austin, TX

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I've had this unit for about 3 years and love it. I write songs and the DP01 is great for capturing your ideas and fleshing them out into arrangements. I used AT2020 and 2021 condenser mics run through a preSonus mic preamp, which boosts the warmth of the recording. The unit is easy to use and intuitive. Editing is easy as well. Highly recommended.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

not bad

By jdrums

from AZ

i've had this unit for a little over a year now, it is very easy to use...as far as the effects go, i never ever use any of the guitar effects bc they don't provide a loud enough signal and sound very muddy most of the time. i rarely use the bass effects as well, the drum and vocal effects are pretty useful though, as well as some of the acoustic guitar effects. this machine will not give you studio quality sound because you probably don't have studio quality musicians and studio quality instruments, as well as all of the pro audio tools that come with a production like that. however, with just a mixer a 16 band eq and several above average microphones im able to record some pretty good demos.

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5.0

Meets My Needs

By BLK SEED

from Surprise, AZ

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I've had this product for 2 1/2 years, Once i learned the basics, then i was on my way! I really like how simple the manual is, 2 weeks i was good on everything. The sound quality is good enough for me, It's all about what kind of music you put into this product! Best money i've spent on any tascam product.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Makes me want more

By Switchfreak5193

from Tulare, CA

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This is an amazing recorder to get if you're on a tight budget and don't wanna spend any more than you have to. Yes, that excludes media cards. A smart trick I belive Tascam is applying here is making a ridiculously easy menu system and mixdown controls more expensive, where you'd think that cheap little knobs would be LESS expensive than digital ones. This being said, aside from that, this machine is a dream. I was disappointed at was sound quality. It didn't seem as crystal clear as I would want, but then again, you can always buy a rack processer for that. Effects in general were simply great, but always put the volume up-recording volume is limited, but not drastically. However, I was very disappointed in the bass effects. The reverb processer is great-my only gripe is that you can't choose different "flavors" (as they call it) on different tracks, but that's also minor. The menus are very simple, you won't get any more than 3 pages to back through to get to where you want. Like others, if you are brand new to any type of recording, there will be a bit of learning curve or so. In fact, within the first 2 days of using it, you may hate its guts, but after a week or so, it's so easy you can commit it to memory and do the entire thing without the manual at your side. Mixing and bouncing is a breeze, EQing and Panning is easier than I ever dreamed. Now for the surprise on just how easy it is-I am 14 years old, and it's automatic for me, without any recording expirience whatsoever.Bottom line-Great Effects, Simple Controls, Rugged Quality, And a decent value gives new recordists start to dream.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great

By Hunter-0hE1Y

from Florida

This is a great portastudio for anyone that needs easy and fast recording it has great effects for electric guitar,acoustic,bass and others.I found it relitivaly easy to operate. After about a hour messing with it i found that it had many great features like phantom power for a condenser mic. Overall I think this is a great product go buy it.

 
5.0

No Problems Here

By Three Shades Blue

from Fort Worth Texas

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I find it hard to believe that anyone has any trouble with this recorder. Right out of the box I started recording without even a glance at the manual. Only when getting into major editing did I find any need for it. Swapping files from the unit to my computer was also a breeze, and a GREAT feature. I am well pleased with this product and recommend it highly. If you are expecting it to compete with really high dollar pc based systems this may not be for you, but it works well for a budget minded indy band to do pro sounding recordings on. Just remember, the best recorder in the world still needs a great pair of ears, and some talent fed into it.

 
5.0

Great deal, nice features

By ThatGuyJohn

from San Francisco Bay Area, California

I am very happy with this unit, very easy to use. I had to keep the owner's manual close at hand for the first couple of days, but after that I was breezing through it solo. Great piece for a solo artist's home studio.I don't get a lot of people's harsh criticisms about this unit. I guess if you are used to having a multi-million dollar recording studio in your basement then this piece would seem inadequate. But for the rest of us struggling artists, it's a lot of bang for your bucks.

 
5.0

Awesome quality and effects!

By Marty D-28

from Milwaukee, WI

I LOVE this thing!! It's very easy to use, however I do recommend READING the manual. Most of the answers to your questions will be found there. I also recommend going to their user website for these babies. Effects are very good and the sound is clean. Great tool for my next CD - all acoustic singer/songwriter stuff with guitars, vocals, percussion and maybe some synth/keyboard stuff.

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