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CD-quality recording with no menus to stand between you and your music!

The TASCAM DP-02 Digital Portastudio makes recording simple by matching 8-track CD-quality recording with a Portastudio interface. Now you can ditch the menus and concentrate on the music. A pair of record-quality TASCAM mic preamps offers XLR inputs with phantom power for condenser mics and a guitar input for direct recording. Each channel gives you dedicated controls for instant access to fader level, record arm/track mute, pan, effect send, high and low EQ. There's also an EQ frequency button for finer control over the mix.

2 effects processors are included in the DP-02. A multi-effects processor on the input provides great-sounding overdrive, flange, delay, and more for your guitar, vocal, drum, and bass tracks. In addition, there's a reverb processor on a send and return for adding hall, room, plate, or chamber reverb to your mix. The DP-02 is loaded with great TASCAM extras like a chromatic tuner, metronome, and bar-and-beat display for getting around your song.

The DP-02 records 2 channels at a time to a built-in 40GB hard drive. When you're satisfied with your production, arm the dedicated master track for your stereo mixdown. You can transfer your tracks and mixes or backup your song to a computer through a speedy USB 2.0 connection or burn it to a CD with the slot-loading drive. No other workstation makes recording so simple, affordable and fun as the TASCAM DP-02.

FEATURES
  • 2 XLR mic/line inputs with phantom power for condenser microphones
  • 8-track recording at uncompressed 44.1k/16-bit audio quality
  • Portastudio-based interface with volume fader, pan, effect send, high and low EQ controls per channel
  • EQ frequency button to access high and low EQ shelf frequencies
  • USB 2.0 interface for transferring tracks, mixes and backup files to a computer
  • Dedicated stereo master track for mixdown
  • Internal metronome and bar/beat display for song position
  • Headphone output
  • Stereo line outputs on RCA analog and S/PDIF optical digital connectors
  • 40GB internal hard drive
  • Multi-effects processor with guitar, bass, vocal and drum programs
  • Stereo reverb processor with send/return controls for multi-channel mixing
  • Built-in chromatic tuner
SPECIFICATIONS

DP-02 Digital Portastudio

  • Recording
    Recording Medium: 40GB internal hard drive
    Recording Resolution: 44.1 kHz/16-bit
    Number of Recording Tracks: 8 tracks plus Stereo Master track
    Number of Simultaneous Recording Tracks: 2 tracks
    Frequency Response: 20Hz-20kHz (+1/-3dB)
    Signal-to-Noise Ratio: >85dB (A-weighting, 22kHz LPF)
    T.H.D.: 0.02% (1kHz, 10dBV, 22kHz LPF, master fader at nominal)

    I/O
    Analog In (INPUT A/B)
    Connector: XLR-3-31 type (Pin2:hot) and 1/4" TRS phone
    Nominal/Max Input Level: -8 dBu/+8 dBu
    Input Impedance: 2.4k ohms, >10k ohms on guitar input
    Phantom Power: 48V (on/off selectable)

    Line Output
    Connector: 2x unbalanced RCA jacks
    Nominal/Max Output Level: -10dBV/+6 dBV
    Output Impedance: 1k ohm

    Effect Send
    Connector: 1/4" phone (unbalanced)
    Nominal/Max Output Level: -10dBV/+6 dBV
    Output Impedance: 1k ohm

    Digital Out
    Connector: Optical (TOSLINK) digital audio output
    Data format: S/PDIF

    Headphones (PHONE 1, 2)
    Connector: 1/4" stereo phone jack
    Max. Output: 25mW + 25mW (@32 ohm)

    Physical:
    Dimensions (w x h x d): 16.4" x 2.6" x 11.8"
    Weight: 4.1 lb.
    Power Requirement: 12V, 2.5A (TASCAM PS-1225 power adapter)
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TASCAMDP-02 Digital Portastudio
 
4.4

(based on 48 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

DP-02 versitile - dependable and a great value

ovrall.....the DP-02 gets a top rating. asy to use. Easy to buy
I bought this unit a few months ago, but I wanted to give it a work-out...Read complete review

ovrall.....the DP-02 gets a top rating. asy to use. Easy to buy
I bought this unit a few months ago, but I wanted to give it a work-out before I made any comments on it.

I have had no experience with recording before I bought the DP-02. There was a learning curve for me....but I was able to go throught the owners manual when I got stuck and I was able to figure out what I needed to know.

I am more than pleased with what the DP-02 can do. I have spent many hours working with it and I continue to learn and get better with every song.

some things I found that I needed: A recording headphone set....not something with "bass boost" or anything like that.....just a flat response st of headphones... Also condnser mics....(I have two MXL990) that you really need for vocal recording.....and don't forget a couple preamps for everything you put into your DP-02 (I bought 2 Bollinger Tube preamps... and it has the "Phantom Power" button that you need for your condenser mics).

DP-02 has "Phantom Powr on the unit....but it helped me so much to have pre-amps for the instruments and vocals.

I have found a few electric guitar effects that I like. Reverb for the DP-02 sems good to me.

The most important items I needed with my DP-02 was my MXL990 microphones and preamps.

the DP-02 is a GREAT unit. Not hard to work. Some learning is required.....but if I can do it, probably almost anyone can.

My highest recomondation is a nine....especially if money is an issue.
I have had no problems after 5 monthes of use. Very good quality for the money. Sliders and pots are noiseless. The spinning selectors are a bit cheap feeling....but they work fine.
great value

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Disappointed

Let me start by saying the design of this product was very well thought out and the controls and features were easy to learn for a first-timer such as myself. If only it worked...Read complete review

Let me start by saying the design of this product was very well thought out and the controls and features were easy to learn for a first-timer such as myself. If only it worked consistently...From the beginning, the unit would freeze up and display the message "HDD Busy Please PWR OFF" I quickly learned to save my work constantly.It took three tries and two weeks contacting the TASCAM company before I received a response, giving instructions on how to reboot the unit, erasing everything on the hard drive. I haven't tried it yet because I'm in the middle of a big project and do not have the time to burn everything to disc and reload it to the unit.I will post an update when I have tried their fix.

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(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great piece of Home gear

By Stone3677

from Longwood, FL

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Comments about TASCAM DP-02 Digital Portastudio:

Internal bass sounds arent the best but that just forces you to get better at using the machine, Over all this is a GREAT Piece so BUY IT ! ! !
This is my First home recorder and as far as the features go I am still learning them ( had it about 3 months now ) But i'll say this so far, The features are simple to use and effective , The only thing that I would change is to have a 3 band EQ instead of the 2 Band, Other than that I love this recorder
VERRRRRRY WELL BUILT
I dont think you can find a Better piece for a better price than this

(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

DP-02 versitile - dependable and a great value

By Richard Facemyer

from Missouri

Comments about TASCAM DP-02 Digital Portastudio:

ovrall.....the DP-02 gets a top rating. asy to use. Easy to buy
I bought this unit a few months ago, but I wanted to give it a work-out before I made any comments on it.

I have had no experience with recording before I bought the DP-02. There was a learning curve for me....but I was able to go throught the owners manual when I got stuck and I was able to figure out what I needed to know.

I am more than pleased with what the DP-02 can do. I have spent many hours working with it and I continue to learn and get better with every song.

some things I found that I needed: A recording headphone set....not something with "bass boost" or anything like that.....just a flat response st of headphones... Also condnser mics....(I have two MXL990) that you really need for vocal recording.....and don't forget a couple preamps for everything you put into your DP-02 (I bought 2 Bollinger Tube preamps... and it has the "Phantom Power" button that you need for your condenser mics).

DP-02 has "Phantom Powr on the unit....but it helped me so much to have pre-amps for the instruments and vocals.

I have found a few electric guitar effects that I like. Reverb for the DP-02 sems good to me.

The most important items I needed with my DP-02 was my MXL990 microphones and preamps.

the DP-02 is a GREAT unit. Not hard to work. Some learning is required.....but if I can do it, probably almost anyone can.

My highest recomondation is a nine....especially if money is an issue.
I have had no problems after 5 monthes of use. Very good quality for the money. Sliders and pots are noiseless. The spinning selectors are a bit cheap feeling....but they work fine.
great value

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

awesome!

By jimmy doom

from Undisclosed

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Comments about TASCAM DP-02 Digital Portastudio:

soo i bought this recorder because i do a one my band type of thing. soo i didnt need something huge and high priced. this is an amazing for fast recording. you can make CDs in a flash. the settings are awesome. and with the CD burner right there it saves a lot of time!

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Clean Recordings

By carl cray

from Columbus, Ohio

Comments about TASCAM DP-02 Digital Portastudio:

Satis fied
Although I wish it had more inputs. I am happy with it. It works well in my studio for small setups. I have had it a year and used the owner manual in a pinch.
The quality is pretty rock solid and dependable.
Great for the price.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

actively used it for 1 1/2 years

By john-Dq67C

from colorado

Comments about TASCAM DP-02 Digital Portastudio:

I record tracks alone, one at a time, layering as I go. Make several songs a month. THis machine is perfect and is THE goto machine I use although I have others. No hiss, great sound, VERY intuitive out of the box. Recording is easy and pro sounding.The only limitations are:1)IF it is not close to your computer, you will have to physically move it so you can hook it up(USB) - disk burning data for transport gets old. my brother has the version with the flash card for transport which may be better in this senario.2)Does run out of memory after about 40 songs. thus need to clean out or transfer data eventually.3) Mixing the final tracks (fading/panning ect,when saving the master song)if you mess up mid song, you have to start over at the song start. (unless im missing something)4) internal speed when exporting the final song WAV's for computer transfer is a little slow (2-3 min?) - (but recording/mixing doesnt have any time delay)These are not deal breakers for me! still the best recorder for the money - pro sound

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

starter studio - hook, line and singer

By Devastator-.hGnV

from Bowmansville, NY

Comments about TASCAM DP-02 Digital Portastudio:

Wanna get sucked into the recording field? Be it at the controls or letting those creative juices flow. This is the way to do it. Turn those quick ideas into mini symphonies. Quality sound good enough to turn that demo into diamonds. My buddy has a full blown studio and he said my demo was almost flawless. My true review.... turn it to 6.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

1st time recording

By Glenda

from Grand Junction, Colorado

Comments about TASCAM DP-02 Digital Portastudio:

I had no experience prior to buying this unit, but have learned to navigate my way in one week's time. Several functions I still don't know how to use yet, but have produced 4 complete songs on a CD which sound very good. As a novice, I found the manual easy to follow. I did have to reread sections to fully understand them, but was expecting much more frustration than I actually experienced. I would recommend this for beginners like me.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great for producing HIP HOP

By musicmike

from florida

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Comments about TASCAM DP-02 Digital Portastudio:

excellent product.....thought more of as a multitrack geared toward a band....but im telling you if you read the manual, take about 3-4 hours of learning the buttons, you can acheive a studio quaility sound
the features contained within this machine are exactly what is need for hip hop production, but im yet to see a reveiw on this geared toward the hip hop producer, so here we go.....the PAN knobs make it extremely easy to lay down the main vocals, then lay down the double up vocal tracks, then pan one left, then one right....this is key for the hip hop sound......then the REVERB adds the warm and slightly echoed effect to make your vocals stand up.....if you are recording alot of tracks and dont want to use two tracks, the MONO X2 effect aollows you to record a pan left/right combo track one one track without losing any crispness from the sound.....the effects are STUDIO QUALITY, and the fact it has a 40gb harddrive and cd burner makes this a STANDALONE gem at the price
the build is GREAT....yes it is plastic, and at first you think it would break easily.....but it has withstood hundreds of hours of recording and continues to preform great without any failures
the best $$$ you could possibly spend if you are looking to record a solid sound with a limited budget

(4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Review of DP-02 Digital Portastudio

By DIck H

from Buffalo NY

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Comments about TASCAM DP-02 Digital Portastudio:

Like I mentioned. MY band purchased this hoping we could make our own CD. When we received the device , it took us a while to learn how to record. The manual is not too helpfull . We had to watch video's off of youtube to learn how to record. After several months, we still have not figured out how to burn CD's and Master. We just ordered the Instructional Video, which was not included. The recordings are very good, and once we learned to record, we have enjoyed using the device. You can only record 2 channels at once . It would be nice to have more channels to record at once onto. We are veterean musicians that have been around music and recording for over 20 years. The cassette 4 tracks were way easier to learn to use!
Once you start learning how to Navigate - it's not too hard to use.
so far the quality of the recordings have been excellent . Our band has been using this for several months and recording . We have not figured out how to master or burn CD's yet. The manual is useless. There is an instructional DVD that we just ordered seperately.
The Price is good. Very difficult to use. The manual is not very good. In fact, it is very awful and difficult. We just ordered the Instructional DVD, which was not included?. Everything myself and my band mates have learned so far is off of watching you tube videos.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome recorder

By chus

from Undisclosed

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Comments about TASCAM DP-02 Digital Portastudio:

Another thing I want to mention is that I see a few people that say it crashes and they lose all the data. I've not experienced this, but it will tell you in the manual that you should save your work often. But isn't that how most computers are? I had to learn a few things when I got started too, with other aspects, but as you read the manual you pick up fast. I still learn about functions I didn't even know this recorder could do. I'm more than happy with my purchase. It really comes down to vocabulary and navigation with this one. Very user friendly and informative. Thanks Tascam.

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