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Tascam DP-24SD 24-Track Digital Portastudio

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High track capacity in a portable recorder.

Along with their inventory of smaller portable recording studios, Tascam maintains a line of more elaborate, detailed and capable all-in-one console recorders. The Tascam DP-24SD is a stand-alone tabletop recording studio that records 24 tracks to built-in solid state recording media. No fussing with onboard CD burners, cards and data transfer. The hard drive is built right into the recorder. Along with the convenience and power of an internal hard drive, the DP-24SD has a mountain of essential features that will help you present your productions with a professional sheen and clear, intelligible audio.

The DP-24SD has 12 tracks that are selectable between MONO and STEREO. Set to STEREO for recording synthesizer, or set to MONO when recording live guitar or vocal. Not only that, you can create ideal settings for each track.Even with its high number of tracks and rich features set the DP-24SD is one of the easiest to use multi-track recorders on the market. The DP-24SD has 19 track faders and one master fader.

FEATURES
  • Simultaneous 24 track (DP-24) or 32 track (DP-32) playback
  • Eight mono tracks and 12 mono/stereo selectable tracks (DP-32)
  • 12 mono tracks and six stereo tracks (DP-24)
  • Simultaneous eight track recording
  • 16 or 24 bit, 44.1 or 48 kHz recording

Order today and generate broadcast-quality recordings at home.

SPECIFICATIONS
Microphones
  • Built-in mics: 2
  • Configuration: Stereo
  • Type: Not specified
  • External mic input: Yes
Audio Quality
  • Max bit depth: Not specified
  • Max sampling rate: Not specified
  • Audio formats: WAV
Connectivity
  • Headphones: 1
  • Audio in: 8
  • Audio out: 4
Storage and Media
  • Type(s): SD/SDHC
  • Capacity: Up to 32GB
  • Hard drive No
Onboard Features
  • Connections: USB
  • Number of tracks: 24
  • Phantom power: Yes
Other
  • Width: 20.2 in.
  • Height: 4.1 in.
  • Depth: 13.4 in.
  • Weight: 13.7 lb.
  • Battery type: Not specified
  • Battery life (app.): Not specified
  • Built-in speaker: Not specified
  • Power supply: AC Adapter
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TascamDP-24SD 24-Track Digital Portastudio
 
4.2

(based on 31 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (23)
  • Durable (19)
  • Compact (18)
  • Versatile (18)
  • Easy to use (16)

Cons

  • Limited functions (4)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (26)
  • Amateur recording (16)
  • Professional recording (11)
  • Performances (8)
  • Outdoor events / games (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (17), Professional musician (11)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Like The Starship Enterprise Beam Me Up Scotty

I paid much more for this unit a couple years back. I then picked up the 32 track version of this unit. The same just more tracks. I used the computer when I...Read complete review

I paid much more for this unit a couple years back. I then picked up the 32 track version of this unit. The same just more tracks. I used the computer when I had to because most musicians do some tracks and they want to use them and I got stuck many times attempting to rescue and finalize their mixes. And yes recording to a computer is very tedious and requires an enormous amount of computer savvy to do good recording. I give the computer thumbs up for one reason only and that is to create and write. The computer is so unstable that I do not remember one song that did not give me computer problems, like constant crashing, plug ins that interfered with timing, etc etc. And experienced musicians will tell you of their sad stories of how the band broke up over crashing full album meltdowns. The problem is really all the adware that gets loaded in automatically when loading the computer with installations of software Even major recording studios software is set to back at regular short intervals. But the major studios have outboard gear that costs a fortune. The nice thing about this unit is it has a physical feel of quality and substance. Like a gun collector holding a gun You get a feeling of power when operating it. IT HAS NEVER CRASHED OR GLITCHED EVEN ONCE for me. I do use the computer cause I have to but I can usually talk musicians and producers to let me bounce the tracks they already have to the Tascam where Users can really take advantage of its capability. The tracks can be loaded as wav files right into your computer after editing and ready to go if you need it in the computer and this of course is wonderful if you are looking for a record deal. The legendary band Boston had all their tracks cut before they had a deal and the tracks were mixed in a major studio. Cannot be touched for live recording 8 tracks at once with 32 track input capability. Lots of subbing. And don't forget 250 virtual tracks for several takes

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Sadness

I was excited in purchasing this product even with no on board cd burner. When I received the product and started setting it up I was confused and shocked! What, no midi? MIDI...Read complete review

I was excited in purchasing this product even with no on board cd burner. When I received the product and started setting it up I was confused and shocked! What, no midi? MIDI is on the list of this product. I called customer service regarding this and they offered me to return it for another product. They searched their stock for me and they no longer carry multi recorders with midi. Instead of going through the hassle of returning it and not being forced to buy something I don't want. I just gave the unit to a relative and shopped else where. Sorry.

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(44 of 44 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Like The Starship Enterprise Beam Me Up Scotty

By Marky Mark

from Pittsburgh PA

About Me Experienced

See all my reviews

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Tascam DP-24SD 24-Track Digital Portastudio:

    I paid much more for this unit a couple years back. I then picked up the 32 track version of this unit. The same just more tracks. I used the computer when I had to because most musicians do some tracks and they want to use them and I got stuck many times attempting to rescue and finalize their mixes. And yes recording to a computer is very tedious and requires an enormous amount of computer savvy to do good recording. I give the computer thumbs up for one reason only and that is to create and write. The computer is so unstable that I do not remember one song that did not give me computer problems, like constant crashing, plug ins that interfered with timing, etc etc. And experienced musicians will tell you of their sad stories of how the band broke up over crashing full album meltdowns. The problem is really all the adware that gets loaded in automatically when loading the computer with installations of software Even major recording studios software is set to back at regular short intervals. But the major studios have outboard gear that costs a fortune. The nice thing about this unit is it has a physical feel of quality and substance. Like a gun collector holding a gun You get a feeling of power when operating it. IT HAS NEVER CRASHED OR GLITCHED EVEN ONCE for me. I do use the computer cause I have to but I can usually talk musicians and producers to let me bounce the tracks they already have to the Tascam where Users can really take advantage of its capability. The tracks can be loaded as wav files right into your computer after editing and ready to go if you need it in the computer and this of course is wonderful if you are looking for a record deal. The legendary band Boston had all their tracks cut before they had a deal and the tracks were mixed in a major studio. Cannot be touched for live recording 8 tracks at once with 32 track input capability. Lots of subbing. And don't forget 250 virtual tracks for several takes

    (10 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    DP24SD

    By Fabulablues1

    from Nashville

    Comments about Tascam DP-24SD 24-Track Digital Portastudio:

    As Rocker103 mentioned in his review, there are tons of features missing in this unit. I have been working on the 2488 and 2488neo and I could not go back to something with less features to what I currently have. I will stick around with my old gear.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (9 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Excellent for home recording studio

    By JC

    from Pensylvania

    About Me Professional Musician

    See all my reviews

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Durable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio

      Comments about Tascam DP-24SD 24-Track Digital Portastudio:

      This is not a toy. This machine is more than I expected. Is built like a tank and it has lots of features. The sound is very clear. Now, because it has so many features it may take a while to learn how to use it, but don't get discourage. I think I made an excellent choice and investment. Tascam is top of the line equipment.

      (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      I love this recorder.

      By ScottC

      from Ashland, OR

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Tascam DP-24SD 24-Track Digital Portastudio:

        I had used a Korg D-16 for about fifteen years until it finally stopped working. I'd been eyeing this for a long time and grabbed it when it was the Deal of the Day. I was surprised at the substantialness of it—size (about 20" side to side) and the solidness of its construction. As it was a difficult procedure to get files from the old Korg to my computer, this makes it easy either via USB cable or SD card. I wind up recording on the device, in the comfort of my "studio," and then bringing tracks to the computer for the final mix. I've only had it for a little while, but so far, this is a dream. The sound is great—very pure. The dials and sliders have a very nice feel to them. I did skim through the manual before using but, if you have experience with this type of deck, it's a small learning curve. This is a great piece of equipment!

        (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Really nice high quality recorder...aand much more.

        By Ken Kat

        from Centerville, Ohio

        About Me Experienced

        See all my reviews

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Instruction Manual on cheap paper

        Best Uses

          Comments about Tascam DP-24SD 24-Track Digital Portastudio:

          I have a lot of old recordings on various media going back to the mid 1950's and need to put them on CDs. I also do recording of bands and myself making music. This unit is an up to date and improved version of my Roland 2480 digital recorder studio. Most of the operations are close to the same. Amazing sound quality with very low noise due to great S/N. Instruction manual is printed on thin paper and not easy to read...my only complaint is I'll probably have to make a copy of the pages I need from the Tascam site to get easy to read and more durable instructions. Musician's Friend is the perfect name for this company.

          (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          So far so good.

          By Bassdude

          from Boulder, CO.

          See all my reviews

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Tascam DP-24SD 24-Track Digital Portastudio:

          It's very adaptable and compatible with other equipment I use. When I use live drums and horns, I use another mixer that enables me to record more instruments still only using the eight simultaneous tracks to record. That allows the other tracks for production.

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          • No

          (6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Works great once you learn all the features

          By Shade

          from OH

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio

            Comments about Tascam DP-24SD 24-Track Digital Portastudio:

            Got mine 2 weeks ago - I resisted the urge to tear it open and start recording right away, because there are a lot of features and settings you'll want to read up on before you even start. (compression, noise suppression, etc) It was worth it because now the little bit I've recorded so far sounds much better then if I had jumped the gun. Study the manual & with a little patience you'll have some high quality tracks in no time!

            (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Love this thing

            By Kenny

            from Bandon, Oregon

            About Me Professional Musician

            See all my reviews

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            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Compact
            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Tascam DP-24SD 24-Track Digital Portastudio:

              The more I use it, the more I like it. I use it to record raw tracks. The unit connects easily to my computer for exporting tracks to Sonar for post-production. I do draft mixes, then import the stereo draft mix into the unit for adding additional tracks. But there is enough power, enough features and tracks to do complete finished mixes inside the unit if one chose to do so. The screen is small, but quite sufficient for monitoring levels and navigation. The recording quality is excellent. For the price, it's a no-brainer. The Tascam DP24 is an extremely effective tool.

              (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great 'Studio in a Box',

              By JB Steel

              from Wheeling WV

              About Me Professional Musician

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              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Compact
              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Events
                • Home Studio
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Tascam DP-24SD 24-Track Digital Portastudio:

                I've owned this unit for a while. I got it for three hundred and thirty monetary units as one of the 'Stupid Deals'. This is a great unit and with bouncing you have unlimited tracks and a number of studio quality effects. The guitar effects aren't that hot but the vocal and ambient effects, echo, reverb, exciter, etc. do exactly what they're supposed to. I use my analog pedals for my guitar, anyway. I've never had to bounce tracks yet but if you have to you can. It records 8 inputs simultaneously so that's enough to record an entire rhythm section in one take. It's also great for live recording. You can use it in conjunction with your computer DAW for adding effects or final production, etc. as long as you follow the instructions on file transfer. I love this thing and didn't see the need to go to the DP-32 since it has most of the features you use every recording session and plenty of tracks.

                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                For those that are real 'hands on'

                By Ric P.

                from Massachusetts

                About Me Experienced

                See all my reviews

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Compact
                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Studio
                  • Performances
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about Tascam DP-24SD 24-Track Digital Portastudio:

                  I've had bad luck at PC based DAW programs and getting the associated peripherals to work well. The DP-24SD 24-Track Digital Portastudio has been a god send. Very easy to use and I'm getting professional results - immediately. There's so much more it can do. I'll be learning more as I use it. I'm extremely happy with this unit.

                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Wanted a multitrack recorder for so long

                  By Vanoden

                  from Norwood, MA

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Compact
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Home Studio

                    Comments about Tascam DP-24SD 24-Track Digital Portastudio:

                    I've played in bands for quite some time and rarely one with the cash for studio time. I've borrowed a lot of equipment, but now that I'm older I could finally buy my own. I considered zoom products, but I've used many Rascal units over the years and figured I'd stay with the known quantity.

                    I'm happy with the choice I made. It's easy enough that my daughters, almost teenagers, have started recording themselves. I haven't had it long, but for what it cost, I feel it was a good buy.

                    I don't know that it will travel much...more like a computer that a piece of road equipment. But I don't really consider that a con. Got my drums mic'd, added some strings and now I have music. Awesome.

                    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Best Multitrack in the Game!

                    By ajmelodic

                    from Jacksonville fl

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound
                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use

                    Cons

                    • Limited Functions

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Events
                    • Home Studio
                    • Mobile DJ
                    • Performances
                    • Professional Recording

                    Comments about Tascam DP-24SD 24-Track Digital Portastudio:

                    I'm a Tascam Junkie, I still have my original Tascam Mini Porta2 cassette and it still works to this day. I play old cassettes on it now. Anyway, I've have the 2488 Neo and now the Original Dp 24 with the CD/RW. Nice all in one unit that records great. No problems at all with my unit. Great for bands, churches, Home studios, traveling musicians...working musicians. I'd say the only Con is that it doesn't have all the effects/mixing you can do with software. Still enough to do more that what most people need, Plus you can always transfer files...5stars from me...Peace!

                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Excellent product. Easy to use.

                    By Skip

                    from Frankfort, Kentuxky

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound
                    • Compact
                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home Studio

                      Comments about Tascam DP-24SD 24-Track Digital Portastudio:

                      I have set the Tascam DP 24-SD up in our combo's practice room and can quickly make a "live" recording of any or all songs we are rehearsing since it has 8 simultaneous recording channels. All the information is automatically saved and there is no need to fool with file naming or other computer task. Once the source (channel) volumes are set, simply tell the unit to "create" a song, push the individual track buttons for the desired instruments and push record, start playing. Easy as that. The mix down is just about as easy. The manual is a little bit hard to understand but following the steps for each task (hands on) helps make the instructions more clear. This is a great product and at a very reasonable price thanks to MF.

                      (3 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      2.0

                      No MIDI! Do not buy if you use a stand-alone drum machine

                      By Sam

                      from Florida

                      About Me Experienced

                      Pros

                        Cons

                        • Limited Functions

                        Best Uses

                        • Home Studio

                        Comments about Tascam DP-24SD 24-Track Digital Portastudio:

                        Without MIDI, this unit is useless if you use a drum machine and you want to separate out your snare and bass drum (or other percussion sounds) to different tracks. There is no way to synchronize recording with a drum machine (or any sequencer) so, unless you are recording live with a band, do not buy this product.

                        (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Love this machine

                        By Pastor Ron

                        from Ballard, WV

                        About Me Novice

                        See all my reviews

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Clear Sound
                        • Compact
                        • Durable
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Amateur Recording
                          • Home Studio
                          • Performances

                          Comments about Tascam DP-24SD 24-Track Digital Portastudio:

                          I have love this machine so far. This is the first recording machine that I have ever owned. I am a pastor and play in a gospel group. I wanted something that would record with good sound and this unit does just that. They say you can't teach a old dog new tricks. I am 65 years old and I found it to be very easy to operate so far. Our group made our first CD the second night we had it and it turned out great.

                          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          A Great Purchase....

                          By IndieFolk4

                          from Buffalo, NY

                          About Me Experienced

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Clear Sound
                          • Compact
                          • Durable
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Versatile

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Amateur Recording
                            • Home Studio
                            • Performances
                            • Professional Recording

                            Comments about Tascam DP-24SD 24-Track Digital Portastudio:

                            What an upgrade from my 8-track digital... A great solid-state, hands-on portable recording studio.... Relatively easy to use with great sound quality & versatility with functions & 8 input lines that can be recorded onto 24 different tracks.... All for an affordable price... I am very satisfied...

                            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Solid, easy and excellent sound

                            By Jerzy

                            from undisclosed

                            About Me Professional Musician

                            See all my reviews

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Clear Sound
                            • Durable

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Home Studio

                              Comments about Tascam DP-24SD 24-Track Digital Portastudio:

                              I have been using home studios for years now, many, many years. I have had tape machines, Boss digital, Zoom digital and now the DP24. The DP24 by far is the most "studio quality" of all, hands down. Aside from the ease of operation and logic friendly design this machine gives you exactly what you put in. The sounds are pure and neutral. The effects included are not as "flashy" as some others but they are pure and controllable. Inputs and routing are simple, eq is very good and every button had a purpose and works as intended. I wish there were a few more bells and whistles but overall I want the recording to be about me and the performance and the song and this device does it very well. And the price is great too. Don't forget the punch in pedal if you run solo!

                              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Great Bang for the Buck

                              By Backstage

                              from Stottville, NY

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                              See all my reviews

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                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Clear Sound
                              • Compact
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Lightweight
                              • Versatile

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Amateur Recording
                                • Home Studio
                                • Professional Recording

                                Comments about Tascam DP-24SD 24-Track Digital Portastudio:

                                Great recording board with a lot of features. We installed it in a studio and works very well to get a clean recording from the start. The manual is a little difficult to learn from. Hands on while reading the manual is the best way to learn all the functions and operation. only thing I would suggest is to have PFL on each channel for monitoring separate mixes.

                                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Awesome Sound, Conveniences, Features, And Build Quality!

                                By John

                                from Portland, OR

                                About Me Professional Musician

                                See all my reviews

                                Pros

                                • Clear Sound
                                • Compact
                                • Durable
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Lightweight
                                • Versatile

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Amateur Recording
                                  • Events
                                  • Home Studio
                                  • Performances
                                  • Professional Recording

                                  Comments about Tascam DP-24SD 24-Track Digital Portastudio:

                                  Awesome Sound, Conveniences, Features, And Build Quality!

                                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  excellent, I recommend this for any studio

                                  By Bear

                                  from Lubbock Texas

                                  About Me Professional Musician

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Clear Sound
                                  • Compact
                                  • Durable
                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Makes a begginer sound like a pro
                                  • Versatile

                                  Cons

                                  • There are no problems any where

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Amateur Recording
                                  • Events
                                  • Excellent makes a beginner sound like a pro
                                  • Home Studio
                                  • Mobile DJ
                                  • Performances
                                  • Professional Recording

                                  Comments about Tascam DP-24SD 24-Track Digital Portastudio:

                                  Very easy to work with

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