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Tascam DP-32SD Digital 32-Track Portastudio   (Open Box)
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OVERVIEW

Same functions as the DP-32, but with convenient SD media.

The TASCAM DIGITAL PORTASTUDIO DP-32SD is one of the best and most affordable ways to remove the mind-numbing glow of the computer screen from personal recording. It's safe to say, that after decades of manufacturing and transforming Portastudios, TASCAM has revolutionized the series once again. Employing 8 combo 1/4" - XLR inputs with +48V Phantom Power, 32 tracks (8 mono, 12 stereo) the ability to select between stereo and mono and an affluence of other key features, TASCAM DIGITAL PORTASTUDIO DP-32SD is an obvious choice for multi-channel home recording. The DP-32SD is just like its brother the DP-32, but without the built-in CDR/RW drive for recording media.

Utilizing SD/SDHC media ensures confident recording, free from shock due to loud sounds
The DP-32SD adopted use of SD/SDHC media. SD/SDHC cards provide secure shock resistance due to the absence of any rotary mechanism. File format of the DP-32SD is FAT 16 or 32. You can find the recorded files on your computer when connected via USB.

The last 12 faders are selectable between MONO and STEREO
The DP-32SD has 12 selectable tracks between MONO or STEREO. These tracks provide more flexibility. For example, set to STEREO for recording synthesizer, or set to MONO when recording guitar or vocal. Not only that, you can create ideal settings for each track. (set #9 to #12 STEREO, then set #13 to #22 MONO) If all tracks are set to MONO the DP-32SD becomes a 20-track multi track recorder.

21 faders eliminates layer structuring
The DP-32SD, even with the high number of tracks and features is one of the easiest multi-track recorders in the market to use. The DP-32SD has 20 track-faders and one master fader. You can control any track with ease.

The 3.5" full-color LCD and the self-illuminated buttons increase visibility
The DP-32SD has a 3.5" LCD screen and select self-illuminated buttons, making it easy to view your entire creative process. Some of the illuminated buttons include (SOURCE, SELECT, REC, MUTE).

12 rotary knobs linked to the LCD to help increase easy operation
The DP-32SD has employed rotary knobs to control qualities such as EQ, Effect Send and other related features.

FEATURES
  • Simultaneous 32-track playback
  • Eight mono tracks and 12 mono/stereo selectable tracks
  • File transferring via USB 2.0 (cable sold separately)
  • 21 faders (19 track-faders and one master fader)
  • Simultaneous 8-track recording

32 Tracks of portable recording power at your fingertips. Order the DP-32SD today!

SPECIFICATIONS

DP-32SD Digital 32-Track Portastudio

  • 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 driveNo
  • Onboard Features
  • Connections:USB
  • Number of tracks:32
  • Phantom power:Yes
  • 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-32SD Digital 32-Track Portastudio
 
4.3

(based on 54 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (38)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (6)

83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (12)
  • Good audio (10)
  • Versatile (6)
  • Compact (4)
  • Durable (4)

Cons

  • Not durable (3)
  • Unreliable (3)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (12)
  • Amateur recording (4)
  • Home recording (3)
  • Professional recording (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (38)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (9), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Wow

If you are looking for massive onboard effects, infinite ad nauseam tweaking, and more automation than r2d2 look elsewhere this unit is not for you!

If you want a hassle free,...Read complete review

If you are looking for massive onboard effects, infinite ad nauseam tweaking, and more automation than r2d2 look elsewhere this unit is not for you!

If you want a hassle free, reliable, durable, portable and musical unit then read on.

I have had the unit long enough to make a competent review of it.
I bought the SD variant because I did not want a cd drive since it involves moving parts and moving parts is bad at least in my book :).

Using the unit is pretty straight forward you can take it out of the box and use it as an 8x8 recorder the first time you use it like an old 424 or similar tape machines.
My only real complaint about the unit is the manual. if you take the time to figure it out and maybe watch a couple of tutorials on it. It is not difficult to pickup.

Most of the projects I have done so far I actually mixed down on the machine then exported the resulting wave file to my ipad (final touch app) to master it.
I have to say having a slider for each channel is refreshing on mix down, and the virtual tracks are a really nice feature. This was the original reason I chose this unit over the R-16. I made great use of them on one project where I was tracking drums and the client wanted to have different takes side by side.

As other reviews have stated this unit does not have a lot of effects horsepower.
I would agree but for recording they are more than adequate.
And the guitar effects are passable though I only use them for tracking not recording a whole band live as you are limited in simultaneous effects.
I really like having the noise gate on all incoming inputs.
Also you can bounce a track or tracks and add effects at that point.

When doing mix down I usually use an external reverb in conjunction with the internal reverb. I personally don't use a lot of effects post anyway.

The preamps are very clean yet they seem to have the tascam (warmth) to them.
I do use a single tube preamp sometimes when tracking vocals.

I have paired the unit to my Mac-mini for file tweaking and transfer.
But I built a decrepit old Linux FTP box with 4 big cheap hdd's for archives.
As you can generate an incredible amount of data with this guy.

Projects completed with unit at time of review:
I have cut several good tracks for myself.

Recorded:
A string quartet. ( a paying gig)
A pipe organ concert. ( got rave reviews on this)

Produced: Jazz trio project

Produced:
several songs for a hip hop act.
Including doing the drum loops for stage show.

Produced/Recorded the neighbor kid's speed metal group.
Could've used 12 inputs on that one but hey it worked.

Recorded a series of ambient loops for commercial client.

And several more projects in the process right now.
Unit paid for itself twice over in the first month.

In final if you are tired of computer hassles and just want to make/record music.
This is the best machine for the money hands down.

Musicians friend took very good care of me on this purchase.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

wait for firmware update

NOT like dp32 but without cd burner. it DOESN'T HAVE MIDI either. if you record at 24 bit you get pops and clicks. called tascam tech support. they said its a KNOWN ISSUE...Read complete review

NOT like dp32 but without cd burner. it DOESN'T HAVE MIDI either. if you record at 24 bit you get pops and clicks. called tascam tech support. they said its a KNOWN ISSUE when recording at 24 bit. all you can do is record in 16 bit and WAIT for firmware update. there is no eta for a update and he didn't know for sure if they are working on it. all other dp models discontinued. I had to pay to send back

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(18 of 20 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

wait for firmware update

By disapointed

from lousiana

Verified Buyer

Comments about Tascam DP-32SD Digital 32-Track Portastudio:

NOT like dp32 but without cd burner. it DOESN'T HAVE MIDI either. if you record at 24 bit you get pops and clicks. called tascam tech support. they said its a KNOWN ISSUE when recording at 24 bit. all you can do is record in 16 bit and WAIT for firmware update. there is no eta for a update and he didn't know for sure if they are working on it. all other dp models discontinued. I had to pay to send back

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(16 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Wow

By Redgypsy

from Whidbey island

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Comments about Tascam DP-32SD Digital 32-Track Portastudio:

If you are looking for massive onboard effects, infinite ad nauseam tweaking, and more automation than r2d2 look elsewhere this unit is not for you!

If you want a hassle free, reliable, durable, portable and musical unit then read on.

I have had the unit long enough to make a competent review of it.
I bought the SD variant because I did not want a cd drive since it involves moving parts and moving parts is bad at least in my book :).

Using the unit is pretty straight forward you can take it out of the box and use it as an 8x8 recorder the first time you use it like an old 424 or similar tape machines.
My only real complaint about the unit is the manual. if you take the time to figure it out and maybe watch a couple of tutorials on it. It is not difficult to pickup.

Most of the projects I have done so far I actually mixed down on the machine then exported the resulting wave file to my ipad (final touch app) to master it.
I have to say having a slider for each channel is refreshing on mix down, and the virtual tracks are a really nice feature. This was the original reason I chose this unit over the R-16. I made great use of them on one project where I was tracking drums and the client wanted to have different takes side by side.

As other reviews have stated this unit does not have a lot of effects horsepower.
I would agree but for recording they are more than adequate.
And the guitar effects are passable though I only use them for tracking not recording a whole band live as you are limited in simultaneous effects.
I really like having the noise gate on all incoming inputs.
Also you can bounce a track or tracks and add effects at that point.

When doing mix down I usually use an external reverb in conjunction with the internal reverb. I personally don't use a lot of effects post anyway.

The preamps are very clean yet they seem to have the tascam (warmth) to them.
I do use a single tube preamp sometimes when tracking vocals.

I have paired the unit to my Mac-mini for file tweaking and transfer.
But I built a decrepit old Linux FTP box with 4 big cheap hdd's for archives.
As you can generate an incredible amount of data with this guy.

Projects completed with unit at time of review:
I have cut several good tracks for myself.

Recorded:
A string quartet. ( a paying gig)
A pipe organ concert. ( got rave reviews on this)

Produced: Jazz trio project

Produced:
several songs for a hip hop act.
Including doing the drum loops for stage show.

Produced/Recorded the neighbor kid's speed metal group.
Could've used 12 inputs on that one but hey it worked.

Recorded a series of ambient loops for commercial client.

And several more projects in the process right now.
Unit paid for itself twice over in the first month.

In final if you are tired of computer hassles and just want to make/record music.
This is the best machine for the money hands down.

Musicians friend took very good care of me on this purchase.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(12 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Does Tascam Care?

By Scotty

from Oregon

Comments about Tascam DP-32SD Digital 32-Track Portastudio:

After a few weeks of recording on this machine, I started getting clicking and popping noises in the tracks. I changed SD cards thinking that was the problem, but it just kept getting worse. When the popping started showing up in the mixdown track, I called Tascam tech support. After I explained the issue to the tech guy, he told me Tascam was aware of this problem and there would be a new "firmware update" to solve this issue (which apparently only happens when doing 24bit recordings). I inquired when the update would be available, but he couldn't answer that question. He offered no other solution to the problem. My solution to this problem is not to buy another Tascam product!

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  • No

(8 of 28 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Beware

By RM

from WY

See all my reviews

Comments about Tascam DP-32SD Digital 32-Track Portastudio:

If you are a musician and you enjoy practicing, playing and occasionally recording your music, stay clear of this machine. On the other hand, if you are some techno-geek who enjoys spending long hours in front of a stupid machine that is impossible to figure out -- instead of practicing, playing or recording -- buy it.

(8 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

I wish I knew

By Scrbcrea

from Boston, MA

See all my reviews

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • I'm Sure Real One Is Nice

Cons

  • Mf Scam

Best Uses

  • ANCHOR
  • returning

Comments about Tascam DP-32SD Digital 32-Track Portastudio:

This is a disabled version of the real DP-32, which MF misrepresented. Listing said it had CDR & MIDI. Had neither! This is a special MF useless version. They never mentioned that. I can live without the CD writer,.... who uses them? But, without the MIDI sync this unit is rendered useless as a songwriting tool. Furthermore, it is not upgradable. Tascam updates don't even see it as a DP-32,.... because it's not. I'm learning.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Like Tarship Enterprise Beam Me Up Scottie

By Marky Mark

from Pittsburgh PA

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Tascam DP-32SD Digital 32-Track Portastudio:

    I paid much more for the CD version of these unit a fews years back but the SD card version is the way to go. I use computer recording software as well 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.

    (7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY

    By OLD SCHOOL MUSICIAN

    from COLUMBUS, OHIO

    Comments about Tascam DP-32SD Digital 32-Track Portastudio:

    Okay, first the GOOD news. Heavy duty metal construction, sliders have good solid resistance when sliding (a good thing), easy to read screen, great sound quality, and making a quick recording is fast and easy. While this unit is well worth the money, it isn't without its faults and limitations.

    The BAD....This unit is highly lacking when it comes to onboard effects compared to my old Roland VS840EX. Also, I don't care for the on/off switch having a type of delayed start-up of the unit. Additionally, pressing two buttons to return to zero quickly seems totally unnecesscary. Personally, I don't care
    for the unit having to be off when inserting or ejecting the SD card, simply because i'm used to inserting a zip disc on my VS840 when the unit is ON, and upon shut down it ejects itself. So, its kind of backwards compared to what I'm
    used to on my old unit. I was also able to save up to eight mixdown scenes much quicker on the VS840 as compared to the Tascam DP32. Personally, I also prefer using the jog wheel on the VS840EX for panning as opposed to the tiny knob on the Tascam unit, as well as the cursor for switching from one screen to another versus using F2 AND F4 buttons on the Tascam as well as
    other function buttons. While the tiny knobs are somewhat frustrating, (like an old Crate amplifier), I must admit they do seem to have pretty good frequency range.

    Now for The Ugly.....I have the built in CD burner which is total junk. (Probably why they discontinued it).Its so cheap that the dish isn't even a full circle, let alone the fact that you have to manually pull the tray out and push it back in like a 1970s cassette player. Also, whoever organised and wrote the owners manual should find another occupation. It has no logical order, and between "refering to another page" and the way some things are worded, you're ready to just set the book on fire and figure it out on your own. Let's just say it isn't user friendly, and you are having to constantly refer back to it because it isn't presented well.

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    • No

    (6 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    DO NOT BUY THIS!

    By SamStuffTC

    from Traverse City MI

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

      Cons

      • Breaks Easily
      • Poor Sound Quality
      • Pricey / Poor Value
      • Unreliable

      Best Uses

        Comments about Tascam DP-32SD Digital 32-Track Portastudio:

        I have always used Tascam recorders and loved them. But when I got this one the disappointment level was beyond belief. It sucks. It stinks. It is easily the worst piece of equipment I have ever purchased. (fair notice- I did not purchase it from Musicians Friend) I won't even waste the time to write out everything that's wrong with this WAYsubstandard thing. Just know that after attempting to be productive with this machine for 2 years, I finally made a video of myself smashing it with an axe. That was the only good thing to come from purchasing this garbage.

        (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        For the Old School Recording On The Move

        By Whitenoise

        from Lome, Togo

        See all my reviews

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • great processing
        • Portable
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • complex at first
        • Memory Card Small

        Best Uses

        • Demo Recordings
        • Home Recording
        • On The Move Recording

        Comments about Tascam DP-32SD Digital 32-Track Portastudio:

        I grew up with Recorders like this one and in a time where you could buy huge all-in-one recorders similar to this for even professional recordings. Now most home set-ups are computer based and you never even touch real faders.

        This one was a little difficult to figure out at first (mainly the effects and EQ assignment) but if you take the time to sit down with the user guide, or search some videos on YouTube it starts to make a lot of sense. It is versatile enough for somewhat complex recordings while being simple enough to have a no-nonsense feel. The SD card it came with is much to small in my opinion so buy a 32g SD Card to thrown in there.

        I recommend it for anyone used to all-in-one recorders or a budding musician who wants to record and be able to tote it around to different locations.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Good but not great

        By SdT

        from N.E. Pa.

        Comments about Tascam DP-32SD Digital 32-Track Portastudio:

        No midi, no cd burner but I knew this when I bought it. Recordings are very noise free and I'm guessing since this machine uses an sd card, that's one of the big reasons. With that being said, when recording with a mic I have to crank the input levels all the way up or recorded volumes are so low it's ridicules. I've used a new MXL, a Shure, and a Samson drum kit mic set. All produce the same result. Recorded levels are so low it's aggravating. Tascam customer support is no help either, matter of fact, they never replied to my request for assistance with this problem. I would not recommend this unit only based on how noise free the recordings are but in my case, I have to edit the tracks outside of the Tascam to achieve proper volume levels and that process adds some noise which pretty much defeats how quiet the initial recordings are. Maybe there's a problem with my machine, I guess if support would ever reply I could find out.

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        • No

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