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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
  • 8 mono tracks + 12 mono/stereo selectable tracks
  • File transferring via USB 2.0 (cable sold separately)
  • 21 faders (19 track-faders and one master fader)
  • Mounted TMSS (TASCAM Multi Stage Sampling rate converter) provides high-quality sampling rate conversion
  • Integrated 40-input mixer to mixdown the 32 playback tracks with the 8 inputs and for bouncing
  • Simultaneous 8-track recording
  • 16- or 24-bit, 44.1 or 48kHz recording
  • 8 XLR/TRS combo connectors
  • Phantom power supply for all inputs
  • High-impedance input available (INPUT-H)
  • Stereo RCA pin-jack output
  • Two effect send outputs (1/4" TS jack)
  • 70mW/ch headphone amplifier
  • Peak-hold function at a level meter of the LCD
  • Sub-frame editing
  • Remote connector for optional RC-3F footswitch
  • INPUT A-H and each track are equipped with 3-band EQ
  • Automatic punch in/out
  • Various edit functions (COPY INSERT, COPY PASTE, MOVE INSERT, MOVE PASTE, OPEN, CUT, SILENCE, CLONE TRACK, CLEAN OUT)
  • Undo and Redo function with Undo history
  • 8 dynamics effects
  • Guitar effects
  • Mix-down effects
  • Mastering Effects
  • Track bounce function
  • Virtual track (8 virtual track per one track)
  • Locate mark up to 99 at one song
  • Chromatic tuner
  • Metronome
  • Dedicated AC adapter included (TASCAM PS-1225L)

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

SPECIFICATIONS

DP-32SD Digital 32-Track Portastudio

  • Recording Media
    SD: 512MB - 2GB / SDHC card: 4GB - 32GB
    File System
    SD card: FAT16 / SDHC card: FAT32
    INPUT A-H
    XLR
    Connector: XLR-3-31 (1:GND, 2:HOT, 3:COLD), Balanced
    Input impedance: 2.4kOhms
    Nominal input level: -14dBu
    Maximum input level: +2dBu
    TRS
    Connector: 6.3mm (1/4") TRS phone-jack, Balanced
    Input impedance: 22kOhms or more / 1mOhms (when INPUT H, GUITAR selected)
    Nominal input level: +4dBu
    Maximum input level: +20dBu
    STEREO OUT
    Connector: RCA pin-jack, Unbalanced
    Output impedance: 200 ohms
    Nominal output level: -10dBV
    Maximum output leve:l +6dBV
    EFFECT SENDS
    Connector: 6.3mm (1/4") TS phone-jack, Unbalanced
    Output impedance: 200 ohms
    Nominal output level: -10dBV
    Maximum output level: +6dBV
    MONITOR OUT
    Connector: 6.3mm (1/4") TRS phone-jack, Balanced
    Output impedance: 200 ohms
    Nominal output level: -2dBu
    Maximum output level: +14dBu
    PHONES
    Connector: 6.3mm (1/4") TRS phone-jack
    Maximum output level: 70mW + 70mW (THD+N 0.1% or less, 32 ohms loaded)
    USB
    Connector: USB Mini-B type 4-pin
    Format: USB 2.0 High-Speed mass-storage class
    REMOTE
    Connector: 2.5mm TRS jack
    Power: Dedicated AC adapter (TASCAM PS-1225L, included)
    Power consumption: 12W (when phantom power supplying)
    Dimensions (WxHxD): 514mm — 104mm — 340mm / 20.2" — 4.1"—13.4"
    Weight: 6.2kg / 13.67lb.
    Operating temperature: 5 to 35C / 41 to 95F
    Accessories
    AC adapter, 2GB SD card, USB cable, warranty card, owner's manual

    Operating system requirements
    Windows
    OS Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
    CPU Pentium 300MHz or more
    Memory 128MB or more
    USB USB 2.0 (cable sold separately)
    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)
    CPU Power PC, iMAC, G3, G4 266MHz or more
    Memory 64MB or more
    USB USB 2.0 (cable sold separately)
    Audio performance
    Frequency response: 20Hz to 20kHz (+/-1dB, INPUT to STEREO OUT/EFFECT SENDS/MONITOR OUT)
    S/N Ratio: 90dB or greater (INPUT to STEREO OUT/EFFECT SENDS/MONITOR OUT)
    THD 0.01% or less (INPUT to STEREO OUT/EFFECT SENDS/MONITOR OUT)
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TascamDP-32SD Digital 32-Track Portastudio
 
4.3

(based on 52 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (36)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (6)

82%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (11)
  • Good audio (8)
  • Versatile (4)
  • Compact (3)
  • Durable (3)

Cons

  • Not durable (3)
  • Unreliable (3)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (10)
  • Home recording (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (38)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (7), 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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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great recorder

By Robert

from Tulsa

About Me Professional Musician

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Durable
  • Easy To Use

Cons

    Best Uses

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

      Got this for recording demos. Got very tired of daw freezing with pc . Don't want to spend thousands on a Mac and pro tools so got this.still learning but I certainly don't regret the purchase. No hangups or crashes with this. And you can always take the wav files to a daw for mastering (although I have not yet tried that). There is a instruction dvd for about 30 bills that is well worth the money. You can find it if you Google it. It's geared twords an older model but a applies to the 32 or 24 sd the same.

       
      5.0

      Very much worth purchasing

      By BDL

      from PA

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Durable
      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Mobile DJ
        • Performances

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

        This is an excellent unit for making semi professional recordings. It takes half the time to make recordings vs. using PC software. The effects aren't the greatest...better to copy the tracks to your PC and edit there. Fortunately, that is very easy to do if you get the optional USB interface cable.
        Used in conjunction with a good PC and editing software, you can't go wrong.

         
        5.0

        Can't Live Without It

        By Homer J

        from Jefferson City, MO

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio

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

          As someone who has the inordinate ability to screw up any computer I touch, I need this stand alone multi-track recorder. I have a working Tascam 24 track but got this just to insure I will have a backup. They are not perfect and have some quirks but are so much fun to use. This 32 track does not have the CD recorder which I will miss.
          Please keep making these Tascam.

           
          5.0

          The Modern Age for Me

          By John out by the Golden Gate Bridge

          from San Rafael

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          Pros

          • Understandable documentation

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

              Remember when we had reel to reel? That technology had too many moving parts that could fail, and repair was costly. The upgrade I chose was this 32(!)-track Tascam unit. That was years ago, and today I ordered another 32-track as backup because Musicians Friend discounted it ,and I used loyalty points to even further decrease the price. Thank you MF and TASCAM for making my recording future a solid continuous stream of creativity. First time buyers should jump at the chance to secure one of these machines and start saving your songs for the future. Check out all the features and place your order.

               
              5.0

              Solid purchase

              By JB

              from Manchester, MD

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

              I've been a Tascam user since their 4 track tape days. This machine is very similar to their older products & I jumped right in to its operation without much trouble. Sounds great, solid construction, exactly what I expect from Tascam.

              (6 of 18 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.

                  (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  Nice while it lasted

                  By Dcraw1

                  from Sarasota,Florida

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Easy To Use

                  Cons

                  • Breaks Easily
                  • Unreliable

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Studio

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

                  Bought this to replace my Tascam 24 track that had issues powering up. Due to time limitations it sat in the box for almost a year. Finally got the time and recorded 5 songs. Went to mix it down a few weeks later and it was totally dead. Bought a new power source...still dead. Called Tascam, they said it was out of warranty. Lost out on the warranty because of the time factor and don't want to chance paying a bundle to have it fixed and have it last for another week so going into the garbage. Two units with problems, I have lost my confidence in Tascam.
                  If you want more flexibility and more tools, download Reaper (real Cheap) and get an interface.

                  (2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Buy the 32

                  By Greg

                  from undisclosed

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

                  I'm glad I spent the extra for the 32 over the 24.

                  (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  This is going to get interesting!

                  By Edgar

                  from Jupiter, Florida

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Home Studio
                    • Professional Recording

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

                    I have been playing and recording for several decades and chose this unit to replace an eight-track DAW that finally failed after many years of service. I have tried to work with PC based systems, but I'm "analog" at heart. Much of what this unit does and how it does it is familiar to me, so my "learning curve" has been smooth. I like the idea of SD cards for memory because my hard-drive based units became full fairly quickly. (I can be a prolific writer sometimes). All the sliders and knobs seem well made and sturdy and the layout is very intuitive. I have only had this unit for a week and have already laid the foundation for three songs on it. I am very impressed with the on-board effects both for the guitar and over-all. I have not gotten into mixing and mastering yet, but it looks like I'll have plenty of help and tools to work with. I decided on this particular model after seeing my friends older unit and recognizing the obvious upgrades and availability of 32 tracks, I had to go for it. So far, no regrets. I have owned Tascam products in the past and have always been satisfied with them.

                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    1.0

                    Constant Problems

                    By CA

                    from Bennington, NH

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound
                    • Compact
                    • Easy To Use

                    Cons

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

                    Best Uses

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

                      This recorder is easy to use, but has lots of problems. I bought one which had the problem of popping sounds when punching in. The popping sounds were then scattered throughout the recording in multiple places that I didn't attempt to punch in. When it returned from repair, nothing worked correctly at all. In other words, there were problems that weren't there when I sent it in. I was awarded a second one. It had the same problem. My money was returned.

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