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24-bit/96kHz handheld recorder with adjustable microphones for more accurate recording patterns.

The compact TASCAM Linear DR-08 PCM/MP3 Portable Digital Recorder packs serious audio quality into a handheld dynamo you can carry in your pocket. The DR-08 captures audiophile-quality 96kHz/24-bit WAV files” or web-friendly MP3 files”to robust MicroSD media.

The TASCAM DR-08 recorder's built-in microphones have a unique mechanism to change the width and angle of the elements, allowing you to tailor the pattern for the perfect recording. There's even a built-in kickstand for placing the DR-08 recorder right where you want it. A pair of AAA batteries enables you to record for hours to the included 2GB card, then transfer the recording to your computer using high-speed USB 2.0.

Like TASCAM's other best-selling portable recorders, the DR-08 has features like auto level control and a low-cut filter for clear recordings. Add your own microphone or line-level source using the 1/8" stereo input. The DR-08 has loop and variable speed on playback, allowing you to slow down speed without changing the pitch to learn new music. There's also noise canceling and EQ functions for improved playback timbre.

The TASCAM DR-08 is an ideal portable recorder for songwriters, live performers, business leaders, and even sound designers.

FEATURES
  • Portable digital recorder
  • WAV recording from 44.1/16-bit up to 96kHz/24-bit
  • MP3 recording from 32k-320KBps
  • Records to MicroSD media (2GB card included)
  • Two cardioid microphones with variable angle mechanism to adjust width and angle of microphone elements
  • Variable Speed Playback: adjust the playback speed from 50% to 200% without changing the pitch to learn new music
  • Auto recording mode starts recording when the input reaches a certain sound level
  • Timer recording mode for beginning recording at a certain time of day
  • Manual and automatic gain control modes
  • Low cut filter and noise cancel functions for clearer recording and playback
  • Built-in foldable stand for desktop recording
  • Pre-recording buffer (up to 2 seconds)
  • 1/8" stereo mic/line input with plug-in power
  • 1/8" stereo headphone/line output
  • Playlist and folder management
  • Built-in speaker
  • Transfer recordings to computer using fast USB 2.0 connection (Micro-USB, B-type connector)
SPECIFICATIONS

DR-08 Linear PCM/MP3 Recorder

  • Powered by AAA batteries (included), USB power
    Dimensions: 1.45"W x 5.41"D x 0.59"H (37mm x 137.5mm x 15mm)
    Weight: 2.72oz. (77g) including batteries
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TASCAMDR-08 Linear PCM/MP3 Recorder
 
4.3

(based on 54 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (30)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (31)
  • Easy to use (28)
  • Excellent sound (23)
  • Low distortion (14)
  • Versatile (14)

Cons

  • Poor quality construction (4)
  • Weak (3)

Best Uses

  • Amateur recording (25)
  • Performances (21)
  • Outdoor events / games (18)
  • Home studio (15)
  • Professional recording (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (19), Professional musician (10), Novice (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

FIELD (recorder) OF DREAMS

I used a Yamaha PockeTrak G2 for about 2 years before buying the Tascam DR-08. Controls, settings and menus on the DR-08 are very intuitive - more so than on the...Read complete review

I used a Yamaha PockeTrak G2 for about 2 years before buying the Tascam DR-08. Controls, settings and menus on the DR-08 are very intuitive - more so than on the G2.

The DR-08 does an amazing job for field recording as well as for "quick capturing" jam sessions, school music programs, etc. It's so easy to throw this little recorder into your pocket or bag and be ready to record at a moment's notice.

The Tascam DR-08 gives you the option of selecting one of 15 encoding formats ranging from mp3/32/mono on the low end to PCM/24 bit/96/stereo on the high end. To give you some file size comparison, using an 8Gb microSD card the PCM/24/96 setting provides just over an hour of recording time. The setting I most often use is mp3/128/stereo which allows for more than 24 hours of recording (the remaining recording time available indicator on DR-08 maxes out at 23:59.59).

The LOW-HIGH-MANUAL recording level options are really handy. The LOW setting is ideal for loud venues or those with high SPL recording. The HIGH setting works very well for situations where you want to capture more delicate sounds. I rarely use the MANUAL setting because, 1) The LOW-HIGH options cover just about every recording type I care about, and 2) because I also have neglected to press the record button twice to switch from audition to record. (with the LOW and HIGH level selections, when you press REC you're recording)

I have used my PockeTrak and the Tascam DR-08 for recording my son's attic band in both outside concert and indoor practice venues. Both recorders do a remarkable and, to my ears, an undistinguishable job in the outdoor setting. When recording indoor practice sessions however, the DR-08 (set on LOW rec level) pulls easily into the lead with NO distortion from the unbaffled acoustic drums or screaming guitar - Crazy! I was always fighting distortion and clipping with the G2.

I also used my DR-08 as a proximity recorder at an outdoor wedding. I placed it to capture the typically inaudible "I do"s and was pleasantly surprised at how well it picked up bird chirps and the wedding party's footsteps across a wooden bridge - Very cool. I ended up using the DR-08 recording as the master audio track for the finished video.

I do NOT share most of the concerns expressed by some of the other reviewers (plastic case, built-in speaker quality). The DR-08 doesn't come with any type of protective case but I use an old eye glasses hardcase to store the recorder, earphones, USB cable and spare batteries. Speaking of batteries, I strongly recommend using Ni-MH (be sure to change the battery setting in System Settings), which will nearly double your runtime.

Bottom line . . . I sold my PockeTrak G2 because this Tascam DR-08 does everying the G2 did and it does it easier and a little bit better.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

DR-08 is just OK

Adjustable microphones are not much wider stereo image than the DR-07 & no where near as nice as the Sony D-50.

NO Mounting hole for a tripod or...Read complete review

Adjustable microphones are not much wider stereo image than the DR-07 & no where near as nice as the Sony D-50.

NO Mounting hole for a tripod or stand, just a tiny flip down piece of plastic that rasises the front off a desk or table about 1/2 inch: weak.

Record volume is adjusted by a + button for up & another - button for lower gain, very noisey & clumsy.

Main Rec, Stop, Play... are along the right edge of the top making me use my left hand to operate it (I'm right handed so not so good).

Over all the sound quality is good, mics are quiet enough for general purpose recording chores, but handling noise & no easy way to mount it mean I won't be using it too much for FX gathering.

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(19 of 20 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Tascam DR-08 Recorder

By Bryan Anderson

from California

Comments about TASCAM DR-08 Linear PCM/MP3 Recorder:

Nice product for what it does and the easy of operating - would have been nicer if it was in a metal case just too delicate
Records great - easy to operate

Recorded the first day right out of the box

I recorded my band in a garage by puting the recorder in the middle of the room - it leveled out the sound perfectly - our drummer plays pretty loud and the play back was perfect like someone was on the mixing board it the whole time - records in differnet formats

the play back speaker on the recorder sucks - at full blast you can barely hear the play back
its plastic - very small my wife thought it was a fancy cigarette lighter
I got it on the stupid deal of the day and it was totally worth it.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

FIELD (recorder) OF DREAMS

By KhpDave

from Middle America

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Low Distortion

Cons

  • Eats alkaline batteries
  • Small display fonts

Best Uses

  • Events
  • Home Studio
  • Performances

Comments about TASCAM DR-08 Linear PCM/MP3 Recorder:

I used a Yamaha PockeTrak G2 for about 2 years before buying the Tascam DR-08. Controls, settings and menus on the DR-08 are very intuitive - more so than on the G2.

The DR-08 does an amazing job for field recording as well as for "quick capturing" jam sessions, school music programs, etc. It's so easy to throw this little recorder into your pocket or bag and be ready to record at a moment's notice.

The Tascam DR-08 gives you the option of selecting one of 15 encoding formats ranging from mp3/32/mono on the low end to PCM/24 bit/96/stereo on the high end. To give you some file size comparison, using an 8Gb microSD card the PCM/24/96 setting provides just over an hour of recording time. The setting I most often use is mp3/128/stereo which allows for more than 24 hours of recording (the remaining recording time available indicator on DR-08 maxes out at 23:59.59).

The LOW-HIGH-MANUAL recording level options are really handy. The LOW setting is ideal for loud venues or those with high SPL recording. The HIGH setting works very well for situations where you want to capture more delicate sounds. I rarely use the MANUAL setting because, 1) The LOW-HIGH options cover just about every recording type I care about, and 2) because I also have neglected to press the record button twice to switch from audition to record. (with the LOW and HIGH level selections, when you press REC you're recording)

I have used my PockeTrak and the Tascam DR-08 for recording my son's attic band in both outside concert and indoor practice venues. Both recorders do a remarkable and, to my ears, an undistinguishable job in the outdoor setting. When recording indoor practice sessions however, the DR-08 (set on LOW rec level) pulls easily into the lead with NO distortion from the unbaffled acoustic drums or screaming guitar - Crazy! I was always fighting distortion and clipping with the G2.

I also used my DR-08 as a proximity recorder at an outdoor wedding. I placed it to capture the typically inaudible "I do"s and was pleasantly surprised at how well it picked up bird chirps and the wedding party's footsteps across a wooden bridge - Very cool. I ended up using the DR-08 recording as the master audio track for the finished video.

I do NOT share most of the concerns expressed by some of the other reviewers (plastic case, built-in speaker quality). The DR-08 doesn't come with any type of protective case but I use an old eye glasses hardcase to store the recorder, earphones, USB cable and spare batteries. Speaking of batteries, I strongly recommend using Ni-MH (be sure to change the battery setting in System Settings), which will nearly double your runtime.

Bottom line . . . I sold my PockeTrak G2 because this Tascam DR-08 does everying the G2 did and it does it easier and a little bit better.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Value

By PF

from Marietta, GA

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Comments about TASCAM DR-08 Linear PCM/MP3 Recorder:

Great Value! Easy to Operate. had FOH hit record and it captured beatifully. Good recording with enough low end to distinguish. No distortion though it wa approx 100db. seems to operate well in both low & high level mode.
Lots of grest features here. will loop, high & low level modes, 1 touch record. all around great for the price paid.
Small but seemingly well made. will want to keep it in a small bag to prevent issues.

(3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best Bang for the Buck

By sastowers

from Hills of West Virginia

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact
  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Value
  • Small size
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Quick Capturing Events

    Comments about TASCAM DR-08 Linear PCM/MP3 Recorder:

    This may have been the best deal I've ever taken advantage of!! I've done semi professional audio/video recording for almost 20 years, but only tried to do portable audio recording using a laptop. I needed something to use at the drop of a hat when doing location recording, and thought I'd give this a shot. Wow! what a joy it was to just take it out of my shirt pocket, turn it on, and record!!!. The micro sd card was easy to access and change when I needed, the audio was way above the built in mic of the camera and I was able to sync the audio and video and blend the 2 different audio sources for a "quality" multimedia presentation. I wish I had bought 10 of them at this price and given them as gifts!!! Don't let the little complaints in the "Cons" section dissuade you from purchasing. This isn't designed to be an audiophile recorder, but way exceeds the old cassette type of recorders in quality and features. Time will tell how durable it is, but heck, I bought the extended warranty cheap also, so I'm not even concerned.

    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Can't Beat The Price

    By Player

    from Iowa

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    Comments about TASCAM DR-08 Linear PCM/MP3 Recorder:

    Remember, this doubles as a recording device and a playback device. Get that? You can take your files with you, plug in and use it for practice. It has variable speed, which is handy. You can loop a section if you want to learn a riff by just setting the marks in playback mode. The buttons you use most often on the DR-08 need are very accessible. They thought this one through when they built it. If I lost mine, I would buy another one in a second.
    Definitely well-designed. You can access the features quickly. They put special buttons on the DR-08 for things you do most often. I love the size. It's large enough to be stable, yet small enough to be extremely portable. You want it this large so you can see the buttons and menus. It is very lightweight, so you can easily transport it. I keep mine in a padded bag.
    Worth every penny.

    (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Not Good For DJs

    By mw247

    from San Diego

    About Me Experienced

    Comments about TASCAM DR-08 Linear PCM/MP3 Recorder:

    Input signal will be too hot going into line input and will cause distorted and useless recordings. The recorder is best suited for mic'd situations or for a mixer out that has level controls. Recorder will work well on "booth out" of mixers. Had to get a 1/8" headphone volume control in order to attenuate the signal from a "rec out" on a mixer to the line input on the recorder for use when the booth output is actually being used to run the booth.

    (2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    DON'T BUY THE TASCAM!

    By Mix

    from SC

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

      Cons

      • Eats Batteries Like Crazy
      • Poor Quality Construction
      • Weak

      Best Uses

      • Professional Recording
      • Recording Song Ideas

      Comments about TASCAM DR-08 Linear PCM/MP3 Recorder:

      Every one of these Tascams I've purchased eats batteries like nothing I've ever seen. I kid you not ...you cannot get even two complete songs recorded before it needs new batteries and I'm talking Alkaline batteries at that. I am not joking one bit and once you buy it, good luck getting GC or MF to take it back for that reason. I'm not going to lie just to get what I paid for and/or good service, and when you tell them the reason you want to return it, they claim that doesn't qualify ...even though they never mention it only records 8 minutes or less at a time before you have to put new batteries in it. I purchased this so I would never lose another song idea...well guess what...not only do you lose your song ideas because it simply quits in the middle of the song...you get to spend all your stew on batteries in order to obtain that level of aggravation. Tascam has always been a leader in the studio ...just not in mobile recording devices. BUY THE ZOOM or ANYTHING ELSE...JUST NOT A TASCAM! ...don't say I didn't warn you.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Excellent Performance at Low Cost

      By boomer bill

      from Southern California

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Low Distortion

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Performances

        Comments about TASCAM DR-08 Linear PCM/MP3 Recorder:

        Remarkable Battery life, veryeasyto use excellent sound. few frill, who cares?! Replaces a Zoom H4 for recording rehearsals and testing new songs. Totally satisfied and delighted.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        GREAT for garage bands!

        By raelgoth

        from Blountville, Tn.

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Low Distortion
        • Sensitive
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Poor Quality Construction

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about TASCAM DR-08 Linear PCM/MP3 Recorder:

        My buddies and I have a garage band. We play in a block room approximately 12x12. there is a full drum kit, 2 guitar amps, and a mixing board along with all the mics and cables running across the floor, etc. There is a small (2x2) space in the middle of the floor surrounded by band members (3), and their gear. I put my DR-08 right in the middle of us, put it on manual sensitivity (3 of 100), and we crank our gear up as loud as we need to (metal and rock volumes). The DR-08 doesn't clip or distort, but it picks up every instrument, cymbal, bass drum, and vocals clear as a bell. Nice. That's all I have to say about it. Get it. Got it? Good.

        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Tascam DR-08

        By Belot Antoine

        from Fort Pierce, FL

        Comments about TASCAM DR-08 Linear PCM/MP3 Recorder:

        Overall, it’s a good product. The parts that amaze me the most are the microphones; they pick up sounds like a real recording studio. I am comfortable with the size of the TSCAM DR-08 and I am still learning the manual to get the maximum out of it. I have a little concern about the memory size but by saving my records on another flash drive I can accommodate with it.

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