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Tascam DP-008EX 8-Track Digital Portastudio



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Product Description

Here's what Tascam says about the DP-008EX:

The DP-008EX offers professional recording with plentiful features in a compact package. With two condenser microphones directly in the front, this compact battery-powered multitrack recorder is optimally designed for on-the-spot recording. Record vocals or acoustic guitar anytime without the need for extra equipment or set-up time. With the analogue feel of dedicated control knobs, built-in chromatic tuner and metronome and an ultra lightweight design, this Pocketstudio is one of the simplest to use songwriting scratchpad on the market.

DP-008EX has two XLR/TS inputs with phantom power for condenser microphones to connect external microphones, an electric-acoustic guitar or a line-level device like a synthesizer. With an optional conversion cable a tablet device like an iPad will be able to connect. Recordings are written to widely available SD/SDHC card media (2GB card included). All song ideas can be transferred via USB 2.0 or SD card readers to and from the unit at any point in the recording process. Numerous eiting functions are also available.

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Input & Mastering Effects

The DP-008EX is designed with insert effects for all input channels including EQ, compressor, de-esser and exciter. Also, six different types of reverb are available to help tailor your sounds to any song style. Easily set the reverb level with dedicated control knobs for each track. And there are also mastering effects like 2-band EQ, multi-band compressor and normalization to provide high-quality master-like file creation. You can master your files manually or use the auto-analysis mastering function.

For elongated battery life, the DP-008EX can connect directly to Tascam’s external battery pack (BP-6AA) via USB.

Key Features

  • Portable, ultra-compact and easy-to-use multitrack recorder
  • Simple, intuitive user interface: Use real knobs and buttons for frequently-used functions or easily navigate through the menu
  • High-quality recording (44.1kHz/16-bit): Create hits at CD audio quality
  • Recording media: SD/SDHC card (2GB SD card included): No moving parts inside mean high reliability and no noise from internal drives etc.
  • 8 recording tracks: Record a stereo source or two independent mono sources at once; simultaneous playback of all 8 tracks
  • Built-in stereo condenser microphone: Create stereo recordings from an acoustic instrument or from your environment without any cables
  • Two Mic/Line inputs (XLR/TS combo connectors): Plug in and record from microphones, synths, guitars, drum machines etc. directly; switchable phantom power for condenser microphones
  • Dedicated Level and Pan controls; Set playback level and pan position for each channel independently
  • 3-band parametric EQ per track, two-band parametric EQ on both inputs: Boost or attenuate frequency ranges in your sound sources to optimize your overall sound
  • Dynamic effects on both inputs: Apply compressor, exciter and de-esser effects to your input sources
  • On-board Reverb processor with dedicated send knobs on each channel
  • Auto punch in/out: Record a marked section while playing or singing without pressing any button
  • Track bounce feature: Up to 8 tracks plus two input channels can be bounced to a new mono or stereo track
  • Dedicated stereo master track: Mix your song’s 8 tracks plus two input signals to a stereo file you can transfer to a computer for CD burning or MP3 encoding
  • Auto and manual mastering tools: Use one of two simple settings to master your stereo mixes automatically; use a single-band or multi-band mastering compressor and a normalizer to master your mixes manually
  • Locate features: Move to a certain time position, or return to zero or to the last recording position with one key press
  • Repeat playback: Set In and Out points for a playback loop (with adjustable interval between repetitions)
  • Editing functions: Duplicate or erase tracks, copy, move or cut parts, insert silence; edit your tracks like a pro: tighten your timing, cut unwanted noise etc.
  • Undo/Redo feature: Up to 500 steps (depending on memory capacity)
  • Chromatic Tuner/Metronome: Tune your instrument precisely and play or sing perfectly in time
  • USB 2.0 port for file transfer to/from computer: Export your stereo mix or individual tracks (WAV files) or back up your song to a computer; import individual tracks (WAV files) or restore backed-up songs from a computer
  • Power supply by four AA batteries or optional AC adapter (Tascam PS-P520U)
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Customer Reviews


45 reviews





Trusted Customer15th Apr 2023

Mr Craig Mackintosh18th Feb 2023

Compact, portable (battery powered), versatile but steep learning curve (the manual is 91 pages long and gives a good level of instructional detail; some of the screenshot and icon images are, however, tiny and difficult to see). The missing star is down to me - I was looking for a handy, one button recording device to use at song-writing sessions (for instance). The Portastudio will require more set-up time and so not be as "instant" as I had thought. But I can see that it will be faster and more portable than my computer-based DAW. I'd recommend finding and reading equipment handbooks before purchase if possible, when comparing different products. Now I've got used to the Portastudio, I'm not sure I'd change it for a simpler device (I think anyone browsing the Anderton's site would see what I had in mind), but I'm left wondering whether I will be doing mixing and mastering on the device, or upload to a computer-based editing workstation.

Value 3Looks 4Durability 4Sound 5

Mr Stan Wears22nd Jan 2023

Value 5Looks 5Durability 5Sound 5

Mr N Solley16th Oct 2022

Value 5Looks 5Durability 4Sound 4

Mr Giles Broad25th Sep 2022

Value 5Looks 4Durability 4Sound 4

Mr Andrew Westwood27th Jul 2022

Value 5Looks 5Durability 5Sound 4

Mr Michael Cain20th May 2022

Excellent sounds and easy to use features, very portable and reliable. Well priced and eight tracks will get a lot done! Takes some beating.

Value 5Looks 5Durability 5Sound 5

Mr John Stuart30th Jan 2022

Value 5Looks 5Durability 5Sound 5

Mr Stephen Fitzpatrick13th Jan 2022

Pre- used goods sold as new. Demo track erased and previously customer blowing into mics. Product not used after realising it was pre-used

Value 2Looks 4Sound 2

Trusted Customer2nd Dec 2021

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