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Tascam DP03SD 8 Track Portastudio



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Product Description

The Tascam DP-03SD is a small multitrack recorder that offers great quality at a fantastic price. Built with mostly the same tools and components as the Tascam DP03 multitrack recorder apart from the SP03SD offers just SD card connections instead of the CDRW tray found in the DP03.

With 2 XLR and 2 Line inputs as well as headphone and RCA outputs this simple to use multitrack recorder can recorder 2 tracks at a time for a maximum of 8 tracks for any project. The DP03SD also has a pair of stereo condenser microphones built in making this a great tool for songwriting or just keeping track of ideas.

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Here's what Tascam say about the DP03SD Multitrack Recorder

The DP-03SD is an affordable way to get into TASCAM's famed Portastudio system of making recording simple and affordable for musicians. The 8-track digital recorder captures your music at CD quality to affordable SD/SDHC cards, and a 2GB card is included with the recorder. With built-in microphones, effects, and mastering, the DP-03SD provides everything musicians need to record and share their music.

A pair of stereo condenser microphones is built into the front panel of the DP-03, helpful for capturing a rehearsal, live performance or songwriting ideas. Also included are a pair of high-quality XLR microphone preamps with phantom power for condenser microphones. 1/4" line inputs are also available, and an instrument-level switch allows you to record a guitar or bass without a direct box. A three-button footswitch, the RC-3F, is available for control and punch in.

Routing the inputs to one of the eight tracks is simple, and you can record two at a time until you fill up all eight. A tuner and metronome are built-in for tight-sounding tracks, each with its own dedicated button for quick access. Track can be edited with commands like copy/paste, silence, clone track and undo. Bouncing is also available, even bouncing all eight tracks down to one or two. There's even the option to import a WAV file through USB.

Each track has its own send to a stereo reverb processor as well as two-band shelving EQ. Once you've perfected your mix with the 45mm faders, pan knobs, reverb and EQ, record it to the dedicated stereo master track. Your mix can be processed with mastering effects like EQ and limiting for a tight, modern sound. When you're satisfied, transfer your mix to a computer over USB 2.0.
TASCAM's DP-03SD is the simplest, best-sounding way to share your music with the world.


  • 8-track digital Portastudio
  • Recording/playback at 44.1 kHz, 16 bit using SD/SDHC memory card
  • Simultaneous recording of two tracks
  • Record in stereo or record two independent mono sources
  • Simultaneous playback of eight tracks
  • Use dedicated controls on each channel for volume, pan and effect to create a mix
  • Dedicated stereo mixdown track
  • Mix your song to a stereo file you can transfer to a computer for MP3 encoding
  • Built-in stereo condenser microphone
  • Create a two-track recording instantly and without cabling
  • Two XLR mic inputs with phantom power
  • Plug in your favourite studio condenser microphones
  • Two TRS line inputs, one switchable to guitar (hi-Z)
  • Connect an electrical guitar or bass as well as synths, drum machines etc. directly
  • RCA line output
  • Connect your monitor amplifier/speakers here
  • Headphones output with level control
  • Two-band shelving EQ per track and on both inputs
  • Set the frequencies the low and high EQ knobs cut or boost depending on your sound sources
  • On-board Reverb processor to polish your mixes
  • On-board mastering effects
  • Get the most out of your mix with two-band EQ, single/multi-band compression and a normalizer to maximise the overall level and improve the sound density
  • Auto punch in/out
  • Record a marked section while playing or singing without pressing any button
  • Track bounce feature
  • Use more than eight tracks by creating a mixdown of several tracks to another track
  • Workstation-style editing with copy, move, open, cut etc.
  • Edit your tracks like a pro: tighten your timing, create loops, cut unwanted noise etc.
  • Multi-level undo/redo history
  • Undo/redo multiple steps in case you have made a mistake (including the editing functions)
  • Location marks
  • Set marks to easily locate the start of verses, soli, vocals etc.
  • Built-in tuner and metronome
  • USB 2.0 port
  • Backup/restore projects or import/export wave files from/to a computer
  • Nine 45-mm faders
  • Selectable foot switch operation mode
  • Foot switch with three switches and assignable functions available as an option (RC-3F)
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Customer Reviews


41 reviews





Trusted Customer18th Nov 2022

Excellent price for this equipment

Value 5Looks 5Durability 5Sound 5

Mr Mark Hugill10th Aug 2022

Value 5Looks 5Durability 5Sound 5

Mr Paul Ryder28th Jul 2022

Value 5Looks 5Durability 5Sound 4

Bill Q22nd Jul 2022

The spec is great and although I haven't used it a great deal yet, there's nothing popping up which makes me regret my choice

Trusted Customer18th Jun 2022

Quick delivery, great item

Value 5Looks 5Durability 5Sound 5

Trusted Customer25th May 2022

Tascam quality on a digital tip, with all the features I enjoyed on my 4-track tape Tascam back in the 00s

Value 4Looks 4Durability 4Sound 4

Mr R Sheppard30th Apr 2022

Value 5Looks 5Durability 4Sound 4

Mr Andy Stevens20th Mar 2022

Quite simply it works & is very easy to use

Value 4Looks 5Durability 4Sound 4

Osmund Colhoun26th Feb 2022

Good recorder. Does exactly what its supposed to.

Value 5Looks 5Durability 5Sound 5

Mr Mary Nicholson8th Jan 2022

The portastudio is exactly what I expected, a good quality recorder that takes up a small space and gives excellent performance

Value 5Looks 5Durability 5

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