Tascam DP-03SD 8-Track Digital Portastudio


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The Tascam DP-03SD 8-Track Digital Portastudio offers you the simplest, and the best-sounding way to share your music with the world. The 8-track digital recorder captures your music at CD quality to affordable SD/SDHC cards.

The Tascam DP-03SD 8-Track Digital Portastudio is an affordable way to get into TASCAM's famed PORTASTUDIO system of making recording simple and affordable for musicians. A 4GB card is included with the recorder. With built-in microphones, effects, and mastering, the Tascam DP-03SD provides everything musicians need to record and share their music.

A User Interface that Allows Simple Operation Like a Cassette MTR
The Tascam DP-03SD has a simple body that enjoys intuitive operation similar to a cassette MTR but being able to perform 8-track recording with 2-channel simultaneous input. The XLR terminal supports condenser microphones while the TRS phone terminals enable guitar and keyboard connections. As such, various instruments that are typically used during a band recording session are supported. In addition, the device is equipped with two high-sound quality condenser microphones that were developed using the technologies that TASCAM has fostered through their work with handy recorders. Users can easily engage in music production without having to prepare external microphones, anytime, anywhere, with the Tascam DP-03SD.

Create professionally-mastered Audio With the DP-03SD Alone Through Mastering Effects
Each track is equipped with level faders, pan knobs, and a controller for sending in-built reverb effects. Independent EQ-specific knobs enable users perform a mix down intuitively. Utilizing mastering effects will result in the creation a professional quality master track, all with the Tascam DP-03SD alone. The Tascam DIGITAL PORTASTUDIO DP-03SD is a professional multi-track recorder that boasts advanced functions despite its compact body, all while being easy to use.

A Capable Multi-track Recorder for Digital Era
It features built-in microphones and versatile inputs for multi-track recording. A pair of stereo condenser microphones is built into the front panel of the Tascam DP-03SD, 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.

Professional-grade Recording Technologies
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.

Flexible Editing Functions for the Perfection
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. An optional 3-button foot switch remote control RC-3F is available for control and punch in.

Tascam DP-03SD 8-Track Digital Portastudio Features

  • 8-Track Digital Portastudio
  • Records to SD/SDHC Card media
  • Import WAV files from USB
  • Built-in stereo condenser microphone
  • Two XLR microphone inputs with phantom power
  • 1/4" Stereo line inputs
  • Switchable instrument-level input for guitar/bass direct recording
  • Multi-band mastering effects
  • 2-Band EQ per track
  • Internal reverb processor with dedicated send per track
  • Chromatic Tuner and Metronome
  • Track editing, autopunch and bounce features
  • Optional RC-3F footswitch offers three switches for punch-in and transport operation
  • Compact and lightweight

Tascam DP-03SD 8-Track Digital Portastudio Specifications

  • Recording Media: SD Card (512MB to 2GB), SDHC Card (4GB to 32GB)
  • File System: TASCAM Original (MTR Partition) / FAT32 (FAT Partition)
  • INPUT A:
    • XLR:
      • Connector: XLR-3-31(1: GND, 2: HOT, 3: COLD), BALANCED
      • Input Impedance: 2.4kO
      • Nominal Input Level: –16dBu
      • Maximum Input Level: 0dBu
    • 1/4" TS-Jack:
      • Connector: 1/4" (6.3mm) TRS-Jack (Tip: HOT, Ring: COLD, Sleeve: GND), BALANCED
      • Input Impedance: 10kO or More (INPUT A: MIC/LINE), 1MO (INPUT A: GUITAR)
      • Nominal Input Level: +4dBu (INPUT A: MIC/LINE), –2dBV (INPUT A: GUITAR)
      • Maximum Input Level: +24dBu (INPUT A: MIC/LINE),+14dBV (INPUT A: GUITAR)
      • Headroom: 20dB (INPUT A: MIC/LINE), 16dB (INPUT A: GUITAR)
  • INPUT B:
    • XLR:
      • Connector: XLR-3-31(1: GND, 2: HOT, 3: COLD), BALANCED
      • Input Impedance: 2.4kO
      • Nominal Input Level: –16dBu
      • Maximum Input Level: 0dBu
    • 1/4" TS-Jack:
      • Connector: 1/4" (6.3mm) TRS-Jack (Tip: HOT, Ring: COLD, Sleeve: GND), BALANCED
      • Input Impedance: 10kO or More
      • Nominal Input Level: +4dBu
      • Maximum Input Level: +24dBu
      • Headroom: 20dB
  • Bulit-In Microphones: Omni-Directional Microphones × 2
    • Connectors: RCA Pin-Jack
    • Nominal Output Level: –10dBV
    • Maximum Output Level: +6dBV
    • Connector: 1/8" (3.5mm) Stereo Mini Jack
    • Maximum Output Level: 40mW + 40mW or More (THD+N Less than 0.1%, 32O Loaded)
  • USB:
    • Connector: USB Mini-B Type 4-Pin
    • Format: USB2.0 HIGH SPEED Mass Storage Class
  • Remote Control:
    • Connector: 2.5mm TS-Jack
  • Power: AC 100-240V, 50/60Hz (AC Adapter PS-1220E or GPE248-120200-Z)
  • Power Consumption: 5W
  • Dimensions (W × H × D): 11.4" × 2.1" × 8.2" / 290 × 54.1 × 207.2 mm
  • Weight: 3.1 lbs. / 1.4 g (Excluding AC Adapter)
  • Operating Temperature: 41°F to 95°F / 5°C to 35°C
  • Backup Memory: In the PREFERENCES, Contents of "Repeat Int", "Contrast", and "FootSW Polarity".
  • Audio Performance:
    • Frequency Response: 20Hz to 20kHz (+1/–3dB, INPUT (MIC/LINE) to LINE OUT)
    • Distortion: Less than 0.01% (INPUT (MIC/LINE) to LINE OUT)
    • S/N Ratio: More than 90dB (INPUT (MIC/LINE) to LINE OUT)
  • Operating System Requirements:
    • Windows:
      • CPU: Pentium 300MHz or Faster
      • Memory: 128MB or More
      • Interface: USB Port (USB2.0 and Intel Chipset Recommended)
      • OS: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 (Including 8.1)
    • Macintosh:
      • CPU: PowerPC, iMac, G3, G4 266MHz or Faster
      • Memory: 64MB or More
      • Interface: USB Port (USB2.0 and Intel Chipset Recommended)
      • 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)

Tascam DP-03SD 8-Track Digital Portastudio Includes

  • 1 x Tascam DP-03SD 8-Track Digital Portastudio
  • 1 x AC Adapter (PS-1220E or GPE248-120200-Z)
  • 1 x Power Cord for AC Adapter
  • 1 x SD Card (Installed in the Main Unit)
  • 1 x Owners Manual
  • 1 Year Warranty

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  • 4
    An affordable, basic tool ...
    Robert Merriman

    It's been a while since I've done any home studio recording. Spending available cash on other equipment last year made this a workable, temporary solution. - Compact w/ plenty of functionality and no need for a computer. - 2 mic/line XLR inputs + 2 TRS/TS balanced/unbalanced jacks. One handles high impedance instrument level signals. With the foot pedal jack for punching in and out during recording, and its built-in microphones this unit pretty much has you covered. - The "mastering" section w/ basic EQ, compression, and reverb effects makes this a useful tool for those just getting their feet wet. It provides hands-on experience learning the steps, why's and how's to operate more elaborate setups. - Its self-contained portability makes it easy for musicians to capture musical sketches and ideas when inspiration strikes. - I deducted one star for the convenience and productivity factors that are somewhat lacking.