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Tascam DP-03 Digital Portastudio

B&H # TADP03 Mfr # DP-03
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You Pay: $349.99
Product Highlights
  • Extremely Compact
  • 8 Tracks
  • SD/SDHC Card Recording
  • Integrated Microphones
  • XLR and 1/4" Inputs
  • Effects and Mastering
  • CD Burner
  • Tuner and Metronome
  • USB Connectivity

The DP-03 Digital Portastudio from Tascam provides extremely flexible recording, mastering, and CD burning capabilities in an exceptionally compact design. The Portastudio offers built-in microphones, plus XLR inputs with phantom power and 1/4" inputs to capture audio from a variety of sources. Audio can be captured to SD/SDHC memory cards, shared via USB, or burnt directly to a CD. Tactile controls and built-in effects make it easy to manipulate your raw recordings into finished projects. Perfect for use in studios or on the road, the DP-03 provides everything you need in a slim package.

Compact Design
Perfect for use in studios or in the field, the Portastudio has a compact and lightweight design so you can take it anywhere
8 Tracks
The recorder can capture up to 8 CD-quality tracks. It captures 2 tracks at a time until all 8 are filled
SD/SDHC Capture
Audio is recorded to widely-available SD/SDHC memory cards. A 2GB card is included so you can get started right away
Onboard Mics
A pair of stereo condenser mics are built into the front panel so you can capture live performances, rehearsals, and ideas without connecting additional equipment
XLR Inputs
A pair of XLR inputs with mic preamps and 48V phantom power allow you to connect your favorite external microphones
1/4" Inputs
A pair of 1/4" line inputs are provided, which can be switched to instrument level, allowing you to connect an electric guitar or bass without a direct box
RCA Line Output
A stereo RCA line output lets you connect to additional mixers, recorders, and other devices
Headphone Jack
A standard 3.5mm stereo headphone jack lets you listen to your audio on-the-fly
Tuner and Metronome
The built-in chromatic tuner and metronome keep you in tune and on tempo. Each function has its own dedicated button for quick access
Editing
Built-in editing features allow you to copy/paste, silence, clone tracks, and undo. You can also bounce all 8 tracks down to 1 or 2 tracks. A dedicated stereo master track is also provided
Effects and Processing
Each track has its own send to a stereo reverb processor, plus a 2-band shelving EQ. Audio limiting is also available
Physical Controls
The 45mm faders and dedicated pan knobs give you tactile control over your audio
CD Burner
The built-in CD burner allows you to burn your completed tracks directly to a CD without the need for additional equipment. You can also import a recording via CD
USB Connection
The USB 2.0 connector makes it easy to transfer your creations to a computer. You can also import recordings via USB
Optional Footswitch
A 3-button footswitch (sold separately) allows convenient control and punch in
Recording Media SD/SDHC Cards (512MB - 32GB)
Utilities MTR Partition: TASCAM Original
FAT Partition: FAT32
Number of Tracks 8
Frequency Response 20Hz - 20kHz
Distortion 0.01% or Less
Signal to Noise Ratio 90dB or More
CD Burning Capabilities Yes, Tray-Loading Drive
Microphone 2 x Built-In Omnidirectional Condenser Microphones, Stereo Recording
Connectors 2 x XLR Inputs
2 x 1/4" Inputs
2 x RCA Line Outputs (L/R)
1 x 3.5mm Headphone Jack
1 x USB 2.0 Mini-B Connector
1 x 2.5mm Remote Connector
1 x Power Input
Power AC Input: 100-240VAC, 1.0A
DC Output: +12VDC, 2.5A
Consumption: 10W
Operating Temperature 41 to 95°F (5 to 35°C)
Dimensions (WxHxD) 11.42 x 2.13 x 8.16" (290 x 54 x 207mm) (Without Projections)
Weight 3.97 lbs (1.8kg) (Without AC Adapter)
Computer Requirements Windows:
Pentium 300MHz or Faster
128MB RAM or Higher
USB Port (USB 2.0 Recommended)
Windows 7, Vista, or XP
Mac:
PowerPC, iMac, G3, G4 266MHz or Faster
64MB or More
USB Port (USB 2.0 Recommended)
Mac OS X 10.2 or Later 1
Please Note:

Intel Chipset USB Host Controller Recommended

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Tascam DP-03 Digital Portastudio
  • AC Adapter and Power Cord
  • SD Card
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

    by PowerReviews
    TascamDP-03 Digital Portastudio
     
    4.8

    (based on 16 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (12)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (14)
    • Versatile (14)
    • Excellent sound (13)
    • Low distortion (9)
    • Good power output (8)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur recording (12)
      • Home studio (11)
      • Performances (9)
      • Outdoor events / games (8)
      • Professional recording (5)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (7), Novice (5), Professional musician (3)

      Reviewed by 16 customers

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      5.0

      excellent for the traveling musician

      By Robin

      from Washington DC

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Powerful
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about Tascam DP-03 Digital Portastudio:

        A complete studio in the size of a hard backed book.All the basic features for the recording process plus you can down load to a CD . The CD can be passed among other members of a band or recording team, great for sharing ideas, especially if the other members have a DP-03!

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        5.0

        I would buy this product again and again

        By BG

        from Brooklyn NY

        About Me Child

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Mobile DJ
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Tascam DP-03 Digital Portastudio:

          THE BEST!

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          5.0

          Great Little Studio Recorder

          By drummerboy00769

          from Louisiana

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Tascam DP-03 Digital Portastudio:

            I bought this to lay down a few tracks with a few friends. I was surprised to find something this good for this price. I just started using it, and never did any recording before. I was the guy who played the drums and everything got done around me setting up. I am learning from the ground up. I got started right away without much problem. I have to go back and read the manual a couple of times (I'm still doing that) but got tracks down right away. I haven't tried mixing down and burning a cd yet but reading the book, I should be able to do it. It's really a good recorder for the money and it does a lot more than I know how to make it do but it's fun learning.

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            5.0

            tascam dp-03

            By gagets

            from illinois

            About Me Novice

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Events
              • Mobile DJ
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Tascam DP-03 Digital Portastudio:

              I just want to say that the recorder once you get familiar with the layout of the controls is an excellent quality recorder .My son and I recorded accoustic guitar strait through the onboard condensing mics and it captured the tone very closely and with the eqalizer and reverb it sounded great. From there we recorded electric guitar and adding effects through a digtech rp155 we had great results . Drums were added through an electric drum set and again a great sound . Following the quick start up guide in the manual brings you through the mix, to master sterio ,normalize which a great feature to automatically set the volume of your total song and finally burning the cd to the onboard cd burner/player was a very strait forward procedure. There are a lot of other tools to edit your song and I did not even do those yet and you can get a great recording just in the quick guide section so you can start having fun very quickly after unboxing . I highly recommend the recorder to anyone looking to record very qickly and with a great sound and with the memory card and or usb connection sending your recording to a pc ,no problem...

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              5.0

              DP-03 Tascam Portastudio

              By Lvis

              from Dayton, Ohio

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Tascam DP-03 Digital Portastudio:

                  This product has been a dream come true for me. I've wanted to record my songs for years on a home studio and this is THE one to get. The manuel to the DP-03 tells you from the start exactly how to record on it. It is abc easy to use. You can literally start putting your songs down on it and onto a CD within the hour of getting it home. As far as something not being great about it - i haven't found it. Get one!!

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                  5.0

                  WOW, This recorder is great!

                  By Ralph Jr.

                  from Small town WI

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Events
                    • Home Studio
                    • Performances

                    Comments about Tascam DP-03 Digital Portastudio:

                    I bought the Tascam DP-03 to record my personal practice. I didnt want to miss anything and not remember. I now am recording songs which I play all instrument and vocals. Soon to record my band. This recorder is excellent for the money spent. I don't know what more I could have asked for in a recording machine. Just remember, you have got to read the manual.

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                    4.0

                    I would buy this product again!

                    By A J

                    from Wrightwood, CA

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording
                      • Events
                      • Home Studio
                      • Performances
                      • Professional Recording

                      Comments about Tascam DP-03 Digital Portastudio:

                      I purchased this portastudio to capture music created by myself and the many musicians I play with regularly. There have been too many magical sessions when I said, "Man, I wish that had been recorded!" That will never happan again, this product is everything I was looking for, nothing too fancy, simple to use and very portable. I recorded one of my compositions the first day I had it and the play back was fantastic!

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                      5.0

                      8-track Tascam Recorder

                      By Ashley

                      from Orange County, CA

                      About Me Novice

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Excellent Sound
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Tascam DP-03 Digital Portastudio:

                          I love the product! I have a digital grand piano that I connect directly to the Tascam Portastudio to record tracks. It is easy to use and the manual explains everything clearly. You can only record two tracks at once but other than that I have no complaints. This is my first recording device and I am learning as I go.

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                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Love It!

                          By Beej

                          from Colorado

                          About Me Experienced

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Excellent Sound
                          • Versatile

                          Cons

                          • Only two inputs

                          Best Uses

                          • Amateur Recording
                          • Events
                          • Song Writing

                          Comments about Tascam DP-03 Digital Portastudio:

                          As a song writer, it allows me to get my ideas down right away. I import the master track to my PC and convert it to MP3 to easely email my stuff to friends. The built in condenser mics work great!

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                          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          outstanding?

                          By fiester

                          from chicago

                          About Me Novice

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Excellent Sound
                          • Versatile

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Amateur Recording
                            • Home Studio

                            Comments about Tascam DP-03 Digital Portastudio:

                            YES! this machine pretty much does whatever you would expect from a studio, and more! i'm new at recording, and chose the dp-o3 to get music from my roland 909 onto a disc. this device is perfect for getting your feet wet, as long as you keep an open mind towards working with the hardware as opposed to sequencing with software.

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                            4.0

                            Amazingly easy recording device

                            By Perigrinwolf

                            from Honolulu Hawaii

                            About Me Novice

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Excellent Sound
                            • Low Distortion
                            • Powerful
                            • Versatile

                            Cons

                            • Slow Mastering

                            Best Uses

                            • Amateur Recording
                            • Church Sermons
                            • Home Studio
                            • Performances

                            Comments about Tascam DP-03 Digital Portastudio:

                            Amazing sound and easy to use recording device... Just like it's older brothers, the Tascam DP-03 is remarkably easy to use... with just a couple minutes of reading the manuel, you'll be up and recording in no time.
                            Only flaw i've come across, (and it might just be my lack of precise knowledge), is that to make a master of your recording... you have to let it play out fully. So if you record an hour long sermon... before you can make a CD, you have to make a master... and that requires setting an "IN and OUT" mark on the digital recording... and playing it all over again to master it.
                            It's digital... so you would think you could do it faster somehow.
                            That's my only negative. If someone knows a faster way... please let me know.

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                            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Precise control and very clean sound

                            By Vegas Man

                            from Marion, Ohio

                            About Me Experienced

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Excellent Sound
                            • Low Distortion
                            • Powerful
                            • Versatile

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Amateur Recording
                              • Home Studio
                              • Mobile DJ
                              • Performances

                              Comments about Tascam DP-03 Digital Portastudio:

                              There is a learning curve for any new product. This is my first digital recording studio and I have found it very intuitive in all operations.
                              I fully loaded a 32 GB card with music from my computer on the first day and began adding vocals the next day. Off-loading the finished recordings was also very easy whether to a CD or my computer.
                              I would buy this unit again and I recommend it to anyone who needs a high-quality studio at a budget price.

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                              5.0

                              Top of the line Portastudio

                              By The one man band

                              from Jackson, Michigan

                              About Me Experienced

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Excellent Sound
                              • Low Distortion
                              • Powerful
                              • Versatile

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Amateur Recording
                                • Events
                                • Home Studio
                                • Performances
                                • Professional Recording

                                Comments about Tascam DP-03 Digital Portastudio:

                                READ THE MANUAL FIRST!
                                I use this unit for my home use where I can play my guitar, mandolin, dobro, bass and saw as well as vocals. I am able to proeuce a CD without other players which ar hard to find. I bought this unit to replace a much larger unit I have used for years and have not found anything this unit can not do to my standards.
                                Anyone looking for a Portastudio should not over look this unit. This DP-03 is great.
                                The money you save can go towards a good mic, good earphones and a set of speakers and your ready to burn your CD's. READ THE MANUAL FIRST, NOT LAST.

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                                4.0

                                Great gear, great possibilities

                                By Chris

                                from Switzerland

                                About Me Novice

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Versatile

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Amateur Recording
                                  • Home Studio

                                  Comments about Tascam DP-03 Digital Portastudio:

                                  Very easy to use, even if you've never put your hands on a recording device

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                                  4.0

                                  finished a song 2 hours after unboxing

                                  By songwrighter

                                  from nevada

                                  About Me Experienced

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Amateur Recording

                                      Comments about Tascam DP-03 Digital Portastudio:

                                      a great song writing tool, capable of producing a CD without a computer - actual knobs, dials and switches - no "mouse"

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                                      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      5.0

                                      "Performance in a compact package"

                                      By The angling professor

                                      from Rochester, NY

                                      About Me Experienced

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Convenient Packaging
                                      • Easy To Use
                                      • Excellent Sound

                                      Cons

                                      • Errors in the user manual

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Amateur Recording
                                      • Events
                                      • Home Studio

                                      Comments about Tascam DP-03 Digital Portastudio:

                                      I have used the Tascam DP-01 for 6 years for use in personal voice and instrumental recording. The DP-03 represents a nice improvement on the DP-01 with increased functionality in a smaller package.
                                      I have found the DP-03 audio controls and display to be very intuitive and the ability to record directly to solid state memory or burn a CD is very handy. The fact that it is about 1/3 the volume of the DP-01 makes it much easier to transport.

                                      Must add a larger memory card (bigger than the 2GB card provided) for recording special events.
                                      Requiring both MTR and FAT Memory partitions is a bit cumbersome to manage but is necessary for data exchange with a computer.

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                                      • You Pay: $17.99
                                       

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                                      • You Pay: $5.95
                                       

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                                      Remote Controls

                                      Have control at your fingertips with a remote.

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                                      • You Pay: $48.45
                                       

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                                      Get the best out of your equipment and your projects with professional instruction and tips.

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                                      • You Pay: $39.99
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