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TASCAM Portacapture X8 32-Bit 8-Channel Multitrack Field Recorder

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TASCAM Portacapture X8 32-Bit 8-Channel Multitrack Field Recorder
Key Features
  • Music, Field, Podcast & Voice Recording
  • Detachable Adjustable Condenser Mics
  • Four XLR-1/4" Inputs with Phantom Power
  • Color Touchscreen, Application Presets
With its large touchscreen, 32-bit float resolution to avoid clipping, and tailored modes for music, field, podcast, and voice recording applications, the TASCAM Portacapture X8 portable handheld multitrack recorder makes it incredibly easy to capture up to six individual tracks (plus a stereo mix) of detailed, high-resolution audio for common production scenarios. Its detachable condenser mics can be set for a wide or tight stereo image, and may be used simultaneously with the mic/line combo inputs. Equally adept as a handheld device or when used in stand- or camera-mounted setups, the Portacapture X8 can handle anything from sampling sessions and interviews to podcasts, live concerts, and multi-mic setups.
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TASCAM PORTACAPTURE X8 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Touchscreen User Interface
  • 3Detachable Condenser Microphones
  • 4Four Combo XLR-1/4" Mic/Line Inputs with Phantom Power
  • 5High-Resolution Capture
  • 6Supports microSD Cards up to 512GB
  • 73.5mm Line and Headphone Outputs
  • 8USB Microphone and Audio Interface Functionality
  • 9Powered via AA Batteries, USB, or AC Adapter
  • 10Ideal for Handheld or Camera-/Tripod-Mounted Use
  • 11Built-In Level Modes and Signal Processing Enhance Audio Quality
  • 12Tone Generator for Synchronizing Files
  • 13Supports Wireless Remote Control

With its large touchscreen, 32-bit float resolution to avoid clipping, and tailored modes for music, field, podcast, and voice recording applications, the TASCAM Portacapture X8 portable handheld multitrack recorder makes it incredibly easy to capture up to six individual tracks (plus a stereo mix) of detailed, high-resolution audio for common production scenarios. Its detachable condenser mics can be set for a wide or tight stereo image, and may be used simultaneously with the mic/line combo inputs. Equally adept as a handheld device or when used in stand- or camera-mounted setups, the Portacapture X8 can handle anything from sampling sessions and interviews to podcasts, live concerts, and multi-mic setups.

Flexible powering methods—batteries, USB bus power, or an AC adapter—make the Portacapture X8 well suited to on-the-go recording, all-day video shoots, and computer-based audio production. Need to patch in external mics or an outboard mixer? The Portacapture X8's four balanced combo XLR-1/4" inputs accommodate mic- or line-level signals and can supply phantom power if needed. Whether you use the built-in mics or an external source, selectable modes such as dual recording, low-cut filtering, limiting, gating, and auto level give you options for achieving a clean, undistorted recording. Separate line and headphone outputs are provided for real-time monitoring while recording to a camera.

Touchscreen User Interface
Rather than requiring manual configuration to accommodate different scenarios, the Portacapture X8 offers presets that optimize the recorder for common applications such as basic multitrack recording, podcasts, music, voice (interviews, vlog, etc.), field recordings, ASMR, and more. The "Launcher" system makes these readily accessible via the large 3.5" color touchscreen.
Detachable Condenser Microphones
The Portacapture X8's detachable 14.6mm large-diaphragm condenser microphones empower you with crisp stereo capture, even without external mics. Both mics can be detached/attached to form A-B or X/Y mic configurations. Use the A-B position (capsules facing outward) to produce a wide stereo image, or switch to the X-Y position (capsules facing inward) if you need a tighter stereo field with a strong center presence and fewer phase differences.

When the mics are not connected, input jacks 1 and 2 can be used to bring in lavalier mics with 3.5mm TRS plugs, even if they need plug-in power.
Four Combo XLR-1/4" Mic/Line Inputs with Phantom Power
Four Neutrik XLR-1/4" TRS combo jacks support mic- and line-level sources, allowing you to record external microphones or balanced outputs from a mixer or FOH console. With switchable 24 or 48V phantom power, the HDDA (High-Definition Discrete Architecture) mic preamps can serve a variety of microphones such as dynamic or condenser types. Using the onboard microphones, you can capture the ambient sound of an audience while recording direct from an external console, which is ideal for live performances. Additionally, there is a 3.5mm mic input that can supply plug-in power for lavalier mics or compact shotgun mics, and a 3.5mm camera input for monitoring the return from a DSLR.
High-Resolution Capture
The Portacapture X8 can record in BWF-compliant WAV format at up to 192 kHz / 32-bit float resolution, and it supports multitrack recording up to eight tracks (six inputs plus a stereo mix). Also, dual recording mode enables each track to be recorded in a different file format.

With premium dual A/D converters and 32-bit floating point recording technology, the X8 achieves a wide dynamic range, avoids clipping, and allows the audio level to be increased or decreased later without deteriorating the signal-to-noise ratio.
Supports microSD Cards up to 512GB
To maximize compactness and portability, the Portacapture X8 records directly to media cards (available separately). microSD, microSDHC, and microSDXC cards (up to 512GB capacity) are supported for long recording times, even at high audio resolutions.
3.5mm Line and Headphone Outputs
When you want to record to your camera and the Portacapture X8, just connect the 3.5mm camera/line output from the Portacapture X8 into your camera's input. A separate 3.5mm output is provided to allow critical listening through headphones without disconnecting the camera feed. Quick monitor checks can be done through the Portacapture X8's built-in mono speaker.
USB Microphone and Audio Interface Functionality
Equipped with a USB Type-C port, the Portacapture X8 can be connected to your computer for real-time bidirectional audio routing and streaming. Utilizing plug-and-go driverless functionality, the Portacapture X8 can be used as a USB microphone or as an 8-in/2-out audio interface for your favorite audio software. For convenient file transfers, the Portacapture X8 can function as a card reader when connected via USB.
Powered via AA Batteries, USB, or AC Adapter
Using the four included AA alkaline batteries, you can power the Portacapture X8 no matter where you are. For long-duration sessions that require extended recording time, the Portacapture X8 may be powered via a USB connection to a computer or mobile battery, or through the TASCAM PS-P520U AC adapter (available separately).
Ideal for Handheld or Camera-/Tripod-Mounted Use
Designed for optimal portability, the Portacapture X8 is both compact and light. The streamlined body lends itself to comfortable use when held in the hand. Utilize the 1/4"-20 threaded hole on the underside of the Portacapture X8 to mount it on a mic stand or tripod for stable, stationary positioning. Or attach the X8 directly to your camera via its integrated cold shoe mount.
Built-In Level Modes and Signal Processing Enhance Audio Quality
Enhance the sonic impact of your audio with the Portacapture X8's built-in level modes and signal processing. Engage automatic level control to increase or decrease the recording volume when the input sound is too quiet or loud, and switch on the compressor and limiter to compress the signal before it reaches the point of distortion.

Mitigate wind noise and low-frequency rumble by selecting the low-cut filter, and cut background noise between performances with the noise gate. Reverb is also available for situations that call for some extra ambience.
Tone Generator for Synchronizing Files
An internal tone generator makes it easy to synchronize files recorded on the Portacapture X8 and your camera. When the Portacapture X8 is connected to a camera, use the slate tone function to send an audible tone to the camera and the Portacapture X8. The resulting tones can be used as guides when synchronizing your files in video editing software.
Supports Wireless Remote Control
Wireless control from a smartphone or tablet can be done using the separately available AK-BT1 Bluetooth dongle. Using the AK-BT1, timecode sync is also possible.
UPC: 043774035007

TASCAM PORTACAPTURE X8 Specs

Portable Recorder
Form Factor
Handheld Recorder
Primary Use Applications
Audio-for-Video, Music Recording, Podcasting
Number of Tracks
8 (6 Inputs + Stereo Mix)
Number of Input Channels
6
Maximum Sampling Rate
192 kHz / 32-Bit (PCM)
Microphone
Interchangeable Cardioid Condenser Stereo Pair, A/B or X/Y Configurations
Number of Microphone Inputs
6
Built-In Speaker
Yes, 0.4 W Mono
Display
3.5" / 8.9 cm Color LCD Touchscreen
Memory Card Support
microSD (64 MB to 2 GB)
microSDHC (2 GB to 32 GB)
SDXC (48 GB to 512 GB)
Internal Storage
No
Special Features
Metronome, Remote Control Capable, Tuner
Recording
Audio File Formats
Recording:
BWF, MP3
Sample Rates
WAV:
44 / 48 / 96 / 192 kHz
MP3:
44 / 48 kHz
Bit Depth
16 / 24 / 32-Bit
Bit Rates
128 to 320 kb/s
Signal Processing & FX
Auto Gain, Compressor, Limiter, Low-Cut Filter, Reverb
Timecode Support
Yes
Recording Time
MP3 320 kb/s:
6 Hrs 56 Mins per GB (Stereo)
WAV 44.1 kHz/16-Bit:
1 Hr 34 Mins per GB (Stereo)
WAV 96 kHz/24-Bit:
28 Mins per GB (Stereo)
WAV 192 kHz/24-Bit:
14 Mins per GB (Stereo)
Included Software
No
Connectivity
Analog I/O
2x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Female Unbalanced Mic Input
4x Combo XLR-1/4" TRS Female Balanced Line/Mic Input (Lockable)
1x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Female Unbalanced Camera Input
1x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Female Unbalanced Camera/Line Output
1x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Female Unbalanced Headphone Output
Digital I/O
No
Phantom Power
+24 / 48 V, Selectable On/Off (Selectable on Individual Inputs)
Plug-In Power
Yes
System Connection
1x USB-C (2.0)
Audio Interface Capability
Multi-Track
Wireless
Bluetooth 5.0
*Via Optional Adapter
Mobile App Compatible
Yes: Android & iOS
App Name: Portacapture Control
Functionality: Remote Control
Performance
Frequency Response
Mic/Line Inputs:
20 Hz to 20 kHz +0/-0.3 dB (at 48 kHz)
20 Hz to 60 kHz +0/-2.5 dB (at 192 kHz)
Max Input Level
1/8" / 3.5 mm Mic Inputs:
+1 dBV
1/8" / 3.5 mm Line Inputs:
+10 dBV
Mic Inputs:
+2 dBu
Line Inputs:
+24 dBu
Max Output Level
Line Outputs:
+6 dBV
Headphone Output Power
45 mW per Channel into 32 Ohms
Impedance
1/8" / 3.5 mm Inputs:
≥85 Kilohms (Mic Level)
≥8.5 Kilohms (Line Level)
Mic Inputs:
≥2.2 Kilohms (Balanced)
Line Inputs:
≥9 Kilohms (Balanced)
Line Outputs:
200 Ohms
SNR
1/8" / 3.5 mm Mic Inputs:
101 dBA
Mic/Line Inputs:
102 dBA
THD+N
Mic Inputs:
0.005%
Mic/Line Inputs:
0.006%
0.008%
Power
Power Options
Battery, USB Bus Power, AC/DC Power Adapter
Battery Type
4x AA (Included)
Approximate Battery Life
11 Hours (AA Alkaline, 2 Channels, Phantom Off, Recording)
9.5 Hours (AA NiMH, 2 Channels, Phantom Off, Recording)
18 Hours (AA Lithium-Ion, 2 Channels, Phantom Off, Recording)
AC/DC Power Adapter
VDC Not Included
Physical
Included Accessories
Batteries, Microphone
Mounting Options
1/4"-20 Female, Shoe Mount (Bottom)
Operating Temperature
32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
Dimensions
3.3 x 8.1 x 1.6" / 83 x 205.6 x 41.5 mm
Weight
13.4 oz / 381 g (without Batteries)
16.6 oz / 472 g (with Batteries)
Packaging Info
Package Weight
1.58 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
9.2 x 6.9 x 2.9"

TASCAM PORTACAPTURE X8 Reviews

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Can I connect it straight to a dj mixer without ...

Can I connect it straight to a dj mixer without using Attenuator to record audio?
Asked by: Anonymous
The combo jack inputs on the Tascam Portacapture X8 6-Input / 8-Track Handheld Adaptive Multitrack Recorder are able to accept Mic or Line level inputs. When set at Line level, they should not require much attenuation when receiving a feed from a DJ mixer, but it is recommended to monitor and adjust as needed.
Answered by: Matt Z
Date published: 2023-05-24

Does it come with a case?

Does it come with a case?
Asked by: Al
tried my sons switch lite case and it worked perfect fyi
Answered by: darren
Date published: 2023-03-14

Can you record an electric guitar that is plugged ...

Can you record an electric guitar that is plugged into the device?
Asked by: S. Marc
To record an electric guitar signal into the Tascam Portacapture X8 6-Input / 8-Track Handheld Adaptive Multitrack Recorder you will need to implement an active DI box in between the guitar and recorder.
Answered by: Matt Z
Date published: 2022-02-10

As a USB audio interface, what is the maximum bit ...

As a USB audio interface, what is the maximum bit depth (32?) and Sample Rate (192k?) that this can recorder to the computer at? And monitor from the computer at?
Asked by: Mark
There was a firmware update (version 1.30) released in August 2022 that enables 32-bit float over audio interface: https://tascam.com/us/support/news/7043 "With the introduction of the V1.30 firmware update, the Portacapture X8 now has the capability to use 32-bit float point resolution when using the unit as a USB audio interface to a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation)." What I don't see mentioned anywhere is the maximum sample rate now supported as an audio interface when using 32-bit float. Is it the full 192KHz?
Answered by: Alex
Date published: 2022-10-06

Do the removable pair of stereo mics pivot like ...

Do the removable pair of stereo mics pivot like on the Sony recorders? If not, is it possible to position both mics upright for AB-like setup?
Asked by: Jeffrey
You must unscrew, remove, rotate, rescrew to change the orientation.
Answered by: Robert
Date published: 2022-01-10

How does this compare to a MixPre? Specifically ...

How does this compare to a MixPre? Specifically with preamps as well as general features.
Asked by: Allen
this is my opinion only i am not a sound guy i do video and this it does not compare to MixPre! it is a basic beginning recorder with attached mics and works for wedding sound boards, podcasting without mixing later, video sound and voice overs the MixPre has better preamps it is made better has more power options better media options at $900+ it should but this at $499 this is a bargain either way a little post production helps
Answered by: E. Bradford
Date published: 2022-04-07

does it generate it's own timecode?

does it generate it's own timecode?
Asked by: Jason
In his review at Newsshooter, Matthew Allard speculates that Tascam may add timecode with an update.
Answered by: George
Date published: 2022-01-31

How well can this recorder withstand extreme ...

How well can this recorder withstand extreme weather conditions (including humidity)?
Asked by: Ahmed
The operation temperature range for this unit is 0-40C / 32-104F.
Answered by: SooYoung
Date published: 2022-02-14
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