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Tascam Portacapture X8 6-Input / 8-Track Handheld Adaptive Multitrack Recorder

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Tascam Portacapture X8 6-Input / 8-Track Handheld Adaptive Multitrack 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 FactorHandheld Recorder
Primary Use ApplicationsAudio-for-Video, Music Recording, Podcasting
Number of Tracks8 (6 Inputs + Stereo Mix)
Number of Input Channels6
Maximum Sampling Rate192 kHz / 32-Bit (PCM)
MicrophoneInterchangeable Cardioid Condenser Stereo Pair, A/B or X/Y Configurations
Number of Microphone Preamps6 Preamps
Built-In SpeakerYes, 0.4 W Mono
Display3.5" / 8.9 cm Color LCD Touchscreen
Memory Card SupportmicroSD (64 MB to 2 GB)
microSDHC (2 GB to 32 GB)
SDXC (48 GB to 512 GB)
Internal StorageNone
Special FeaturesMetronome, Remote Control Capable, Tuner
Recording
Audio File FormatsRecording:
BWF, MP3
Sample RatesWAV:
44 / 48 / 96 / 192 kHz
MP3:
44 / 48 kHz
Bit Depth16 / 24 / 32-Bit
Bit Rates128 to 320 kb/s
Signal Processing & FXAuto Gain, Compressor, Limiter, Low-Cut Filter, Reverb
Timecode SupportYes
Recording TimeMP3 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 SoftwareNone
Connectivity
Analog I/O2 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Female Unbalanced Mic Input
4 x Combo XLR-1/4" TRS Female Balanced Line/Mic Input (Lockable)
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Female Unbalanced Camera Input
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Female Unbalanced Camera/Line Output
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Female Unbalanced Headphone Output
Digital I/ONone
Phantom Power+24 / 48 V, Selectable On/Off (Selectable on Individual Inputs)
Plug-In PowerYes
Host Connection1 x USB-C (2.0)
Audio Interface CapabilityMulti-Track
BluetoothBluetooth 5.0 (Remote)
Performance
Frequency ResponseMic/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 Level1/8" / 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 LevelLine Outputs:
+6 dBV
Headphone Output Power45 mW per Channel into 32 Ohms
Impedance1/8" / 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
SNR1/8" / 3.5 mm Mic Inputs:
101 dBA
Mic/Line Inputs:
102 dBA
THD+NMic Inputs:
0.005%
Mic/Line Inputs:
0.006%
0.008%
Power
Power OptionsBattery, USB Bus Power, AC/DC Power Adapter
Battery Type4 x AA (Included)
Approximate Battery Life11 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 AdapterVDC Not Included
Physical
Included AccessoriesBatteries, Microphone
Mounting Options1/4"-20 Female, Shoe Mount (Bottom)
Operating Temperature32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
Dimensions3.3 x 8.1 x 1.6" / 83 x 205.6 x 41.5 mm
Weight13.4 oz / 381 g (without Batteries)
16.6 oz / 472 g (with Batteries)
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.58 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)9.2 x 6.9 x 2.9"

Tascam PORTACAPTURE X8 Reviews

Took getting used to but I like it

By Robert
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-09-11

I'm using this as someone who primarily does video while another person does audio. Occasionally I need to do my own, but I'm not an expert. I love the security of 32-bit float. I should've made that switch sooner. The ability to add bluetooth timecode is wonderful. The layout was a little confusing for me at first, but maybe it's just because I don't do audio much. There are 3 pages for when you're in manual recording mode and I don't have a full grasp on why there are several places for me to change levels or solo tracks. I wish I could just turn off everything else and just have just the one simple page with everything.

Nice upgrade from Zoom H4N

By Gary
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-07-26

I have used a H4N for about 4 years now for weddings and have loved it but I felt like it was time to upgrade to 32-bit float with a nicer interface and BT. So far, this has been great and the BT has worked well. This X8 was on sale for $100 off over Prime week, so I had to get it, as I was already considering it. Glad I did.

Try this case

By Jack
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-08

If you're looking for a soft case to your recorder I'd suggest the TASCAM AK-DR11CMKII (B&H carries it). As a bonus you'll get a windscreen for the built in mics and splitter cables.

32-bit float is a game changer

By Peter
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-16

The perfect solution for digital recorders. Now I do not have to worry as much on a one man shoot if I mess up my recording, since it has 32 bit float. I love it!

Great

By SHAWN
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-11

32 floating is amazing

Missing key functionality for my use cases.

By Hua
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-02

I'm skipping all the good things and the potentials of this gadget. Those are the reasons I bought it in the first place. However, I haven't been able to make it useful in my music recording use cases, due to the following limitations. 1. It gives Writing Failed error when recording on top of a backing track. The tech support confirmed that this is a firmware limitation. The problem is that the Punch-in feature cannot add new tracks. The workaround is to enable all the tracks in the backing track, and Punch-in on an existing empty track. I'm still expecting a firmware fix on this after 1.03. 2. The ext-in cannot be used at the same time as INPUT 5-6. If I have the vocal and the drum mic'ed to INPUT 3-4, and the guitar and the bass line-in to INPUT 5-6, I CANNOT have the keyboard recorded on ext-in, even though I don't use the MIC 1-2. 3. It'd be nice to have a way to save and restore settings. I hope TASCAM can provide some solutions to the above problems.

Great little recorder

By Ken
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-07-27

Meets all the criteria I was looking for in a recorder. Purchased this to replace my Zoom H6 primarily to get the 32 bit float feature. Ease of use is a plus on this recorder. Being a one man wedding videographer I needed something that was easy to use and did not need to be monitored constantly while I was videoing. Extra inputs is also a plus.

Giant Leap Forward

By Robert
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-07-26

Let me qualify my review with the note that this device is a replacement for a Tascam DP-01 recorder. So, the leap in technology for me is huge! That said, my experience with the Portacapture X8 has been delightful. It serves both as my home device plugged into my computer and my DAW as well as going with me on shoots. It has brought the audio quality of my work on par with the images capture on my Blackmagic 4K cameras. On sites it simple to integrate in the workflow and highly versatile. It serves both during image capture and after capturing the sounds of the environment for effects added during post. The only thing I would recommend while using it remotely is, be sure to have extra batteries. It does not use them up too quickly. But they have not lasted one of my all day events out.

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