Tascam DP-008EX 8-Track Digital Pocketstudio

Tascam DP-008EX 8-Track Digital Pocketstudio

Tascam DP-008EX 8-Track Digital Pocketstudio

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Product Highlights

  • Dual Omnidirectional Microphones
  • Records WAV Files at 16-Bit/44.1 kHz
  • Onboard Channel, Reverb and Mastering FX
  • XLR and 1/4" TS Inputs
  • Mini USB 2.0 Output
  • Integrated Metronome and Tuner
  • Includes 2GB SD Card
  • 5.5 Hours of Operation on 4 AA Batteries
  • RCA Stereo Line Output
  • 1/8" Stereo Headphone Output
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Tascam DP-008EX overview

  • 1Description

The DP-008EX 8-Track Digital Pocketstudio from Tascam is a compact, battery-powered multitrack recorder, featuring two built-in omnidirectional condenser microphones and WAV file resolution up to 16-bit/44.1kHz. Additionally, two balanced XLR inputs and two unbalanced 1/4" TS inputs can be used to record mic, line or Hi-Z instrument signals. The XLR inputs have switchable +48V Phantom power. Designed with analog functionality and dedicated control knobs, the DP-008EX is ideal for on-the-spot recording. A Mini USB 2.0 output facilitates high-speed file transfer to your Mac or PC.

The DP-008EX features onboard effects on all its input channels. Compressor, 2-band shelving EQ, de-esser and exciter are available on each track. Additionally, the DP-008EX has six different types of reverb built-in. Mastering effects for the stereo mix are also included, offering 2-band EQ, multi-band compression and normalizing. An Auto Analysis Mastering tool is also included, making the process easy, just choose between Natural or Maximum.

The DP-008EX provides a line output on a stereo pair of RCA jacks, as well as an 1/8" stereo headphone output. An integrated chromatic tuner and metronome help you perfect your performance. For elongated battery life, the DP-008EX is compatible with Tascam's BP-6AA external battery pack. It can also be powered by the PS-P520 AC adapter. Both alternative powering solutions are sold separately.

Versatile Recording and Data Transfer
The DP-008EX can record, import and export 16-bit/44.1kHz WAV files. It is compatible with both mono and stereo files.
Recording Media Included
The DP-008EX records WAV files to SD/SDHC cards up to 32GB, a 2GB card is included. High-speed data transfer is available through the onboard USB 2.0 port. Your files can then be imported to your favorite DAW.
Recording / Playback Engines
The DP-008EX can record 2 mono tracks or 1 stereo track simultaneously. It offers up to 8 tracks of simultaneous playback.
Additional Features
  • Dedicated stereo master track available
  • Selectable low/high microphone sensitivity
  • Independent level / pan / reverb send controls per track
  • Backlit 128 x 64 dot-matrix LCD
  • Direct locate function by jog-wheel
  • Undo / Redo function
  • Track editing functions
  • Backup and restore songs
UPC: 043774028467
In the Box
Tascam DP-008EX 8-Track Digital Pocketstudio
  • 2GB SD Card
  • 4 x AA Battery
  • 31.5" (80cm) USB Cable
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Tascam DP-008EX specs

    Recording Specifications
    Recording Media SD/SDHC card (up to 32GB)
    File System TASCAM original (MTR partition)
    FAT32 (FAT partition)
    Microphone Inputs
    Connectors 2 x XLR balanced
    Input Impedance 2.4kΩ
    Nominal Input Level -8 dBu
    Maximum Input Level +8 dBu
    Line Input
    Connector 2 x 1/4" TS unbalanced
    Input Impedances Switchable:
    ≥ 10kΩ mic/line
    1MΩ guitar
    Nominal Input Level -10 dBV
    Maximum Input Level +6 dBV
    Headroom 16 dB
    Built-In Microphone Specifications
    Type 2 x omni-directional condenser microphone
    Line Output
    Connector 2 x RCA phono (1 x L/R)
    Nominal Output Level -10 dBV
    Maximum Output Level +6 dBV
    Headphone Output
    Connector 1/8" (3.5 mm) stereo mini
    Maximum Output Level ≥ 20 mW per side
    (THD+N less than 0.1%, 32Ω loaded)
    Audio Performance
    Frequency Response 20 Hz to 20 kHz +1/-3 dB
    Distortion < 0.05%
    Signal-to-Noise Ratio > 81 dB
    USB Connectivity
    USB Connector 1 x USB Mini-B 4-pin
    Format USB 2.0 high speed mass storage class
    Operating System Requirements Windows XP / Vista / 7
    Mac OS X 10.2 or later
    General Specifications
    Power Requirements 4 x AA batteries (alkaline or NiMH)
    TASCAM PS-P520 AC adapter (sold separately)
    Battery Life (approx.) 5.5 hrs alkaline, 6.5 hrs NiMH (using line input/recording)
    6 hrs alkaline, 7 NiMH (using headphone/playback)
    Power Consumption 2.4W maximum
    Operating Temperature Range 41 to 95°F (5 to 35°C)
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 8.7 x 1.74 x 5" (221 x 44.3 x 126.5 mm)
    Weight 1.34 lb (610 g)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.4 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 11.9 x 6.9 x 3.7"

    Tascam DP-008EX reviews

    DP-008EX 8-Track Digital Pocketstudio is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 35.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from All I Need Been doing computer based recording for some time and found that the hassles of setting up and tearing down keep me from recording. The DP-008EX is the opposite - it's an invitation to get it out any time and start some basic ideas, then refine them and add the other parts. With the XLRs, phantom power, dynamics processing, and mastering capabilities it makes producing simple but listenable music a snap. Besides, I can do my mixes in my easy chair...
    Date published: 2013-03-19
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from A mainly good experience I like this little machine. It seems mostly a great inheritor of the portastudio bloodline, several of which I had decades ago. Pros: good mics, effective eq, good processing time in mtr mode,pleasant reverbs,knobs for quick use of good 'feel'. Cons: slow processing (files have to be converted to send to pc/mac), copying is complicated by having on time display (no measures), so a calculation is required for accurate copy and paste.
    Date published: 2016-08-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simple, Effective, Love it ! I purchased the DP-008EX for fun and ease of use. I am a solo musician and my main use is of course multi-track layering. Having had previously only used software based DAWs. I found this item to be very similar. I was very comfortable with the logical control layout and intuitive interface. The audio quality from both the internal mics and line inputs were amazing. The added convenience of basic effects like reverb, an on-board tuner and metronome coupled with the portability of being battery powered make this my idea sketchpad for song structures. I am completely loving this purchase.
    Date published: 2015-02-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect This recorder has the option to be very simple or detailed. I use it heavily to make sample tracks, and I also find me using the DAW to just make the whole song instead of tinkering on the computer. I'm starting to think the simplicity of it will outlast any computer and I know I won't have to worry about having to update software, hardware, monitors etc. I use my old PSP charging cord and a 5 volt cellphone wall plug for power.
    Date published: 2016-05-23
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Slick little machine I got this to record voice overs for videos and to record audio books. It is not only an excellent recorder, it is also a daw, albeit a simple daw. You can add effects and master songs right in the machine itself. I personally don't edit in the Tascam, but I did test its various functions for warranty purposes, and they all work quite well. A person could do a great demo right out of the box - if you have a good mic, that is. The built-in mics are useless for pro work. I wouldn't use them for anything but note taking, and since this isn't a pocket recorder, I doubt I will ever use the internal mic. However, if you link a professional level 48v phantom powered condenser mic to this little box, you can produce professional recordings with ease.
    Date published: 2014-03-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great purchase experience thru B&H! I ordered the Tascam 008ex digital recorder from B&H, they had my item in stock at a lower price than I could actually find the older Tascam 008 model for. They also threw in a very nice Gator bag in for free with my purchase. The bag is of very high quality, and definitely a big plus being that the bag was pretty pricy by itself. They did a great job with the packing of my item to make sure it wasn't damaged during shipping. B&H are surely the guys to go with for your audio and video needs. Great job! Thanks B&H!
    Date published: 2014-08-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Unit. Incredible Quality. I love this little recorder. The mastering features are a great addition to the newer version. The compressors are welcome too. Auto punch is great for avoiding button noise when using the internal mikes to mic a guitar amp. Being able to make a master starting and ending anywhere within the song allows me to try different ideas on top of each other within one song. Copy the song after eight tracks are recorded and make bounces in the copied song, thereby not losing any original tracks. I used a cassette porta-studio in the 90s and the DP008EX carries the same spirit of those old machines! They sound great and it is easy to go from inspiration to working demo. The limit of only being able to record two tracks at a time isn't a limitation for me, but for recording a whole band it could be an issue unless overdubbing isn't out of the question. I take this with me everywhere. I send tracks out and receive tracks back in collaboration with other musicians using 44.1 kHz 16 bit WAV format. Great!! B&H has been incredibly helpful. The best store, PERIOD!
    Date published: 2016-09-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible device for singer/songwriters on the road I love this thing. I have an extensive in-home studio with professional level mics, compressors, eq's etc. I was always hoping for a quick sketchpad for on the road. I have my laptop of course but dragging along microphones, stands, cables, audio interface etc. was not convenient in the least. This accomplishes all that and the ease of operation is as simple as the old cassette recorder/players. The built-in microphones are impressive for acoustic guitar and singing. The ease of building up tracks for harmonies or additional instrument tracks through line and guitar DI inputs is fabulous. It includes, reverb, dynamics and equalization on each channel. It's an incredible little sketch pad. You can output 44.1/16 bit wav files for import into your back home DAW. This has been one of my best additions to capturing on-the-spot recordings. The quality is very good. Can't say enough.
    Date published: 2016-05-15
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