Tascam DP-24 Solid State Digital Portastudio


Before the desktop digital audio studio there was the Portastudio. Originally recording to cassette tapes, the system ushered in the era of “everyone can do it.” Over three decades later the concept still lives on, but now the fragile tapes and hard drives have been replaced with solid state SD cards as the recording medium. The Tascam DP-24 is a multi-track Digital Portastudio that records up to eight tracks and plays back twenty-four tracks simultaneously using SD/SDHC cards.

A color LCD, nineteen linear faders, and a dozen channel strip encoders make the process of recording simple without impeding creativity. The recorded tracks can be mixed down to a stereo file using dedicated controls for the per channel three-band EQ, pan and effect sends provided on each input and playback track, and the resulting master file burned to a CD using the built-in CD-RW drive, or off-loaded to a computer via the USB connection for further processing.

Eight XLR/TRS combo jacks provide microphone/line input to the recorder with one of the connectors switchable to a guitar or bass input. Phantom power is available in groups of four. Input processing like compression and limiting, as well as guitar amp simulation and multi-effects for use with the instrument-level input can be used during recording. Two “Mixdown” effects, including reverb and chorus are also available, as well as a mastering effect to add the final polish to the master file.

A built-in chromatic tuner and metronome provide additional functionality to help with the recording process, while MIDI input and output deliver clocking and further control of the unit’s functions. Auto punch in/out can be initiated with an optional footswitch. Virtual tracks are available for trying out alternate takes. Dedicated monitor outputs, effect-send outs and a headphone output round out a very well-equipped personal recording studio that is very much in line with the original concept.

Recording Media SD card (512MB to 2GB), SDHC card (4GB to 32GB)
File System FAT16 (SD card), FAT32 (SDHC card)
Sampling Frequency 44.1/48kHz
Bit Rate 16-/24-bit
Audio Inputs 8 x XLR/TRS combo Mic/Line 
Audio Outputs 2 x RCA phono
2 x 1/4" TRS phone Monitor
1 x 1/4" TRS phone Headphone
2 x 1/4" TS phone Effect Send
Control I/O USB 4-pin mini B-type (USB 2.0)
1 x 5-pin DIN MIDI In 
1 x 5-pin DIN MIDI Out
1 x 2.5mm TRS phone Remote
Input Impedance Microphone: 2.4kΩ
Line: 22kΩ
Guitar: 1MΩ (input H set to Guitar)
Rated Input Level Microphone: -14dBu, Line: +4dBu
Maximum Input Level Microphone: +2dBu, Line: +20dBu
Output Impedance 200Ω
Rated Output Level Stereo Out: -10dBV, Effect Sends: -10dBV, Monitor Out: -2dBu
Maximum Output Level Stereo Out: +6dBV, Effect Sends: +6dBV, Monitor Out: +14dBu, Headphones: 70mW + 70mW or more
Frequency Response 20 Hz to 20 kHz, +1/-1dB
Signal-to-Noise Ratio 90dB or more
THD 0.01% or less
Power Requirements Via included external power supply
Power Consumption 12W phantom (power on)
System Requirements Windows
Pentium 300 MHz or faster
Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7
128MB or more RAM
Intel chipset USB host controller recommended

PowerPC, iMac, G3, G4 266 MHz or faster
Mac OS X 10.2 or later
64MB or more RAM
USB 2.0 port recommended
Dimensions (WxDxH) 21.3 x 13.4 x 4.1" (540 x 340 x 104mm)
Weight 13.7 lb (6.2 kg)
Operating Temperature  41 to 95°F (5 to 35°C)