Tascam HD-P2 Portable Compact Flash & Microdrive High-Definition Stereo Audio Recorder

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About Tascam

The Tascam HD-P2 Portable High-Definition Stereo Audio Recorder is the professional solution for challenging live and on-location applications. Co-developed with Frontier Design Group, it records at up to 192kHz/24-bit resolution to Compact Flash media and its audio files are instantly available to DAWs through the built-in high-speed FireWire computer connection. Unlike consumer MP3 sketchpads, the professional HD-P2 incorporates high-end features like a SMPTE timecode input for synchronization to external devices while in record or playback.

The user interface is designed for fast and intuitive use under stressful one-take-only situations and its large, angled LCD is perfect for any application from over-the-shoulder location recording to concert recording and commercial use. The HD-P2 records in stereo from 44.1kHz to 192kHz, at 16- or 24-bit, to affordable Compact Flash media. Not only is Compact Flash absolutely silent, so no transport noise will show up on your recording, but the recorded audio is written directly as Broadcast WAVE files for immediate use in digital audio workstations. The unit even includes a FireWire jack for the fastest possible transfer of files to your PC or Mac computer.

The professional design of the HD-P2 extends to convenient details that pro users will appreciate. The Retake button allows the user to delete the last recording & set up to re-record with a single button press. As audio is recorded, the file headers are continually re-saved to protect your recording against accidental data loss. Files can be named from the front panel interface or using a PS/2 keyboard, which can also be used to control transport and setup features. On the input side, the unit has a pair of XLR mic inputs with phantom power and analog peak limiting to curb distortion during unpredictable live events. The input level control allows the user to change the level without taking their eyes off the action.

The HD-P2 also features unbalanced RCA ins and outs as well as S/PDIF digital I/O. Monitoring is available through a headphone out - again, with its own ergonomic level control - using a built-in speaker. A built-in microphone is also provided for interviews and educational use. Tascam's HD-P2 comes standard with a full-featured timecode input - making it the most affordable recorder with built-in timecode ever made.

Incoming LTC is connected to the locking XLR input for timestamping your Broascast WAVE files from a central clock. Not only does the recorder timestamp your recorded audio with sample accuracy, the HD-P2 chases incoming timecode during playback for review or loading into an editor. A video clock input allows frame edge resolve to a central blackburst source or use as a lock-and-release timecode slave. There's also a freewheel setting for use with unpredictable timecode sources.

Tascam Features

  • Jog/Shuttle data wheel, separate headphone amp and volume control, dedicated input level and Main volume controls
  • Front panel system and transport control or PS/2 keyboard input; familiar tape machine-type transport and large 240 x 160-dot backlit display
  • Supports CF card capacities from 512MB to 8GB with total of 13.5 hrs. at 16-bit/44.1kHz, 2 hrs. at 24-bit/192kHz on 8GB card
  • Portable stereo high definition recorder with up to 24-bit/192kHz resolution, Firewire and Time Code; 8 x "AA" Alkaline or Rechargeable NiCad or NiMH battery operation
  • Built-in limiter, 48V phantom power, -20dB Pad, High-pass filter and 10-second pre-record buffer
  • Writes audio to Compact Flash and Microdrive in Broadcast WAVE File (BWF) format for simplified universal transfer to DAW editing and post production software applications
  • Windows XP and MAC OSX v.10.13 compatible
  • Coaxial SPDIF digital I/O, Time Code in, Video and Word Clock In, Firewire output for seamless digital audio, video and DAW integration
  • Sample Clock refs include SPDIF, NTSC or PAL Video, LTC and Word; comprehensive SMPTE frame rate support
  • Timestamps Broadcast WAVE recordings from SMPTE input, chase locks to incoming SMPTE timecode, Video clock input resolves to house clock
  • Tri-level sync support for HDTV applications, includes Frame Lock, Lock and Release and flexible Freewheel settings for erratic timecode sources; Pull-up and Pull-down sample rates included
  • XLR Mic/Line inputs, RCA Line in/out, built-in mono microphone and speaker for desktop interview applications

Tascam Specifications

Recording Media
Compact Flash, Microdrive
File Format
BWF Broadcast Wave File (FAT16/FAT32)
Recording time
24 minutes (256 MB Compact Flash, Fs=44.1 kHz 16 bit stereo)
Operating time
5 Hours
Sample Rates
44.1/48/88.2/96/176.4/192 kHz
Sample Clock refs
16/24 bit
Pre-record buffer
Up to 10 seconds
Time code types
23.976,24,25,29,29.97 DF/NDF, 30 DF/NDF
Nominal level
20 Hz to 20 kHz ±1.0 dB (44.1 kHz/48 kHz)
MIC to Line Out
20 to 40 kHz 0.5 dB/-4.0 dB (88.2 kHz/96 kHz)
20 to 80 kHz 0.5 dB/-20 dB (176.4 kHz/192 kHz)
Noise level Trim Max (22 Hz to 22 kHz)
Up to -55 dBu Mic to Line Out THD+N
Max Level at 1 kHz
Up to 0.01% Mic to Line Out
Trim Min
Up to 0.01% 22 kLPF
Crosstalk at 1 kHz
Over 80 dB Mic to Monitor Out
44.1 kHz 1.5 msec
192 kHz 0.7 mesc
Attach time: Up to 25 usec
Release time: Up to 50 msec
Low Cut
High pass 100 Hz cut off -18 dB/OCT
Phantom Power
+48 Volt, 10 mA
Input/Output Connectors
Analog I/O
MIC Input
XLR-3-31 type
Input/Output Input Impedance
1.3 Ohm Balance
Input/Output Mic Input Level
-60 dBu (Trim Max) to 13.8 dBu (Trim Min)
Input/Output Internal Mic level
-60 dBu (Trim Max) to 13.8 dBu (Trim Min)
Input/Output Headroom
16dB/22 dB (with limiter)
Input/Output Maximum Gain
46.2 dB
Input/Output Pad
20 dBS
LINE Input Connector
RCA Pin type
LINE Input Impedance
10 Ohm
LINE Input Level
-46.2 dBV (Trim Max) to 0 dBu (Trim Min)
LINE Input Headroom
16 dB
LINE Input Maximum Gain
46.2 dB
LINE Output Connector
RCA Pin type
LINE Output
Input Impedance: 100 Ohm
Headphone Output Connector
6 TRS PHONE jack (Tip: L, Ring: R, Sleeve: GND)
Output Power
55 mW+55 mW (32 Ohm)
Speaker Output
500 mW (16 Ohm)
Digital I/O Connector
RCA Pin type (Coaxial Input/Output)
Digital I/O Input Impedance
75 Ohm (Coaxial Input/Output)
Digital I/O Format
IEC60958 (S/PDIF) (Coaxial Input/Output)
Digital I/O Quantization
24 bit (Coaxial Input/Output)
LTC Input Connector
Input Impedance
75 Ohm
Video Input Connector
Video Input Impedance
75 Ohm
Keyboard Connector
Firmware Connector
IEEE.1394 (6 Pin)
Firmware Format
IEEE.1394 (Asynchoronous)
Firmware Baud Rate
400 Mbps
Display LCD
240x160 dots with backlight
AC Adapter Input
USA/Canada: 120 V AC, 60 Hz
Europe/U.K.: 230 V AC, 50 Hz
Australia: 240 V AC, 50 Hz
AC Adapter Output
DC12 V
AC Adapter Rash Current
600 mA
AC Adapter Power Consumption
6 W (CompactFlash)
8 x AA type dry cell (NiMH recommended)
Operating temperature
0° to 35° C
Compatible Operating Systems
Windows XP and Macintosh OSX ~10.3
Dimensions (w x d x h)
245 x 188 x 60
1.2 kg (without the batteries)
Tascam 1 year parts and 90 day labor warranty
Mfr #

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Reviewed by 2 customers


Very good recorder for the price


This deck, while somewhat dated now, is still a great value for video professionals needing multiple camera sync, or just high quality audio. My audio engineer was so impressed with the quality he stopped bringing his gear and just started using this. He said it's quality matched his much more expensive gear. I think it's toss up if I would have bought this if the newer Marantz 671 was out, as, other than SMTPE time code the Marantz can likely do this job in a smaller form factor. But for the price, this is a great unit and you never know when you will need to sync multi cams!


Great high quality recorder


I do professional video productions. I'm a small shop, but specialize in getting good sound. I often hire recording professionals to help me. I own a Zoom H4n, but did not like the Line In, since it was not truly a line in function, and it's really a high end consumer device. The choices came to either this HDP2, the Edirol or the much more expensive Sound Devices. Since I hire pros for the more expensive jobs, I felt I could rely on them to bring the more expensive gear. The HDP2 does the job well. Very low noise floor, easy to use front controls for the basics,volume control *knobs*, and sound quality that is superb. While this is only a 2 channel recorder, I usually go through mixers to mix down, and don't really need to feed more than 2 xlr's in. Looking forward to using the time code functionality, as matching sound to multiple clips in a long day of takes needs to be easier. The headphone jack is 1/4" (good), good quality in the phones sound, and easy to control volume knob. While I like the HDP2, recently Marantz released the PMD 661, so it would be a harder choice to make. The 661 has true line in also, and is slightly smaller. Controls are not quite as logical for fast field use. If you are sure you won't need time code, you could look at Edirol, which has excellent pre-amps and more xlr in. I have used both on various shoots with friends. While the HDP2 is showing it's age (size for example is larger than many decks in this range), it's still an outstanding value for the money. If I were going to be recording outside a lot, then I would have gone for the SD recorder, as it is more rugged. If I needed more XLR in, the Edirol. But for controlled conditions, inside and out, getting XLR feed in from a sound board, or mixing down mics into this, this is worth the money. Also, buy the case for it. It is needed.

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