Tascam DP-008EX 8-Track Digital Multitrack Recorder

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About Tascam DP-008EX

The Tascam DP-008EX 8-Track Digital Pocketstudio 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.

Tascam DP-008EX Features

  • Eight mono tracks
  • CD-quality recording (16bit/44.1kHz)
  • Two tracks simultaneous recording/ eight tracks simultaneous playback
  • Dedicated stereo master track available
  • Record to SD/SDHC card (Up to 32GB)
  • 2 Built-in omni-directional condenser microphones
  • Microphone sensitivity can be selected from 2-positions (Low/High)
  • Two TS 1/4" or XLR mic/line inputs
  • Phantom power supply
  • Independent LEVEL/PAN/Reverb SEND knobs for each track
  • Two RCA unbalanced line inputs
  • 20mW/ch headphone output
  • Footswitch ready with polarity switching (Notice: can't use RC-3F)
  • 128x64 dot-matrix LCD with backlight
  • Four AA batteries operation up to 6.5 hours (When recording, using the eneloop battery)
  • Insert effects for input channels (2-band shelving EQ, compressor, exciter, de-esser)
  • Mastering effects (2-band shelving EQ, multi-band compressor, normalize)
  • Auto analysis mastering function
  • 2-band shelving EQ for each track
  • Reverb effects (Hall1/2,Room,Studio,Plate1/2)
  • Can connect an external battery pack (TASCAM BP-6AA)
  • Direct locate function by jog-wheel
  • Repeat playback between IN/OUT point
  • Bounce function allows recording of more six tracks
  • Chromatic tuner and metronome included

Tascam DP-008EX Specifications

Recording media
SD card(512MB-2GB), SDHC card(4GB-32GB)
File system
TASCAM original (MTR partition)
FAT32 (FAT partition)
XLR: Connectors
XLR-3-31(1=GND, 2=HOT, 3=COLD), Balanced
XLR: Input impedance
XLR: Nominal input level
XLR: Maximum input level
1/4" TS-jack: Connectors
6.3mm(1/4") TS-jack, UNBALANCED
1/4" TS-jack: Input impedance
10kohms or more(INPUT A:MIC/LINE), 1MOhm(INPUT A:GUITAR)
1/4" TS-jack: Nominal input level
1/4" TS-jack: Maximum input level
1/4" TS-jack: Headroom
Built-in microphones
Omni-directional condenser microphone x 2
Line Out: Connectors
RCA pin-jack
Line Out: Nominal output level
Line Out: Maximum output level
Phones: Connectors
3.5mm (1/8") stereo mini jack
Phones: Maximum output level
20mW+20mW or more (THD+N less than 0.1%, 32ohms loaded)
USB: Connectors
USB Mini-B type 4-pin
USB: Format
USB2.0 HIGH SPEED mass storage class
Alkaline battery (EVOLTA)
About 5.5H (Using line input/recording)
About 6H (Using headphone/playback)
Nickel-metal battery (eneloop)
About 6.5H (Using line input/recording)
About 7H (Using headphone/playback)
Four AA batteries (Alkaline or nickel-metal battery)
AC adapter (TASCAM PS-P520, sold separately)
Power consumption
Operating temperature
Backup memory
In the PREFERENCE, contents of "Repeat Int", "Auto Pwr Save" and "Contrast"
Operating system requirements
Windows: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7,Windows 8
Macintosh: Mac OS X Jaguar (V10.2),Mac OS X Panther (V10.3),Mac OS X Tiger (V10.4),Mac OS X Leopard (V10.5),Mac OS X Snow Leopard(V10.6.8),OS X Lion(V10.7),OS X Mountain Lion(V10.8)
Audio performance: Frequency response
20Hz to 20kHz (+1/-3dB, INPUT (MIC/LINE) to LINE OUT)
Audio performance: Distortion
Less than 0.05% (INPUT (LINE) to LINE OUT)
Audio performance: S/N ratio
More than 81dB (INPUT (MIC/LINE) to LINE OUT)
Dimensions (W x H x D)
221 x 44.3 x 126.5mm / 8.70 x 1.74 x 4.98"
610g / 21.5oz (Without batteries)
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