Tascam DP-004
Tascam DP-004

Pocket Recorder/Multitrack of the RGX series

User Reviews: 3.917

All user reviews for the Tascam DP-004

Average Score: 3.9 ( 3.9/5 based on 17 reviews )
  4 reviews 24 %
  5 reviews 29 %
  4 reviews 24 %
  1 user review 6 %
Value For Money: Excellent
JimboSpins 12/11/2012

JimboSpins's review "No AC adapter included"

3
The Tascam DP-004 has 2 ¼ microphone inputs and records in WAV format. You can record up to 2 tracks simultaneously but playback 4 at the same time. There are no effects on this console, it would have been nice to at least have some studio reverb of some sort just to add a little something to what you record. After you record you can then connect the DP-004 to your computer via USB to track out. It is very easy to get your recordings into your computer.
This console has 2 microphone preamps and they are pretty good. But there is no EQ on this console, with no effects and no EQ I say do not purchase it. You can almost get the upgraded version of it with 2 band EQ and effects for about the same price now.
This recorder takes the sound you record and puts it directly to an SD card. It only comes with a 1 GB SD card which probably will not be enough for anyone because I know it was not enough for me. If you want to get a 32 GB SD card it will cost a good amount of money. I wish when they sell the DP-004 they would just include the maxed out SD 32 GB card to save from having to go out and spend more money after you have bought this.
But with the DP-004 you can record anywhere because it takes AA batteries. But it does not come with a AC adaptor. You will have to buy the AC adapter separate which cost over 30 dollars. So by the time you buy a good SD card costing anywhere from 15 to 40 dollars, then you have to purchase the AC adapter; it is just too much extra money to be spent on a console that only cost 150 dollars. It really is not worth it.
tonmazz 08/06/2012

tonmazz's review "Tascam DP-004 Pocket Studio does the job"

So if you are looking to lay down the tracks to your new EP, this isn't the one for you. If you are looking to lay down tracks for some rough ideas and put some basic tracks together, this can be a very nice tool to begin to chart out song ideas or work on rhythm and lead concepts. The DP-004 Pocket studio is a great little unit and packed full of features that make it truly worth the money. It has two 1/4 inch inputs and two built in mics that are surprisingly great in the quality of the sound they record. There are levels for each of the inputs as well as a master volume. Each of the four tracks has a Pan and Level and they work just fine and do the job they are supposed to. You can bounce tracks, input tracks and save to CD format. Most importantly this unit is easy to use and understand and simply does what it's supposed to do. The design allows you to work with one hand while holding an instrument with the other. They definitely had the musician in mind when they built this. The menu and main selector dial is as easy as can be and lets you quickly get to recording and not having to refer to the manual twenty times. The manual while small is sufficient to get you going fast.

I was quickly able to import a backing track, lay down a solo and submit for a contest which was why I bought this in the first place. Yes there are more sophisticated things out there for that purpose such as Garage Band or Pro Tools, but for a relatively low cost, this can be the perfect tool for small projects. I love this thing and will continue to use it.
MGR/Jerry McIlwane 11/01/2009

MGR/Jerry McIlwane's review "Tascam DP-004 Digital Pocketstudio"

3
I'm not really an accomplished player or anything, but I like to record little dittys every now and then and needed something little for that purpose. I'm not in a band. I like country, rock, and top 40 or pop stuff. I read a book about songwriting a couple years ago and every since I've been playing around trying to get that one hook...

I bought this unit at a music store in a town down the road for about $200.

It's amazing the quality of the recordings. The sound is CD quality and it is so easy to use, it's click and start recording easy. There's a built in stereo mic, too, and has auto-punch, undo, some mixdown features, and a USB 2.0 port - which comes in handy when I want to dump things down to Cakewalk or whatever program I happen to be using at the time.

The track editing function takes a little getting used to, but I've experienced that with other models too so I don't know how much of a downer that is. Just something I need to learn to work with better.

Pretty solid. I feel like I could wind up and zing this thing from the mound down to the plate.

A little pricey, but a lot of technology is tied up in this tough little unit, so I think it's worth it.

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
12/07/2013

Anonymous 's review (This content has been automatically translated from English) " 93 euros new in 2011, this still holds"

4
2 years of heavy use
3 models tested, zoom and boss
I like almost compact
I do not like the screen
I love the sensitivity knobs
do 2 entries to retain 80% of manual
4 tracks, 8 if we reflect mono and stereo in several passes
input levels are intelligently adjustable
the boss was too complicated every day, except for acoustic sessions, and the zoom was made to journalists or geek
an external power supply is a good idea to use a home studio, even if the connection is in a rare format.
I recommend to anyone who wants to start recording 2 minutes settings stopwatch in hand

+ Or anti-shock, do not play sports with either, it's not a player!
the screen is two colors, black and green, we would have preferred blue or white on black, good we made it
All components are of very good qualities, ca is the main reason for my purchase and I think here after 2 years.
crispycatblues 12/01/2013

crispycatblues's review (This content has been automatically translated from English)

5
Top just to get his personal demos at home, but I use it for that, actually ...
07/24/2012

Anonymous 's review (This content has been automatically translated from English) " Distressing"

2
I am a sound engineer by trade, so I was pleasantly surprised by the interface and the simplicity of the device I bought to work and fix some ideas for music during my vacation.
I have not taken the time to flip the record, because I like the machines that allow intuitive to register without having to take the lead on the technical side. So I can not judge the clarity of it.
However, registration is simple to perform and the tool is quite logical.
I spent a few hours to experiment before you begin to work more seriously.
Unfortunately, after some manipulations, the record button has started to become unresponsive only half the time. Then after a few hours more, the button to validate an action has in turn passed away, followed in the wake by the person who can switch from one line to another menu.
My DP-004, then became completely unusable, has ended up in the trash.
However, the sound seemed to fit ...
Without this reliability problem, the DP-004 would probably be a very. One mobile device, but even below € 200, tascam could have made an effort on the quality of components used. Miniaturization does not justify everything ...
Shelf life: 4 days.
I bought 4 carried in the early 90's still standing ...
08/10/2011

Anonymous 's review (This content has been automatically translated from English) " Always competitive in 2011"

5
Purchased in July 2011, having just trashed his older brother,
DP-02 is literally fell into ruin! I restored a chance to this brand.
I wanted a recorder with no effects and battery included.
The two microphones are quite correct, the transfer to a PC is fast on my own and
importantly, the overall volume mixes I get is very honest, much higher than on my former DP-02.
Everything sounds perfectly including a bass guitar, which was not the case on my Zoom H4 for example.
I recommend it.
Fred4tutti 07/22/2011

Fred4tutti's review (This content has been automatically translated from English) " 4 good tracks but too slow (for intant?)"

3
Hello,
I agree with most previous opinions: good machine for a 4 track portable base. Good ergonomics, good sound, perfect for short "note" / composite record their ideas or arrangement without using a computer.

But I also agree with Zeeton, with some nuances: the current firmware (1.3 I am not yet gone to 1.4) is extremely slow for everything conversion. And we must do it often ...
It is not communicating with the PC is at stake, it is the slow machine itself, or its firmware (?).

The machine will format the SD card into 2 partitions, one owner, and FAT32. Now all records (4 tracks, bounce and master included) are in the partition owner in a proprietary format.
To start we must first make a "conversion" to switch to 4 stereo master track. In real time but a priori this is normal since we want to mix live. I still wish I had the opportunity to make a quick mixdown ...

But before you can access to the slopes is either broken stereo master from a PC, you must convert them into wav files by transferring them to the FAT 32 partition.
But this conversion is almost in real time! and there is no excuse for cons ...
To summarize: it is a model of 4-track 6 minutes.
must be at least 6 minutes to let a master manip + 6 minutes to convert the master wav. Renaming files at each stage as it does not retrieve the name of the original song ... More transfer to pc. In short almost half an hour a piece of manipulation in order to share the song with other musicians ...

It's ok when it's really about model components, but if it is completely disproportionate to record rehearsals for re-listening.
We can perhaps hope that this defect is reviewed on a future firmware, but until it is quite irritating.

In conclusion, it is indeed a good mini 4-track work for composer / arranger who has time, but not a mini recorder to capture rehearsals and concert.
zeetoon 06/02/2011

zeetoon's review (This content has been automatically translated from English) " Bad exchange with a PC"

4
Acquired 15 days ago to take a tool in my singing lessons, I hesitated a DR7 or equivalent zoom. This RFP allows me to take my backing tracks prepared in advance, and then work without turning on the PC. Very good recording quality, ease of use on top, except: The PC does not see the files on the memory card, and must go through a conversion taking some time on the Tascam before transferring to the computer . It is completely void, heavy, and removes much of the interest to be able to catch its fast ... since we then subsequently falls his time! Same for the Wave file import, of course. Huge problem for me, which otherwise would make a perfect machine. Infuriating!
Maytouk 04/28/2011

Maytouk's review (This content has been automatically translated from English) " Practice"

4
Transportable, that sounds more correct, you can also use 2 external microphones which broadens the scope.
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