tremolojack 03/06/2010

Tascam DP-008 : tremolojack's user review

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8 tracks, 2 tracks simultaneous recording, recording on SD or SDHC cards (up to 32GB, 2GB included), records and accepts only 16-bit 44.1khz, runs on 4 AA batteries or an optional adapter (ps- 520), 2 jack inputs, 2 XLR inputs, phantom power, footswitch input, stereo condenser microphone built. Tuner (very functional), metronome, reverb, 2-band equalizer.


UTILIZATION

The unit itself is very well designed, very intuitive, very clear. What is less clear is the transfer of files (tracks, Masters or tracks) with the computer. Nothing complicated, just that it lacks clarity: I thought that by buying enough to connect and then draw in the recorded tracks. You actually have to export the tracks you want from the tascam partition of the memory card to the FAT partition for transferring files ... Mind you, it has its good sides, it grows to the organization.
CAUTION, the unit is sold without AC adapter and an adapter that is specific to tascam. I suggest you buy it if your 8-track will eventually exploded against a wall due to nervous breakdown ... This thing eats batteries like it grew on trees, you stand about 5 hours with 4 batteries and it runs fast!
Overall it is very pleasant to use.

SOUNDS

Level effects, the minimum service in these times: 2-band EQ and reverb. I like the reverb, it makes it really good and it can be adjusted very precisely, there are 6 types (Hall 1 and 2, room, studio flat 1 and 2).
The microphone is just good, I put him fair. Say it is very useful when you want to save battery without running vampirize past 2am in a sudden phantom power.

No superfluous, no surprises either.

OVERALL OPINION

I use it for a month and is a very good "Portastudio" whose role is clearly not replace your favorite sequencer. Its strong point is its small size, add simplicity, reliability, phantom power, you have everything you need to capture moments of inspiration without having to slip through microphone stands to light a computer speakers, 42 different devices and varied and more ... Oh and buy the adapter is essential!