Tascam DP-03

Tascam DP-03

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DP-03, Digital Multrack-studio from Tascam.

3 user reviews
Prices starting at $300 Average price: $300

Tascam DP-03 tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: Tascam
  • Model: DP-03
  • Category: Digital Multrack-studios
  • Added in our database on: 12/08/2010

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Tascam DP-03 user reviews

Average Score:4.7( 4.7/5 based on 3 reviews )
 2 reviews67 %
 1 user review33 %

stompboxjon's review"Old school feel"

Tascam DP-03
If you are not big on the whole recording to computer process than the Tascam DP03 will be perfect for you. It is not like the old 8 track recorders. It is very up to date and has a creative and more fluent workflow. Its pretty simple getting your song out of the Tascam DP03 , you can either burn it to CD or transfer it to your computer via USB. If you want to transfer it to a CD (Burn it) you can do it right on the DP03. I think that is amazing for the price of 399 and to have the ability to burn right from the DP03 makes it a steal. You can do some decent mixing on the device as well, I wouldn’t plan on doing any final mixes with it or getting a master out of it.


It will take a while to get the hang of the Tascam DP03 with the small screen and trying to function through it. Learning to work your way through the menu’s. If you have a need to have real sliders and knobs to do your tracks then this is perfect for you. This can basically do anything that a computer can do when it comes to recording music. You just won’t be able to get your final sound, but I feel like its perfect for quick recordings. Also you don’t ever have to worry about it crashing or freezing on you because its not a PC or a Mac. It truly makes recording as easy as possible.


Quality is good, it is well built. I would not take any chances with dropping it or setting something on top of it though. Faders or sliders don't seem to be very strong.


You will need to refer to the manual of the DP03 more than a several times, because the menu’s are a little confusing and the screen is so small. I wish it had an input VGA to plug in a bigger screen and I think it would have suited us better. With the good solid range of effects and CD burning right from the DP03 you just can go wrong.

philrud's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Simple and complex at the same time."

Tascam DP-03
Connection: by afien earlier. 2 tracks can be recorded at the same time while reading those just register and start up to 8 tracks (64 tracks Virtual possible) in a very simple.c is wav 44.1khz and 16 in bits.Stockage on mini SD or SDHC card (32GB max) and rec CD.Communication on the pc usb.Pas noon.
2 microphone inputs (with or without phantom power supply), 2 guitars (high Z), 2 lines, all on only 2 inputs 2 XLR and 2 jacks. But it should connect only 2 inputs at a time.


Is the study spécial.Je just 92 pages of instructions: it is both very simple to register, but it can be more complex when navigating in menus.Ce there are great here is that pressing a key physical property control screen automatically: no need to navigate menus, sub-menus to make things simple.
EXAMPLE: For me I save pressing the physical "assign" and press the physical "rec" (it flashes) of the desired channel (ex: track 2, guitar) and the screen goes all on the right page alone it is level settings (etc) key is pressed physical "home" (we return to the home screen). was press the button again "rec" channel 2: she is ready to be recorded (flashes) and then we build on two physical keys "rec + play" and it's gone, it records while reading the path that one is saved., and press "rec" Track 2 passes solid red (record).

I summarizes this manip ', pressing the keys: assign / rec / home / rec / rec + play.

There is also a mute per input channel. Was based on "mute" and "rec" the way.
For settings réverbes'il must first program in the menu (5 or 6 types are provided). Settings for EQ, it's a treble to bass freq. variable bass goes 32Hz to 1.6kHz and acute 1.7khz à18khz (+ / - 12dB). This is assignable EQ per input channel, but at the end of the master. It is as if we then had a total of 4 bands, simply shift the freq. for the master.

There are 9 presets for comp 'multiband (bands: bass treble-med) assignable to mastering (basic/pop/pop-rock1/pop-rock2/rock1/rock2/dance/hip-hop/classic). Ago 4 pre-settings comp 'monobande.On can do bounce (postponement of track). If you make a mistake, you can go back and find what we wanted: a support touche.Les tracks are numbered in the Memory menu, eg "trk 0001", "trk 0002" ...

You can change the settings (eg bass / TREB / reverb / comp ') entries to the registry, but not read once it is stored.
You can adjust the bass / TREB / reverb '/ street level just before recording.
Can make normalisation.On can record the CD master CD-R or CD-RW.On can erase (format) the SD card and if it is full, the system overwrites what is older. You can make loops (over 4 seconds).
There is no rhythm intégrées.Si we were wrong on a party of record (eg, from 1'21 "to 1'53"), you can just fix and re-record this part there. so it is a marker of the beginning and end of the song (in / out) to make: you can then remove some noise intro / end.
You can put a double pedal switch for démmarrer the record / stop distance (eg while playing guitar or keyboard). Headset volume front: very good.
There is a alim'phantôme for external microphones.


Nominal Output Level:-10dB Max: 6 dB.Faudra not too push it into the red ...
Max Input Level Online: 24 dB, this is very good.
Impedances Mic: 2.4 kohms; online: supperior to 10kohms, guitar: 1 Mgohms.
Dimensions: 29 x 5.4 x 21 cm.
Noise mic or line output: 90dB or less is very bien.Disto ': 0.01%.
Bandwidth: 20Hz to 20kHz at 1-3 dB mic and line.


So I have not yet purchased. I will fill the rest if I décide.Pour now I am studying various digital recorders and software and compare facilities and complexities of handling each other.

What I like here is the easy to save and assign pathways: Easy.
It is true that to adjust the sound, go into the menu, but once you set the sound of his instrument and his voice is no longer in principle to return.

Cons: small screen, small buttons, manipes not to not to lose time data, you must navigate through the menus a bit to master, export, etc. .. It is just too complicated malgrés , you just need to remember ... Nothing too serious, that the memory does not lose.

rent's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" pleasantly surprised"

Tascam DP-03

Digital 8-track Portastudio with CD / DVD
- Recording / Playback PCM 44.1 kHz/16 bit hard SD / SDHC
- Simultaneous recording of two tracks
- Simultaneous playback of eight tracks
- Dedicated stereo track for mixing
- Stereo condenser microphone built
- Two XLR mic inputs with phantom power
- Two TRS line inputs, one switchable to high impedance guitar input
- Line output on RCA connectors
- Headphone output with volume control
- EQ bass / treble type Shelve per track and the two input
- Reverb built-in rich mixes
* Effects of integrated mastering
* Auto Punch In / Out (input / output automatic recording)
* Title Track Bounce (bounce)
* Editing Tools workstation style: copying, moving, cutting, etc..
* Undo History at several levels (Undo / Redo)
* Memory locations (Locators)
* Integrated Tuner and Metronome
* CD / DVD included
* USB 2.0
* 9 faders, 45 mm
* Choice of operation of the pedal Footswitch


Getting started with 1 hour for beginners, 10 minutes for multi regulars.

The wheel "data" expedite all manipulations performed.

The settings of the tracks are clear.

In short, set out for an explanation of the menu screen digital and cutting the tracks, multitrack does not need manual.


My fear when I bought it is that it distorts the sound worked extensively prior to or worse than it generates breath.

With a MPC 5000, electric guitar and saxophone, I was amazed at first use, or any loss or distortion on the breath sounds.

As for the effects, a sound engineer would have quickly made the rounds, an EQ and reverb.
For myself I ask no more, the effects work on other bikes, so perfect for me


At this price, it's really a multi-interesting.

If I had to find weak points:

- Lack of connectors: 2 XLRs, 2 jacks for inputs is a bit lighter.
a S / PDIF or RCA would was welcome, but with a hand mixer is easy to forget these details.

- Too bad that did not come out a Tascam 16-track version.

The highlights:

- Ease of use.
- No loss or distortion of sound.
- Its size, it is really compact, nothing to do with the large multi-functionality at no interest. Very convenient for transportation.
- The left and right microphones in front, to help out.
- The appearance, we feel that Tascam has not screwed up, it's really beautiful, black and gray on the front. Buttons and faders are still robust.
- The USB, multitrack do not have much effect, it's nice to be able to export and import the tracks to rework.
- The entry phamtom for condenser microphones.
- CD player and recorder on the front right.
- The SD card reader, (again, before purchase I was afraid of not having enough space for storing, but the SD card today beautiful building)

Nikel short for my use.

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