All user reviews for the Tascam DP-004
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JimboSpins's review"No AC adapter included"
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.
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.
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.
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Anonymous 's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" 93 euros new in 2011, this still holds"
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.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
crispycatblues's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
2 of 4 people found this review helpful
Anonymous 's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Distressing"
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 ...
8 of 10 people found this review helpful
Anonymous 's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Always competitive in 2011"
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.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Fred4tutti's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" 4 good tracks but too slow (for intant?)"
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.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
zeetoon's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Bad exchange with a PC"
2 of 2 people found this review helpful