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Tascam DP02 Portastudio Multitrack Recorder

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Product Description

The Tascam DP02 makes recording simple by matching 8-track CD-quality recording with a Portastudio interface so you can ditch the menus and concentrate on the music.
A pair of record-quality Tascam mic pres features XLR inputs with phantom power for condenser mics and a guitar in for direct recording. Each channel gives you dedicated controls for instant access to fader level, record arm/track mute, pan, effect send, high and low EQ. There's also an EQ frequency button for finer control over the mix.

Tascam DP02 Features:

  • Two XLR mic/line inputs with phantom power for condenser microphones
  • Eight-track recording at uncompressed 44.1k/16-bit audio quality
  • Portastudio-based interface with volume fader, pan, effect send, high and low EQ controls per channel
  • EQ frequency button to access high and low EQ shelf frequencies
  • USB 2.0 interface for transferring tracks, mixes and backup files to a computer
  • Dedicated stereo master track for mixdown
  • Internal metronome and bar/beat display for song position
  • Headphone output
  • Stereo line outputs on RCA analog and S/PDIF optical digital connectors
  • 40GB internal hard drive
  • Multieffects processor with guitar, bass, vocal and drum programs
  • Stereo reverb processor with send/return controls for multichannel mixing
  • Built-in chromatic tuner
  • Built-in CD-RW burner for CD mastering and song backup
Two effects processors are included in the DP02. A multieffects processor on the input provides great-sounding overdrive, flange, delay and more for your guitar, vocal, drum and bass tracks. In addition, there's a reverb processor on a send and return for adding hall, room, plate or chamber reverb to your mix. The DP02 is loaded with great Tascam extras like a chromatic tuner, metronome, and bar-and-beat display for getting around your song.

The DP02 records two channels at a time to a built-in 40GB hard drive. When you're satisfied with your production, arm the dedicated master track for your stereo mixdown. You can transfer your tracks and mixes or backup your song to a computer through a speedy USB 2.0 connection or burn it to a CD with the slot-loading drive. No other workstation makes recording so simple, affordable and fun as the Tascam DP02.

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Phone:  323-727-7617 Warranty:  1 Years Parts; 90 Days Labor
Brownie from Fort Wayne Indiana
Overall Rating
Ease of Use
Good Home Recording for Classic MusicHeads
Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable?
Seems to be well made, I guess, hard to judge. Feels similar to most other electronic units I've used over the last couple years. It's no Soviet train, but not really flimsy either. Standard.
What do you consider to be the best features of this product? What features would you add to this product if you could?
Though I had to dig through the manual to find out how to use it to it's full potential, the EQ and effects options are very large and make for lots of versatility in sound. Don't overlook this feature! Oh yeah, and price is definitely right!
Ease of Use
How easy is this product to use? How easy is the product to use with other products? Did it take long for you to learn to use this product? Was the manual helpful? How playable do you consider this product to be?
Very easy to use in most aspects, though a few features take a little more digging through the manual to access. Still, very organic in it's feel to musicheads accustomed to recording. Not nearly as complex as the computer based crowd of USB/Firewire recording interfaces. So for an older jammer like myself, this makes it very attractive.
How is the tone?
Love the sound. Doesn't sound overly digital/computer/electronic, even though I guess technically it is. Easy to get a very analog, old school sound from recordings on this unit, which is what I aim for. After all, when the music hits your eardrum it's ANALOG, innit?
How has it stood up over time?
Seems to be made to last, though I worry a bit about the buttons going mushy on me. I keep it covered at all times when not in use, and I'm gentle with the buttons and controllers and that should help make it last a bit longer. We'll see in a few years.
Your general opinion of this product.
Totally happy with it so far.
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