• Tascam DP-03SD
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The DP-03SD is an affordable way to get into Tascam’s famed Portastudio system of making recording simple and affordable for musicians. This 8-track digital recorder captures your music at CD quality to affordable SD cards, and a 4GB card is already included with the recorder. With built-in microphones, effects and mastering, the DP-03SD provides everything musicians need to record and share their music.

A pair of stereo condenser microphones is built into the front panel of the DP-03SD, helpful for capturing a rehearsal, live performance or songwriting ideas. Also included are a pair of high-quality XLR microphone preamps with phantom power for condenser microphones. 6.3-mm line input jacks are also available, and an instrument-level switch allows you to record a guitar or bass without a direct box. A three-button footswitch, the RC-3F, is available for control and punch in.

Routing the inputs to one of the eight tracks is simple, and you can record two at a time until you fill up all eight. A tuner and metronome are built-in for tight-sounding tracks, each with its own dedicated button for quick access. Tracks can be edited with commands like copy/paste, silence, clone and undo. Bouncing is also available, even bouncing all eight tracks down to one or two. There’s even the option to import a WAV file through USB.

Each track has its own send to a stereo reverb processor as well as two-band shelving EQ. Once you’ve perfected your mix with the 45-mm faders, pan knobs, reverb and EQ, record it to the dedicated stereo master track. Your mix can be processed with mastering effects like EQ and limiting for a tight, modern sound. When you’re satisfied, transfer your mix to a computer over USB.

The Tascam DP-03SD is one of the simplest, best-sounding ways to share your music with the world.

Options

RC-3F:
Footswitch

Features at a glance

  • 8-track digital Portastudio
  • Recording/playback at 44.1 kHz, 16 bit using SD/SDHC memory card
  • Simultaneous recording of two tracks
    • Record in stereo or record two independent mono sources
  • Simultaneous playback of eight tracks
    • Use dedicated controls on each channel for volume, pan and effect to create a mix
  • Dedicated stereo mixdown track
    • Mix your song to a stereo file you can transfer to a computer for MP3 encoding
  • Built-in stereo condenser microphone
    • Create a two-track recording instantly and without cabling
  • Two XLR mic inputs with phantom power
    • Plug in your favourite studio condenser microphones
  • Two TRS line inputs, one switchable to guitar (hi-Z)
    • Connect an electrical guitar or bass as well as synths, drum machines etc. directly
  • RCA line output
    • Connect your monitor amplifier/speakers here
  • Headphones output with level control
  • Two-band shelving EQ per track and on both inputs
    • Set the frequencies the low and high EQ knobs cut or boost depending on your sound sources
  • On-board Reverb processor to polish your mixes
  • On-board mastering effects
    • Get the most out of your mix with two-band EQ, single/multi-band compression and a normalizer to maximise the overall level and improve the sound density
  • Auto punch in/out
    • Record a marked section while playing or singing without pressing any button
  • Track bounce feature
    • Use more than eight tracks by creating a mixdown of several tracks to another track
  • Workstation-style editing with copy, move, open, cut etc.
    • Edit your tracks like a pro: tighten your timing, create loops, cut unwanted noise etc.
  • Multi-level undo/redo history
    • Undo/redo multiple steps in case you have made a mistake (including the editing functions)
  • Location marks
    • Set marks to easily locate the start of verses, soli, vocals etc.
  • Built-in tuner and metronome
  • USB 2.0 port
    • Backup/restore projects or import/export wave files from/to a computer
  • Nine 45-mm faders
  • Selectable foot switch operation mode
  • Foot switch with three switches and assignable functions available as an option (RC-3F)

Specifications

General
Recording media SD card (512 MB – 2 GB) or
SDHC card (4–32 GB)
File system MTR partition: TASCAM original
FAT partition: FAT32
Microphones 2 x Omni-directional condenser microphone
Analogue inputs and outputs
Inputs A and B, balanced XLR
  Nominal input impedance 2.4 kΩ
  Nominal input level –16 dBu
  Maximum input level 0 dBu
Input A, balanced 6.3-mm TRS jack
When INPUT A switch is set to MIC/LINE
  Nominal input impedance ≥10 kΩ
  Nominal input level +4 dBu
  Maximum input level +24 dBu
When INPUT A switch is set to GUITAR
  Nominal input impedance ≥1 MΩ
  Nominal input level –2 dBV
  Maximum input level +14 dBV
Input B, balanced 6.3-mm TRS jack
  Nominal input impedance ≥10 kΩ
  Nominal input level +4 dBu
  Maximum input level +24 dBu
Line Output RCA (unbalanced)
  Nominal output impedance 1 kΩ
  Nominal output level –10 dBV
  Maximum output level +6 dBV
Phones Output 6.3-mm stereo jack
  Maximum output power 40 mW + 40 mW (THD+N: ≤0.1 %, into 32 Ω)
Other inputs and outputs
USB port Mini-B type USB connector
  Format USB 2.0 HIGH SPEED, mass storage class
REMOTE port 2.5-mm jack (for RC-3F footswitch)
Audio performance
Frequency response 20 Hz – 20 kHz, +1 dB/–3 dB
Signal-to-noise ratio ≥90 dB
Total harmonic distortion ≤0.01 %
Computer requirements
Windows Pentium 300 MHz or faster
128 MB or more memory
USB port (USB 2.0 recommended)
Mac Power PC, iMac, G3, G4 266 MHz or faster
64 MB or more memory
USB port (USB 2.0 recommended)
Recommended USB host controller Intel chipset
Supported operating systems Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 (including 8.1)
Mac OS X 10.2 or later
Power supply and other specifications
External power adapter TASCAM PS-1225L (included)
  AC input 100–240 V AC, 50/60 Hz, 1 A
  DC output 12 V, 2.5 A
Power consumption 5 W
Dimensions (W x H x D) 290 mm x 54 mm x 207 mm
Weight 1.4 kg
Operating temperature range 5–35 °C

Design and specifications subject to change without notice.

Last modified: 2018-06-27 10:00:02 UTC