Tascam HS-8

The HS-8 is Tascam’s first studio solution for professional multi-track recording and playback based on solid-state media. From studio surround recording to post production and broadcast playback of HS-P82 location recordings, this eight-track recorder fits a variety of multi-track roles. The HS-8 includes SMPTE timecode and all connections required by professionals including RS-422 serial control. Also true to Tascam tradition, audio is top-quality throughout with up to 192 kHz / 24-bit recording formats available.

A mixer is built into the HS-8 for monitoring, and the stereo mix can be recorded live as a separate stereo track. The unit has a colour touch-screen interface to access settings and tracks with ease. Audio files are created on secure CompactFlash media in Broadcast WAV format, and since a pair of CF card slots is available, data mirroring or extended recording times are possible (with future update). A remote control available as an option (RC-HS20PD) allows flash start operation from a separate room over RJ-45 connection.

The HS-8 is the ideal solid-state recorder for professionals, with the instant access, ease-of-use and sound quality recording, broadcast and post production studios demand.

Main Features

  • High-quality 8-track recorder for professional use
  • Uses secure CompactFlash cards as recording media
    • No moving mechanism for high reliability
    • Dual CompactFlash slot
    • UDMA support ensures direct, fast data transfer between internal memory and CF media
  • Uses broadcast wave format (BWF) with industry-standard iXML metadata
  • Tracks available for recording/playback:
    • 8 tracks with 2 additional tracks for a monitor mix at 48/44.1 kHz sample rates
    • 8 tracks at 96/88.2 kHz sample rates
    • 4 tracks at 192/176.4 kHz sample rates
    • Overdubbing is not supported
  • 16/24-bit recording resolution
  • World’s first solid state recorder with multi-track flash start capability (instantaneous playback start by optional remote control, parallel control, RS-232C serial control or computer keyboard)
  • Internal mixer for stereo monitoring and submix to an additional stereo track
  • Easy to read and operate through TFT colour touch panel interface
  • Pre-recording up to 5 seconds (audio is captured before the record button is actually pressed)
  • Locate marker function (auto/manual)
  • Auto Cue, Auto Ready, Incremental Play and Repeat functions

 

 

Inputs and Outputs

  • 8 balanced analogue inputs and outputs on 25-pin D-Sub connectors
  • 2 balanced XLR inputs and outputs for stereo mix track
  • 8 AES/EBU digital inputs and outputs on 25-pin D-Sub connector
  • AES/EBU digital input and output (XLR) for stereo mix track
  • 8-track ADAT digital optical input and output
  • Parallel control port
  • Serial control port (RS-422 or RS-232C format)
  • Remote connector for optional flash start controller (RC-HS20PD)
  • SMPTE Timecode input/output
  • Video sync input (supports NTSC/PAL, BB and HD Tri-level)
  • Word sync input/output (BNC)
  • Computer keyboard (PS/2) connector for easy naming of files and folders

Functions planned for future update

  • Mirroring and continuous recording between two CF cards
  • Data exchange with external storage devices via USB connection
  • Gigabit Ethernet connection for data transfer, remote control or remote monitoring
  • Cascade input/output for synchronization of multiple machines (BNC)
  • BWF-J file format support for broadcast applications
  • Playlist function

Specifications

Analogue audio inputs and outputs
The error for nominal and maximum levels is ±1dB for all input and output jacks except the PHONES jack.
ANALOG INPUT (1-8) D-sub 25-pin
  Input impedance 10 kΩ
  Nominal input level When reference level is –9 dB:
+6 dBu (1.55 Vrms)
When reference level is not –9 dB:
+4 dBu (1.23 Vrms)
  Maximum input level (selectable) +15 dBu (4.36 Vrms), +18 dBu (6.16 Vrms), +20 dBu (7.75 Vrms), + 22 dBu (9.76 Vrms), +24 dBu (12.28 Vrms)
ANALOG INPUT (L/A, R/B) XLR-3-31 (1: GND, 2: HOT, 3: COLD)
  Input impedance 10 kΩ
  Nominal input level When reference level is –9 dB:
+6 dBu (1.55 Vrms)
When reference level is not –9 dB:
+4 dBu (1.23 Vrms)
  Maximum input level (selectable) +15 dBu (4.36 Vrms), +18 dBu (6.16 Vrms), +20 dBu (7.75 Vrms), + 22 dBu (9.76 Vrms), +24 dBu (12.28 Vrms)
ANALOG OUTPUT (1-8) D-sub, 25-pin
  Output impedance 100 Ω
  Nominal output level When reference level is –9 dB:
+6 dBu (1.55 Vrms)
When reference level is not –9 dB:
+4 dBu (1.23 Vrms)
  Maximum output level (selectable) +15 dBu (4.36 Vrms), +18 dBu (6.16 Vrms), +20 dBu (7.75 Vrms), + 22 dBu (9.76 Vrms), +24 dBu (12.28 Vrms)
ANALOG OUTPUT (A/B) XLR-3-32 (1: GND, 2: HOT, 3: COLD)
  Output impedance 100 Ω
  Nominal output level When reference level is –9 dB:
+6 dBu (1.55 Vrms)
When reference level is not –9 dB:
+4 dBu (1.23 Vrms)
  Maximum output level (selectable) +15 dBu (4.36 Vrms), +18 dBu (6.16 Vrms), +20 dBu (7.75 Vrms), + 22 dBu (9.76 Vrms), +24 dBu (12.28 Vrms)
PHONES connector 6.3-mm standard stereo jack
  Maximum output power 45 mW + 45 mW or more (THD+N 0.1 % or less, into 32 Ω)
Digital audio inputs and outputs
DIGITAL IN/OUT (AES/EBU) D-sub, 25-pin
  Minimum input voltage 2 Vpp
  Maximum input voltage 7 Vpp
  Output voltage 2–5 Vpp
  Format AES3-2003/IEC 60958-4 (AES/EBU)
DIGITAL I/O (ADAT) ADAT optical
  Format ADAT
DIGITAL INPUT A-B XLR-3-31
  Input voltage 2–7 Vpp at 110 Ω
  Format AES3-2003 (AES/EBU)
DIGITAL OUTPUT L-R XLR-3-32
  Output voltage 2–5 Vpp at 110 Ω
  Format AES3-2003 (AES/EBU)
Other inputs and outputs
RS-422 D-sub, 9-pin
RS-232C D-sub, 9-pin
PARALLEL D-sub, 25-pin
CASCADE IN BNC
  Input voltage TTL equivalent (5 V)
  Input impedance 75 Ω ±10 %
Allowable frequency deviation of external synchronization: ± 100 ppm
CASCADE OUT BNC
  Output voltage TTL equivalent (5 V)
  Output impedance 75 Ω ±10 %
  Sampling frequency 44.1/47.952/48/48.048/88.2/96/176.4/192 kHz (47.952/48.048: 48 kHz ± 0.1% pull-down/pull-up)
TIME CODE IN BNC
  Input voltage 0.5–5 Vpp
  Input impedance 20 kΩ
TIME CODE OUT BNC
  Output voltage 2–5 Vpp
  Output impedance 600 Ω ±10
WORD/VIDEO IN BNC
  Input voltage TTL equivalent (5 V)
  Input impedance 75 Ω ±10 %
Allowable frequency deviation of external synchronization: ± 100 ppm
WORD/VIDEO THRU/OUT BNC
OUT/THRU switch included (OUT is for WORD OUT only)
  Output voltage TTL equivalent (5 V)
  Output impedance 75 Ω ±10 %
  Sampling frequency (when using WORD) 44.1/47.952/48/48.048/88.2/96/176.4/192 kHz (47.952/48.048: 48 kHz ± 0.1% pull-down/pull-up)
ETHERNET RJ45
Keyboard Mini-DIN (PS/2)
USB USB A-type, 4-pin
  Protocol USB2.0 HIGH SPEED (480 Mbit/s)
Audio performance (analogue input to analogue outp
Frequency response  
  20 Hz - 20 kHz ±0,5 dB (all sampling rates)
  at 40 kHz +0,5 dB/–2 dB (Fs = 88.2/96 kHz)
  at 80 kHz +0,5 dB/–5 dB (Fs = 176.4/192 kHz)
Distortion ≤0.005% (Reference level: –20 dB, input level: +23 dBu, 1 kHz, AES-17LPF)
S/N ratio ≥100 dB(A) (22 kHz LPF)
Power requirements and other specifications
Power requirements 100–240 V AC, 50–60 Hz
Power consumption 26 W
Dimensions (W x H x D) 483 mm x 88 mm x 288 mm
Weight 4.8 kg
Operating temperature range 5–35 °C

Design and specifications subject to change without notice.

Last modified: 2015-02-12 12:33:12 UTC