Tascam DP-03 Digital Portastudio – Review

Since the original Portastudio made its debut in 1979, the name has been synonymous with home recording. The Tascam DP-03 Digital Portastudio continues that tradition with one of the best sounding, easiest to use digital recorders to date.

Features

It records eight tracks, two of which can be recorded at a time, plus a dedicated 2 buss master track, all to the included SD card. Each of its two inputs is equipped with an XLR microphone preamp, and one of the 1/4″ inputs also does double duty as a dedicated guitar input. A number of effects are included. Reverb gives your tracks a sense of space while the included mastering effects give your songs their finishing touches.
Tascam DP-03 Digital Portastudio

Tascam DP-03 Digital Portastudio (SD/CD)

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Recording

When it comes time to record, this digital portastudio gives you plenty of options. If no microphones are available, you can use the built-in pair of stereo condenser microphones to capture your sounds. If you do have a microphone, the high quality preamps ensure great sound, even on quiet sources. Using condenser mics? No problem, as the Tascam DP-03 Digital Portastudio’s preamps deliver phantom power. If you don’t have an amplifier handy, the instrument input can be used, allowing you to plug directly into the DP-03.

Mixing

After you’ve got your tracks recorded, it’s time to build the perfect mix. Luckily, this digital portastudio includes the right tools for the job. Each track has its own dedicated channel in the mixer section with a 45mm fader, pan knob, and reverb send knob. 2 band shelving EQ allows you to dial in the sound on each track. After carefully adjust each track’s volume, panning, EQ and reverb, it’s time to take your mix to the final stage, mastering.

Mastering

Mastering used to be a daunting task best left to professionals, but now the Tascam DP-03 Digital Portastudio puts mastering effects right at your fingertips. Limiting will make your mix louder and more even in volume, and combined with the mastering EQ your mix will sound tighter, more modern, and generally more polished. This digital portastudio’s dedicated stereo master track records the finished song. Once finished, you can either use the included USB port to transfer songs to a computer, or burn them to a disc with the built-in CD burner.

Conclusion

A worthy addition to the lineage, the Tascam DP-03 Digital Portastudio will be a perfect fit as the centerpiece of many a musician’s home studio. With its small size and tough construction, it will also be right at home on the road.

 

 

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