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Tascam DP-03 SD

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Tascam DP-03 SD

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DP-03 SD description:

The DP-03 is the latest Portastudio in TASCAM’s 37-year progression of making recording simple and affordable for musicians. The 8-track digital recorder captures your music at CD quality to affordable SD/SDHC cards, and a 2GB card is included with the recorder. With built-in microphones, effects, mastering and CD burning, the DP-03 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-03, 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. 1/4” line inputs 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. Track can be edited with commands like copy/paste, silence, clone track and undo. Bouncing is also available, even bouncing all eight tracks down to one or two. There’s even the option to import a recording through USB or audio CD.

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 45mm 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 2.0 or burn an audio CD.

The main features of the DP-03 include:

  • 8-track digital Portastudio
  • Recording/playback at 44.1 kHz, 16 bit using SD/SDHC memory card
  • Simultaneous recording of two tracks
  • Simultaneous playback of eight tracks
  • Dedicated stereo mixdown track
  • Built-in stereo condenser microphone
  • Two XLR mic inputs with phantom power
  • Two TRS line inputs, one switchable to guitar (hi-Z)
  • RCA line output
  • Headphones output with level control
  • Two-band shelving EQ per track and on both inputs
  • On-board Reverb processor to polish your mixes
  • On-board mastering effects
  • Auto punch in/out
  • Track bounce feature
  • Workstation-style editing with copy, move, open, cut etc.
  • Multi-level undo/redo history
  • Location marks
  • Built-in tuner and metronome
  • Nine 45-mm faders
  • Foot switch with three switches and assignable functions available as an option (RC-3F)

Manufacturer: Tascam

This page first created on: 16/09/2014

Customer Reviews

Expertise/Experience: New to gigs & recording, but 30 years on guitar & vocals.
Music Style: No limits.
North of North GB

Still to get the band to work on this yet, but I have done some solo work on this device and the results so far have been pretty good. The only let down so far has been my guitar and vocal skills.
The built-in mics pick up sound much better than I expected, although it should be noted that they also pick up button clicks from the recorder. My external mic does the same, so it's worth considering investing in the foot pedal to control recording.
Basic recording and mixing functions are really easy to get to grips with. I haven't reached the more advanced stuff yet, but the user manual is well written and explains everything in a step-by-step manner.
One thing to note is that the Tascam DP-03 SD power supply comes with a moulded 2-pin mains plug. A simple shaver adaptor gets around that problem, so no need to cut the chord.
Now, please excuse me. I have an album to work on.

This customer purchased the product in November 2015


A great little box of tricks. I bought my first Portastudio in the eighties and look back on those days with a certain amount of affection. Being able to squeeze four tracks (and a certain characteristic 'hiss' onto a standard cassette seemed the height of technical wizardry in those days. The demands of a demanding job and family life gradually curtailed my recording efforts and I gave the machine to a local school.
However, I'm now retired and the desire to rebuild my keyboard based studio (spare bedroom!) has led me to purchase the DP03SD.
This new recorder has really impressed me. The controls are simple to operate and intuitive and the sound of the built in condenser mics is great. The display window would have been better at an angle to make it easier to read, but that is my only quibble. Very strongly recommended to all musicians.

This customer purchased the product in December 2015