Tascam has become what is essentially a byword for portable multitrack recorders, with a heritage and continuing investment in technology that has kept them in good stead with the producer, songwriter and broadcast community for years.
The DR-40, for instance, brings Tascam bang up to date with competitors in the field-recording market – a four-track, solid-state, dual-adjustable-mic wonder that’s designed to bring you perfect 24-bit/96kHz quality in an easy-to-use, professional unit.
There’s the US-800, a portable 8x6 multichannel recording device that’s incredibly compact and perfect for hooking up to your laptop without undue hassle. It can also handle MIDI, and comes bundled with Cubase LE for good measure. For the studio or pro live rig, the rackmount US-1800 delivers 16x4 IO over USB 2.0 for efficient, flexible-input recording.
The Tascam 2488 Neo represents the cream of the crop in a lot of ways for the producer or songwriter who wants the whole kit and caboodle for creating audio in one box. With 24 tracks of 24-bit/96kHz audio, it also sports eight mic inputs, display-screen editing, EQing and effects options, mixing, mastering and recording functions that are all easy to find and use and even a CD-burner to get the finished product down onto hard format moment the second you’re done.
For a slightly more surprising approach, the Tascam im 2 allows you to turn your iPhone or iPad into a stereo recording device, attaching a pair of condenser microphones that can then be adjusted and recorded with using on-screen software. The IU2 is similar, working as a connected MIDI/audio interface for your Apple products – a nice touch for last-minute recording and mixing jobs.
For good measure you can also find VLM 3 studio monitors, an excellently accurate design that will work wonders for those of you looking to produce in a modest space, perhaps with the fruits of your portable field recording!