TASCAM DM-3200 Reviews4.5/5.0 based on 6 customer reviews
Unbelievably hard to beat! $3K for a mixer that sounds 10 times more expensive. This mixer does it all, digitally! Whew! (My hint - Get the meter bridge, it reminds you that you are not dreaming.)
from Orem, UT
September 3, 2010Music Background:
Recording Engineer, Producer, Musician, Teacher
Awesome! Highly recommended.I have now owned this board for 4 years. Being an audio engineer is my full time job and I use this board all day every day. I finally had to get a few buttons replaced this year because of regular wear and tear, but it is still running great and has been the heart of my studio.
Preamps are great, AD DA is great, the control surface using HUI is great too.
I have mainly been using this board with a Pro Tools HD system. I have had a 192 Digital connected to the board through the TDIF connections and it has worked flawlessly.
This board has been an awesome board to grow into through the few years as I have purchased high end outboard gear as well as a Lynx Aurora 16 and etc. But I have to say, that when I compared the high end Preamps and converters to this board, I realized how good these preamps and converters really are. Sure, the outboard preamps and converters are still better, but the gap between them are probably a lot smaller than most people would expect.
Teamed up with an Argosy desk, this board feels and looks expensive which has been a big part of convincing clients to use my studio.
If I was making the decision all over again, I would definitely purchase again.
Ombani "INFerno" Sakala
from Lusaka, Zambia, Africa
October 27, 2012Music Background:
Recording Engineer, Record Producer and Studio Owner
Work Horse!This sound board works wonders and sounds very good and clean especially when you use it with the firewire card that you have to buy separately. Superb mic preamps. The routing was not easy at first but once you get the grip of it, you can do anything on and with this Work Horse! I like the smooth motorized faders, I intimidate clients with that all the time, Client:"Did those things just move on there own?", Me:"Yep they did!" ;-). Works with almost all the widely use DAWs. Awesome Board for both Live and Studio.
from Queens, NY
March 1, 2011Music Background:
DM3200I've owned mine for a little over a year now and I am still in love with it!
Once you learn the logic behind the routing, you can make it do anything you want it to do. I use Cubase 5 with it and a modest PC and I haven't had one problem with the combination since. You can't go wrong if you buy this unit. It makes recording very easy and sounds great. You really need to buy the firewire card for 32 channel I/O.
from Orem, UT
September 27, 2006Music Background:
Recording Engineer, Live Sound Engineer, Composer
Awesome Board for the Price. Good Luck on the Firewire Card and Support.This board is just absolutely amazing for this price! This board feels and sounds great. I love the routing flexibility that can be stored in the presets. The integration with software is great. However, there are a few minor bugs that still need to be worked out between Sonar 5.2 and the control page.
It is impressive to clients for smaller budget studios. I had a client ask me if it was more expensive than my house.
The biggest downside is that it is from Tascam. The word is that their support is suppose to be getting better. I hope so. I purchased this board the end of June with a firewire card. I haven't had any problems with the board yet, but all stores are still waiting on the firewire cards and I am hoping that they will actually arrive the week of October 15th, 2006. However, they have changed their date so many times on us, I will believe it when I see it. I understand that they have had problems supplying the firewire cards before in the past. So if it is critical to have the card, make sure they are actually available before depending on it.
from Seattle, WA USA
July 10, 2006Music Background:
Pro Musician, TV Producer
Familiar and friendly....We have been working with a DM-24 in one of our video post edit suites for about 3 years. We added the firewire card and an additional ADAT card and used it with DP5 for quite some time for scoring as well. Great setup for the application---but we decided to retire it this year.
With the purchase of the DM-3200 as an upgrade/replacement---the 3200 is everything we expected and more. First however...if you are a DM-24 user...be prepared to be surprised....the DM-3200 looks the same in the photos, but it is SIGNIFICANTLY bigger. It looks ho-hum in the photos (appears to be painted white or something..)---but is incredible in person (all brushed STAINLESS STEEL!!).
All in all they took the functionality of the DM-24 and made it better. The REMOTE layer is perfect for DAW use. Simple to set-up--easy to use. We swapped the FIREWIRE and ADAT cards (from the DM-24) right into our console with no issues. (NOTE: We had purchased a later model FIREWIRE card that has jumper options to allow it to work in either the DM-24 or DM-3200.)
This thing rocks (OSX). The new companion software is useful and responsive. It provides individual channel metering if you did not purchase the meterbridge as well as the ability to save/backup configurations on your PC. Navigation is better and overall and functionality is much more intuitive (than the DM-24). For $3k this is an amazing buy (bang for buck!)
from Seattle, WA, USA
October 1, 2005
Tascam DM3200I just recieved my DM3200 after the long awaited release and found out that the firewire card that is advertised was developed for the DM24 and does not work with the 3200. After three days of trying to get through to Tascam I was told the firewire card has not yet been implemented for the 3200. So I removed the fire wire card and returned it to the dealer for the $400.00 I paid for it and purchased a MOTU 2408 MK3 for $1,000.00 to interface with the computer. So far so good now I can get down to learning the 3200.