TASCAM DP-008EX 8-track Digital Portastudio

8-track Digital Studio and SD Recorder with Built-in Stereo Microphones, 2 x Microphone Preamplifiers, Built-in Tuner and Metronome, and USB Data Transfer
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Your Easy 8-track Music Studio!

8-track productions made easy! The DP-008EX from TASCAM gives you all the features you need to record straight to SD - with an intuitive design, so you'll be up and running fast. Record up to two tracks at once - the DP-008EX has built-in stereo mics, and it also has inputs for microphones, guitar, and synthesizers. What's more, there are dedicated channel controls for level, pan, and effects. Once you're finished recording, you can export tracks to your computer via the TASCAM DP-008EX's handy onboard USB connection.

DP-008EX 8-track Portastudio SD Recorder at a Glance:
  • Makes it easy to record ideas, straight to SD
  • Built-in microphone plus connections for your own gear
  • Handy onboard features: tuner, metronome, reverb, and more
  • USB connection for simple file transfer
Makes it easy to record ideas, straight to SD

Recording your ideas and building them into full productions has never been so easy! The DP-008EX from TASCAM builds on TASCAM's years of recording expertise, putting cassette-style recording into a modern digital format. There are no complicated menus to control simple tasks - with dedicated knobs for per-track level, pan, and effects, plus handy record, pause, and play buttons, you'll be developing your ideas in no time.

Built-in microphone plus connections for your own gear

For capturing ideas with no fuss, the DP-008EX has built-in stereo microphones. But, the two XLR microphone inputs (with phantom power) allow you to plug in your own recording microphones for high-quality capture. There are also two 1/4" inputs, one of which is switchable to accommodate your electric guitar or bass. All in all, you can record up to two tracks at once, mixing everything down to a stereo track.

Handy onboard features: tuner, metronome, reverb, and more

The DP-008EX gives you handy "extras" to help your recording projects along. You can use the tuner to get your guitar where it needs to be. There's also a metronome built in, so you can get everything in time. If you're recording yourself, you'll dig the 1/4" footswitch input - with it, you can punch in to fix a track, without having to get your hands on the DP-008EX. Other cool features include a stereo reverb effect (on a send/return path), and an included 2GB SD card.

USB connection for simple file transfer

Once you've recorded your tracks, you can send them to your computer via the DP-008EX's useful USB connection. You can either send your mixed down stereo version, or you can send the individual tracks for producing them in your DAW of choice later.

DP-008EX 8-track Portastudio SD Recorder Features:
  • Portable 8-track SD recorder with handy USB connection
  • Lets you record two tracks at once
  • Two microphone preamplifiers and built-in stereo microphones
  • Helpful "extras," including a tuner and a metronome
  • Comes with 2GB SD card, 4 x AA batteries, USB cable, warranty card, and owner's manual
The TASCAM DP-008EX is your easy to use recording solution!

Additional Media

Digital Workstation Buying Guide
DP-008EX User Manual

Tech Specs

Simultaneous Rec Tracks 2
Simultaneous Play Tracks 8
Sample Rate 44.1kHz
Bit Rate 16-bit
Effects Yes
EQ Yes
Compression Yes
Phantom Power Yes (2 channels)
Number of Mic Preamps 2
Computer Connectivity USB 2.0
Built-in Mics 2
Analog Inputs 2 x XLR, 1 x 1/4" line, 1 x 1/4" line/DI
Analog Outputs 2 x RCA line, 1 x 1/8" stereo headphone
Storage Up to 32GB SDHC (2GB SD card included)
Faders 8 x radial potentiometers
Fader Throw Radial potentiometers
Power 4 x AA batteries or PSP520 AC adapter (not included)
Height 1.75"
Depth 4.98"
Width 8.7"
Weight 1.35 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number DP-008EX

Customer Reviews

4.5/5
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5/5

I get what I want

And it's always perfect.. Thanks to Randy...
5/5

Amazing value and performance for the money

Let me first say that I once owned a 32 track ADAT studio with a top dollar Trident console, UA outboard gear, top dollar post-production and mastering gear as well. The fact that this piece of small framed equipment regardless of being only 8 tracks, can accomplish recordings that come close to the same quality tracks I made in my large studio is to be seen and heard. It almost doesn't seem possible, but it does. Now of course it does have some limitations BUT if you want to capture song concepts, create a quick demo, record a live performance, this is perfect for that. The fact that you can master your final mixdown internally before you transfer the data to your computer and accomplish that with amazing results is remarkable. The internal mics are of very good quality, the built in 4 reverbs are very nice and completely adjustable as well as the EQ section. You don't have to be a licensed recording engineer to understand the straight forward layout. For the most part it operates like a simple old school 8 track cassette recorder. Including reading the operating guide, you can be up and running in around 45 minutes. The internal preamps are very good and include switchable phantom power and are pretty quiet. Really for the money invested, you can't go wrong. With Tascam build quality which has always been a top level brand, you get an extremely portable, efficient and easy to use 8 track recorder/mastering production machine.
Music background: FCC licensed sound engineer, producer, 58 plus years as a working player
5/5

beauts

had the original dp-008, sold it, got an h4n, but that recorder proved to have too many features i didn't use (usb interface for one) - back to simplicity and quicker results - the ability to export to .wav and certainly the mastering features are a solid improvement over the original dp-008 - very happy with this purchase
Music background: obsessive hobbyist
5/5

Awesome

That tascam DP – 008 Ex from this point on will be referred to as "DP" When it comes to recording devices for the last 30 years I've always use tascam. From the moment it was cassette to the time it hit the digital age. For the man on the go that's stuck in hotel rooms for hours and does not want a lot of equipment this is the tool for you. No Miic necessary, just your guitar and a guitar chord for the "DP". Lay down two rhythm tracks a solo or vocal melody and even a harmonica if you like. Do a quick mix down and put the DP card into your computer so you do not lose your idea. How many times have you had a recorder in your hotel room and strummed one guitar and sang, yet you had three other instruments in your head that you couldn't lay down? And of course the next day you forgot everything that was floating around your head other than a guitar riff and the melody. Now with the "DP" there's no problem. Can record two tracks at once. Plug in your guitar singing away, put another rhythm guitar track down and your signature guitar riff. You've just written a song and mixed it down all in 30 minutes for your bandmates to hear The bands new song that was written in a sleazy motel. Of course, they should've included in AC adapter. At $149 it's definitely a deal. But let's face it the Chinese get paid three dollars a day and it probably cost about five dollars to make the unit. I know this for a fact. Just like guitar strings that go for $12, it only cost 75 cents to make a pack. With that said, I'm sure my review will never show up. But us Americans are not ignorant nor are we stupid to the reason why things are made overseas. Everyone needs to make a buck so forget about what I said. But for 25 cents they could've thrown in AC adapter. This is the most honest review you will ever read if it gets posted. Sweetwater is an amazing company and they don't censor their customers reviews as it's not the EX Soviet Union. It's America the First Amendment free speech. Let's face it the hamburger that you buy for six dollars cost them about 75 cents to make in America. With all of that said and being my personal opinion it's one awesome device that you cannot live without once you get your hands on it. Just like the new tuners that clip on your headstock you can't live without them now that you own one. I am on the road a lot and I used to use a digital one track recorder which helped out immensely. But I needed to hear what the solo would sound like and you can't do that by yourself unless you have a 4- track. This is by far the best on the market. The guys at Sweetwater will walk you through every step of the way with any questions you have on this product or any other, as they are highly skilled professional gear Masters. Have I sold you on it yet, I think so. I own two of them. Keep one in my suitcase for the road and one at my estate just sitting on the coffee table. I like to buy things in pairs. I always have and I always will.
Music background: Professional musician with one gold song written by me saying by another artist.
5/5

Awesome!

My son's first recording gear (14 years old!) and he loves it! His Step-Dad is a musician (35 years, guitars, vocals) he is VERY impressed with it also! I am also extremely happy with the customer service. Always get a call to follow up on order and see if we are happy with product(s). First class customer service! High praise to whomever runs the show there!
See also: Multitrack Recorders, TASCAM, TASCAM Digital Multitrack Recorders