TASCAM DP-03SD 8-track Digital Portastudio

8-track Portable Digital SD/SDHC Recorder with Onboard DSP Effects and Processing Plus Editing Controls
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Eight Tracks of Portable Production Power

There's something creatively freeing about recording with a TASCAM DP-03SD Digital Portastudio that many working musicians can appreciate. For example, the DP-03SD's built-in microphones mean you don't have to pack a mic, while the onboard effects and processing let you quickly polish up your sound. Eight tracks of CD-quality recording with bounce and editing functions offer a ton of possibilities too, and onboard essentials such as a tuner and a metronome let you travel light if you're on the move. Top it off with multiband mastering processing, and create a complete record from start to finish on your DP-03SD.

TASCAM DP-03SD Digital Portastudio at a Glance:
  • Onboard microphones and quality I/O let you get your ideas down fast
  • Go back and forth with your DAW with CD-quality SD card recording
  • Start with an idea and finish with a fully produced, radio-ready song
Onboard microphones and quality I/O let you get your ideas down fast

Part of the joy of working with an all-in-one multitrack recorder like the TASCAM DP-03SD Digital Portastudio is that the tools you need to lay down your ideas are never far away. Say you're strumming away on the couch and you've got an idea you want to get down before it fades. No problem. Grab your guitar, set your DP-03SD down on the coffee table, arm the built-in mics, and fire away. While you're laying down your first pass, you get this idea for cool lead line. Plug your electric guitar right in and take another pass on track three. Harmonies? No problem. How about some handclaps to try out a rhythm? You have plenty of tracks, so go for it. Before you know it, you've got a fleshed out idea you're ready to take to the studio.

Go back and forth with your DAW with CD-quality SD card recording

Taking a scratch track (or better yet, the start of a song) that you've recorded on your DP-03SD into the studio is a piece of cake. It natively records everything in up to CD-quality 16-bit/44.1kHz onto cheap SD/SDHC card media, which you can easily import into your DAW. What if you've got a friend who plays a mean B3, but you can't haul that beast of an instrument into your studio? No worries. Just bounce a few stems from your DAW session, toss them onto an SD card, and load them onto tracks in your DP-03SD. Now you can take the session to the organist, track the B3 parts, and take it back to your studio. There are even handy punch and surprisingly powerful onboard editing functions onboard, and with the optional RC-3F footswitch, some of these functions can be hands-free.

Start with an idea and finish with a fully produced, radio-ready song

What if you don't even want to touch a DAW or look at your computer while you make your next musical masterpiece? With the TASCAM DP-03SD, it's entirely possible to to start from scratch and create a fully produced final mix without ever leaving the Portastudio. Onboard, you'll find such studio magic as a beautiful reverb engine with dedicated sends from each track. Each track also includes a 2-band EQ, and you can bounce tracks to stems to free them up for more recording power. Simple transport and editing commands make getting around your project easy, and when you're ready to mix down, you'll be impressed by the multiband processing onboard the DP-03SD.

TASCAM DP-03SD Digital Portastudio Features:
  • An 8-track digital recorder that's perfect for home and mobile music production
  • Records at 16-bit/44.1kHz CD quality to inexpensive SD/SDHC card media
  • Built-in stereo microphone pair lets you capture acoustic sources
  • Includes onboard effects and processing, including multiband mastering effects
  • Essential music tools such as a metronome and a chromatic tuner included
Create music how you like where you like with the TASCAM DP-03SD Digital Portastudio!

Additional Media

Digital Workstation Buying Guide
TASCAM DP-03SD 8-track Digital Portastudio Manual

Tech Specs

Simultaneous Rec Tracks 2
Simultaneous Play Tracks 8
Sample Rate 44.1kHz
Bit Rate 16-bit
Effects Reverb
EQ 2-band EQ per track
Compression Yes
Phantom Power Yes
Number of Mic Preamps 2
Built-in Mics Internal stereo condenser microphone
Analog Inputs 2 x XLR, 2 x 1/4", 1 x 1/8" (optional RC-3F footswitch)
Analog Outputs 1 x stereo RCA, 1 x 1/8" (headphone)
USB Import WAV files from USB
Storage SD/SDHC cards
Faders 8 x Track, 1 x Master
Fader Throw 45mm
Power 12V DC power supply included
Height 2.1"
Depth 8.2"
Width 11.4"
Weight 4 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number DP-03SD

Customer Reviews

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Exactly What I was searching for!

I have been looking for such a device for quite a while. The Dp-03SD fits all the requirements I have for home recording at the present. Easy to operate, great sound, fun to use. Customer service was fantastic.

Great for me!

At this price? For these capabilities? Go on... get out... No, it's for real, and I'm having a blast using it! Very compact package, yet room for my increasingly fumbly fingers.Easy to use, no constant referring to the manual... Sound is good, quality is good, import / export / mix down / bounce with really unlimited tracks if you get organized... all this for a seriously affordable price. Woof. I love it. Didn't give it a 5 because: 1) the power cord, from wall to unit, is a might on the short side - like maybe 5' long. and 2) I almost never ever give something a 5 - there's always room for something. But this came close... very very close. And I do believe, without a doubt, that at this price you won't find anything better. Recommend it in a heartbeat... (My sales engineer recommended it to me, and as usual I'm glad I listened. Kudos amigo!)
Music background: Home schooled ;-)

Tascam DP-03SD

Great Recorder. I have one with a CD Player/Recorder. But since you can transfer Masters to a computer and then burn a CD from there, you're set. Love the features. I use a direct out from my Fender Super Champ X2 to the recorder to get all the great effects installed on the amp I've found using a mic thru the mic/line on the recorder works best. Easy to use and learn. I would definitely recommended this 8 track.
Music background: 40 year hobbyist with band experience

Excellent Tascam Recorder

This is a great little portastudio for getting your ideas down quick and easy. A lot of great features and very user friendly. Plus, the quality of the recordings is really good and the built in condenser mic's make it even more convenient to use. Worth every penny!

Excelent sound quality

Really love this digital 8 track recorder. Very easy to use.
Music background: Part time musician
See also: Multitrack Recorders, TASCAM, TASCAM Digital Multitrack Recorders