TASCAM DP-24SD 24-track Digital Portastudio

24-channel Digital Portastudio Standalone Recorder with 8 Simultaneous Mic Pres/Line-level Inputs, Onboard Effects, Built-in Signal Processing, USB Connectivity, and 2GB SD Card
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Who Needs a DAW When You Have This?

The TASCAM DP-24SD 24-track Digital Portastudio is the perfect all-in-one recording solution for computer-phobic musicians. With eight individual input channels, the 24-channel DP-24SD lets you easily track an entire band. Onboard effects, signal processors, and mastering tools give you everything you need to polish your tracks to perfection and save them to the included SD card or export them to your computer via USB. And thanks to its intuitive master section and full set of hands-on controls, producing music with the TASCAM DP-24SD 24-track Digital Portastudio is as fun as it is rewarding.

TASCAM DP-24SD Digital Portastudio Recording System at a Glance:
  • Enough simultaneous inputs to track a whole band
  • Loaded with onboard effects and powerful built-in signal processors
  • Intuitive channel-strip-style controls make tracking and mixing easy
Enough simultaneous inputs to track the whole band

Track the whole band at once, with the TASCAM DP-24SD Digital Portastudio. The DP-24SD comes loaded with eight individual inputs. Each input is equipped with an XLR-1/4" combo jack and a microphone preamplifier, complete with phantom power for your condenser mics. That means even if you use a handful of microphones on drums and a couple more on guitars and bass, you'll still have an input left on the DP-24SD to track vocals.

Loaded with onboard effects and powerful built-in signal processors

No studio is complete without quality effects and signal processors. That's why TASCAM loaded their DP-24SD Digital Portastudio with a ton of studio-style tools. Record with vital processors such as equalizers, compressors, and limiters, while the DP-24SD's onboard guitar-amp-simulation engine adds real amplifier sound to your instrument input. You can sweeten your sound with reverb, chorus, and other enhancements during mixdown. What's more, the TASCAM DP-24SD's powerful onboard mastering effects let you get the most out of your final mixes.

Intuitive channel-strip-style controls make tracking and mixing easy

Why wade through tedious menus for the controls that should be close at hand? TASCAM built the DP-24SD to be both powerful and intuitive to use, with none of the frustrating awkwardness that plagues over-engineered gear. The DP-24SD's simple master channel-strip section gives you hands-on controls for your channel EQ, pan, and send settings. There's also an easy-to-read color display that gives you instant feedback as you tweak your channel settings, effects, and processors, as well as dedicated controls for all essential recording functions.

TASCAM DP-24SD Digital Portastudio Recording System Features:
  • Simultaneous 24-track playback for full-scale production
  • 12 mono tracks and 6 stereo tracks give you what you need for the whole band
  • Stereo tracks can be used as mono tracks for flexible inputs
  • 24 playback tracks with 8 inputs for monitoring and mixing
  • Simultaneous 8-track recording is perfect for session multitracking or live recording
  • Professional standard bit depth and sample rate settings - 16/24-bit, 44.1k/48k
  • 8 combo jacks for mic and line inputs
  • High-quality mic preamps with phantom power let you use condenser mics
  • One input is impedance-selectable for direct recording of guitar and bass
  • Unbalanced and balanced stereo monitor outputs for flexibility
  • 2 effect sends for using outboard gear
  • Headphone output for quiet monitoring
  • Remote input to connect a RC-3F footswitch for convenient tracking
  • Studio-quality effects for inputs, guitars, mixdown, and mastering
  • Bounce functionality to mix input signals and playback tracks, and record the mixed signal to track
  • Virtual tracks capability
  • Recording must-haves include mark function, chromatic tuner, and metronome
  • Same file transfer capability as USB mass storage device of a computer
  • AC adapter and 2GB SD card included
Turn your ideas into polished tracks with the TASCAM DP-24SD Digital Portastudio!

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Tech Specs

Simultaneous Rec Tracks 8
Simultaneous Play Tracks 24
Sample Rate 44.1/48kHz
Bit Rate 16-bit/24-bit
Effects Yes
EQ Yes (channel/master)
Compression Yes (channel/master)
Phantom Power Yes (all 8 inputs)
Number of Mic Preamps 8
Computer Connectivity USB file transferring
Analog Inputs 8 x XLR-1/4" combo, 1 x remote input (using RC-3F footswitch)
Analog Outputs 1 x stereo RCA, 2 x 1/4" (monitor), 2 x 1/4" (effects sends), 1 x 1/4" (headphone)
Storage SD card (2GB), SDHC card (32GB)
Faders 1 x master, 18 x track faders
Fader Throw 45mm
Height 4.1"
Depth 13.4"
Width 20.2"
Weight 13.67 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number DP24SD

Customer Reviews

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About the cost of 1 studio hour......

This thing is fantastic. I cant believe we were debating whether to get it. It is like a 24 track studio in a box. Sounds great, easy to work with, looks complicated but isn't! All you need is some good mikes and headphones, oh, and a few musicians!!!!
Music background: Legendary Metal Band! HA


Well so far so good. Stated with being impressed with the service and follow-up from Sweetwater,The TASCAM DP-24SD is exactly what I was looking for and more. I'm trying to do the singer/songwrite/small band thing and so far so good. Althought I've recorded before I never paid any attention to the process. The whole software on my computer approach was more than I wanted to take on. The TASCAM DP-24SD gave me a comfort zone I didn't expect. Everything is logical and I set it up to record 4 channels off the floor pretty much out of the box. The sound quailty is great. Still have a lot to figure out ( haven't been able to get reverb on the vocals yet) and it will take some time so I will keep you posted.

Love it!

I am old enough to have cut my teeth on the original cassette 4 track portastudios. In those days I loved the process and workflow of creating and recording music. Eventually I updated to a computer based DAW and although it's a great way to go, a lot of time was spent working through hardware and software issues. Once those issues were resolved the process was fascinating but it didn't offer the same 'organic' gratification as the 'old days'. Plus, everytime I reached for the mouse I'd drop my guitar pick! The Tascam DP-24SD has rekindled the past joy. After a few hours of study and testing, the workflow makes sense and my mind can move much easier into the creative side of the brain. I see it as a mini version of an old school studio with a mixing console, outboard gear and tape based capture system... but its hardware design, internal software and inexpensive SD card has replaced all that. The mic preamps and effects are much better than anticipated. There is also an effects loop to use outboard gear if desired. You can mix and master with the DP-24SD but I prefer to do those tasks with a computer based DAW. Data transfer is straight forward and logical by following the steps in the manual. So for me, this little gem is a great capture device while wearing the artist/recording engineer hats. Mixing and mastering hats are worn while working with the computer. If you are working with other musicians, I also found it useful to employ an A.R.T. Headamp4 Pro for headphone monitoring. Why? It's portable, accommodates 5 sets of headphones and... drum roll... has an xlr input jack for a talkback mic. It also has a momentary footswitch input for using the talkback mic. Very useful! Sweetwater didn't have this little guy in their catalog, but Anthony Longano (my customer service engineer) ordered it from A.R.T. and had it shipped to me in time for a scheduled recording session. Major props and kudos to Anthony for going the extra mile. Thank you Anthony! So, all in all my experience with Sweetwater and with this gear is 100% positive. Sure, it's not a million dollar studio but you can bet that (in the right hands) professional results are possible. Get it, study the manual, study proper recording techniques and make some awesome music.

Great unit

So......I find it a pain to record directly to computer - I do a little bit of that using a focusright scarlet punching in parts etc but its not as fun. I've recorded 3 albums with this and counting. I do use an outboard Presonus channel strip for vocal tracks but the onboard pres are pretty good. good onboard effects are good even though I can't get a handle on the noise suppression. Biut this is what I do - I record on the tascam then audio port the tracks to the SD card then carry it over to the Mac and drag the tracks into logic. You can connect USB to computer but why? pop the USB out and drop into your DAW. Given the choice.....spend the extra on the 32SD - If using a live kit...drums can take the first 8 and who wants to bounce down and all that crap.....sure Beatles did it with 4 but they woulda loved 32!

Outstanding customer service!!

I made the purchase for my husband. He is very pleased with the product. But, moreover, we are extremely pleased with the customer service we receive from Sweetwater! Every purchase is followed up by a phone call. We receive email support & follow-up, and Live customer support to answer any/ all of our questions. And we receive the products the very next day! You guys are great!!
Music background: Misician's wife
See also: Multitrack Recorders, TASCAM, TASCAM Digital Multitrack Recorders