Tascam DP32SD 32 Track Digital Portastudio

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  • Simultaneous 32 track playback with solid state recording
  • 3.5-inch full-colour LCD display and self-illuminated buttons
  • 8 mono and 12 mono/stereo selectable tracks
  • 8 XLR/TRS combo connectors offer versatile input options
  • 21 faders (20 track-faders and one master fader)
  • 16 or 24 bit, 44.1 or 48 kHz recording for precise audio capture
  • Eight dynamic effects built-in and ready to use
  • Includes dedicated AC adapter
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For decades, artists from many different genres for recording, mixing, and mastering have used the Portastudio. Artists who've favoured the Portastudio include: Wu-Tang Clan, Madlib, Ween, Bruce Springsteen, Primus, and John Frusciante. Thanks to its easy to use interface, intricate signal processing capabilities, and ability to export audio to industry-standard levels of quality, the Tascam DP32SD 32 Track Digital Portastudio is an incredibly powerful piece of gear that you can build your recording world around.

There are many Digital Audio Workstations available that cater to the nuances and needs of everybody, but for many, having a tangible and tactile workstation at your fingertips is still the preferred method when it comes to laying down ideas. The DP32SD has a wide selection of knobs and faders, which thankfully make light work of any recording project. The DP32SD even has musical tools built-in such as a chromatic tuner and a metronome, to ensure you're primed and ready for action.

32-Track Playback

The DP32SD has 32 tracks across 8 mono channels and 12 stereo channels. Up to 8 tracks can be recorded at a time through a combination of XLR and 1/4" combo jacks with 44.1/48kHz and 16/24-bit resolution, with optional phantom power for condenser microphones - catering to every demand. Once recordings have been made, the useful 'Bounce' feature allows you to free up tracks by mixing multiple tracks to a single mono or stereo track. All 32 channels can be played back at once when you've recorded all your desired instrument parts. For musicians who prefer to have controllable features such as play/pause, looping, or punch-in, in a footswitchable unit, Tascam have included a 2.5mm input that allows you to connect the Tascam RC-3F footswitch (sold separately)

Powerful Processing Power

The input effects that are built into the DP32SD include: Limiter; Compressor; Noise Suppressor; and Exciter, each one performing their task with incredible precision. Simply access the effect you wish to activate, and then use the easy to read colour display to adjust the effect to your desired setting. The dedicated EQ section enables ready access to Hi, Mid, and Lo settings to shape and sculpt each signal. Dedicated guitar effects include: Amp simulator, Reverb, Compressor, Chorus, Flanger, and Phase shifter to add a subtle character to your guitar's tone. Mixdown effects include: Reverb, Delay, and Stereo Chorus. Mastering effects include: single/multi-band stereo compressor, EQ, and noise shaping. The range of effects on offer allows you to craft professional quality mixes without having to fork out on expensive plugins or external processors. Should you wish to include a preferred rackmount unit, or computer-based, external devices are easy to integrate.

Data Backup/Restore/Finalisation

Recordings are saved to an SD card, which provides a more stable, shock-free method of data capture compared to a hard drive. When you're ready to finalise your mixdown, the Portastudio has a USB 2.0 port that allows you to transmit data with a computer, providing another method to backup and restore files.

The Tascam DP32SD 32-track digital Portastudio is great for amateurs and professionals alike, whether you use it in a home studio or take it with you on tour. The controller interface is highly intuitive, allowing you to get on with the task at hand very quickly.

ModelDP32SD 32 Track Digital Portastudio Multitrack SD Recorder
Dimensions (H x W x D) 104 x 514 x 340 mm
Weight 6.2kg
Operating Temperature 5 to 35 Degrees Celsius / 41 to 95 Degrees Fahrenheit
Included Accessories AC Adapter, 2GB SD Card, USB Cable, Warranty Card, Owner's Manual
Recording Media
Recording Media
  • SD card (64MB to 2GB)
  • SDHC card (4GB to 32GB)
File System
File SystemSD card:FAT16 / SDHC card:FAT32
Input A- H
XLR Connector: XLR-3-31(1:GND, 2:HOT, 3:COLD), Balanced
Input impedance: 2.4k ohms
Nominal input level: -14dBu
Maximum input level: +2dBu
TRS Connector: 6.3mm(1/4")TRS phone-jack, Balanced
Input impedance: 22k ohms or more / 1M ohms(when INPUT H, GUITAR selected)
Nominal input level:+4dBu
Maximum input level: +20dBu
Stereo Out Connector: RCA pin-jack, Unbalanced
Output impedance: 200 ohms
Nominal output level: -10dBV
Maximum output level: +6dBV
Effect Sends Connector: 6.3mm(1/4")TS phone-jack, Unbalanced
Output impedance: 200 ohms
Nominal output level: -10dBV
Maximum output level: +6dBV
Monitor Out Connector: 6.3mm(1/4")TS phone-jack, Balanced
Output impedance: 200 ohms
Nominal output level: -2dBV
Maximum output level: +14dBV
Phones Connector: 6.3mm(1/4")TS phone-jack
Maximum output level: 70mW + 70mW (THD+N 0.1% or less, 32 ohms loaded)
MIDI Connector: DIN 5 pin
Format: Standard MIDI format
USB Connector: USB Mini-B type 4-pin
Format: USB 2.0 High-Speed mass-storage class
Remote Connector: 2.5mm TRS jack
Power Supply Dedicated AC adapter (TASCAM PS-1225L, included)
Power Consumption 12W (when phantom power supplying)
Audio Performance
Frequency Response 20Hz to 20kHz (+/-1dB, INPUT to STEREO OUT/EFFECT SENDS/MONITOR OUT)
Total Harmonic Distortion 0.01% or less (INPUT to STEREO OUT/EFFECT SENDS/MONITOR OUT)
Signal to Noise (S/N) ratio 90dB or greater (INPUT to STEREO OUT/EFFECT SENDS/MONITOR OUT)
Computer Requirements
Windows Operating System: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
CPU: Pentium 300MHz or more
Memory: 128MB or more
USB: USB 2.0
Macintosh Operating System: Mac OS X Jaguar (V10.2),Mac OS X Panther (V10.3),Mac OS X Tiger (V10.4),Mac OS X Leopard (V10.5),Mac OS X Snow Leopard(V10.6.8),OS X Lion(V10.7),OS X Mountain Lion(V10.8)
CPU: Power PC, iMAC, G3, G4 266MHz or more
Memory: 64MB or more
USB: USB 2.0
Posted on 26/11/2014 by Stuntbap This amazing recorder fits all my needs and is far cheaper than the standard DP24 or DP32 units.

Beware that unlike the DP24 & DP32 this unit has no MIDI or CD Burner (the specification on this page is incorrect). It's a non-issue for me but you should be aware of this.

In my mind it's the best way to multi-track onsite or at home with no lag issues, system crashes, driver issue etc. Mixing & EQ is pretty good but you might want to transfer stems to your PC for final tweaking & mastering.

The screen is just awesome & the DP32SD is so easy to use that if you know a little bit about recording, mixing & shaping you probably won't need to read the manual. That said, you should be aware that you can only use one send effect across all recorded channels (Reverb or Delay but not both at the same time). In addition you can only adjust the send level per channel - the effect settings are global across all channels. In addition there are also guitar cabinet & dynamic effects such as compression & gate available after recording, but only on one channel. This isn't a huge issue as you can bounce the track + effect to a new channel & then start over with another effect on one of the other channels. This would be easier on a PC but perfectly do-able on the Tascam.

You can record 8 tracks at once with various dynamic effects available on recording. Personally I avoid these apart from maybe noise gate as I prefer a virgin track.

As regards SD cards, I use a PNY 32Gb Elite 100MB/s which isn't listed on the Tascam site but it's cheaper than the recommended cards (£39 from Currys UK) & works just fine.

Overall I love this machine!

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