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.
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.
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.
Manufacturer Tascam Model DP32SD 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 System SD 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 Connectivity 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 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
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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