Tascam DP-03SD 8-track Digital Portastudio

  • $44900

The simplest, and the best-sounding way to share your music with the world

The DP-03SD is an affordable way to get into TASCAM's famed PORTASTUDIO system of making recording simple and affordable for musicians. The 8-track digital recorder captures your music at CD quality to affordable SD/SDHC cards, and a 4GB card is included with the recorder. With built-in microphones, effects, and mastering, the DP-03SD provides everything musicians need to record and share their music.

A user interface that allows simple operation like a cassette MTR

The DP-03SD has a simple body that enjoys intuitive operation similar to a cassette MTR but being able to perform 8-track recording with 2-channel simultaneous input. The XLR terminal supports condenser microphones while the TRS phone terminals enable guitar and keyboard connections. As such, various instruments that are typically used during a band recording session are supported.
In addition, the device is equipped with two high-sound quality condenser microphones that were developed using the technologies that TASCAM has fostered through their work with handy recorders. Users can easily engage in music production without having to prepare external microphones, anytime, anywhere, with the DP-03SD.

Create professionally-mastered audio with the DP-03SD alone through mastering effects

Each track is equipped with level faders, pan knobs, and a controller for sending in-built reverb effects. Independent EQ-specific knobs enable users perform a mix down intuitively. Utilizing mastering effects will result in the creation a professional quality master track, all with the DP-03SD alone.

The DIGITAL PORTASTUDIO DP-03SD is a professional multi-track recorder that boasts advanced functions despite its compact body, all while being easy to use.

Built-in Microphones and Versatile Inputs for Multi-track Recording

A pair of stereo condenser microphones is built into the front panel of the DP-03, helpful for capturing a rehearsal, live performance or songwriting ideas. Also included are a pair of high-quality XLR microphone preamps with phantom power for condenser microphones. 1/4" line inputs are also available, and an instrument-level switch allows you to record a guitar or bass without a direct box.

Professional-grade Recording Technologies

Routing the inputs to one of the eight tracks is simple, and you can record two at a time until you fill up all eight. A tuner and metronome are built-in for tight-sounding tracks, each with its own dedicated button for quick access. Track can be edited with commands like copy/paste, silence, clone track and undo. Bouncing is also available, even bouncing all eight tracks down to one or two. There’s even the option to import a WAV file through USB.


Flexible Editing Functions for the Perfection

Each track has its own send to a stereo reverb processor as well as two-band shelving EQ. Once you’ve perfected your mix with the 45mm faders, pan knobs, reverb and EQ, record it to the dedicated stereo master track. Your mix can be processed with mastering effects like EQ and limiting for a tight, modern sound. When you’re satisfied, transfer your mix to a computer over USB 2.0.


Optional foot switch remote control

An optional 3-button foot switch, the RC-3F is available for control and punch in.

Recording media SD card (512MB to 2GB), SDHC card (4GB to 32GB)
File system TASCAM original (MTR partition) / FAT32 (FAT partition)
Connector XLR-3-31(1: GND, 2: HOT, 3: COLD), BALANCED
Input impedance 2.4kΩ
Nominal input level –16dBu
Maximum input level 0dBu
1/4" TS-jack  
Connector 1/4" (6.3mm) TRS-jack (Tip: HOT, Ring: COLD, Sleeve: GND), BALANCED
Input impedance 10kΩ or more (INPUT A: MIC/LINE), 1MΩ (INPUT A: GUITAR)
Nominal input level +4dBu (INPUT A: MIC/LINE), –2dBV (INPUT A: GUITAR)
Maximum input level +24dBu (INPUT A: MIC/LINE),+14dBV (INPUT A: GUITAR)
Headroom 20dB (INPUT A: MIC/LINE), 16dB (INPUT A: GUITAR)
Connector XLR-3-31(1: GND, 2: HOT, 3: COLD), BALANCED
Input impedance 2.4kΩ
Nominal input level –16dBu
Maximum input level 0dBu
1/4" TS-jack  
Connector 1/4" (6.3mm) TRS-jack (Tip: HOT, Ring: COLD, Sleeve: GND), BALANCED
Input impedance 10kΩ or more
Nominal input level +4dBu
Maximum input level +24dBu
Headroom 20dB
Bulit-in microphones Omni-directional microphones × 2
Connectors RCA pin-jack
Nominal output level –10dBV
Maximum output level +6dBV
Connector 1/8" (3.5mm) stereo mini jack
Maximum output level 40mW + 40mW or more (THD+N less than 0.1%, 32Ω loaded)
Connector USB Mini-B type 4-pin
Format USB2.0 HIGH SPEED mass storage class
Remote Control  
Connector 2.5mm TS-jack
Power AC 100-240V, 50/60Hz (AC adapter TASCAM PS-P1225L)
Power consumption 5W
Dimensions (W×H×D) 11.4" × 2.1" × 8.2" / 290 × 54.1 × 207.2 mm
Weight 3.1 lbs. / 1.4 g (excluding AC Adapter)
Operating temperature 41˚F to 95˚F / 5˚C to 35˚C
Backup memory In the PREFERENCES, contents of "Repeat Int", "Contrast", and "FootSW Polarity".
Accessories AC Adapter (TASCAM PS-1225L), Power Cord for AC Adapter, SD Card (installed in the main unit), Warranty card, Owner's manual
Audio performance
Frequency response 20Hz to 20kHz (+1/–3dB, INPUT (MIC/LINE) to LINE OUT)
Distortion Less than 0.01% (INPUT (MIC/LINE) to LINE OUT)
S/N ratio More than 90dB (INPUT (MIC/LINE) to LINE OUT)

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