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Taking the Portastudio to a smaller, still highly affordable level

At Winter NAMM show 2011, Tascam introduced the DP-03 8-track Digital Portastudio. The DP-03 records two tracks at a time at CD quality to affordable SD/SDHC cards, using XLR microphone preamps or a pair of built-in condenser microphones. Mixing features like reverb and EQ are accessed using dedicated knobs for simple operation. When a production is finished, it can be transferred to computer over USB 2.0 or burned to CD using an internal drive.
A pair of inputs can be routed to any tracks, providing condenser microphones with phantom power when required. The DP-03 inputs also include 1/4" line and instrument level switches for recording sources like drum machines, guitar and bass. A tuner and metronome are built in for assembling polished performances. Once recorded, tracks can be bounced and edited.
The DP-03 uses an array of dedicated controls for mixing, combined with a simple menu interface for editing and other features. Mastering effects like EQ and multiband compression have been added for radio-ready masters.
Features also include import of audio tracks from CD, two XLR microphone inputs with phantom power, 1/4" stereo line inputs, switchable instrument-level input for guitar/bass direct recording, internal reverb processor with dedicated send per track, the optional RC-3F footswitch offers three switches for punch-in and transport operation.
The whole package weighs in at less than 2 kg.
Tascam DP-03 8-Track Digital Portastudio
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