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Author Topic: Anyone using the Tascam DP-008EX digital recorder?  (Read 292 times)
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« on: January 02, 2017, 10:37:14 PM »

I'm thinking about going digital:

http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/DP008EX

Is anyone using that machine or one similar (esp. in price range)?
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« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2017, 01:23:49 PM »

i think kf whitman praised that machine somewhere, tiny + feature rich... 

that tiny screen though, as with my zoom or any other device... its like mixing with an old cell phone... menu/ choose page/ choose parameter/ adjust value/ go back one page/ choose wtf there went my train oh well...

those onboard mikes are probably also above average.. see if you get option to record, lets say, 1x line in (from mixer/mik/whatever) +1x onboard mik for instant room/ambience, shit wont sound so flat when blended into a bit of space
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« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2017, 07:12:02 PM »

There are two analog inputs. I doubt I'd use the built-in mics but who knows? Could be useful... Price seems good considering the other digital recorders seem to jump up to $300-400.
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« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2017, 04:17:03 AM »

I used to have one, ended up selling it to buy a cassette 4 track. :b

It's a very orderly and intuitive unit. It'll do what you expect it to. Minimal menu-diving. Good sound quality & overdubbing is effortless. The mics are a bit awkward due to placement, though I didn't experiment much with them.

Gripes: Eats batteries, power supply sold separately. It doesn't record in .wav like on handheld Zooms and the like; you convert .001 (etc) files  in the "track export" setting, and it is not fast. Longer tracks can easily take an hour.
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« Reply #4 on: January 04, 2017, 10:34:06 AM »

Avoid, except if you like to play with menu, sub-menu, sub-sub-menu. If you have big fingers, difficulty is duplicated.
I think that the Zoom R8 is better.
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« Reply #5 on: January 04, 2017, 11:00:28 PM »

No power adapter means it's out of the running. The Zoom R8 includes it. I'm just looking around. I'll probably wait until the 4-track has died.

I thought there would be more options for multitrackers...
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« Reply #6 on: January 12, 2017, 04:59:40 AM »

zoom H4N recommended -- also R16: record 8 at once, then add another 8. decent onboard mics. laptop sized. everybody's selling theirs cos the new models have "more of everything". 2nd hand ca.200-250?
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