Inspiration is a funny thing. It never seems to strike when you're sitting in your studio with all your recording equipment laid out, armed and ready, but more than likely it will be during your daily commute or when you're at the in-laws for dinner, with your mind concentrating on anything but the angry gentleman staring at you from across the table, who you unwillingly have to call ¡®dad'.
This is where the Tascam DP-008EX Multi-track Recorder comes in, with its compact, ultra lightweight (just 360 grams), and feature-rich design giving you everything you need to excuse yourself from the table and quickly lay down some ideas before they fade. That's all you need - ideas and batteries (four AA batteries last up to 6.5 hours!).
It really is that simple. Tascam thoroughly evaluated microphones to eventually settle on a pair of two omni-directional condenser microphones modelled on the best selling DR series. These are built-into the Tascam DP-008EX Digital Recorder, ensuring there is no need for additional equipment and that recordings are always high-quality.
The Tascam DP-008EX is a powerful recording device but this doesn't mean it's hard to use, far from it. Tascam have ensured that even beginners to recording will quickly get to grips with the unit by stripping it of superfluous features, that just get in the way, and featuring on core functionality and ease of use. With this in mind the Tascam DP-008EX has been crafted with Analog functionality and dedicated control knobs, alongside a useful chromatic tuner and a metronome.
However you use the Tascam DP008EX Digital Recorder you're covered for connectivity, with the device's two analogue inputs. This allows direct recording from an external mic, electric/electro-acoustic guitar or a line-level audio device. You can even hook up a tablet device, such as an iPad, with a conversion cable (not included).
Even once you're done recording the Tascam DP 008EX Digital Recorder keeps things simple, as files are saved as WAVs to an SD/SDHC card (2GB card included). The device hooks up to your computer via a USB for quick transfer to and from your computer, and for use in a DAW.
The Tascam DP-008EX Digital Recorder also gives you a number of editing options, such as Undo/Redo (for quickly fixing and re-recording tracks), Copy paste, Copy insert, Move paste, Move insert, Open, Cut, Silence, Clone track, and Clean out.
So you're pretty happy with what you've read so far, but why should you get the Tascam DP 008EX Digital Recorder instead of the DP-006? Well really it's down to what you need (and want), here's a run down of the extras you get with the DP-008EX, to give you a better idea.
The Tascam DP-008EX offers two XLR inputs with 48V Phantom Power even when you're powering the unit with batteries (though this will draw more power from the batteries and shorten their life, a power supply is available separately).
EQ, compressor, de-esser and exciter insert effects are available on all inputs. The EQ is particularly useful for vocalists wishing to boost frequency ranges and compress tracks.
Another addition that vocalists will love is the inclusion of six types of reverb, with dedicated controls allowing adjustment of reverb time and master level. Reverbs are comprised of: Hall 1/2, Room, Studio, Plate 1/2.There is a two-band EQ available for each track with the adjustments on the Hi-range EQ ranging from 1.7kHz to 18kHz, and Low-range EQ adjustments from 32Hz to 1.6kHz.
2-band EQ, Multi-band compressor and Normalize mastering effects are all built into the DP-008EX, negating the need for an additional unit.
If you haven't got a grip on mastering or if you're a novice, the DP-008EX includes an Auto Analysis Mastering tool. This allows you to select a mastering style, Natural or Maximum, and the device will do the rest for you.