|Continuing a long history of providing easy to use, portable and affordable song-writing and demo tools for musicians and producers, Tascam launched two new Pocketstudio models at Winter NAMM 2013, the DP‐006 6-‐Channel and the DP-8EX 8‐Channel.|
The DP-006 probably is the most compact solid-state multi-track recorder on the market. Tascam equipped it with six channels (2 Mono and 2 Stereo/Mono), selectable track modes, built-in high-quality stereo condenser microphones and two mic/line inputs. The DP‐006's compact size will easily fit into any gig bag, pocket or suitcase and it weighs in at 360g/0.79lb without batteries. Users may record two tracks simultaneously and playback six tracks simultaneously.
To take it a step further, Tascam also introduced the DP-008EX 8-channel Pocketstudio with built-in input and master effects. Each channel is conveniently loaded with volume, pan, reverb-send knobs, auto-punch in/out, two XLR microphone inputs with +48V phantom power and built‐in stereo condenser microphones making the DP-008EX a versatile take-anywhere solid-state recorder. The unit also features compact size and is weighing in at 610g/1.34lb without batteries. Users may record two tracks simultaneously and playback eight tracks simultaneously.
Input effects comprise exciter, compressor and de-esser. Two-band equalizer per track and two-band input equalizer for recording privide flexibility. Mastering effects include compressor, equalizer and 'normalize'. Mastering is simplified using a wizard (Auto Analysis Mastering).
Both models come with a 2GB SD card (max. 32 GB possible) for CD-Quality Recording (44.1kHz/16-bit) recording and mini-USB for Wav File import/export (Stereo and Mono) for easy file transfer. Tascam installed both units with the user-interface the company has been perfecting for years using a graphic LCD (128 x 64 dots) with backlight.
Further features of the Pocketstudios include a footswitch input, chromatic tuner, metronome and auto punch in/out. Both models are powered by either four AA batteries, optional AC adapter (PS-P520), or an optional external battery pack (BP-6AA).