Tascam DP-03SD Digital Portastudio 8-Track Recorder

Model: DP-03SD

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Format USB 2.0 High Speed mass storage class
Connector Mini-B type

System Requirements

Operating System Requirements Windows: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8Mac: OS X Jaguar (V10.2), Mac OS X Panther (V10.3), Mac OS X Tiger (V10.4), Mac OS X Leopard (V10.5), Mac OS X Snow Leopard (V10.6.8), OS X Lion (V10.7), OS X Mountain Lion (V10.8)


Connector 1x 0.1" 2.5 mm TS jack

Recording Media

File System MTR Partition: Tascam original FAT Partition: FAT32Built-In Mic: Stereo omnidirectionalSampling Frequency: 44.1 kHzQuantization Bit-Rate: 16-bit

Packaging Info

Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 16.693 x 10.709 x 4.961"
Package Weight 5.4 lb

Line Outputs

Maximum Output Level +6 dBV
Connectors 2x Unbalanced RCA pin jacks
Nominal Output Level -10 dBV


Input Impedance XLR: 2.4 kΩTRS: 10 kΩ or more (Mic/Line), 10 MΩ (Guitar)
Maximum Input Level XLR: 0 dBuTRS: +24 dBV
Nominal Input Level XLR: -16 dBuTRS: +4 dBV
Connectors 2x Balanced XLR-3-31 (1:GND, 2:HOT, 3:COLD)2x 1/4" (6.3 mm) Balanced TRS jacks

Headphone Output

Maximum Output Level 40 mW + 40 mW, 32 Ω loaded
Connector 1x 1/8" (3.5 mm) stereo mini jack


Dimensions (W x H x D) 11.4 x 2.1 x 8.2" (290.0 x 54.1 x 207.2 mm)
Power Consumption 10 W (when phantom power supplying)
Weight 4 lb (1.8 kg)
Power Dedicated AC adapter (TASCAM PS-1225L, included)


Compressor Controls: Threshold, Ratio, LevelMultiband Presets: 9Single-Band Presets: 4
Metronome Tempo: 20 to 250 BPMBeat: 1 to 12
Tuner Chromatic Mode: C3 to B5 Oscillator Mode: C3 to B5, 435 to 445 Hz
Reverb Presets: Hall 1, Hall 2, Room, Studio, Plate 1, Plate 2
Equalizer Hi: +/-12 dB, 1.7 kHz to 18 kHzLo: +/-12 dB, 32 Hz to 1.6 kHz
Normalize This function detects the highest volume level and raises the overall volume until the highest level reaches the maximum limit

Audio Performance

Frequency Response 20 Hz to 20 kHz +1/-3 dB (Input to Line Output)
Distortion 0.01% or less (Input to Line Output)
Signal to Noise Ratio 90 dB or more (Input to Line Output)
User Reviews
6 September 2021

I needed to be able to record at home and rehurse and this 8 track does it all for me. user friendly, i have had it for over a month and it does a great job. I'm a older guy and don't normaly like figuring things out, but the manual covers everything pretty well. No complants.

20 May 2021

I don't know where to start....I love my little recorder. I have a super talented youth performance group I record frequently.I take this gem around with me because it is soooo compact. The sound is amazing and clean. The reverb is also great.

8 April 2020

Very easy to use, intuitive, clear and simple to use at home for mutitracking one person singing, playing guitar, bass and keyboards. I’m just about to sell my KORG D3200 as it’s quite trickY to use (though you can record on many tracks at one time which is not useful for a solo musician!).

16 December 2015

- I bought the Tascam DP 03sd coz I am fond of singing. After browsing through many products available on the market, including the interfaces available like Focusrite Scarlet and similar ones, I decided to go with this. - Having manual controls feels good.

21 June 2017

This unit replaced my 12 year old Tascam DP O1-FX. DPO3SD MUCH more user friendly. Cuircuts updated...Reverb engine is superb. I purchased a Lauten LA 320 microphone and combined it covers all my recording PERFECTLY. I highly recommend both these items. Call Randy Poteete X1780. He's got 'em!

14 February 2020

As an old school music maker the last recordings I made in the 90s were on a Tascam.16 track cassette unit.So looking for something to have some fun with and as a bit of creative outlet this is what appealed to me most.It will take me a bit to get the hang of all things digital but I'm slowly...

4 December 2018

Very nice little unit,finally something that's easy to operate and the only effects you really need. Musical Background: Gospel band/writer/musician Musical Style: Christian/country

3 September 2016

Just getting started with my new purchase. The Tascam recorder as well as its manual is straightforward and fairly easy to use. Takes a little getting used to. The sound and quality is excellent. My only complaint is the small screen. Wish it were just a bit bigger.

25 June 2014

He assuages your fears of your newfangled new device purchase and then goes through the functioning of the unit to show you there's nothing to fear!I started looking at this the other day but still need to digest most of the video...but, so far, so good.

27 May 2021

This is the third Tascam recorded I have used, and the second one I’ve owned. There was minimal learning curve since it is laid out pretty much the same as the older ones. My last digital portastudio finally starting showing it’s age, the play button takes a lot of tlc to work properly, so I bought...

Product Highlights
  • 8x Track Faders & 1x Master Fader
  • Records to SD/SDHC Cards
  • 2x Built-In Stereo Condenser Mics
  • 2x XLR Mic/Line Inputs
  • 2x 1/4" Inputs
  • Records 2 Tracks Simultaneously
  • Built-In EQ, Compression, Reverb
  • Includes 2GB SD Card
In The Box
  • Tascam DP-03SD Digital Portastudio 8-Track Recorder
  • PS-1225L 12V Power Supply
  • 2GB SD Card
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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