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
B h photo.34921152
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.

American musical.34136908
29 March 2018

I spent decades using Tascam's tape multitrack recorders and this one makes for an easy transition to digital. The menus are easy to navigate and do not interfere with the creative process.

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!

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.

B h photo.34921152
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.

23 May 2016

Great Recorder. I have one with a CD Player/Recorder. But since you can transfer Masters to a computer and then burn a CD from there, you're set. Love the features. I use a direct out from my Fender Super Champ X2 to the recorder to get all the great effects installed on the amp I've found using a...

11 February 2016

This is a great little portastudio for getting your ideas down quick and easy. A lot of great features and very user friendly. Plus, the quality of the recordings is really good and the built in condenser mic's make it even more convenient to use. Worth every penny!

23 December 2015

easy , portable, produces good recordings. have only used the built in mics so far, recorded band in garage, once got volumes adjusted & gains set right it worked great! only drawback is it will only record 2 tracks at same time , not a big problem though , it was still easier than my Yamaha...

American musical.34136908
24 November 2020

This digital multi track recorder is simple and easy to use! The sound quality is excellent for seamless recording in my studio!

American musical.34136908
21 July 2020

I've been wanting to get back into recording my work for some time when I finally bought one of these. Having a fair bit of experience with home recording since the old 4-track cassette recorders, I found this recorder to be very intuitive to use.

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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