Summary: I have owned the Tascam DP-02CF for ONE WEEK. So my opinions are from a new user's point of view. Previously, I had been using my old Tascam 424 4-track recorder. Now with the DP-02CF, I GET TWICE THE TRACKS, with 5 TIMES THE TECHNOLOGY all for about HALF THE PRICE! Hard to beat that deal! COMMENTS ON ISSUES 1) No you don't get any special effects on this machine. But I read that the effects on the DP02 were bad anyway so no loss there.
Summary: It took me awhile to learn to use this, and I think they could write a much better manual and make a more logical set of controls. I went on line and learned from others much more than the manual could explain clearly. It is going to be frustrating for a novice, period. Sound is great with good mics (essential--expect to pay $85-150 for a minimally decent mic). No, you can't mix in effects ahead of the recording--only when you play back.
Summary: I had been using the Tascam 414 cassette based Portastudio and decided it was time to upgrade to digital. I was able to get the DP-02CF for $250 and am quite happy with it. Mine came with a 1G CF card and this lets me record 8 tracks total for a 3-4 minute song. I will be purchasing a larger CF card but the one that comes with it allowed me to get my feet wet and play around with it.
Summary: The DP-02CF does have a few limitations (can only record from 2 sources at a time, and need to crank the level on the microphone in order to get enough power), but it's way better than my old cassette-based 4-track recorder. Having a great time playing around with it, and can't beat it for the price.
Summary: I purchased the DP-02CF expecting a Multi-Track Recorder, much like the 10 or so Recorders I've owned over the past 25 years past from Tascam. However, even though the new Digital technology is wonderful, things here are not quite what they appear to be in this case... First, even though you are using a CF Card and you can use up to an 8 gig card [which is great] you are limited to .wav format in FAT 32 which burns 1/2 a gig of space off the top, and limits the...
Summary: I received this a few days ago and at first was a bit beyond whelmed by the instruction booklet. After reading all the hype about how user friendly it is, I thought I was suddenly a tad less than ept. It takes awhile to absorb all that it can do. It can do a LOT. Therefore, ya gotta read the instructions and take a step at a time to get acclimated. I don't agree that it's user friendly right out of the box but it's pretty close.
Summary: Like everything else I do I stressed over which digital 8 track to buy. Knowing I needed to spend around 300 dollars I had a few choices. The main competition for me was the fostex mr8. The one thing I like about the Tascam is that it is a true 8 track recorder. Most others are not. The lack of effects and built in mike is a minus, but I'm sure the end results are better sound. Ease of use? Some reviews say you can use it out of the box.
Summary: The description here describes two different units. The DP-02 and the DP-02 CF (compact flash) The DP-02 is the more expensive unit with a 40gb hard drive. The unit being sold here is the DP-02CF . Not the one with the 40gb hard drive.
Summary: I was looking for a cost effective way to upgrade to digital recording at our church and this unit fits the bill. It has far more capabilities that we will probably ever use but it does what we need it to do very effectively at a good price point.