Excerpt: Portastudio . The name invokes a flash flood of memories for anyone who wanted to do a little “home” recording in the era of cassette multitrack recorders. It’s like smelling a crayon and getting transported back to Kindergarden. But the DP-008 is not your father’s Portastudio. No sir. Tascam has taken the Portastudio concept and infused all the wiz-bang technolgy that the new millennium has to offer.
Summary: A neat little recorder that's ideally suited for guitarists to carry in their gig bag or guitar case. It is simple to use, and favours mixer‑style controls and dedicated buttons as opposed to lots of menu‑selectable functions.
Pros: Well designed and easy to use., Lots of hands‑on controls., Has built‑in omnidirectional microphones., Will easily slip into the pocket of a guitarist's gig bag.
Cons: Selecting between internal and external mics and the input level has to be done from a menu., There are no amp simulations or dynamics processors on board., Only one of the inputs has the option of a high‑impedance setting., The metronome tempo can't be changed during playback, and it is rather quiet., No channel solo.
Excerpt: Tascam’s impact on home recording over the past three decades is well documented – and that experience has now been poured into the tiny Pocketstudio DP-008. But while it is undeniably small, the term ‘pocket’ may be a bit deceiving as the DP-008 is around the size of a VHS cassette tape, so fits in a small bag, not your trousers.