Summary: I bought this to record backing tracks for my mandolin to use during worship in church. It's been great! Using this is excellent way to improve my performance, timing and technique. Typically I record a rhythm track with my 6 string acoustic guitar, a second track with my electric, a third with mandolin, and a fourth with my twelve string, depending on the tune. That leaves me several empty tracks for additional effects or instruments, or vocals.
Summary: I love this. I know very little technically and I had to go to a music studio to learn how to use it (£25 for an hour lesson), however, I have no regrets about that and I am on my way with it now. I still know very little technically, yet I can record my singing and keyboard and harmonies and I am thrilled with that. I stumbled over the instructions because I didn't know to press play and record instead of just record.
Summary: I needed a good digital recorder to record live music I actually started out looking for a stereo recorder however when I came across this one it looked like it would serve the purpose AND allow 8 individual tracks should I decide to do a little song writing in the future. The built in microphones are ok, however I added some Heil PR-30s which really help to show the full potential of this machine.
Summary: The Tascam DP-008 in a word GREAT. The built in microphones record acoustic guitars with a crisp full sound. You will need a studio quality microphone for good vocals. It is user friendly at a fair price.
Great 8-track versatility, clean, clear digital sound.
13 December 2012
Summary: I owned a Tascam Porta-1-Studio years ago (I still have it). I purchased the DP-008 because of it's 8-track digital versatility. It's small, easy to use and it has great clean,clear digital sound. It has onboard effects and EQ. You can download one or more tracks into WAV format and download to your computer.The only downside I've encountered was that it has only two inputs.