Multitrack recording with the Tascam DP-008EX

My goal for module 5 was to learn how to use the Tascam DP-008EX Digital Multitrack Recorder. I┬ápurchased the device for 75% off on Cyber Monday in 2014 and haven’t had a chance to learn how to use it yet. The device has two internal microphones and can record up to 8 separate tracks.

Tascam DP-00EX Digital Multitrack Recorder

Tascam DP-008EX Digital Multitrack Recorder

I started my learning process by messing around with the demo track that came preloaded on the device. I started by balancing the track levels to match my preference. I then panned each track to a different spot on the stereo spectrum. The mixing process was easy to do.

I then watched the tutorials available on the manufacturer website to gain more expertise. Finally, I sat down and recorded a 4-part brass quartet. I started by laying down the tuba tracks. I set the mic levels and then recorded each tuba part on 2 tracks so that I could pan each part in two areas. Then set the mic levels for the trombone and recorded each trombone part on two separate tracks. That filled up all 8 tracks.

I balanced the track levels and panned the tracks to give it the feel of a double brass quartet. I bounced the tracks and mixed them down without any problem. When it came to mastering the tracks, I ran into some difficulty and dug out the user manual. I mastered the track, exported in to my computer, and uploaded it. Check it out!

You can view my updated skills checklist here.

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One comment on “Multitrack recording with the Tascam DP-008EX
  1. Savilla says:

    So glad to see you exploring tools that you can put into use (and that you got such good deals on!).

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