Sonic State Studio / Recorders / TASCAM ® DA-P1 Portable DAT Recorder

Average rating: 4.8/10 out of 10

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Kayne314 a Professional user from Canada writes:
I use the DA-P1 with my small Video Production Company. It is extremely reliable. Combined with 2 shotgun Mics, I get unbelievable sound quality. I import the audio from the unit into my editing suite via the onboard digital audio output. I am using this recorder with video footage and editing for broadcast. The sound is clean and stable. I get consistant results from this unit time and again. The only time I get poor results from this unit, is when I place it in the hands of an inexperienced sound person. They often get confused between the clearly marked Level inputs and Monitor controls, and ignore the Peak meter in favor of their own ears. A knowledgable sound person finds this unit easy and reliable with superb sound recording. I have used this recorder both in the field and in the studio and have never been dissapointed with what it can do. Having used several different formats of Recorders, (Reel-to-Reel, Mini-Disc, CD, and Hard-drive) the Tascam DA-P1 DAT recorder is by far the most capable. The only improvement I could ask for would be a simple firewire connection to the digital editing suite allowing for point and click control over the import of sound. Such an improvement would save me all of about 30 seconds in time, but it might be nice. Overall, for a portable recorder, I give it top marks.

Rating: 9 out of 10 posted Saturday, 12-Mar-05 at 4:37
Nat a Professional user from Thailand writes:
My friend bought a new one the price is about $2,200 in Thailand. Too expensive even a second hand. Better look for Marantz PMD670(compact flash). I had DAT recorder long time ago. But this is 2005. DAT is gonna extinct from the world This DAT should under $500

Rating: 1 out of 10 posted Sunday, 16-Jan-05 at 9:28
alex a Professional user from germany writes:
it is the most horrible portable Dat-recorder, cause it is not reliable on location recording even indoor, never use this when reliablity is important as for film location sound recording, try a fostex pd 4 instead. The tascam is definetely unreliable, have seen up to 4 Pieces not working properly, so I swear before with them in a matter of budget I will work with an old nagra mono recorder, but never again with this tascam shit.

Rating: 1 out of 10 posted Tuesday, 11-Jun-02 at 2:4
Techno-iD a Professional user from Thailand writes:
I use the DA-P1 Tascam for 5 years now, and it's really a nice machine.I use it in the studio to record directly from a Mackie mixer VLZ 1202 and the high quality of these recordings allow me to directly burn CD without any other process.I do use it to record natural noises, sounds from natural or urban environment as well, with 2 mics, and the results are astounding, and real.I use it also as an "interface" to record in my PC, using the Digital Out S/PDIF of the tascam to input the sound in the S/PDIF In of my computer.The tascam is then in "Record" mode, but I just record in the PC , using the DA-P1 as an interface beetween the mixer and the computer, and the results are great.A very efficient machine, solid state, easy to use, and really a great sound.May be more editing capabilities would be a great improvement.But it is so small...

Rating: 8 out of 10 posted Monday, 08-Apr-02 at 20:50
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