Tascam have announced the availability of the Portacapture X8 High Resolution Adaptive Multi-Recorder. Featuring 192kHz/32-bit float point recording technology, a 3.5 inch colour touchscreen display for enhanced operational visibility, large format internal detachable mics to accommodate a variety of recording applications, six setup modes each with instant optimised settings, internal 8-track recording, and more. The new Portacapture X8 is aimed at users looking for a portable multitrack recorder for podcasts, music capture, voice capture for interviews and vlogs, and field recording to name a few applications and joins their popular DR-05X, DR-07X stereo and the DR-40X four-track portable recorders.
The Portacapture X8 uses an app-like set of configurations accessed via the touchscreen that optimise the unit for various recording tasks, including multitrack recording, voice capture for interviews, podcasts, music recording, field recording, and ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response) for capturing those unusual / sensory related sounds.
The Portacapture X8 comes with two large 14.6mm diameter built-in condenser microphones providing A-B and X-Y microphone patterns. In additon, the recorder is compatible with the AK-DR series optional accessories that include an adapter for DSLR camera attachment, audio routing cables, a power supply, and more.
The unit also provides a wealth of DSP capabilities including Compressor, Limiter, Low-Cut Filter, Noise Gate, Reverb, Auto Gain Control. Equally notable, wireless remote control is possible via mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets (iOS and Android). This is achieved by downloading the Tascam Portacapture Control app from the Apple store or Google Play.
Together with its multitrack record capability of 8 tracks (6 tracks plus 2 mix) and its 8-In / 2-Out USB Type C audio interface with support for USB bus power, the Portacapture X8 is a full-featured powerful handheld recorder both on its own or with a computer. Audio monitoring is possible via either the unit’s headphone output or the built-in speaker and the recorder also provides both mark and slate tone functions. Supported recording media includes micro-SD, micro SDHC, and micro SDXC cards up to 512GB capacity.
Typical price £399 / $499.