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Tascam DP-01FX $500 HD recorder


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Anyone know about this unit? It is less than $500 and has a 40GB HD. I think I might could buy one for $450.

 

I have a Fostex MR-8 and the 128MB CF card is way too small. I need to get a 512mb or 1GB CF card. A 1GB CF card (I think it has to be high-speed?) can be had for maybe $90. So, I could make demo's a lot easier for $90.

 

A 1GB CF card, I might also be able to record a live gig with that much memory.

 

Or, sell the Fostex. Say I get $250. For another $110 over the $90 I'd spend for the CF card, I'd have a HD unit.

 

Just wondering if anyone has used this or has knowledge of how much better it could be over Fostex MR-8.

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Originally posted by LiveMusic:

Anyone know about this unit? It is less than $500 and has a 40GB HD. I think I might could buy one for $450.

 

I have a Fostex MR-8 and the 128MB CF card is way too small. I need to get a 512mb or 1GB CF card. A 1GB CF card (I think it has to be high-speed?) can be had for maybe $90. So, I could make demo's a lot easier for $90.

 

A 1GB CF card, I might also be able to record a live gig with that much memory.

 

Or, sell the Fostex. Say I get $250. For another $110 over the $90 I'd spend for the CF card, I'd have a HD unit.

 

Just wondering if anyone has used this or has knowledge of how much better it could be over Fostex MR-8.

Just remember that this is a fairly new machine from Tascam, if it does not sell well, Tascam will drop support like a hot potato.

 

Just ask Tascam customers... ;)

 

I think you can do what you want with the Tyros or the PSR3000 [not completly sure] but somebody @ www.synthzone.com @ the arranger forum did a wonderful piece [or several] with a PSR2000 and he's computer with a regular sound card.

 

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What a coincidence, that's the route I've taken (with a PC-only detour in the middle for a while). IIRC we talked about you possibly buying my MR-8 at one point . . .

 

I like the DP-01fx and you can probably get one for about $450 new-in-box from a dealer via ebay. I look at it as the harddisk equivalent of the MR-08. I did the 01fx as opposed to the 01 specifically to get the phantom powered XLR inputs (I have a couple of condensor mics I use for live to 2-track recording). It's painless to use for recording rehearsals and shows as long as 2 tracks is enough for you and so far has worked fine for me (not many hours on it yet). I'm in the process of processing a rehearsal recording I did last week. My band did a 35 minute set at music festival and I recorded our last 2 run-throughs. It was very simple to use for that and relatively painless to get the tracks onto the PC as wav files. It does take a while to "export" the tracks to wav files that you can xfer to the PC but once they are ready it's a USB connection and a copy.

 

That said - if I were buying now I'd be very tempted by the new Fostex MR-8HD ( link to it at Zzounds ) for $399 (or possibly less) you get 4-track simultaneous recording (instead of just 2) onto a 40G HD. No info on the Fostex site yet so I don't know if it has phantom power on the XLR inputs or not (something that would matter to me but maybe not you). I don't think it's available yet (maybe scheduled for the end of June) but I'd wait until then for 4-track recording.

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Hey Craig! Yep, I spoke with you. Thanks for posting. And I did not know Fostex is coming out with MR-8HD. For immediate (next few months), I don't really need more than two tracks. If I could find a high-speed CF 1GB card for the MR8, it might be okay.

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The DP01FX is not just an MR8 with a HDD. The effects are far superior, the muc pres are better, the converters are better, and so forth. Highly recommend in that price point.
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