The TASCAM Portacapture X8 is much more than an advanced portable recording device. Record your music wherever your inspiration takes you, capture field recordings for sound design, never miss a moment of audio for video production, the Portacapture X8 combines high-resolution sound quality with intuitive app-like control that makes it fast and easy to set up for recording. Advanced 32-bit floating point recording means you can capture the most dynamic sound sources without worrying about clipping from loud sources, or indistinct audio from quiet sources. Powerful onboard DSP allows you to optimize your recordings right from the Portacapture X8, eliminating the need to transfer to your computer for basic tweaks such as EQ, noise filtering, and normalization. Complete with adjustable stereo condenser microphones, an array of input options, and flexible mounting options, the TASCAM Portacapture X8 is a smart solution for any professional recordist.
Whether you’re recording from the onboard stereo microphones, external microphones, instruments, or line-level sources, the Portacapture X8’s 32-bit float recording capability means you’ll never have to scrap a recording due to incorrect audio levels. When recording at lower bit depths, loud sound sources can cause digital clipping that cannot be fixed during editing. With a 32-bit floating point recording, you can reduce the file’s level in your DAW or NLE software to an appropriate level with no trace of digital clipping or limiting. Likewise, low-level 32-bit float audio recordings are captured with greater dynamic range and detail than they would at lower bit depths — you can increase the level of a mumbled phrase without creating a distracting change in tone or dynamics.
The Portacapture X8’s Launcher system makes it easy to start recording fast. Use the touch screen to select optimized settings for podcasting, field recording, vocal recording, musical instruments, or ASMR. You can also create your own custom presets for instant recall from the Launcher.
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The internal Recording app icons and descriptions:
|MANUAL||This is the basic app of the unit. Multitrack recording of up to six channels is possible.||VOICE||This recording app is good for capturing interviews, dictation and meetings.|
|PODCAST||This is good for recording podcasts with up to four people.||MUSIC||This recording app is good for easily capturing instrumental and vocal performances.|
|FIELD||This recording app is good for recording outdoors.||ASMR||The screen visual effect changes in response to the input sound.|
With its driverless plug-in-and-go functionality, the Portacapture X8 can be the ideal audio interface for content creators. The Portacapture X8 can serve as a compact mixer with built-in microphones for live streaming via OBS or similar platforms. It also offers direct recording via USB, allowing you to capture 32-bit floating point audio at resolutions up to 192kHz directly to your DAW or NLE software. And for video or audio conferencing, you can use the Portacapture X8 as your USB microphone and even record the audio simultaneously.
For clear, detailed audio capture in a range of settings the Portacapture X8 is equipped with a pair of 14.6mm-diameter condenser microphones, the largest in TASCAM’s lineup. These mics can be easily detached and re-attached to form A-B and True X-Y mic patterns, depending on the width of stereo field you require. Designed to pair perfectly with the Portacapture X8’s 32-bit float recording capability, you’ll appreciate how these microphones handle loud sound sources without distorting while also capturing quiet sources with exceptional detail.
You can operate your Portacapture X8 directly from your iOS or Android device for complete control anywhere within Bluetooth range. Connect the optional AK-BT1 Bluetooth adapter to your Portacapture X8, download the free Portacapture control app, and enjoy wireless remote control over all functionality.
The Portacapture X8 is a smart solution for videography. A CAMERA/EXT input allows you to monitor camera audio, wireless microphones and so on, while the CAMERA/LINE output allows you to send audio to external devices like cameras. The Portacapture X8 also offers both a Mark function and Slate Tone function for editing convenience. You can wirelessly synchronize timecode with supported devices from Atomos, with the optional AK-BT1 Bluetooth adapter. And with cold shoe and tripod connectors, the Portacapture X8 can easily be mounted atop cameras and tripods. The rear cold shoe mount also accommodates microphone holders and/or wireless receivers. Step up your audio for video game with the Portacapture X8.
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With the ability to record up to eight tracks (6 input tracks plus a stereo mix), the Portacapture X8 is a versatile recording solution for all types of content creators. The XLR/TRS combo inputs are based around TASCAM’s HDDA (High Definition Discrete Architecture) mic preamps for outstanding audio quality.
Derived from the TASCAM Portastudio series, Portacapture X8 allows multitrack Overdub recording as well as punch I/O. With its 6 flexible inputs, you can easily overdub a new track, other instruments, or a phrase
to your main track. The Overdub function is available in the MANUAL app.