Tascam Portacapture X8


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The Tascam Portacapture X8 is a high-resolution multitrack handheld recorder; with large, configurable condenser capsules and an intuitive touch screen, Portacapture X8 is perfect for almost any field recording application.

Tascam Portacapture X8


High-Resolution Multi-Track Handheld Recorder.

The Portacapture X8 comes with two high-quality condenser microphones, each with a diameter of 14.6 mm – the largest in the Tascam lineup. Employing a detachable mechanism, both L and R mics can be flexibly attached to and detached from the main unit to form A-B or X-Y mic patterns. The A-B pattern is ideal for creating a wide stereo field and the X-Y pattern provides extra-clear reproduction with reduced phase displacement between both channels. Combined with the dual A/D converter, 32-bit floating point processing and sampling rates up to 192 kHz, these microphones capture everything from the quietest rustle to the loudest spectacle.


Innovative, powerful, yet simple.

The large colour touch screen of the Portacapture X8 shows the Launcher which lets you easily select the best audio settings to match your application. Taking advantage of these presets, you have more time to focus on the actual recording without having to struggle with complicated settings. Should you, however, prefer to set everything yourself, the MANUAL app offers you all the possibilities to do so – including a Recording Guide that leads you through the required settings screens.


Multi-track recording with up to eight tracks.

The Portacapture X8 can simultaneously record up to eight audio tracks in total (six individual tracks + stereo mix). Select which inputs are recorded on which tracks, apply noise-gate, compression, EQ and reverb like you would do on a mixing console. The MANUAL app allows you to set levels and stereo positions for each of the six input tracks and create a stereo mix ready to be published as a podcast, vlog, song or other content. For the XLR/TRS inputs, Tascam utilises the in-house-developed HDDA (High Definition Discrete Architecture) mic preamps enables high-quality audio recording.


Wireless remote control (with optional Bluetooth adapter).

The Portacapture X8 can be remote-controlled via mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets (iPad and Android devices) using the optional AK-BT1 Bluetooth adapter and the Portacapture Control app, which can be downloaded free of charge from the Apple Store or Google Play.


Four XLR/TRS jacks plus in and out for your camera and other equipment.

With four professional, locking XLR/TRS combo inputs for mic- and line-level signals, the Portacapture X8 is prepared for most of your daily recording challenges. An additional mini-jack input and output each enable you to hook up your camera or other audio devices. When creating video footage, for example, you can record a guiding track with slate tones on your camera to simplify synchronisation during post-editing of the video material. The level of the camera output is adjustable and can thus be adapted to virtually any camera model. Of course, there is also a headphones output, which is powerful enough to keep you in control even in noisy environments.


USB audio interface for your computer.

Utilizing plug-and-go driverless functionality, the X8 can be used as a compact mixer with built-in microphones for live streaming via OBS or similar platforms, and also offers direct recording of video narration and dialogue directly to DAW and editing software. The Portacapture X8 streams up to eight tracks (six inputs plus stereo mix) through USB. By supporting the USB Type-C Power Delivery standard, the unit can simultaneously supply any external microphone with phantom power via the USB bus. For video or audio conferencing, use the Portacapture X8 as your USB stereo microphone and even record the audio simultaneously.

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Tascam Portacapture X8 Specs:


Recorder specifications
Recording media -microSD card (64 MB – 2 GB) microSDHC card (4–32 GB) microSDXC card (48–512 GB)
Recording/playback formats - WAV (BWF): 44.1/48/96/192kHz, 16/24 bit or 32 bit float MP3: 44.1/48kHz, 128/192/256/320 kbit/s
Input channels -6 (maximum)
Recording tracks - 8 (6 tracks + stereo mix)

Analogue audio inputs
Mic inputs - 3–6 (balanced) XLR-3-31 equivalent (1: GND, 2: HOT, 3: COLD)
6.3-mm TRS jacks (Tip: HOT, Ring: COLD, Sleeve: GND)
(phantom power over XLR only)
Input impedance - =2.2 kO
Maximum input level - +2 dBu
Minimum input level - -75 dBu

Line inputs 3–6 - XLR-3-31 equivalent (1: GND, 2: HOT, 3: COLD)
6.3-mm TRS jacks (Tip: HOT, Ring: COLD, Sleeve: GND)
Input impedance - =9 kO
Maximum input level - +24 dBu
Minimum input level - -53 dBu
Line input (EXT IN, unbalanced) - 3.5-mm stereo mini jack

Mic inputs 1/2 (unbalanced) - 3.5-mm mini jacks (support plug-in power)
Input impedance - =85 kO
Maximum input level - +1 dBV
Minimum input level - -69 dBV

Line input (EXT IN, unbalanced) - 3.5-mm stereo mini jack
Input impedance - =8.5 kO
Maximum input level - +10 dBV
Minimum input level - -48 dBV

Analogue audio outputs
Line output (LINE OUT, unbalanced) - 3.5-mm stereo mini jack
Output impedance - 200 O
Nominal output level - -14 dBV
Maximum output level - +6 dBV
Headphones output - 3.5-mm stereo mini jack
Maximum output - 45 mW + 45 mW (THD+N: =0.1%, 32 O load)
Built-in speaker - 0.4 W (mono)

Control inputs/outputs
USB Type-C connector
USB 2.0 High Speed mass storage class
Bluetooth device connector - For Bluetooth adapter (AK-BT1) only

Power supply - 4 x AA batteries (alkaline, Ni-MH or lithium-ion)
USB bus power from a computer AC adapter (TASCAM PS-P520U, sold separately)
Power consumption - 7.5 W (maximum)  
Display - 3.5-inch full-colour LCD touchscreen


Barcode # 4907034133154
Brand Tascam

1 Year, or 3 Years with FREE warranty registration at https://cmi.com.au/warranty-registration within 30 days or purchase.


Tascam Portacapture X8 Features:


  • New-generation high-resolution PCM audio recorder

  • 3.5-inch colour touchscreen for easy operation and perfect readability

  • Uncompromised audio quality with sampling rates up to 192 kHz and 32-bit floating point resolution – ideal for later lossless post-editing with DAW software

  • Intuitive launcher system with pre-set configurations for a variety of recording scenes such as basic multi-track recording, podcasts, music, voice (interviews, vlogs), field recordings, ASMR or manual settings

  • Two detachable large-diaphragm (14.6 mm) condenser microphones (can be set for A-B or X-Y configuration)

  • Built-in USB audio interface with eight inputs and two outputs

  • Included microphones can be used as USB audio source

  • Input signals received via USB can be recorded to SD card

  • Four mic/line inputs via XLR/TRS locking combo jacks

  • Phantom power (24 V / 48 V) can be set for each mic input individually

  • Multi-track recording of up to eight tracks (six tracks + stereo mix)

  • Recording in either WAV (BWF) or MP3 format

  • MS decoder, reverb effect (six rooms)

  • Auto-recording function to automatically start recording based on input level

  • Dual recording allows to record each track in a different file format

  • Slate tones can be added automatically or manually to simplify synchronization of video files when editing

  • Marks can be set automatically (peak, level, time)

  • XRI function allows information on recording settings to be stored with a BWF file

  • Built-in mixer with audio processing including EQ, low-cut filter, compressor, limiter, auto gain control, noise gate and more

  • Camera/line input to monitor and record audio sent from a camera or other device (3.5-mm stereo jack)

  • Camera/line output with selectable attenuation to send audio to a camera or other external devices

  • Wireless remote control from a smartphone/tablet using an optional Bluetooth dongle (Tascam AK-BT1) and a dedicated remote control app (free download)

  • Micro SD cards up to 512 GB can be used as recording media

  • Power supply by four AA batteries (Alkaline, Ni-MH, Lithium), USB bus power or optional AC adapter (Tascam PS-P520U)

  • Automatic power select to continue on batteries, for example, during a power outage


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