Tascam Portacapture X8

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The Tascam Portacapture X8 has an intuitive Launcher system using a 3.5-inch colour touch panel display. This new generation high-res multi-track handheld recorder has recording applications such as basic multi-track recording, podcasting, music, voice (interviews, vlog), field recording, ASMR + more. Innovative, powerful, yet simple.

Key Features:

Launcher Icon System

The new Launcher system and 3.5-inch color touch panel allow smooth navigation to select the best audio settings that match the application. Taking advantage of these presets, users will have more time to focus on the actual recording without the need to struggle with complicated settings.

Configure Level Settings With Ease

The Portacapture X8 provides a preset level setting to achieve a wide dynamic range utilizing the premium dual AD converters and 32-bit float point recording technology. The result is content with uncompromised audio quality even with low level recordings. The audio data can be edited and increased later without deteriorating the S/N (signal-to-noise ratio). Also the internal normalize function allows automatic level alignment of the 2-mix file after recording. Combining these features, there’s no need to use valuable creative time finding the right audio level that matches the recording.

USB Audio Interface Function With No Driver Needed

Utilizing plug-and-go driverless functionality, the Portacapture 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 8 tracks (6 inputs and 2mix) through USB. By supporting the USB Type-C Power Delivery standard, Portacapture X8 can provide phantom power to each external mic at once with USB bus power. For video or audio conferencing, use the Portacapture X8 as your USB microphones and even record the audio simultaneously.

Premium Large Format Built-in Microphones

The Portacapture X8 comes with two 14.6mm diameter built-in microphones, the largest in our lineup. Employing a detachable mechanism, both L and R microphones can be flexibly attached/detached from the main unit to form A-B / True X-Y mic patterns.

Wireless Remote Control via Optional Bluetooth Adapter and Original App

Wireless remote control is possible via mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets (iPad and Android devices) using the optional AK-BT1 Bluetooth dongle and the Portacapture Control app, which can be downloaded free of charge from the App Store or Google Play.

Multi-track Recording Up to 8 tracks (6 tracks + 2 mix)

The Portacapture X8 can simultaneously record up to 8 tracks in total (6 tracks + 2 mix). From monaural audio recording to multi-track music recording, the Portacapture X8 can be flexibly adapted for a wide range of applications. For the XLR/TRS inputs, TASCAM know-how utilizing the in-house-developed HDDA (High Definition Discrete Architecture) mic preamps – enables high-quality audio recording.

4 XLR/TRS Combo Jacks With External MIC/LINE Connectivity and Camera in/out

With its 2 built-in stereo mics, 4 XLR inputs with support for both mic and ¼’ line-level*, EXT-IN, LINE OUT, and CAMERA IN/OUT connections, the Portacapture X8 is a versatile portable recorder with an abundance of IN/OUT choices.

Flexible Configuration With Cold Shoe/ Tripod Screw Connectors

The unit’s external mechanism provides flexible functionality. Portacapture X8 can be easily mounted on top of cameras and tripods, and be combined with AV rigs. The rear cold shoe mount also makes it possible to attach mic holders and/or wireless receivers.

*Adapters and cables not included


Recorder Specifications  
Recording media microSD cards (64MB – 2GB), microSDHC cards (4GB – 32GB), microSDXC cards (48GB – 512GB)
Recording / Playback Formats  
WAV (BWF) 44.1k/48k/96k/192kHz, 16/24-bit, 32-bit float
MP3 44.1k/48kHz, 128k/192k/256k/320kbps
Number of channels  
Input channels 6 channels maximum
Recording tracks 8 tracks maximum (6 tracks, stereo mix)
Analog Audio Input Ratings  
Mic inputs (unbalanced)  
Input jacks 1-2(support plug-in power)  
Connectors 3.5mm (1/8″) Mini TRS jacks
Maximum input level +1dBV
Minimum input level -69.3dBV
Input impedance 85kΩ or higher
Mic inputs (balanced)  
Input jacks 3-6(input set to “MIC”)  
Connectors XLR-3-31 equivalent(1: GND, 2: HOT, 3: COLD)
6.3mm(1/4″) standard TRS jacksInput(Tip: HOT, Ring: COLD, Sleeve: GND)

Note: phantom power supported by XLR only

Maximum input level +2dBu
Minimum input level -75dBu
Input impedance 2.2kΩ or higher
Input jacks 3-6(Input set to “LINE”)  
Connectors XLR-3-31 equivalent(1: GND, 2: HOT, 3: COLD)
6.3mm(1/4″) standard TRS jacksInput(Tip: HOT, Ring: COLD, Sleeve: GND)
Nominal input level +4dBu (GAIN:min)
Maximum input level +24dBu
Minimum input level -53dBu
Input impedance 9kΩ or higher
Line input (unbalanced)  
EXT IN jack  
Connectors 1/8″ (3.5mm) Stereo Mini jack
Nominal input level -10dBV (GAIN:min)
Maximum input level +10dBV
Minimum input level -48dBV
Input impedance 8.5kΩ or higher
Analog Audio Output  
Line output (unbalanced)  
LINE OUT jack  
Connectors 1/8″ (3.5mm) Stereo Mini jack
Nominal output level -14dBV
Maximum output level +6dBV
Output impedance 200Ω
Headphone Output  
Headphone jack  
Connectors 1/8″ (3.5mm) Stereo Mini jack
Maximum output 45mW + 45mW
(THD+N 0.1% or less, into 32Ω)
Built-in speaker 0.4W (mono)
Control input/output Ratings  
USB port  
Connectors USB Type-C
Format USB2.0 HIGH SPEED mass storage class
Bluetooth® device connector For Bluetooth® adapter (AK-BT1) only
Power 4 AA batteries (Alkaline, Ni-MH or Lithium-ion)
USB bus power from a computer
TASCAM PS-P520U AC adapter (sold separately)
Power consumption 7.5W (maximum)
Dimensions 83 (W) × 205.6 (H) × 41.5 (D) mm -including protrusions
Weight 472g / 381g (with/without batteries)
Operating temperature range 0 – 40°C
Input jacks 1–6and EXT IN jack to PCM data 20Hz – 20kHz at 48kHz: +0 / -0.3dB (JEITA)
20Hz – 60kHz at 192kHz: +0 / -2.5dB (JEITA)
S/N ratio  
Input jacks 1–2 to PCM data
(20kHz SPCL LPF, A-weighting)
101dB (48kHz)
Input jacks 3–6, EXT IN jack to PCM data
(20kHz SPCL LPF, A-weighting)
102dB (48kHz)
Total harmonic distortion ratio (THD+N)
(1kHz sine, -5 dBFS input,GAIN: min,20kHz SPCL LPF)
Input jacks 1–2 to PCM data 0.005%
Input jacks 3–6 (LINE IN) to PCM data 0.008%
Input jacks 3–6 (MIC IN) to PCM data 0.006%


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