Tascam PORTACAPTURE X8 6-Input / 8-Track Handheld Adaptive Multitrack Recorder

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With its large touchscreen, 32-bit float resolution to avoid clipping, and tailored modes for music, field, podcast, and voice recording applications, the TASCAM Portacapture X8 portable handheld multitrack recorder makes it incredibly easy to capture up to six individual tracks (plus a stereo mix) of detailed, high-resolution audio for common production scenarios. Its detachable condenser mics can be set for a wide or tight stereo image, and may be used simultaneously with the mic/line combo inputs. Equally adept as a handheld device or when used in stand- or camera-mounted setups, the Portacapture X8 can handle anything from sampling sessions and interviews to podcasts, live concerts, and multi-mic setups.

Flexible powering methods—batteries, USB bus power, or an AC adapter—make the Portacapture X8 well suited to on-the-go recording, all-day video shoots, and computer-based audio production. Need to patch in external mics or an outboard mixer? The Portacapture X8's four balanced combo XLR-1/4" inputs accommodate mic- or line-level signals and can supply phantom power if needed. Whether you use the built-in mics or an external source, selectable modes such as dual recording, low-cut filtering, limiting, gating, and auto level give you options for achieving a clean, undistorted recording. Separate line and headphone outputs are provided for real-time monitoring while recording to a camera.

Touchscreen User Interface Rather than requiring manual configuration to accommodate different scenarios, the Portacapture X8 offers presets that optimize the recorder for common applications such as basic multitrack recording, podcasts, music, voice (interviews, vlog, etc.), field recordings, ASMR, and more. The "Launcher" system makes these readily accessible via the large 3.5" color touchscreen. Detachable Condenser Microphones The Portacapture X8's detachable 14.6mm large-diaphragm condenser microphones empower you with crisp stereo capture, even without external mics. Both mics can be detached/attached to form A-B or X/Y mic configurations. Use the A-B position (capsules facing outward) to produce a wide stereo image, or switch to the X-Y position (capsules facing inward) if you need a tighter stereo field with a strong center presence and fewer phase differences.

When the mics are not connected, input jacks 1 and 2 can be used to bring in lavalier mics with 3.5mm TRS plugs, even if they need plug-in power.

  • Music, Field, Podcast & Voice Recording
  • Detachable Adjustable Condenser Mics
  • Four XLR-1/4" Inputs with Phantom Power
  • Color Touchscreen, Application Presets
  • Records in WAV up to 32-Bit / 192 kHz
  • 3.5mm Line and Headphone Outputs
  • Auto-Gain, Limiter, Low-Cut Filter, Gate
  • Powered via Batteries, USB, or Adapter
  • Supports microSD Cards up to 512GB
  • Optional Bluetooth Wireless Control


Portable Recorder
Form Factor Handheld Recorder
Primary Use Applications Audio-for-Video, Music Recording, Podcasting
Number of Tracks 8 (6 Inputs + Stereo Mix)
Number of Input Channels 6
Maximum Sampling Rate 192 kHz / 32-Bit (PCM)
Microphone Interchangeable Cardioid Condenser Stereo Pair, A/B or X/Y Configurations
Number of Microphone Preamps 6 Preamps
Built-In Speaker Yes, 0.4 W Mono
Display 3.5" / 8.9 cm Color LCD Touchscreen
Memory Card Support microSD (64 MB to 2 GB)
microSDHC (2 GB to 32 GB)
SDXC (48 GB to 512 GB)
Internal Storage None
Special Features Metronome, Remote Control Capable, Tuner
Audio File Formats Recording:
Sample Rates WAV:
44 / 48 / 96 / 192 kHz
44 / 48 kHz
Bit Depth 16 / 24 / 32-Bit
Bit Rates 128 to 320 kb/s
Signal Processing & FX Auto Gain, Compressor, Limiter, Low-Cut Filter, Reverb
Timecode Support Yes
Recording Time MP3 320 kb/s:
6 Hrs 56 Mins per GB (Stereo)
WAV 44.1 kHz/16-Bit:
1 Hr 34 Mins per GB (Stereo)
WAV 96 kHz/24-Bit:
28 Mins per GB (Stereo)
WAV 192 kHz/24-Bit:
14 Mins per GB (Stereo)
Included Software None
Analog I/O 2 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Female Unbalanced Mic Input
4 x Combo XLR-1/4" TRS Female Balanced Line/Mic Input (Lockable)
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Female Unbalanced Camera Input
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Female Unbalanced Camera/Line Output
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Female Unbalanced Headphone Output
Digital I/O None
Phantom Power +24 / 48 V, Selectable On/Off (Selectable on Individual Inputs)
Plug-In Power Yes
System Connection 1 x USB-C (2.0)
Audio Interface Capability Multi-Track
Bluetooth Bluetooth 5.0 (Remote)
Frequency Response Mic/Line Inputs:
20 Hz to 20 kHz +0/-0.3 dB (at 48 kHz)
20 Hz to 60 kHz +0/-2.5 dB (at 192 kHz)
Max Input Level 1/8" / 3.5 mm Mic Inputs:
+1 dBV
1/8" / 3.5 mm Line Inputs:
+10 dBV
Mic Inputs:
+2 dBu
Line Inputs:
+24 dBu
Max Output Level Line Outputs:
+6 dBV
Headphone Output Power 45 mW per Channel into 32 Ohms
Impedance 1/8" / 3.5 mm Inputs:
≥85 Kilohms (Mic Level)
≥8.5 Kilohms (Line Level)
Mic Inputs:
≥2.2 Kilohms (Balanced)
Line Inputs:
≥9 Kilohms (Balanced)
Line Outputs:
200 Ohms
SNR 1/8" / 3.5 mm Mic Inputs:
101 dBA
Mic/Line Inputs:
102 dBA
THD+N Mic Inputs:
Mic/Line Inputs:
Power Options Battery, USB Bus Power, AC/DC Power Adapter
Battery Type 4 x AA (Included)
Approximate Battery Life 11 Hours (AA Alkaline, 2 Channels, Phantom Off, Recording)
9.5 Hours (AA NiMH, 2 Channels, Phantom Off, Recording)
18 Hours (AA Lithium-Ion, 2 Channels, Phantom Off, Recording)
AC/DC Power Adapter VDC Not Included
Included Accessories Batteries, Microphone
Mounting Options 1/4"-20 Female, Shoe Mount (Bottom)
Operating Temperature 32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
Dimensions 3.3 x 8.1 x 1.6" / 83 x 205.6 x 41.5 mm
Weight 13.4 oz / 381 g (without Batteries)
16.6 oz / 472 g (with Batteries)
Packaging Info
Package Weight 1.58 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 9.2 x 6.9 x 2.9"

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