Tascam Portacapture X8


Portable 6+2-Track Recorder

  • With a touch screen and a USB 2.0 audio interface
  • 16 / 24 / 32 bit floating point resolution - 44.1 / 48 / 96 / 192 kHz
  • 3.5" Colour LCD touch screen
  • With presets for multi-track, music or field recordings as well as interviews, podcasts and ASMR applications
  • Two detachable condenser microphones with 14.6 mm diaphragm (positioning in AB or XY configuration)
  • An integrated USB 2.0 audio interface with 8 inputs and 2 outputs
  • 24V / 48V Phantom power (separately switchable)
  • Multitrack recording with up to 8 tracks (6 single tracks + stereo mix)
  • Recording in WAV (BWF) or MP3 format
  • WAV (BWF): up to 32-bit / 192kHz
  • MP3: up to 320kBit/s / 48kHz
  • MS decoder
  • Hall effect (6 rooms)
  • Functions: pre-recording, auto-recording, dual-recording, flap signal function, XRI function, etc.
  • An integrated mixer with compressor, limiter, reverb, low-cut filter, automatic level control, noise gate and more
  • An integrated loudspeaker for easy monitoring
  • Recording possibilities on microSD, microSDHC and microSDXC cards with up to 512 GB
  • Remote control via smartphone/tablet with an optional Bluetooth adapter Tascam AK-BT1 (Art. 531514, not included) and remote control app possible
  • Up to 11h battery life (onboard microphones)
  • Phantom power off and stereo WAV recording at 24-bit / 44.1kHz
  • Power supply possible via 4 x AA battery, USB or optional power supply Tascam PS-P520U (Article no. 512355, not included in the delivery)
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 83 x 206 x 42 mm
  • Weight: 381 g
  • Incl. 4 x AA battery, registration and operating instructions


  • 4 Combo mic/line inputs: XLR/jack
  • 1 Camera/line input: 3.5 mm jack
  • 1 Camera/line output: 3.5 mm jack
  • 1 Stereo headphone output with level control: 3.5 mm jack
  • USB Type-C
  • Slot for optional Bluetooth adapter
available since January 2022
Item number 531510
sales unit 1 piece(s)
Integrated Stereo Microhone Yes
Recording Tracks 8
Microphone Inputs 4
48 V Phantom power Yes
Line Inputs 5
Storage Medium micro SD/SDHC/SDXC Card
Headphone connection Yes
Integrated Speaker Yes
Resolution max. 32 bit
Max. Sample Rate 192 kHz
Limiter Yes
Max. Memory 512
Power Feed 4x AA-Battery, USB or optional Power Supply
Dimensions 83 x 206 x 42 mm
Weight 381 g
Included In Delivery 4x AA Battery, Manual
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Excellent conception. It has serious issues. Unusable.
CarlosJo 18.02.2022
This is an awesome recorder in theory. The mics are excellent, full rich sound. The options, ins and outs, excellent ! Once you get the hang of its UI and understand the flow of signal through each app you can start imagining how you can use this recorder in different situations. The technical specs are also excellent. The AD/DA is high quality.

Unfortunately the one I had purchased had a major defect. After recording four songs, each with the same set up - about 20 minutes of usage - the recorder started to send repetitive signals to my two tracks. Warning for something ? No messages, no indication about what was wrong. Out of the blue repetitive hammering sounds. This sound was recorded on the tracks so my recording was unusable. I stopped recording and turned the recorder off. Started about an hour later and listened to the damaged recording. The recorder started gently hammering again while listening, independent of the recorded hammering, then I heard the recorded hammering too ... I read the troubleshooting section of the manual. There was nothing related to my problem. I am disappointed and frustrated. Returning it today. BTW, the SD card I have been using works perfectly in my computer. So the problem is in the recorder not on the recording media.

I am still giving 3 stars for all the conception and the quality while it worked properly during the first 20 minutes. May be I was sent a defective unit. But I will not try another one for now. I lost confidence in the recorder.


Ultrasonic noise problems
V.ince 20.10.2022
I bought this attracted by the possibility of 32 bit float on a handheld device. Everything ran smoothly until I opened the recordings in a spectrogram.
Using the supplied capsules, you can clearly see ultrasonic noise, steady tones. This happens at all sample rates and bit depths. But there's more, this happens on empty channels too, so you get a hum printed on silence!

I returned this and had a second unit, which has the same problem. I checked online and other users have experienced the same issue. I will return this second unit too, hoping to get it repaired or refunded.

This makes the unit unusable for me and I can't understand how this problem hasn't been addressed by the manufacturer.


Brilliant. Like having two extra ears.
MHarbour 30.10.2022
Extraordinary. Especially when set to the highest resolutions.
Listening back to recorded sound, its like it's all happening again.


Happy User
Daub 27.11.2022
The Portacapture does everything I expected it to do and we’ll. My only gripes would be the steep learning curve (maybe only to be expected with such a comprehensive feature set) and the size. It’s certainly portable but if you want a more controllable replacement for mobile phone recording it’s worth being aware that the Portacapture8 does not exactly ‘slip into the pocket’. That being said, it’s a solid little machine that will serve the mobile recordist well.


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