TASCAM Debuts HD-P2 Portable Stereo Recorder

- Press Release

Answering the call of remote recording engineers, the TASCAM HD-P2 Portable High-Definition Stereo Audio Recorder is the professional solution for the challenging requirements of live and on-location applications. It records at up to 192kHz/24-bit resolution for audiophile quality to Compact Flash media, locked to the built-in SMPTE timecode input. The Broadcast WAVE audio files are instantly available through the built-in high-speed FireWire computer connection.

"The HD-P2 includes the features that professionals rely upon, such as timecode sync, built-in analog limiting and dependable performance," says Rick McClendon, Division Manager for TASCAM. "We prepared the HD-P2 for grueling professional use while keeping it affordable and simple enough for anyone to use. It's the least-expensive recorder to ever feature timecode lock for recording and playback, and the 192kHz/24-bit audio specs are nothing short of phenomenal. The HD-P2 records to Compact Flash media - constantly saving the audio to prevent against data loss - and the time-stamped Broadcast WAVE files are available for instant use in any DAW."

Unlike consumer MP3 sketchpads, the professional HD-P2 incorporates high-end features like a SMPTE timecode input for synchronization to external devices while in record or playback. When recording, the HD-P2 writes time-stamped Broadcast WAVE audio files that can be loaded into your DAW projects with sample accuracy. Its XLR microphone inputs include phantom power and a limiter to curb distortion during unpredictable live events. The user interface has been designed for fast and intuitive use under stressful one-take-only situations, and its large, angled LCD is perfect for any application from over-the-shoulder location recording to concert recording and commercial use.

HD-P2 Recording features:
-Stereo recording to Compact Flash media
-44.1kHz to 192kHz recording resolution at 16- or 24-bit
-Time-stamped Broadcast WAVE file format is easily imported into DAW software and spotted into projects with sample accuracy
-Retake button allows user to re-do last recording with a single button press
-Audio files continually re-saved to safeguard against data loss
-Comprehensive system and transport control from the front panel or a PS/2 keyboard

HD-P2 I/O features:
-XLR mic inputs with phantom power and analog peak limiter
-Unbalanced stereo RCA I/O
-S/PDIF digital I/O
-Headphone output
-Built-in mono microphone and speaker for desktop interview applications
-Analog level controls allow easy operation without the need to look at the unit
-FireWire interface for fast data transfer to a computer

HD-P2 Synchronization features:
-SMPTE/LTC timecode input on locking XLR balanced jack
-Timestamps Broadcast WAVE recordings from SMPTE input
-Chase locks to incoming SMPTE timecode to Video clock input resolves to house clock
-Tri-level sync support for HDTV applications
-Includes Frame Lock, Lock and Release and flexible Freewheel settings for unpredictable timecode sources
-Pull-up and Pull-down sample rates included for video format compatibility

HD-P2 Convenience Features:
-Familiar tape machine-style layout and function
-Angled screen for table-top or shoulder strap use
-Large, uncluttered LCD display
-Shortcut keys and LED indicators for frequently-accessed functions
-Recessed Compact Flash slot
-Runs on (8) readily available AA batteries or DC power adapter
-Approximately 5.5 hours of operating time on battery power

Website: http://www.tascam.com/

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