Tascam Portacapture X8 High Resolution Multi-Track Handheld Recorder


  • Compact, professional-grade audio recorder designed to be used in combination with a DSLR camera
  • Uses an SD/SDHC/SDXC card as recording medium (up to 128 GB)
  • High-quality recording inputs through Tascam original High Definition Discrete Architecture (HDDA) microphone preamps
  • NE5532 operational amplifiers for even higher audio performance (also used on DA-3000)
  • In addition to ordinary stereo recording, simultaneous recording of up to four channels is possible
  • Four channels can be mixed down to a stereo signal

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Tascam Portacapture X8 High-Resolution Multi-Track Handheld Recorder
Tascam Portacapture X8 High Resolution Multi-Track Handheld Recorder £399.99

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Tascam Portacapture X8 High-Resolution Multi-Track Handheld Recorder

The Tascam Portacapture X8 is the Perfect Choice for Creating High-Quality Audio Content. Featuring a large touchscreen, 32-bit float resolution to limit clipping and custom modes for music, field, podcast and voice recording apps, Tascam’s impressive Portacapture X8 portable handheld multitrack ensures it’s simpler than ever to record up to 6 tracks of nuanced, hi-res audio for all manner of production scenarios. Also featuring detachable condenser mics for a wide or tight stereo image, these can also be used simultaneously with the mic/line combo inputs.

Equally stellar as a handheld device or when used in stand- or camera-mounted setups, the Tascam Portacapture X8 can handle anything from sampling sessions and interviews to podcasts, live concerts, and multi-mic setups.

At a glance • New-generation high-resolution PCM recorder

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

Six Different Recording Apps To Choose From!

  • MANUAL This is the main app for multi-track recording of up to six audio sources and a stereo mix (2-mix).
  • VOICE This recording app is ideal for capturing interviews, dictation and meetings.
  • PODCAST Use this for podcast creation with up to four people.
  • MUSIC Choose this app for capturing instrumental and vocal performances.
  • FIELD Ideal for recording nature sounds outdoors.
  • ASMR The screen visual effect changes in response to the input sound.

Set Your Levels With Ease!

Premium dual A/D converters! The Portacapture X8 provides a preset level setting to achieve a wide dynamic range utilizing premium dual A/D converters and recording technology with 32-bit floating point resolution. The result is content with uncompromised audio quality even with low-level recordings. When editing the audio data later, you can increase the level without deteriorating the signal-to-noise ratio (S/N). Also, the internal normalize function can automatically align the level of the stereo 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 For Your Computer!

Streams up to eight tracks! 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 Tascam 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 Tascam Portacapture X8 as your USB stereo microphone and even record the audio simultaneously.

Premium Large-Format Microphones

32-bit floating point processing! The Portacapture X8 comes with two high-quality condenser microphones, each with a diameter of 14.6 mm – the largest in our 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.

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.

Wireless Remote Control

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.

In this way, you can, for example, record nature sounds in the wild without affecting the result with your own direct presence or your own noises.

Wireless Timecode Sync with Atomos And Other Devices

Timecode synchronisation (added in firmware v1.20) makes the post-production process much easier, as files can be aligned using the time basis. This is especially helpful with projects using multiple cameras or recorders. Wireless timecode sync is available with Atomos AtomX Sync, UltraSync Blue and other compatible products* such as Atomos Connect and Shogun Connect.

The optional AK-BT1 Bluetooth adapter for Portacapture X8 is required.

*Please visit the Atomos website for compatible products.

Additional information


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
Max Sample Rate/Resolution 192 kHz / 32-Bit
Microphone Interchangeable Cardioid Condenser Stereo Pair, A/B or X/Y Configurations
Number of Mic Preamps 6
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)
Special Features Metronome, Remote Control Capable, Tuner
Audio File Formats Recording: BWF, MP3
Sample Rates WAV: 44 / 48 / 96 / 192 kHz
MP3: 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
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)
Power Options Battery, USB Bus Power, AC/DC Power Adapter
Included Accessories Batteries, Microphone
Weigh 13.4 oz / 381 g (without Batteries)
16.6 oz / 472 g (with Batteries)


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