New Gear Review: Tascam DA-3000 Master Recorder


The Tascam DA-3000 is the new upgrade to Tascam’s DV-RA1000HD. The DA-3000 records up to 192kHz PCM or 5.6MHz DSD stereo audio files. Unlike 1st generation standalone DSD recorders that used internal hard drives that quickly filled up, the DA-3000 records directly to SDHC and UDMA-supported Compact Flash cards—there are slots for both media accessible on the front panel.

The 1-U DA-3000 has Burr-Brown A/D converters and is designed to fit in any size recording, professional or project studio. Multiple units can be linked simultaneously for increased channel recording and the rear panel is crammed with all the right professional analog and digital I/O connections including Word Sync in/out (with 75-ohm switchable termination), both AES/EBU and S/PDIF and S/PDIF 3 in/out BNCs.

The brilliant 128 x 64 OLED (organic light emitting display) provides wide viewing angle and high visibility. The DA-3000 is $999 MSRP. http://tascam.com/product/da-3000

By Barry Rudolph

miniBio: Barry Rudolph is a recording engineer/mixer with over 30 gold and platinum RIAA awards to his credit. He has recorded and/or mixed: Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hall & Oates, Pat Benatar, Rod Stewart, the Corrs and Robbie Nevil. Barry has his own futuristic music mixing facility and also teaches recording engineering at Musician’s Institute, Hollywood, CA. http://www.barryrudolph.com