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Tascam HS-P82 Professional Solid-State CF Card 8-Channel Field Audio Recorder w/ Touch Screen

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TASCAM's HS-P82 offers 8 tracks of the highest quality recording, yet it's built for the rigors of location recording with reliable solid-state performance. The HS-P82 is built for location television and film production audio, with eight microphone inputs for big shoots or reality programs. The ... Read More

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TASCAM's HS-P82 offers 8 tracks of the highest quality recording, yet it's built for the rigors of location recording with reliable solid-state performance. The HS-P82 is built for location television and film production audio, with eight microphone inputs for big shoots or reality programs. The standard XLR microphone inputs include phantom power and analog limiting, with MIC & LINE level trims controlled from recessed front-panel controls. The high-quality microphone preamps have impressive specifications, including a noise raiting of -125dB EIN. In addition to the eight individual tracks, a stereo mixdown can be recorded for instant use.

Audio is recorded at up to 192kHz/24-bit WAV format to a pair of Compact Flash cards. This solid state media is completely reliable with no moving parts, and you can record to both cards simultaneously for extra security (card-mirroring). The Broadcast WAV files include iXML metadata for quick import into nearly any video or audio editing system, either via the USB 2.0 connection or a standard card reader.

For multi-microphone music or surround effects recording, the HS-P82 includes Mid-Side decoding – either recorded to the track or only for monitoring & playback. Microphone gain settings can be ganged together for input level control or fades, and inputs automatically mute when the gain is moved to its minimum setting. 

TASCAM provides firmware upgrades for products from time to time.  The latest upgrade - V1.20 - provides the ability to rename takes and automatically start and pause recording in response to the state of an external timecode signal.  Please visit the Download section for upgrade software, release notes and owner's manual addendums.  There is also a Quick Start Guide download available.

The HS-P82 offers several options for power. It runs on either NP batteries or AA, an included AC adapter, external DC input or a V-mount adapter for Endura batteries. An internal slate microphone is available for naming takes. Functions like a 5-second pre-record buffer, front panel lockout and headphone output alert signal further inspire confidence. 

For high-resolution music recording, a set of AES/EBU connectors is available for attaching pedigree A/D converters and preamplifiers. SMPTE timecode in and out, video and word sync are provided. All of this is controlled from a color touchscreen interface which makes operation fast and simple. 

The HS-P82 from TASCAM is built on 30 years of reliable field recording. See how affordable the state of the art can be with TASCAM's flagship production recorder, the HS-P82. 

Recording Features:

  • Dual Compact Flash recording media supports backup and mirroring
  • Long battery life through low power usage
  • Easy to read and operate using pivoting TFT Color Touch Panel interface
  • All-aluminum chassis is rugged yet lightweight
  • 8-track recording plus stereo mix for a total of 10-track recording
  • 8-track recording at up to 96kHz/24-bit
  • 4-track recording at 192kHz/24-bit
  • Broadcast WAV (BWF) support with iXML metadata
  • Take renaming function
  • Various power options include NP type, AC adaptor (included), external DC input (XLR 4-pin) and optional V-mount adaptor for ENDURA batteries. (A 10x AA battery tray is included - useful for short-term emergency operation in case of external power failure while recording)
  • Up to 5-second pre-record buffer
  • Internal microphone for slate recording
  • Limiter and low-cut filter per track
  • Mid-side microphone decoding – either during recording or on monitor/playback only
  • Trim ganging for multi-channel/multi-microphone input level control (both MIC and LINE level inputs)
  • Minimum input gain setting mutes input
  • Auto or manual cue points
  • Alert signal to headphone output
  • Retake function
  • Panel lockout function to prevent accidental transport switching


  • 8 high-quality microphone preamps and A/D converters with independent +48V phantom power for each (standard XLR connectors)
  • 8 AES/EBU inputs and outputs (DB-25 connector)
  • Sampling rate converter on each AES/EBU input
  • 2 balanced analog outputs (XLR connector)
  • Stereo digital output (BNC connector)
  • SMPTE Timecode In and Out (BNC connector)
  • Video/Word Clock/Cascade I/O (BNC connector)
  • Headphone out (1/4" stereo jack)
  • PS/2 keyboard input for track naming
  • USB 2.0 high-speed data transfer to PC
  • Mic Input EIN  -125dBu

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Product Specs

Recording mediaCF card (CompactFlash card)
File systemFAT32
File FormatBWF(Monophonic, Polyphonic)
Number of channels8 channels (44.1/48/88.2/96 kHz), 8 channels+stereo mix (44.1/48 kHz), 4 channels (176.4/192 kHz)
Quantization bit rate16bit/24bit
Sampling frequency44.1/47.952/48/48.048/88.2/96/176/192 kHz (47.952/48.048: 48kHz+= 0.1%pull-up/pull-down)
Reference clockInternal, Word in, Video in, Digital in (CH 1-2, CH 3-4, CH 5-6, CH 7-8)
Timecode frame rate23.976, 24, 25, 29.97 DF, 29.97 NDF, 30DF, 30 NDF
Built-in micOmnidirectional, monaural
Attach time3msec
Release time300 msec
Low cut filter  
Cut off frequency40/80/120 Hz
Slope-12 dB/OCT.-18dB/OCT
MIC IN/LINE IN connectors (1-8)  
ConnectorXLR-3-31 (1:GND, 2:HOT, 3: COLD)
When LINE is selectedInput impedance: 10k ohms, Nominal input level (Ref. level: -9dB): + 6dBu (1.55 Vrms), Nominal input level (Ref.level: Other than -9dB): +4 dBu (1.23 Vrms), Maximum input level: +15dBu (4.36 Vrms), +18 dBu(6.16 Vrms), +20dBu (7.75Vrms),+22dBu(9.76Vrms), +24 dBu(12.28 Vrms) [selection]
When MIC-25 is selectedInput impedance:2.4k ohms, Minimum input level: -45 dBu (4.36 Vrms), Maximum input level: +11 dBu (2.75 Vrms)
When MIC 0 is selectedInput impedance: 2.4 kOhms, Minimum input level: -70 dBu (0.25m Vrms), Maximum input level: -14 dBu(0.15 Vrms)
ConnectorXLR-3-32 (1:GND, 2:HOT, 3: COLD)
Output impedance100 ohms or less
Nominal output level (Ref. level: -9dB)+6 dBu(1.55 Vrms)
Nominal output level (Ref. level:Other than -9dB)+4 DbU(1.23 Vrms)
Maximum output level+15dBu (4.36 Vrms), +18 dBu(6.16 Vrms), +20 dBu(7.75 Vrms), +22 dBu (9.76 vRMS), +24 DbU(12.28 Vrms) [Selection]
Connector6.3 mm (1/4)stereo standard jack
Maximum output level100 mW+100 m W or more (THD+N % or less, into 32 ohms)
Connectord-Sub 25 pin connector
FormatAES3-2003/IEC60958-4 (AES/EBU)
Miniumum input voltage200 m Vp-p
Maximum input voltage7 Vp-p
Output voltage3.5 Vp-p
ConnectorBNC connector
FormatAES3-2003/AES-3id-2001 (AES/EBU)
Output voltage1 Vp-p/75 ohms
Control inputs and outputs  
ConnectorXLR4-32 connector (1:-,2:NC, 3:NC, 4: +)
Input voltage11-16 V(2A)
ConnectorBNC connector
Input voltage5 V TTL equivalent
Input impedance75ohms+=10%
Allowable frequency deviation of external synch+=100ppm
ConnectorBNC connector
Output voltage5 V TTL equivalent
Output impedance75ohms+=10%
Sampling frequency44.1/47.952/48/48.048/88.2/96/176.4/192 kHz (47.952/48.048:48 kHz+=0.1%pull-up/pull-down)
ConnectorBNC connector
Input Voltage0.5 -5 Vp-p
Input impedance10 kohms
ConnectorBNC connector
Output Voltage2.0 Vp-p
Output impedance600 ohms
USB portUSB B-type 4-pin
FormatUSB 2.0 high speed (480 MHz)
Keyboard Connectormini-DIN connector (PS/2)
PowerAC 100-240 V, 50-60 Hz (AC adaptor PS-1225L) 10 AA batteries (Alkaline or NiMH) External DC battery (DC 11-16 V, 2A or more)
Battery operation time (continuous operation)NP typre battery (Li-Ion: 14.8 V/4.6 Ah (68 W) About 5 hours (JEITA playback time), About 5 hours (JEITA recording time), AA type battery (NiMH), About 2 hours (JEITA playback time), About 2 hours (JEITA recording time), (48 kHz, 24-bit, 8 ch, with phantom power OFF. Varies with operating conditions)
Power consumption18 W
Dimensions (W X H X D )270 x 99.7 x 260 mm (excluding protrusions)
Weight3.65 Kg (not included batteries)
Operating temperature range0-40 degree C

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