TASCAM tell us that their HD-P2 portable stereo recorder is now shipping. Tascam say that the unit answers the call of remote recording engineers as the professional solution for the challenging requirements of live and on-location recording. 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.
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.
Rick McClendon, Division Manager for TASCAM had this to say about the new machine, "The HD-P2 includes the features that professionals rely upon, such as timecode sync, built-in analog limiting and dependable performance. 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 â€“ constantly saving the audio to prevent against data loss â€“ and the time-stamped Broadcast WAVE files are available for instant use in any DAW."
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 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
More info: www.tascam.com