Tascam HS-P82




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 also 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.

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.


  • 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


Recording media CF card (Compact Flash)
File system FAT32
File format BWF (Monophonic, Polyphonic)
Number of channels 8 channels (44.1k / 48k / 88.2k / 96k Hz)
8 channels + Stereo mix (44.1k / 48k Hz)
4 channels (176.4k / 192k Hz)
Quantization bit rate 16 / 24-bit
Sampling frequency 44.1k / 47.952k / 48k / 48.048k / 88.2k / 96k / 176.4k / 192k Hz
(47.952k / 48.048k Hz: 48kHz ±0.1% pull-up/pull-down)
Reference clock Internal, Word in, Video in, Digital in (CH1-2, CH3-4, CH5-6, CH7-8)
Timecode frame rate 23.976 / 24 / 25 / 29.97 DF / 29.97 NDF / 30 DF / 30 NDF
Built-in Mic Omnidirectional, monaural
Attach time 3 msec
Release time 300 msec
Threshold –5dBFS
Ratio 32:1
Low cut filter
Cut off frequency 40 / 80 / 120 Hz
Slope –12dB/OCT, –18dB/OCT
Mic/Line input (1-8)
Connector XLR-3-31 (1: GND, 2: HOT, 3: COLD) × 8
Input impedance
MIC –25 2.4Ω
MIC 0 2.4Ω
Nominal input level
LINE +6dBu (1.55Vrms, –9dB), +4dBu (1.23Vrms, other than –9dB)
Maximum input level
LINE +15dBu (4.36Vrms), +18dBu (6.16Vrms), +20dBu (7.75Vrms), +22dBu (9.76Vrms), +24dBu (12.28Vrms)
MIC –25 +11dBu (2.75Vrms)
MIC 0 –14dBu (0.15Vrms)
Minimum input level
MIC –25 –45dBu (4.36Vrms)
MIC 0 –70dBu (0.25Vrms)
Line output
Connector XLR-3-32 (1: GND, 2: HOT, 3: COLD) × 1 pair
Output impedance 100Ω or less
Nominal output level +6dBu (1.55Vrms, Ref. level: –9dB), +4dBu (1.23Vrms, Ref. level: other than –9dB)
Maximum output level +15dBu (4.36Vrms), +18dBu (6.16Vrms), +20dBu (7.75Vrms), +22dBu (9.76Vrms), +24dBu (12.28Vrms)
Connector 1/4″ (6.3mm) Stereo phone jack × 1
Output power 100mA + 100mA (THD+N 1% or less, into 32Ω)
Digital I/O
Connector D-sub 25 pin × 1
Format AES3-2003/IEC60958-4 (AES/EBU)
Maximum input voltage 7mVp-p
Minimum input voltage 200mVp-p
Output voltage 3.5Vp-p
Digital output
Connector BNC × 1
Format AES3-2003/AES-3id-2001 (AES/EBU)
Output voltage 1Vp-p/75Ω
Control I/O
Connector XLR 4-32 (1: –, 2: NC, 3: NC, 4: +)
Input voltage 11 to 16V (2A)
Cascade/Word/Video In
Connector BNC
Input voltage 5V TTL equivalent
Input impedance 75Ω ±10%
(Allowable frequency deviation of external synch: ±100ppm)
Cascade/Word/Video Out
Connector BNC
Input voltage 5V TTL equivalent
Input impedance 75Ω ±10%
(Allowable frequency deviation of external synch: ±100ppm)
Sampling frequency 44.1k / 49.952; / 48lk / 48.048k / 88.2k / 96k / 176.4k /192k Hz
(47.952k / 48.048k Hz: 48kHz &pllusmn;0.1% pull-up/pull-down)
Time Code In
Connector BNC
Input voltage 0.5 to 5Vp-p
Input impedance 10kΩ
Time Code Out
Connector BNC
Input voltage 2.0Vp-p
Input impedance 600Ω
Connector USB B-type 4-pin × 1
Format USB2.0 HIGH SPEED (480MHz)
Connector mini DIN (PS/2) × 1
Power AC 100 – 240V, 50/60Hz (AC adapter PS-1225L)
10 AA batteries (Alkaline or NiMH)
External DC battery (DC 11 to 16V, 2A or more)
Power consumption 18W
Battery operation time * All times are approximate. Continuous operation)
NP type battery Li-ion: 14.8V / 4.6Ah (68W)
Playback 5 hours (JEITA)
Recording 5 hours (JEITA)
AA type battery Ni-MH
Playback 2 hours (JEITA)
Recording 2 hours (48kHz, 24-bit, 8ch with phantom power OFF, varies with operating conditions. JEITA)
Dimensions (W×H×D) 10.6″ × 3.9″ × 10.2″ / 270 × 99.7 × 260 mm
Weight 8.06 lbs. / 3.65 kg (excluding batteries)