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TASCAM Portacapture X8 Recorder w/ 32-bit Float Audio & Timecode

Photo Moment - August 02, 2022

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If you've ever ruined your audio because it clipped out of range, or you've ever struggled to get your audio in sync, then you want to watch this video!

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Thanks for this nice review. I do own a Tascam X8 and..during recording a choir one of the external mic clipped at some time. It was recorded in 32-bit float audio.If I understand the principle, I don't know which software are able to redesign the audio wave under a non tipping track. Thanks for your help. Best regards from Parma.
But will it work with tentacle sync timecode?
No, the system is designed for ATOMOS timecode. Different protocols I think.
Hey @photoJoseph, it's been a while since your last video... We miss you bud
Thanks mate. I’m still here… took off most of August and now working on three videos at once 😂
Very informative video, would you also be able to sync a zoom F2 BT over the Xsync or do I have to get the ultrasync blue? I would like to consider getting the F2 as a 32bit backup for my mixpre3. Thank and great channel, Subbed!
Announced today: “With the introduction of the V1.30 firmware update, the Portacapture X8 now has the capability to use 32-bit float point resolution when using the unit as a USB audio interface to a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation). This facilitates wider dynamic range, higher resolution, and greater audio quality for better overall record quality. The 32-bit float technology enables audio to be dynamically controlled and edited virtually without limitations. Clipped audio segments can easily be corrected and, similarly, low level audio passages can be adjusted to a higher dB level.

Paul Youngblood, Director of Product Marketing at TASCAM, commented on the new features offered by the V1.30 firmware update, “The Portacapture X8 has proven itself to be a full-featured, powerful handheld recorder both on its own or when used in tandem with a computer. As a company, we strive to listen carefully to our users, as this enables us to learn first-hand how our equipment gets used in a wide range of applications—and the V1.30 update is a perfect example of this. We’ve taken the most requested capabilities and turned those into new features that make the Portacapture X8 even more versatile and useful.”
@PhotoJoseph Very neat. “The USB MIX MINUS function can now be used in the PODCAST app.
This can suppress the occurrence of echoes in audio from remote participants when capturing podcasts.”
Great job, Joseph. Best explanation of 32-bit float I've ever heard. Now I get it! Fantastic system.
Thanks Bob! Glad it was educational for you☺️
Very Well, very « pro » , thank’s a lot
Thanks for watching!
After camera upgrade advice please. A few years back I switched from Nikon D3300 to Panasonic G7W, Australian model. It let me upgrade to filming in 4K and really happy with what it can do. Great value also. If I want to upgrade, what sort of models would I be looking at? I would like to improve in these areas: No crop in 4k and larger sensor, especially interested in anything that is good value. Thank you!
For best value, look at a used GH5. Now that the GH6 is out, you should be able to pick up a GH5 for relatively cheap. Great great camera, and a very solid upgrade to your G7.
@PhotoJoseph Will do, thank you for the advice 🙂
Might benefit from de-essing your recording, this video is particularly harsh to listen to, too bad for an audio guide…
You’re the first to say that. It is de-essed and I thought I did a pretty good job but I’m not an audio expert. It’s a challenge to be perfect at everything as a solo-creator.
Neat. Nice job keeping it simple 👍
Thank you kind sir ☺️
While the X8 is a great audio recorder, there is one big drawback that make it challenging to use with timecode. TC only works with the Atomos products. It does not have TC generator built-in so it must rely on something external. Unfortunately, the only option is bluetooth. It would have been awesome if Tascam made the Line Out 3.5mm port a flex port that allowed other TC devices to jam sync. I've been using the Tentacle Sync system for awhile and it's absolutely incredible. I sold my X8 and bought a Zoom F6 since it has a dedicated TC input as well as the ability to generate it's own if necessary. The only other issues I had with the X8 were the handling noise while recording and no option to record in polywav format. I guess we can't have it all, right?!! 🤣🤣
fair enough ☺️ I like a poly file, too.
Now if only we could get live streaming programs like ecamm to recognize and align timecode. I don’t know if that’s possible, I’m not a programmer… I’m tired of messing with delaying audio. It’s 2022 and timecode(s) have been around for decades.
Timecode for alignment would be handy for live, yes!
Wow, such a clear and concise video. I learned so much in so little time about audio. I’m looking at the Zoom F3 recorder but I’m unsure if it’s 32 bit float. Is this a viable replacement for your Tascam if 2 tracks is all I need? Thank you for such great videos!
It is float; I just looked it up! Enjoy; Zoom makes great hardware, too.
Would it be possible to feed the output into a RodeCaster Pro2?
if the Rodecaster has a line input, then yes. However you can only RECORD in float; the output will be limited. At least I’m 90% sure!
@PhotoJoseph More thinking of it as like a backup for " That one guest " whose that has voice is so loud that there can hear it in the next show. , and you can go in a fix it up somewhat later.
Got it. As long as you record them on the X8, then you can still pipe it into the rodecaster and only use the backup if you need it.
Just bought the Tascam a week ago. Thanks for showing stuff most others won’t. I was curious about version 1.20. I will definitely look into buying a time code device in the future. Curios would one of diety tc-1’s work in place of the ultrasync 1?
No, it’s tied to the ATOMOS protocol. I’ve never used the Deity but I know that the ATOMOS and TentacleSync devices don’t talk to each other. Which is a shame, but I get it.
@PhotoJoseph Yep I get it as well.
I love 32-bit float. And well, time code is an essential utility for any multicam recording.
It’s pretty great stuff isn’t it!
The timecode example with you at the creek dipping your feet is the best example. People don't think about how loud that water renders on a mic+recorder, ever. If dialog iss worth recording, it's worth isolating the environmental noise from those people talking.
Thanks Eric and I totally agree — I liked that one best as you could almost-sorta-kinda hear my dialog, but certainly not enough to match!
I'm not taking away anything from the video, it's a great video! But I have to add, for situations like that, you'd use a clapper, that's what it's for. Obviously, timecode is more convenient, I'm just saying it's not essential.
Having started editing before NLE's, I missed having time code. Nobody thought it was necessary. I am very happy it is making a comeback.
Timecode is THE BEST!
One other reason you may not record sound in the video file. When using an external recorder, some cameras allow you to remove the audio from HDMI/SDI to reduce latency in the video (Panasonic does this in select cameras).

Great topic BTW, powerful case for 32bit float.
Really! I’ve not heard of that before. I guess you’re talking about Panasonic cinema cameras? And thanks!
@PhotoJoseph actually, the S1H, BGH1, BS1H and a few others.
@Mathew Frazer huh… now that you say that I do recall that being mentioned by our friends at datavideo. Ok!
Just had this problem. Thanks.
Hopefully now you have a solution! ☺️
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