by Bob Malkowski | Approximate reading time: 2 Minutes
Tascam Portacapture X8

Tascam Portacapture X8  ·  Source: Tascam


Are you a content creator, podcaster or live streamer? Need access to multiple audio inputs, and the ability to record and mix audio on the go? If you answered ‘yes’ to any of the above, the Tascam Portacapture X8 could be made for you.


Tascam Portacapture X8

If you’re a content creator, podcaster, or location recordist, then Tascam’s new release, the Portacapture X8, will be of interest. You’ll undoubtedly have heard of Tascam, as they’re without a doubt, one of the bigger players in audio capture devices and recorders. Importantly, this new release debuts a new product name, the “Portacapture”. The X8 is a high-spec “Swiss Army Knife” of a product. Let’s dig in and check out those features.

An Audio “Swiss Army Knife”

So, what do you get when you buy a Portacapture X8? Well, fundamentally it’s an 8-track, portable media recorder with an integrated stereo mic array. Additionally, the X8 can act as a stand-alone mixer and audio interface, over USB-C.

You can use the Portacapture X8 with your Windows, Mac, Android and iOS devices. Of course, if you want to use it standalone, that’s easy too. The full-colour touch screen gives you easy access to most functions and controls.

Likes and Dislikes!

Here’s what we like about the feature set:

  • Large format AB/XY configurable condenser mics – nice!
  • 32-bit floating-point processing and sampling rates up to 192 kHz
  • “Unclippable” mic preamp design
  • Stereo 3.5mm audio pass-through for digital video cameras
  • Multiple pre-configured recording apps
  • Bus-powered and can additionally provide mic phantom power over bus power
  • Onboard reverb

We’re not so crazy about…

  • Perhaps a little large to mount onto today’s compact mirrorless vlogging cameras?
  • Individual phantom power only selectable over computer/app control
  • Bluetooth is an optional hardware add-on – bit of a disappointing.
Tascam Portacapture X8

Tascam Portacapture X8


The Competition

Undoubtedly, the obvious competition to the Portacapture X8 is from Zoom’s H8. I reviewed the Zoom H8 last year and found it to be an amazing piece of kit. At first glance, the Tascam appears to be slightly more streamlined and premium in design. The X8 offers clever connection touches like the camera loop through connections which may sell the Portacapture by themselves.

The Tascam unit comes in at a higher price-point to the excellent Zoom H8, however, so unless you really need that added functionality, the Zoom may offer a useful saving.


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5 responses to “Tascam Portacapture X8: A Swiss Army knife for content creators”

    Oopsie says:

    The Zoom you propose as an alternative does not record in 32 bit float, so it has a lot less headroom. Definitely not a good alternative

      MidiPoti says:

      I beleive that all DACS are 24 bits, there is no 32bit DAC to my knowledge. So it records external inputs in 24 bits and “internal processing” is 32 bits. This means bounces, effects etc are calculated in 32 bits. Tascam does not say anything else than “32 bits processing”. Even in computers, 32 bits ASIO for example will work only for internal sources that use 32 bits (DSP cards such as Sonic Core UAD etc) , but the analog to digital conversion is 24 bits anyways (unless someone just released a 32 bit DAC, which is possible, but would be widely known by now).

        Vladimir says:

        This is a great insight, thank you for the comment!
        I wonder whether Tascam X8 would be much closer to Zoom F6 than to H6/H8.
        E. g. this video clearly demonstrates the benefits of the 32-bit float format as well as low-noise preamps on Zoom F6. It’s just mind-blowing, I cannot do the same with my Zoom H6! Can we expect a similar quality level and capabilities from the new Tascam X8 recorder?

        tom says:

        but with the tascams 32 bit floating, won’t you still get more headroom to play with in post meaning you can record sounds at an optimum level without having to worry about peak. “32 bit floating is a 24 bit recording with 8 extra bits for volume. Basically, if the audio is rendered within the computer, then 32 bit floating gives you more headroom.”

    Josh D. says:

    Great article. THX! If you want more info, tests, accessories, join the new Facebook group:

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