Tascam DP-008ex Recording Equipment User Manual

6 – Basic Recording
Monitoring input signals
To monitor an input signal press the REC button for
the TRACK set to record that signal. This will light/
blink its REC indicator.
When recording, the playback and input signals
are mixed and output from the PHONES and LINE
OUT jacks and can be heard through connected
headphones or a connected external monitoring
system (powered speakers or an amplifier with
OL indicators and level meters
The audio levels of this unit can be checked using the
INPUT A/B OL indicators and the level meters on the
The level meters allow the signal levels to be checked,
and they can also be used to confirm whether signals
are being input into the unit. For example, if the
and level meters are moving a signal is being input
into the unit even if you cannot hear anything when
you are monitoring with headphones or an external
monitoring system (powered monitor speakers or an
amplifier and speakers). In this case, something other
than this unit is probably the reason that sound is not
being output.
As shown below, if a “–” appears at the top of a level
meter, the input is overloading (these “–” indicators
will automatically disappear after a while). In this
case, the sound might be distorted, so lower the level
until the “–” stops appearing.
If an OL indicator lights, the input source signal could
be too loud or the LEVEL knob set too high.
If the OL indicator lights even if the LEVEL knob is set
to MIN, the input source signal is too high, so lower
the volume on the input source.
erload indicators
Input level meters (A/B)
The and level meters on the display show the
input levels of this unit’s INPUT A and INPUT B.
Use the INPUT A/B LEVEL knobs,
screen settings and the output volume controls of the
input sound source to adjust the levels.
If an INPUT A/B OL indicator lights even though
the INPUT A/B level meters shows a suitable level,
the input signal is too strong and the sound is
distorted. Lower the output volume of the input
sound source.
TRACK level meters (1–8)
These meters show either playback signal levels
or the track input signal levels, depending on the
operation status, as shown below.
REC indicator
Signals shown
by level
Unlit Playing back Track playback
Playing back Track playback
Stopped Track input
Lit (recording) Recording Track input
When the playback signal is shown, the level of the
recorded signal of the track is shown, so the level
shown by the meters cannot be changed. When
the input signal is being shown, the INPUT A/B
LEVEL knobs can change the levels shown by the
level meters.
Stereo level meters (L/R)
These show the stereo bus output level of this unit.
Adjust the output level with the MASTER LEVEL