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You can backup song data on this unit to a computer
and restore backed-up song data later. Moreover, you
can export track files and master files from a song to a
computer and import audio files on the computer to the
Backed-up data can be restored to a different DP-03 unit
than the one that created it. In other words, files can be
freely exchanged between DP-03 units, making it easy to
add additional recordings or mix existing recordings in a
The MTR partitions where song files are stored cannot
be directly accessed from a computer.
In this chapter, “computer” refers to a Windows or
Macintosh personal computer connected to this unit
(see “Supported operating systems” below).
If you want to remove an SD card from this unit and back-
up its data on a computer using a card reader, always turn
off the unit’s power before removing the card.
The following types of data can be transferred from this
unit to a computer.
You can transfer the data for an entire song from the unit’s
BACKUP directory on the FAT partition to a computer. This
operation is called “backup.” In addition, data backed-up
on a computer can be transferred to the BACKUP directory
on the FAT partition, and then restored as song data. This
operation is called “restore.”
WAV format tracks
One or more tracks can be converted to WAV files and
exported to a computer, and WAV files on a computer can
be imported to this unit. These WAV files are stored on the
WAVE directory of this unit’s FAT partition.
Stereo master track
A stereo master track made on this unit can be transferred
to a computer as a stereo WAV file from the WAVE
directory on the FAT partition. Only export is possible.
Supported operating systems
You can connect this unit to computers with the following
Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7
Mac OS X
Mac OS X 10.2 or later
When this unit is connected to a computer, the computer
recognizes it as a removable disk. There is no need for a
Data transfer between this unit and a computer occurs at
USB 2.0 speed (maximum). Data can still be transferred if
the computer connection is USB1.1, but it will be slower.
In addition, to assure USB 2.0 speed, use a cable that
meets USB 2.0 standards.
Connecting with a computer
To use the FAT partition of this unit, the unit must be
connected to a computer by USB. When connected
by USB, this unit’s record, playback and other recorder
operations cannot be used.
To connect with a computer, connect the USB port on
the left side panel of the unit with a USB port on the
computer using a mini-B-type USB 2.0 cable. It does not
matter whether you turn the unit’s power ON before or
after the USB connection is made.
If the USB connection is made while the unit’s power is
ON, the currently loaded song is saved before the USB
connection becomes effective. When connected, the
following screen appears on the display.
If you turn the unit’s power ON after making the USB
connection, the screen above appears right away.
The unit appears as an external drive named DP-03 on the
The FAT partition of the TASCAM DP-03 has three
directories (folders): BACKUP, WAVE and UTILITY.
This unit can receive power from the AC adaptor. It
cannot be powered by a USB connection.
Do not change the names of three directories (folder)
The total number of files and folders that this unit
can recognize on a FAT partition is 100. If the number
exceeds 100, use a computer or other device to move
Do not disconnect the AC adaptor or otherwise cut the
power to the unit during data transfer. Doing so will
cause all the data to be lost. This lost data cannot be
Confirm that you have copied all the files that you want
to transfer to a computer to the FAT partition before
connecting the unit and the computer by USB.
UTILITY directory is used to, for example, update
the system software used by the unit.
12 – Exchanging Data with a Computer