The recorder features auto analysis mastering function that makes track mastering easy, just select a mastering style and the recorder will make the calculation based on analysis of the song data. It can record to widely available SD/SDHC cards (Up to 32 GB) and can connect to PCs via USB 2.0 for high-speed data transferring. The DP-008EX features built-in mastering effects that include 2-band EQ, multi-band compressor and normalize effect. The recorder has two analog inputs for external microphones and electric/acoustic guitar. The recorder includes fully functioning chromatic tuner, metronome and two XLR inputs with full 48V phantom power. DP-008EX Features: Portastudio Recorder, Up to 8 Tracks Recording - 2 Tracks Simultaneous Recording - 8 Tracks Simultaneous Playback, CD-quality Recording (16bit/44.1kHz), Records To SD/SDHC Cards (Up to 32GB), Dedicated Stereo Master Track, 2 Built-In Omni-Directional Condenser Microphones - 2 Microphone Sensitivity Selection Positions (Low/High), Auto Analysis Mastering Function, Backlit LCD Display, Two XLR Microphone Inputs w/ Phantom Power, Two TS 1/4"" or XLR Mic/Line Inputs, 2 RCA Unbalanced Line Inputs, 20mW/ch Headphone Output, Footswitch Ready w/ Polarity Switching, Independent Knobs (LEVEL/PAN/Reverb SEND) for Each Track, Mastering effects: 2-Band Shelving EQ, Multi-Band Compressor, Normalize, Insert Effects: 2-Band Shelving EQ, Compressor, Exciter, De-esser, Reverb Effects: Hall1/2, Room, Studio, Plate1/2, Direct Locate Function by Jog-Wheel, Track Edit Functions - Copy Paste, Copy Insert, Move Paste, Move Insert - Open, Cut, Silence, Clone Track, Clean Out, Bounce Function - Allows Recording of More 6 Tracks, Undo/Redo(Undo History) Function, Chromatic Tuner & Metronome Included, High-Speed Data Transfer via USB2.0 Connection, Backup & Restore Songs, File Import/Export: Wav format (Mono/Stereo), Compact & Lightweight, External Battery Pack Compatible"
The DP008EX ( predecessor DP008) and Zoom R8 are basically the only two *sensibly priced* games in town for compact / mobile 8-track SD-based recorders. I've now owned both (the R8 was great but was stolen; almost bought another, but decided to try the 008 for a few reasons). They're pretty different machines although they are both solid choices - which one you ought to choose depends on your priorities from such a device. Here's a quick rundown of various contrasting pros an..