Tascam’s Portacapture X6 looks like a compact and versatile multitrack recorder that can also be used as an audio interface
A year after the launch of the Portacapture X8, Tascam has introduced another, slightly smaller portable multitrack recorder with 32-float technology: the Portacapture X6.
This offers multitrack recording of up to four individual tracks and a stereo mix (six tracks in total), sampling rates of up to 96kHz, and a high-contrast 2.4-inch color touchscreen. An app-style interface is said to make operation intuitive, and if you want to take over the actual app control you can use the optional AK-BT1 Bluetooth adapter and control the X6 from your phone.
A total of six shooting modes are included, reflecting the versatility of the X6. Just select the right app to create multitrack, voice, podcast, music, field and ASMR recordings.
The Portacapture X6 includes two built-in microphones that can be used in both AB and XY configurations, while two XLR inputs can accept microphone and line level signals up to +24dBu. There is switchable 24/48V phantom power, along with an auxiliary input, line output and camera I/O connectivity.
On the DSP side, you get a low-cut filter and noise gate for reducing background noise and taming unwanted frequencies. Dynamics processors include a limiter and compressor, and there’s also a four-band EQ that offers presets for different scenarios.
If you want to prevent noise problems instead of fixing them later, you can also consider the new WS-86 windscreen. This is not only compatible with the Portacapture X6, but also with the X8, the DR-40X and other Tascam portable recorders.
The Portacapture X6 can also be used as a plug-and-play 6-in/2-out USB audio interface/mixer, giving you the option of using the built-in microphones for live streaming or recording into your DAW .
Read more on the Tascam website. A price and release date for the Portacapture X6 are yet to be confirmed.
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