TASCAM has announced the new V1.30 firmware update for its Portacapture X8 high-resolution multi-recorder that provides the capability to use 32-bit float point resolution when using the unit as a USB audio interface to a DAW to facilitate wider dynamic range, higher resolution, and greater audio quality for better overall record quality.
The 32-bit float technology enables audio to be dynamically controlled and edited virtually without limitations. Clipped audio segments can be corrected and, similarly, low level audio passages can be adjusted to a higher dB level.
The update also provides a significant enhancement to the Portacapture X8’s user setting and input setting memory functions, with user settings now able to be stored on the Launcher main interface and input presets on the app (up to three for each) that will instantly recall various user-defined parameter settings.
Also new with the V1.30 firmware update is Mix Minus capability that has been added to the Portacapture X8’s podcast app. The app can now turn Mix Minus On or Off for an input. This enables a USB audio source, for example, to have Mix Minus set to On so it can be recorded and monitored by all users while avoiding an audio feedback loop that would normally occur if not for Mix Minus.
Paul Youngblood, director of product marketing at TASCAM, states, “The Portacapture X8 has proven itself to be a full-featured, powerful handheld recorder both on its own or when used in tandem with a computer. As a company, we strive to listen carefully to our users, as this enables us to learn first-hand how our equipment gets used in a wide range of applications — and the V1.30 update is a perfect example of this. We’ve taken the most requested capabilities and turned those into new features that make the Portacapture X8 even more versatile and useful.
Go here to acquire the V1.30 firmware update for the Portacapture X8.