Tascam Portacapture X8 Available Now.


Tascam has released the Portacapture X8, a high-spec multitrack recorder that fits in your pocket: – 8-track, 192kHz recording and a touchscreen interface.


Having been announced last year, it is now available. The new Portcapture X8 includes 192kHz multitrack recording and a multitude of features that make it suitable for capturing everything from music to podcasts, vlogs and interviews.


There are six setup modes, each of which optimises the X8 for a specific recording situation. And settings are on the 3.5-inch colour touchscreen, which make operation a breeze.


Several 14.6mm diameter condenser microphones are built into the X8, supported by Tascam’s HDDA preamps. The detachable mic mechanism will make it easy to set the available A-B and X-Y mic patterns. In addition, there are four XLR and 1/4-inch inputs that can capture mic and line-level signals, along with aux in, line out and camera in/out connections.


Other feature includes the built-in DSP – you also get a Compressor, Limiter, Low-Cut Filter, Noise Gate, Reverb and Auto Gain Control. 8 Multitrack recording: – six tracks plus two mix and, as well as operating standalone. The Portacapture X8 can also function as an 8-in/2-out USB Type C audio interface. You can record on SD cards up to 512GB in capacity.


The Tascam Portacapture X8 is available now priced at $499. Find out more on the Tascam website.





The new LANDR FX Plugins Available Now.



LANDR has released a new suite of one-knob multi-effect plugins that are designed to help you “get a great-sounding mix fast”.


Although each of the five effects only has one main dial to play with – plus input and output levels controls, LANDR says that each one is still capable of delivering a certain level of mixing finesse.


All plugins are powered by Audified and each one comes with up to 50 presets. The effects are named according to the material they are best suited to processing: Acoustic, Electric, Bass, Beats and Voice.


The LANDR FX are available individually, for $29 each, as a $99 bundle, or as part of the LANDR All Access Pass, which includes a range of tools and costs $10 a month.


The plugins run on PC and Mac in VST/AU/AAX formats.


You can find out more and start a 7-day trial on the LANDR website.






Free Softube Dirty Tape for a Limited time


Softube is now offering free Dirty Tape for a limited time. The Dirty Tape is an emulation plugin that models three Softube classic tape machines, and now it is offering a little rougher around the edges with Dirty Tape.


Softube compares Dirty Tape’s processing to a filter on a photograph, in that it can “take a track from flat to full colour in seconds”. You have just two main controls – Drive and Dirt – so you should be up and running in no time, and there’s also a low-cut filter to reduce low-end rumble.


Dirty Tape runs on PC and Mac in VST/AU/AAX formats, and is free until the end of the month. Find out more and grab it on the Softube website.