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Tascam Portacapture X6 High Resolution Adaptive Multi-Recorder

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New generation high-res Multi-track Handheld Recorder

Never miss a moment. Capture audio anywhere with the Portacapture X6. The intuitive app-like operations on its large color screen make it easy to record or sweeten up your audio in post. Record using the X6’s dual built-in microphones or plug in your own mics to its 2 XLR inputs. The recording quality on the Portacapture X6 will be your secret weapon. Its 96 kHz/32-bit float recording technology means that you can capture audio softer or louder than ideal, assuring that you will never miss that moment. 

Quickly access your settings and adjustments on the Portacapture X6's large (2.4-inch) color touchscreen. With the easy-to-navigate interface and helpful tools, you are just a few taps from the perfect setting for your needs. Use the Launcher to select from podcast, music, interviews, field recording and 6-track multi-track recording. Start fast, start right and get exactly what you need.

Audio For Video Production

When shooting a video, you want to be able to focus on your video production and not worry about your audio. The Portacapture X6 was built with video production in mind. The workflow, presets and user-saved settings save you countless steps. The X6 has your back with its 96 kHz/32-bit float recording technology. Not only does this mean you will have the highest quality audio, but you will have a dynamic range that allows you to overcome those less-than-ideal realities that can often occur on a shoot. The X6 even gives you a time-code sync option* via Bluetooth® (with optional AK-BT1) allowing you to align your audio with your video, even when you have no audio on your camera. Upgrade your audio and reduce your worries with your own Portacapture X6.
*Support from firmware V1.10

Capture Your Way

The Portacapture X6 is ready to record with a few quick taps. The internal high-quality stereo microphones can instantly rotate from A-B to a true X-Y mic pattern to allow for dialog or spatial music recording.

Have your own mics? Use those thanks to the two included XLR inputs or line level inputs. The mic preamplifiers are TASCAM HDDA (High Definition Discrete Architecture) – providing ultra-low noise and clean transparent audio based on over 50 years of TASCAM know-how.

Record 6 tracks (4 track + 2 mix) simultaneously and even use the X6 as your 6-in/2-out USB audio interface to connect to your computer.


Capture Every Bit

It would be great if every time you need to capture audio, everything is perfect. Not too loud, not too soft. Of course that is not the reality for most of us. Sometimes the voice or sound that you need to capture will be really soft and in other cases it is blasting. Even in these extremes, you are expected to capture the sound and deliver well- finished audio. The 32-bit float point recording technology in the Portacapture X6 gives you a much lower floor and higher ceiling to achieve audio success. You could use another audio recorder and hope not to need this best-in-class recording technology, but should you?


Control The X6 From Your Phone

In those cases where you want to put your audio recorder in one place and operate it from another, the X6 has you covered. With the AK-BT1 Bluetooth® adapter (sold separately) and free Portacapture Control app, it's easy to remote control your X6 wirelessly from your smartphone or tablet. Imagine the possibilities!


Ready-To-Publish Audio Anywhere

With the Portacapture X6's your audio will be ready to share. Built-in signal processing, including a compressor, limiter, high pass filter, EQ, and reverb, add that studio polish. Whether you need to tame the wind when recording outside or want to add the ambiance of reverb to your vocals, the X6 has you covered. From smoothing out your input to preventing extreme peaks or eliminating plosives in dialog, you can count on the Portacapture X6.


Your Virtual Audio Engineer

Getting your settings just right for your recording goals can be overwhelming, but not on the Portacapture X6. Select from the pre-perfected settings like Voice, Podcast, Music Recording, ASMR, and Field Recording. Just select the one that applies and start to record. Each setting was carefully tuned by TASCAM audio engineers for the defined use case. They set it all up, so you don't have to.


Key Features

  • Enjoy intuitive app-like controls on the X6, all using the large 2.4-inch touchscreen. Easy-to-use recording, pre-production and postproduction capabilities are just a touch away.
  • Capture using up to 96 kHz, 32-bit float recording
  • Record 6 tracks (4 track + 2 mix) simultaneously
  • Easy-to-use recording pre-sets: Select from music, podcast, interviews, field recording and 6-track multi-track for the ideal recording setup for your needs.
  • 2 XLR inputs and dual built-in mics with switchable AB/true-XY patterns
  • The 2 XLR input terminals are compatible with phantom power (24V/48V) to support recordings with multiple mic/line inputs
  • Undistorted recording processing enables safe recording without lowering the S/N ratio with 32-bit float processing
  • Equipped with a 6-in/2-out USB audio interface function
  • Wireless remote control from smartphones/tablets is possible with the optional AK-BT1 Bluetooth® adapter (sold separately). Timecode sync is also possible via Bluetooth® (*Timecode sync will be supported from V1.10 firmware update)

Included Items

  • Portacapture X6 x 1
  • AA alkaline batteries x 4
  • Owner's Manual (including warranty)
  • TASCAM ID registration guide

Spec description

Recorder specifications  
Recording media microSD cards (64MB - 2GB), microSDHC cards (4GB - 32GB), microSDXC cards (48GB - 512GB)
*Class 10 or higher required
Recording / playback formats  
WAV (BWF) 44.1k/48k/96kHz, 16/24-bit, 32-bit float
MP3 44.1k/48kHz, 128k/192k/256k/320kbps
Number of channels  
Input channels 4 channels maximum
Recording tracks 6 tracks maximum (4 tracks, stereo mix)
Analog audio input ratings  
Mic inputs (balanced)  
Input jacks 3-4(when INPUT SELECT set to MIC)  
Connectors XLR-3-31 equivalent (1: GND, 2: HOT, 3: COLD)
Note: supports phantom power only when MIC input selected
Input impedance 2.2kΩ or higher
Maximum input level +2dBV
Minimum input level -75dBV
Input jacks 3-4 (when INPUT SELECT set to LINE)  

XLR-3-31 equivalent (1: GND, 2: HOT, 3: COLD)

Inputimpedance 9kΩ or higher
Nominal input level +4dBu(GAIN setting at minimum)
Maximum input level +24dBu
Minimum input level -53dBu
Line input (unbalanced) MIC/EXT IN jack (can provide plugin power)

3.5mm (1/8") stereo mini jack

Inputimpedance 10 kΩ or higher (when plug-in power is off )
1.8 kΩ or higher (when plug-in power is on)
Nominal input level -20 dBV(GAIN setting at minimum)
Maximum input level 0 dBV
Minimum input level -67 dBV
Analog audio output ratings  
Line output (unbalanced) LINE OUT jack
Connectors 3.5mm (1/8") stereo mini jack
Output impedance 210Ω
Nominal output level -14dBV
Maximum output level +6 dBV
Headphone output headphone jack
Connectors 3.5mm (1/8") stereo mini jack
Maximum output 45mW + 45mW (THD+N 0.1% or less, into 32 Ω load)
Built-in speaker 0.4 W (mono)
Port USB Type-C
Transfer mode USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
Device classes mass storage,USB audio 2.0 (USB class compliant)
USB audio  
Sampling frequencies 44.1, 48, 96 kHz
Quantization bit depth 24-bit
Number of input channels 6 (output from unit)
Number of output channels 2 (input to unit)
Bluetooth device connector For Bluetooth adapter (AK-BT1) only
Portacapture Control  
iOS/iPadOS devices iOS 16/iPadOS 16,iOS 15/iPadOS 15,iOS 14/iPadOS 14
Android devices Android 11,Android 10
Note: Compatibility has been confirmed, but this does not guarantee operation with all devices.
Power 4 AA batteries (Alkaline, Ni-MH or Lithium-ion)
USB bus power from a computer
TASCAM PS-P520U AC adapter (sold separately)
Power consumption 7.5W (maximum)
Dimensions 75 × 174.3 × 37.2 mm (W× H× D, excluding protrusions)
Weight 365/265g (with/without batteries)
Operating temperature range 0 - 40°C
Included Portacapture X6 × 1
AA alkaline batteries × 4
Owner's Manual (including warranty) × 1
TASCAM ID registration guide × 1

Audio performance

Mic amp EIN (equivalent input noise)  
Input jack 3-4 (MIC IN) -125 dBu or less
Frequency response  
Input jacks 3-4 to PCM data 20Hz – 20kHz at 48kHz: +0/-0.3dB (JEITA)
20Hz – 40kHz at 96kHz: +0/-0.7dB (JEITA)
Dynamic range  
Input jacks 3-4 to PCM data (20kHz SPCL LPF, A-weighting) 112dB or higher (at 48kHz)
112dB or higher (at 96kHz)
Total harmonic distortion ratio (THD+N)  
Input jacks 3-4 (LINE IN) to PCM data, 1kHz sine wave,−5 dBFS input, GAIN at minimum, 20kHz SPCL LPF 0.008% or less
Input jacks 3-4 (MIC IN) to PCM data, 1kHz sine wave,−5 dBFS input, GAIN at minimum, 20kHz SPCL LPF 0.006% or less

Recording times (in hours: minutes)

File format (recording setting) Card capacity
32GB(microSDHC) 128GB(microSDXC)
320kbps MP3 44.1kHz 222:13 888:53
16-bit WAV (stereo) 50:23 201:33
24-bit WAV (stereo) 96kHz 15:25 61:43
32-bit float WAV (stereo) 96kHz 11:34 46:16

* The recording times shown above are estimates. They might differ depending on the microSD card in use.
* The recording times shown above are not continuous recording times, but rather they are the total possible recording times for the microSD card.
* If recorded in mono, maximum recording times will be about double those above.
* If using dual recording, maximum recording times will be shorter than those above.

Computer system requirements

Compatible computers Windows computer with a USB 2.0 (or higher)
Compatible computers Mac with a USB 2.0 (or higher)

* Verified with Intel and Apple Silicon (M1 and M2) hardware