TASCAM SD-20M Solid State Recorder (Sneak Preview)


At the 2016 NAMM Show, TASCAM announced the SD-20M, a new solid-state rackmount audio recorder.

The 1U rackmount includes a pair of microphone preamps with phantom power for direct microphone recording. Both the mic inputs and line inputs can be recorded simultaneously in four-channel mode. 

A dual recording mode captures a copy of your audio at a lower level, as insurance against distorted takes.

The SD-20M includes a battery backup system – AA batteries can keep recording for hours in case of power loss. A wired remote or footswitch can be attached to control recording and playback. Variable speed playback allows the playback to be changed without affecting the pitch.


  • Four-channel solid-state recorder
  • Two microphone inputs with phantom power on XLR – 1?4″ combo jacks
  • RCA stereo line inputs and outputsWAV or MP3 recording formats supported
  • AA battery backup – keeps recording even after power loss
  • SDXC media slot supports up to 128GB cards
  • File divide feature
  • Dual recording function records a copy of your audio at a lower level for a distortion-proof safety track
  • Variable speed playback changes speed without changing the pitch
  • Simple user interface
  • 1/4″ stereo headphone output
  • Remote jack for wired or footswitch control

Details on the pricing and availability of the SD-20M Solid State Recorder are still to be announced.

6 thoughts on “TASCAM SD-20M Solid State Recorder (Sneak Preview)

  1. Looks perfect for live capture with a few clever/thoughtful features. I wonder if the ‘dual record’ function eats tracks 3 and 4.

    I don’t get why they don’t have 4 inputs round the back though. If you have a fixed live rig, you’d have to manually patch this each time which seems like a decidedly unclever feature. XLR up front makes sense but I’d want it to simply override my default patching in the back.

  2. nice to see news on these area. Im looking for a basic multitrack to record my jams on the play without computer and with power backup. I was checking the small Zoom recorders and older TASCAM … I hope they release something with the 4 inputs on combo jacks and balanced output.

  3. I realize this is one of the least sexy items out there but I love the idea of a good dependable two track recorder that can record and never ever stop……EVER. If they sold it a little more on that dependability factor this would sell a lot more. Also the ability to use it as a more than 24-72 hour long playback machine would be cool too for automated broadcasts.

  4. That is cool.

    A dedicated two-track would come in handy. I have one of the Tascam DP-32 Porta-sudios and it is great for recording my modular and other synths. So easy to use that you don’t even have to think about it.

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