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TASCAM PORTABLE RECORDERS - Handheld

These digital audio recorders, all with onboard microphones, are intended for location recording when hand-held or mounted on a stand.

For alternative Tascam mobile recorders see Tascam Portable Recorders - In-line and see Tascam Portable Recorders - Field.

DR-05 - Stereo - Micro SD, SDHC

The DR-05 is a simple and portable tool for making stereo field recordings at up to 96kHz rate and 24-bit depth, in MP3 or PCM (.WAV) format to Micro SD or Micro SDHC media. The inbuilt microphones handle an impressive 125dB SPL, making them suitable for capturing jet engines and heavy metal bands alike, or another source may be connected to the 3.5mm stereo jack input. The recorder has facilities appealing to musicians, as well as journalists.

Recording by either method can be enhanced by a 'peak reduction' function, which dynamically alters the recording level in the event of loud noises. A limiter and low-cut filter, switched using the device's menu-based controls, can also be used for the prevention of distortion. For those attempting to juggle the recorder and a guitar, the self-timer function inserts a five or ten second delay between pressing the 'record' button, and the recording starting. For those dealing with unpredictable sources - during press conferences, for example - a pre-recording buffer of up to two seconds helps to capture the intended recordings. A pleasant surprise is provided in the form of a chromatic tuner, with variable reference frequency, displaying on the recorder's LCD screen the deviance in the pitch of the source.

Once made, recordings can be transferred to a computer via USB, using the mini-USB socket on the right side of the unit, though recording division and deletion functions are just a button-press away, as with much of the DR-05's functionality, and so are operable with one hand and a thumb - no plectrums in mouths!

Playback is to a 3.5mm stereo jack output on the left side of the unit, or through the internal speaker, while functionality is of special interest to musicians: a variable speed control - from 50% to 150% of original, with pitch preserved - can assist in the learning and transcription of music, especially when used with the mark, loop and repeat functions. Transport controls are on the front face of the unit; a sliding 'hold' control is on the left side; and the compartment holding the microSD or microSDHC card is on the right side. A photographic tripod may be fitted using the 1/4 inch BSW threaded aperture on the rear.

Compatible media types: Micro SD card, 64MB - 2GB. Micro SDHC card, 4GB - 32GB.

Recording formats:

WAV files: Two-channel, 16/24-bit, 44.1/48/96kHz sample rate.
MP3: Stereo, eight bit-rates from 32kbps to 320kbps, 44.1/48kHz sample rate.

Recording times, with included 2GB microSD card:

WAV: 3h 22m, at 44.1kHz, 16-bit; 1h 02m, at 96kHz, 24-bit.
MP3: 37h 16m, at 48kHz, 128kbps; 14h 54m, at 48kHz, 320kbps.
Cards with other capacities and other sample/bit rates give pro-rata recording times for each format.

Microphone input: 3.5mm stereo jack, -20/-4dBV nominal/maximum, 25k ohms. Response: 20Hz-40kHz, +1/-3 dB, 96kHz. Distortion: 0.05%.THD. Noise: -92dB, external input to line output. Line/headphone output: 3.5mm stereo jack, -14/+2dBV nominal/maximum, 12 ohms, 10k ohms load; 20mW maximum, 32 ohms headphones. Speaker: 0.3W, mono. USB transfer/power interface: Mini-B type, USB 2.0 high speed mass storage class. External power source: USB bus power. Internal power source: 2x AA batteries, alkaline or Ni-MH, 17.5 hours maximum recording time. Dimensions: 61 x 141 x 26mm. Weight: 116g, excluding batteries.

Included accessories: 2x AA batteries, 2GB microSD card.
Optional accessories: PS-P515U AC power supply. A Rycote mini-windjammer offers protection against wind noise in high-wind conditions.

DR-22WL - Two track - Micro SD, SDHC, SDXC - Remote Wi-Fi control

The DR-22WL 2-channel (stereo) digital recorder is Tascam's first portable recorder with Wi-Fi transport control, file transfer, and audio streaming with compatible smartphones or computers. Designed for interview, live and demo situations, and sound effect gathering, fixed X-Y positioned cardioid stereo condenser microphones and a range of up to 120dB SPL means the signal captured is less likely to incur distortion and offer the best audio capture possible.

Files can be recorded in either WAV at 44.1kHz/48kHz/96kHz in 16/24bit, or MP3 format at 44.1kHz/48kHz on microSD/SDHC/SDXC cards. MP3 recording bit rates of 32k/64k/96k/128k/192k/256k/320k bps are optional and playback bit rate is from 32kbps to 320kbps.

Using the free DR Control smartphone app, available from Google play for android and App Store for Apple devices, gives the user direct and remote access to functionality including level adjustment, transport (including record and playback) controls, low-cut filter, and mixing, as well as near real time streaming audio by plugging earphones into the smartphone. Other features of Wi-Fi connectivity include the ability to remotely geocode the audio file from the smartphone's GPS data. Data transmission range is around 20m (65 feet) meaning the digital recorder can be placed on a lectern or wherever the optimum sound can be captured, away from the user's position.

The 128x128 pixel LCD screen displays useful information including live input/playback meter, time coding, record/play, and filename. The screen also displays up to four screen specific menu options relating to the four function keys so that it shouldn't take too long to get to the parameter you want to edit.

Media: microSD card 64MB to 2GB, microSDHC card 4GB to 32GB, microSDXC card 48GB to 128GB. Phones/Line out, 3.5mm stereo mini jack, -14dBV nominal, +2dBV maximum, 20mW+20mW headphone output. USB connection, Micro-B type 4-pin USB2.0. Operating time, approx. 17.5hrs recording, approx. 19hrs playback with built-in speaker using alkaline batteries; approx. 13.5hrs recording, approx. 14.5hrs playback with built-in speaker using Ni-MH batteries. Computer requirements, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1. Mac OS X Jaguar (10.2), Mac OS X Panther (10.3), Mac OS X Tiger (10.4), Mac OS X Leopard (10.5), Mac OS X Snow Leopard (10.6.8), OS X Lion (10.7), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8), OS X Mavericks (10.9). Power supply, 2x AA batteries/USB bus power from a computer/Tascam PS-P515U AC adapter. Power consumption, 1.7w maximum. Dimensions, 155 x 52.2 x 36.6mm (h x w x d). Weight, 123g without batteries.

Included accessories: 4GB microSD card, USB cable, 2x AA batteries, owner's manual (including warranty)

DR-40 - Four track - SD, SDHC

The DR-40 is a versatile and portable tool for recording up to four tracks at up to 96kHz rate and 24-bit depth in MP3, WAV or BWF format, to SD or SDHC media. Audio can be captured either by using the inbuilt microphones, or by connecting additional sources to its two XLR / 6.35mm jack combination inputs, which can provide +24V/+48V phantom power. The 'dual recording' feature and the playback functionality of the DR-40 make it suitable while writing, rehearsing, recording, and performing alike.

The dual recording feature provides two extra modes. 'Dual' mode allows the recording of one input source (mono or stereo pair) to create two concurrent files with different input level settings. The '4CH' mode uses both the internal microphones and the external inputs to record two pairs of inputs as two concurrent stereo files. This multi-tracking functionality can then be best exploited with computer editing software, when recordings have been transferred using the recorder's USB 2.0 connection. Alternatively, some editing can be performed with the DR-40's own functionality.

The built-in, cardioid-pattern microphones can be adjusted from an XY position, for tight imaging, to an AB position, for a 'wider ambient sound'. The 'peak reduction' function, 'automatic level control' function, the switched limiter, and the low-cut filter are all present, as are the basic recording aids: an 'overdub' mode, which allows one to record over a previous take, while keeping the original; an 'auto record' feature, which starts and pauses recording when the audio input level crosses a definable threshold; a self-timer for delaying the start of recording; a two-second pre-recording buffer; and manual or automatic track incrementation, which can move recording into a new file without a pause. Furthermore, any of six reverb effects can be applied to the audio either during recording or playback.

Playback is to a 3.5mm stereo jack output on the left side of the unit, or through the switchable internal speaker. Found also on the DR-05 are automatic level alignment; a simple 3-band equaliser; the mark, loop, and repeat functions; the playlist, 'playback resume', and adjustable 'jump-back and play' functions; the chromatic musical instrument tuner; and the variable speed control, which can play back recordings at 50% or 150% of the original speed, while preserving pitch.

The DR-40 transport controls are on the front face of the unit, as well as the LCD display, and the buttons which operate many of the menu-based graphic controls. Dedicated incremental controls for input level and output level are found on the left and front faces of the unit, respectively, and the compartment holding the SD or SDHC card is on the right face, alongside the USB 2.0 port. A photographic tripod may be fitted using the 1/4 inch BSW threaded aperture on the rear, between the internal speaker and battery compartment. The XLR/jack combination input sockets are on the bottom face of the unit, as well as the jack input for control of the unit using the optional RC-3F foot-switch or RC-10 wired remote control, which enable remote starting and stopping of playback, and other functions.

Compatible media types: SD card, 64MB - 2GB; SDHC card, 4GB - 32GB.

Recording formats:

WAV files: Two-channel, 16/24-bit, 44.1/48/96 kHz sample rate.
BWF files: Two-channel, 16/24-bit, 44.1/48/96 kHz sample rate.
MP3: Stereo, seven bit-rates from 32kbps to 320kbps, 44.1/48 kHz sample rate.

Recording times, with included 2GB SD card:

WAV: 3h 22m, at 44.1kHz, 16-bit; 1h 02m, at 96 kHz, 24-bit.
MP3: 37h 16m, at 48kHz, 128kbps; 14h 54m, at 48 kHz, 320 kbps.
Cards with other capacities and other sample/bit rates give pro-rata recording times for each format.

Inputs: XLR/3-pole, 6.35mm jack combination sockets, -19/-3dBV nominal/maximum, 2.2k ohms, microphone level; +4/+20dBu nominal/maximum, 10k ohms, line level. Response: 20Hz-40kHz, +1/-3dB, 96kHz. Distortion: 0.05% THD; Noise: -92dB; external input to line output. Line/headphone output: 3.5mm stereo jack, -14/+2dBV nominal/maximum, 12 ohms, 10k ohms load; 20mW maximum, 32 ohms load. Speaker: 0.3W, mono. USB transfer/power interface: Mini-B type, USB 2.0 high speed mass storage class. External power source: USB bus power; PS-P515U AC adaptor. Internal power source: 2x AA batteries, alkaline or Ni-MH, 20.5 hours maximum recording time. Dimensions: 90 x 155 x 35mm, with microphone pair open. Weight: 213g, excluding batteries.

Included accessories: 2x AA batteries, 2GB SD card, 0.8m USB cable, tilt foot.
Optional accessories: AC adapter, PS-P515U and external battery pack BP-6AA. A Rycote mini-windjammer offers protection against wind noise in high-wind conditions.

DR-44WL - Four Track - Micro SD, SDHC, SDXC - Remote Wi-Fi control - XLR input

Much like the DR-22WL 2-channel (stereo) digital recorder, the Tascam DR-44WL 4-channel portable recorder has remote Wi-Fi for transport control, file transfer, and audio streaming with compatible smartphones or computers. Designed for interview, live and demo situations, and sound effect gathering, fixed X-Y positioned cardioid stereo condenser microphones and a range of up to 132dB SPL means the signal captured gives the user a wider range of quality recording.

Using the built-in microphones and/or microphones connected to either or both of the two balanced/unbalanced XLR combo jacks at either +4 or -10 levels, four channel more offers the user up to four channel of mono recording, two stereo files, or one stereo and two mono channels. +48V phantom power is supplied to condenser or ribbon microphones that require it.

Using the free DR Control smartphone app, available from Google play for android and App Store for Apple devices, gives the user direct and remote access to functionality including level adjustment, transport (including record and playback) controls, low-cut filter, and mixing, as well as near real time streaming audio by plugging earphones into the smartphone. Other features of Wi-Fi connectivity include the ability to remotely geocode the audio file from the smartphone's GPS data. Data transmission range is around 20m (65 feet) meaning the digital recorder can be placed on a lectern or wherever the optimum sound can be captured, away from the user's position.

Phones/Line out, 3.5mm stereo mini jack, -14dBV nominal, +2dBV maximum, 20mW+20mW headphone output. USB connection, Micro-B type 4-pin USB2.0. Operating time, approx. 16hrs recording when Mic input selected without phantom power; approx. 12hrs recording when Mic input selected without phantom power. Computer requirements, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1. Mac OS X Jaguar (10.2), Mac OS X Panther (10.3), Mac OS X Tiger (10.4), Mac OS X Leopard (10.5), Mac OS X Snow Leopard (10.6.8), OS X Lion (10.7), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8), OS X Mavericks (10.9). Power supply, 4x AA batteries/USB bus power from a computer/Tascam GPE053B AC adapter. Power consumption, 2.5w maximum. Dimensions, 79 x 162.2 x 42.5mm (l x w x h). Weight, 251g without batteries.

Included accessories: Windscreen, mic grip, shoe mount adapter, AC adapter, case, USB cable, SD card adaptor, 4GB microSD card, owner's manual (including warranty).

DR-100 MKII - Stereo - SD, SDHC

The DR-100 MKII is a rugged, hand-held stereo recorder intended for professional applications such as recording music, speech, live concerts, conferences and atmospheres on location. It records from two pairs of built-in microphones or external microphone or line inputs onto a removable SD or SDHC memory card in MP3 or WAV file format; 24-bit, 96kHz recording is supported for WAV files. The design employs high-grade microphone pre-amps and A-D converters. Dedicated hardware controls minimise use of menus. Playback facilities include loop, over-dubbing and tempo-change without pitch-shift, making it very suitable for reportage use, transcription and musical rehearsals. A USB port allows files to be transferred a computer for editing.

Recording level is adjusted manually, with separate left and right controls. Automatic level control may also be selected. There are two pairs of built-in microphones, one pair having omni-directional characteristics, the other pair cardioid. The recording source may be either pair of microphones, two external microphone inputs or a stereo line-level input. Each recording generates a separate file, but new files may also be created during recording either manually, or automatically by file size. The DR-100 MKII has a two-second pre-record buffer, a record-delay facility which avoids the sound of the record button being recorded and an automatic record-start feature triggered by audio level. Markers may be added manually or automatically during recording to aid rapid location within a file. A set of basic file-management functions is included in the menu system, which permit file renaming, tagging and deletion. All controls may be disabled to avoid inadvertent cancelling of record mode. A USB 2.0 port facilitates connection to a computer, which will recognise the DR-100 MKII as an external drive in the usual way, for easy file transfer. WAV or MP3 files may also be transferred from the computer to the recorder. Monitoring of recording or play-back may be with headphones or the built-in loudspeaker. The DR-100 MKII is constructed on a solid metal chassis, making it particularly suitable for outdoor use, and may be fixed to a microphone stand on a standard 6.35mm adapter and controlled with the supplied remote control either wirelessly or with a wired connection. The internal power source uses main and backup batteries, allowing continuous operation during a battery change.

The primary controls are on the top panel. There are large 'Record', 'Play/Pause' and 'Stop' buttons. 'Next' and 'Previous' keys perform track-skip or audio search functions, depending on the length of key-press. A large, concentric data-entry wheel with integral 'Enter/Mark' button has several functions, including scrub-style location during play-back, menu navigation and file-marker registration. Further dedicated keys open the play-back control screen, access the main menu system, return the display to the home page and open a 'Quick' page allowing rapid file-identing. An 'I/O' key is used to define the start and end of a play-back loop. An 'Auto' key opens an 'Auto Rec' screen, where automatic recording start and stop settings can be adjusted. A four-position slide-switch selects the recording source from: built-in omni-directional or cardioid microphones, external microphones, or line input. A multi-purpose LCD shows various screens, depending on operating mode; left and right record-level, elapsed and remaining times, current file-name, recording format and battery status are displayed during normal recording. Other indicators are a peak LED which illuminates to indicate input over-level and battery charge LED. The two omni-directional microphones and the monitor loudspeaker are also mounted on the top panel.

The right side-panel has a dual-concentric control for left and right recording-level and the main battery compartment. The left side-panel has a coaxial DC input socket, a power on/off button, a 'Hold' slide-switch which disables/enables all other recorder controls, USB port, a rotary-control for monitoring-volume and three 3.5mm 3-pole jack sockets for headphones, line input and line output respectively. Four recessed slide-switches are fitted in the back of the recorder. These select microphone gain, 48V phantom power on/off, limiter on/off and monitor loudspeaker on/off. The back-up battery-compartment is also at the back. A stereo pair of cardioid electret microphones is mounted on the top of the recorder, together with the SD card slot which is protected by a hinged cover. External microphone inputs are two XLR connectors at the bottom of the recorder, where there is also a socket for connection of the remote-control in wired mode.

Compatible media types: SD card, 64MB to 2GB, or SDHC card, 4GB to 32GB.

Recording formats:

MP3: Two-channel 44.1kHz or 48kHz, bit-rate selectable 32/64/96/128/192/256/320kbps in record mode, variable bit-rate in playback, ID3 tag support up to version 2.4.
WAV files: Two-channel 44.1kHz, 48kHz or 96kHz, 16 or 24-bit.

Recording time, with 2GB SD card:

MP3: 24h 50m 192kbps, 37h 16m 128kpbs, 72h 32m 64kbps. SD cards with other capacities have pro-rata recording times.
WAV files: 3h 22m 16-bit 48kHz, 2h 4m 24-bit 48kHz.

Card file system: FAT partition, FAT16 or 32.

External microphone inputs: -58dBu maximum sensitivity, 1200 ohms, balanced. Line inputs: +6dBV maximum input level, 23000 ohms, unbalanced. Response: 20-22000Hz +1/-3dB, 44.1kHz sample rate. Distortion: less than 0.01%. Noise: better than -90dB. Line outputs: +6dBV maximum level, unbalanced. Headphone output: 2 x 25mW into 32 ohms. External power source: 5V DC, 4W maximum via optional AC adapter. Internal power source: lithium-ion battery main, 2 x AA batteries backup, alkaline or NiMH. Dimensions: 80 x 153 x 35mm. Weight: 290g.

The main lithium batteries can be charged by the DR-100 MKII using the USB port or the optional AC adapter but the recorder does not charge the NiMH backup batteries. Battery life, recording/playback, 128kbps MP3, backlight off: 5h lithium-ion, 4h NiMH, 2h alkaline.

Included accessories: 2GB SD card, USB cable, BP-L2 lithium-ion battery, RC-DR100 wireless remote control with CR2025 battery, wired adaptor and cable for wired operation, soft case, microphone windshield, owners manual and warranty card.
Optional accessories: PS-P520 AC adapter, spare BP-L2 lithium-ion battery, external battery pack BP-6AA.

DR-100MK3 - SD, SDHC, SDXC - XLR, jack inputs - Onboard microphones - 192kHz/24bit recording

Tascam DR-100MKIII handheld linear PCM recorder with built in omnidirectional and unidirectional microphones was designed for location recording of spoken voice, ambient noise, or performance. Two balanced locking XLR/TRS inputs, 2k ohms impedance for Mic and 20k ohms impedance for line, on the bottom of the digital recorder can be used to connect external microphones, providing +48v phantom power if required. A switch operated mic pad can be used to reduce the maximum input level from -70.5dBu to +2dBu if the input signal is too high.

The aluminium bodied stereo 2-channel recorder can record both WAV and MP3 file formats in FAT16/32 simultaneously to provide the user with both full resolution and compressed file that uses less file size making posting to social media sites more accessible. The DR-100MK3 also has a dual level recording function that allows the user to records a secondary, 12dB reduced level file to protect from any unexpected signal overload. Using two AD converters in tandem a signal to noise ratio of 109dB can be achieved, while recording in standard mode 102dB signal to noise ratio is normal.

Recording operation time (recording at WAV 44.1kHz, 16-bit), approx. 12hrs built-in mics, 6hrs Mic In with +48v, built-in lithium-ion rechargeable battery; approx. 2hrs built-in mics, 1hr Mic In with +48v, alkaline batteries; approx. 3.5hrs built-in mics, 2.25hrs Mic In with +48v, Ni-MH batteries; approx. 7hrs built-in mics, 3hrs Mic In with +48v, lithium-ion batteries. Analogue output, 3.5mm stereo mini jack line out, 200ohms, -14dBV nominal output level, +6dBV maximum output level; 3.5mm stereo mini jack headphone out, better than 40mW+40mW (32ohms loaded) maximum output. USB, micro-B type, USB 2.0. Dimensions, 80 x 155.7 x 35mm (w x h x d). Weight, 375g without batteries. Operating temperature, 0 to 40degrees Celsius.

Included accessories: Digital input conversion cable, owner's manual (including warranty)
Optional accessories: PS-P520E AC adapter and external battery pack BP-6AA.

BP-6AA - External battery pack - For USB powered recorders

The BP-6AA mounts to the bottom of a handheld recorder using a tripod screw and attaches to the handheld recorder through the USB cable. Since the BP-6AA itself has a tripod connector, the assembly can then be mounted to a tripod. The pack takes six AA alkaline or Ni-MH batteries, and increases the battery life of the DR-40, for example, to over 50 hours of recording.

It is also suitable for other products powered by DC 5V or USB , and can be used with 'any Tascam product powered by PS-P515U, PS-P520 AC or PS-P520E adapters or any product powered by USB'.

The case has an on-off switch, a USB Type A output connector (power only) and a compartment for the batteries.

Dimensions: 66 x 114 x 29 mm. Weight: 136g, excluding batteries.

Included accessories: USB to coaxial connector DC cable. Batteries are not included.
Optional accessories: Batteries, see AA batteries, 10-pack and see AA batteries, 4-pack.

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