TASCAM PORTABLE RECORDERS - Field
The DR-680 is a portable and versatile multi-track recorder, recording up to eight individual inputs or six inputs with a stereo mix-down, at a quality up to 96kHz rate and 24-bit depth to SD and SDHC card media. Six microphone inputs provide phantom power and 60dB of gain, alongside a digital S/PDIF or AES/EBU two-channel input. Recordings can be made in BWF or PCM .WAV format of up to eight tracks simultaneously, or in MP3 format of up to four tracks. Alternatively, the DR-680 can capture two-channel, stereo audio at 192kHz, 24-bit, in BWF or PCM .WAV format. The recorder operates on AC mains or battery power, and a second DR-680 unit can be connected, allowing sixteen tracks to be recorded simultaneously.
Playback can be achieved in a number of ways. All eight tracks can be played back through six unbalanced line-level RCA (phono) outputs and the two-channel S/PDIF or AES/EBU digital coaxial output. Alternatively the previously-recorded stereo mix-down can be played back through two of these eight output channels, or a stereo mix-down of the multi-track recording, based on the current mixer settings, can be played back through two of these channels. Either stereo mix - pre-recorded, or current - can be played back also, either through the internal speaker, or through headphones plugged into a 6.35mm jack socket on the front of the recorder, next to an output level control.
Once made, recordings can be divided and deleted using the recorder's controls, or they can be transferred to a computer for further editing using the USB 2.0 interface. The DR-680's transport controls are on the top face of the unit, along with a power switch, a hold switch, the controls for input level and phantom power, and the 'thumb wheel' which operates many of the menu-based graphical controls, which are displayed on a backlit LCD screen on the front face of the recorder. Also on the front face are buttons to record and pause, 'solo' monitoring buttons for the six analogue inputs, and a button to lock the current mixer settings. Analogue inputs are on the left side of the unit, while the digital input, all outputs, the SD card compartment, and the power adaptor input, are all on the right side.
Compatible media types:
SD card, 2GB, Class 4 or faster.
SDHC card, 4GB - 32GB, Class 4 or faster.
BWF files: Two-channel mix-down with set of one-channel, pairs of two-channel, or six-channel, 16/24-bit, 44.1/48/96kHz sample rate; or two-channel, 16/24-bit, 192kHz sample rate.
WAV files: Two-channel mix-down with set of one-channel, pairs of two-channel, or six-channel, 16/24-bit, 44.1/48/96kHz sample rate; or two-channel, 16/24-bit, 192kHz sample rate.
MP3 files: Two-channel mix-down with set of one-channel, or pairs of two-channel, four bit-rates from 96 to 320kbps, 44.1/48 kHz sample rate.
Recording times, with included 32GB SDHC card (not included):
WAV: 16h 47m, at 44.1kHz, 16-bit, six tracks; 5h 08m, at 96kHz, 24-bit, six tracks.
MP3: 277h 46m, at 48kHz, 128kbps, four tracks; 111h 6m, at 48kHz, 320 kbps, four tracks.
Cards with other capacities and other sample/bit rates give pro-rata recording times for each format.
Microphone/line inputs: 4 x 3-pole XLR / 6.35mm 3-pole jack combination sockets; 2 x 6.35mm 3-pole jack sockets; -51.5/-20/+3dBu minimum/nominal/maximum, low gain; -75.5/-44/-21dBu minimum/nominal/maximum, high gain, 2.4k ohms, microphone; -27.5/+4/+24dBu minimum/nominal/maximum, 10k ohms, line. Outputs: 6 x RCA (phono), -10/+6dBV nominal/maximum, 200 ohm, line; 6.35mm stereo jack socket, 50mW maximum, 32 ohm load, headphones. Speaker: 0.5 W, mono. Digital input and output: RCA (phono) sockets, S/PDIF or AES/EBU. Response, distortion and noise: 20-40kHz, +0.5/-1.0dB, 96kHz; 0.007%THD, 1kHz; -98dB, line input to line output. USB transfer interface: Mini-B type, USB 2.0 high speed mass storage class.
Operating temperature: 0-40 degrees Celsius. Power consumption: 9.5W, phantom power on. External power source: 5 VDC. Internal power source: 8 x AA batteries, alkaline or Ni-MH, 4.5 hours maximum recording time. Dimensions: 216.4 x 56 x 188.4mm. Weight: 1.2kg, excluding batteries.
Included accessories: PS-1225L power supply, shoulder strap, USB 2.0 cable.
Optional accessories: CS-DR680 padded case.