Tascam DR-05 Portable Handheld Digital Micro SD Recorder with Built In Microphones
TASCAMs DR-05 brings high-quality stereo recording to an easy-to-use portable powerhouse with a size and price that anyone can handle. The DR-05 records in MP3 or WAV format including 96kHz/24-bit high-resolution audio to microSD or microSDHC media. A pair of all-new microphones handles up to 125dB SPL with the sensitivity to capture every detail. With new recording features like Peak Reduction and Quick Menu, the DR-05 puts album-quality recording in the palm of your hand.
Everything about the DR-05 is designed to get the best quality recordings of your music. A new pair of built-in microphones withstands up to 125dB SPL the volume of a jet plane from 200 feet away yet still have the sensitivity to capture every detail of a performance. You can add your own microphone or line-level source through the 1/8 stereo input, including plug-in power for microphones that need it.
Internally, the DR-05s digital and analog circuit boards are built separately to increase noise performance, with a low-impedance design to further decrease hiss. A separate power supply is sent to the A/D and D/A converter for even better audio performance. The result is clean sound quality over 92dB signal to noise ratio, under 0.05% total harmonic distortion and 20Hz to 40kHz response (-1/+3dB) at 96kHz/24-bit resolution.
Simple to Operate
The layout of the DR-05 has been revamped to be quick and easy to work with one thumb. Operations like recording, adjusting levels, deleting bad takes and adding markers are just a button press away. Dig deeper to find features like limiting, low cut filtering, a built-in chromatic tuner and more.
One new feature that makes the DR-05 easy to operate is the new Peak Reduction feature. This setting automatically sets your recording level by listening to the input and adjusting for the best level. Unlike Auto Gain settings, this one only goes down to prevent accidental distortion after a period of low level like a break. Peak Recording works in rehearsal mode or in record, so if the performance is louder than the soundcheck youre still safe. Used with the built-in limiter, its unlikely youll distort your career-making live recording.
Other classic TASCAM features are included, like Variable Speed Audition to loop and slow down music without changing the pitch perfect for transcribing or learning new music. A Level Align function can be switched on for playback, to smooth out any sudden volume jumps, and a built-in speaker is also provided. The two AA batteries are enough to power the recorder for 17 1/2 hours, even while recording at CD quality.
For musicians and recordists at any stage of their career, theres no easier way to get great-sounding recordings than TASCAMs DR-05.
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Customer Reviews (1)
- Great, low-budget digital audio recorderReview by GC
- I've had this recorder for about 3 months. I am very pleased with it. The built-in mics produce clean audio but are almost omnidirectional -- great for recording environmental sounds but perhaps not ideal for some other uses. For recording dialog, I use it with an (inexpensive) Audio Technica ATR 3550 lab mic and the combo works well. The unit does have plug-in power (turned off by default) so it could power a mic like the Rode Videomic Go which requires plug-in power (note: plug-in power is about 2.5v and is NOT the same as 48v phantom power.) The menus on the recorder are simple to understand and to use. The unit was supposed to include a 2 GB microSD card but mine shipped with a 4GB card. The unit seems well made. My only criticism in this respect is that the battery cover comes right off, it is very easy to remove and it is untethered -- given the number of remote controls in my house with missing battery covers I wish it were tethered. The unit I received did not have the latest firmware (2.0?) but I downloaded from Tascam's website and installed that with no problem. Overall I am pleased with this product -- it is well made and performs great -- I consider it to be a good entry-level digital audio recorder at a fair price. (Posted on 4/30/2015)