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TASCAM DR-100mkII 2-Channel Portable Digital Recorder

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Digital Recorder
  • Locking XLR inputs accept balanced mic or line inputs
  • Two sets of microphones for cardioid or omnidirectional pickup
  • Dual battery systems for hours of recording
  • Stereo S/PDIF digital input
  • Rugged aluminum constructionincluded accessories: 2GB SD card, Exclusive Li-ion battery (BP-L2), USB connection cable, Exclusive soft case, Exclusive windsock, Wireless remote control (RC-10), Coin cell battery for confirming remote control operat
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Product Details

Style Name: Digital Recorder
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 3.2 x 6.5 inches ; 1.1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B006JVNTXO
  • Item model number: DR-100mkII
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #580 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: December 5, 2011

Product Description

Style: Digital Recorder

The rugged TASCAM DR-100mkII offers high-end recording features to musicians and engineers who demand more from their portable recorder. It features four built-in microphones, two cardioid and two omnidirectional, for great sounding recordings. A pair of XLR microphone inputs with phantom power welcomes pro-grade condenser microphones, and line in and out connectors are also provided. The markII version adds balanced line ins, S/PDIF digital inputs, locking connectors and more.

Customer Reviews

Awesome works like champ one more thing.
Dixi Ipiña
Sound quality of the recorded audio is pretty good with the built-in mics.
Lynson Oo
These are 10 times better than the DR-40's and it is instantly audible.
Omegatopher

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

60 of 62 people found the following review helpful By B. Gentry on April 24, 2012
Style Name: Digital Recorder Verified Purchase
I've used the DR-100 on several shoots so when it came time to purchase another audio recorder the mkII was an obvious choice. First off, I primarily use the XLR connections but in regards to the onboard mics, both cardioid and omni, I can tell you the noise floor is definitely improved. As far as XLR, the inputs have been upgraded to add a locking mechanism. Not that the cables slipping out was ever a problem but it's a welcome addition.

As with the previous model I use this for DSLR shoots. It has a rugged body, records in 96/24 WAV and has both a headphone out and a line out. Another huge bonus for me is the ability to run off a charged battery and still use AA's as a backup. I've only had a Sound Mixer tell me once that they forgot to charge the batteries but having the ability to toss in normal, everyday AA's was a lifesaver.

Extra background: I typically use a variety of shotgun mics (NTG-2) or lavs (Sennheiser G3) and then sync up audio with PluralEyes in post. Obviously the sound difference between this and the onboard mic in a DLSR are worlds apart. I've tested the Zoom H4n and my only cons would be lack of dual power sources and it looks a bit like a toy. I know there are loyalist on both sides and I'm not particularly die-hard in either direction but this is hands-down my go-to audio recorder.
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56 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Honda on May 10, 2012
Style Name: Digital Recorder
starting to do video interviews, looking for good sound (as opposed to superb) and simple to use. i want to see how far i can get without having to spend $100's more. i am working solo, so i need a compact, portable solution that i can implement on the field without holding up the works too much.

compared this against the h4n which also gets great reviews.

overview:
in my inexpert opinion, the dr100mk2 is a simpler device concentrating exclusively on the basics (and some not so basics) of sound recording. the h4n tries to as much as is electronically possible in a single device.

the dr100-2 is a much easier device to use (imho). i'm kinda old fashioned, and i like the fact that most of the controls are mechanical switches. even to the tune of the input levels being a dial.

the h4n has mostly electronic switches and are a touch more fiddly to operate. they work just fine, but are not as nice, again imho.

sound:
i'm not looking for magic and i don't expect pro sound from a <$300 device. however, i do expect far far more from this device than on my canon 7d onboard mic.

at b&h, the sales team indicated the mics on the h4n are better than the dr100-2. this almost talked me out of the dr100-2 from the start, but i pressed on anyways. they also indicated that both of them would be about the same as far as noise is concerned.

in a nutshell, the dr100-2 has a superior preamp from the h4n. the machine-generated background noise on the h4n is very noticeable, while the dr100-2 it is down far enough to not be the first thing you notice.

the clear winner for voice only recording (which is my target usage) is the dr100-2.

features:
the h4n is a 4-track recorder.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Al4media on January 21, 2013
Style Name: Digital Recorder Verified Purchase
As soon as I got the device I started testing.

Things I like:

1.The look of the device is very professional

2 The control layouts are very intuitive although that differs by individual

3. Buttons and switches for the basics. I hate to have to delve into menu hell for a simple task

4. The home screen is fantastic. Easy to read and all the info right there

5. XLR inputs with locking connectors (pro)

6. Line in and out

7. Big buttons on the front. I've only had it for 7 hours and it feels intuitive

8. The battery charges in no time with the optional charger/ac adapter as well as with usb.

What I expected after reading some other reviews:

1.That it would produce decent sound but the levels wouldn't be high enough. LIKE HELL, I'm getting as much and more level then I need
Mind you I have only tested The XLR's with a Sennheiser ew 100g2 lav. Levels were great .Sound was awesome.

I also tested with the legendary RE-50 and again levels were great and the sound was awesome.

I did a test on the front mics and they were great too

2 That handling noise would be an issue. IT SURE IS. it picks up every touch, every brush. That said I will not be using it handheld, probably ever,
but that's something to consider if you do. Why aren't these things built in rubberized shells? Although they all have that issue

What I believe

I believe this is the best device in its' category hands down. If you know what you're doing, you will get great sound and extremely low noise.

Based on my limited experience with this and other devices, I would not even consider a Zoom or other competitors.

PS.
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42 of 48 people found the following review helpful By zoolane on January 12, 2013
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Great recorder if you use a stand or external mic or line inputs when recording. Handling noise prohibits handheld use with the onboard mikes. Battery life is about 10 hours total record plus standby with fully charged LiO main and self-contained AA aux batteries, unlike the Sony PCM-M10, which gives you over 24 hrs of record time on 2 AA batts, but doesn't have XLR's or phantom power for mics. The built-in mics on the DR-100mkII will pop if you are recording talent voices less than 3' away. You definitely don't want to drop this unit, unless you buy them by the dozen.

That being said, this unit faithfully lives up to its specs, with no surprises, and has the ability to include the date (but not the time) in the sequential auto-naming function, which helps sort files. The "Browsing" function shows the date, time and other recording parameters for each file.

Summation: This is a professional recorder with many bells and whistles, and may not be the best choice for someone who does not need to make "masters."

***** UPDATE, Jan 25, 2013 ***** While recording a consultation with a patient, I hit the "MARK" button at a very important part while taking her medical history over the phone. A few minutes later, during another important part, I looked down ready to press the MARK button again, only to find that this *#$$!)^# recorder had paused itself with the record light flashing, and was displaying an error message which said something about the MARK failed b/c it timed out. Nothing I did could get this thing back into record mode, even though the record button was blinking. The thing had to be shut down, then powered back up, and only then could you start recording again.

This is a serious flaw if you do something live.
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