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TASCAM DR-05 Portable Digital Recorder
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- Built-in omni-directional microphones
- Stereo mic/line input with plug-in power to connect external source or microphone
- Variable speed playback (50%-200%) without changing pitch, Loop and repeat
- Playback EQ setting, Chromatic tuner, Powered by 2 AA batteries, USB power or optional AC adapter (Tascam PS-P515U), MicroSD 4GB card included
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TASCAM's DR-05 puts premium recording quality in the palm of your hand. Up to 96kHz/24-bit Broadcast WAV film recording provides better than CD quality to capture every detail. Record WAV or MP3 files to the included 2GB microSD Card, or expand with your own microSD & SDHC media.
Like all TASCAM products, the DR-05 is simple to use with functions like two-button record and the Quick Menu for fast setting changes.
Omni Condenser Microphones
Built into the DR-05 are a pair of omnidirectional condenser microphones. These stereo microphones are tailored for natural ambient recording, with rich bass response and lower handling noise than most handheld recorders.
The built-in microphones capture a wide, natural frequency range suitable for any type of voice, nature or musical recording. A 1/8" microphone input is also available for adding your own stereo microphone or recording a line-level source.
Like most TASCAM handheld recorders, the DR-05 includes playback modes to loop a section of playback or slow it down without changing the pitch, perfect for learning new music. A built-in speaker is included for checking recording without headphones. The Level Align feature smooths out level jumps during playback to help you monitor your raw, unmastered recordings.
Other handy additions include a chromatic tuner and tripod stand mount.
Peak Limiter Prevents Clipping
A built-in stereo peak limiter prevents unexpected loud sounds from distorting your recording. Just flip it on to keep sudden jumps from ruining your takes.
Another recording mode is the Auto Level setting, which sets the level based on the sound level in the room. Other settings include a low cut filter, useful for removing rumble or wind noise when outdoors. (A windscreen is also sold seperately.)
Full Feature List
- Handheld Portable Recorder
- Built-in Stereo Condenser Omnidirectional Microphones with sensitivity up to 125dB SPL
- Up to 96kHz/24-bit WAV (BWF) linear PCM recording
- Stereo MP3 recording from 32-320 kbps bit rate
- Peak Reduction function, optimized for music recording, automatically sets the gain of while recording
- Limiter and low-cut filter to help prevent distortion
- Automatic or manual level setting
- Self timer recording starts recording 5 or 10 sec. after pressing the record button for waiting until you are ready
- Auto and manual track increment
- Variable speed playback (50%-150%) without changing the pitch
- Loop and repeat playback
- Level Align feature prevents uneven volume levels during playback
- Playback EQ setting
- Editing function (Divide and delete)
- Up to 99 mark points on each file
- Chromatic tuner
- 1/8" stereo mic/line input
- USB 2.0 port for transfer to PC and external power
- Up to 2-second pre recording buffer
- Jump back function returns to previous point with one action (1-10, 20, 30 sec.)
- 1/8" headphone/line output
- Built-in speaker
- microSD (64MB – 2GB)/microSDHC (4GB – 32GB) card slot (2GB card included)
- Powered by 2 AA batteries, AC adapter (optional: PS-P515U), or USB bus power
- Tripod socket hole
- Dimensions: 2 3/8" W x 5 9/16" H x 1" D
- Weight: 4 1/16 oz
style: Handheld Recorder
Top Customer Reviews
This device met all of these criteria both on paper an in actual use. To play around with it, I have been recording my daughter's practice sessions. I was shocked at the sound quality even from the built in microphones. The resulting recording had no hiss, had good punch in the low end, didn't audibly distort even when the peak light would light, and had great stereo imaging. Wow! Transferring files to my PC is literally drag-n-drop since the device appears as an external drive when connected to the PC. I've recorded about 5 hours along with about 3 hours of playback and the battery charge indicator still hasn't dropped. This is using the provided alkaline batteries.
I upgraded to a 16GB memory card that cost me <$30. That's what I call a cheap storage upgrade from the 2GB card provided!
To really put it through it's paces, I brought it along to record my daughter's school play. The resulting recroding sounded awesome and was very faithful to how it sounded live. I was afraid that the audience clapping would really overload the microphones since I set the levels manually for the performers. Though there is clipping during the applause sections, it is not bad at all. I didn't even feel the need to round out the clipping during post processing.Read more ›
1. The AC adapter Amazon is "recommending" for this unit (PS-P520) is not correct. You need a power adapter that works with the small female USB input. The model number for the correct one is PS-P515U based on the info in the owners manual. Good luck finding one. I would plan on using batteries.
2. The external mic input is a balanced mini which is looking for "mic level" input. If you are doing something like I am, which is bringing in a signal from a device operating at line level output, you will be coming into the recorder too hot resulting in horrible distortion. I purchased a Sescom SEL2MTDR100 LN2MIC-TASDR100 cable from B&H Photo which should alleviate the problem. Basically it is mini cable with a built-in attenuator that pads down the signal -35DB. I paid $27 plus shipping for that. You can adjust the input levels on the unit but it won't solve this problem.
3. Definitely get a mini tripod, they are cheap. The unit probably works best in the upright position. It stands up on its own but if you are like me and you have a guitar in your lap and you want to just reach over and press "Record" and "Play" with one hand the unit is going to fall over.
Other than that the sound quality is decent and it is pretty easy to use.
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I wish the onboard mics had an X/Y pattern instead of being spread out, but the Tascam DR-07 Mark II, that is coming out soon will have that feature, so I might be getting that, too.
I haven't delved into the feature that slows down the audio playback yet or some of the other special tricks this device can do, but all in all, it's a great recorder so far.
The built-in mics are on par with my Sony stereo electret condenser mic. In other words, they are very good and create accurate samples. However, don't expect them to be as good as a pair of studio-grade condensers in X/Y pattern running through a premium, all-tube pre-amp and into the rack-mounted A/D converter. If you are a professional audio engineer, you might find the onboard mic's to sound a little frail. For 99.9% of the rest of the world, they will sound excellent. Keep in mind that these mic's are omni-directional, so don't expect a tightly focused polar pattern. If you need to limit background noise, you may want to invest in an external mic.
The mic input works great with the aforementioned Sony electret mic, as this mic has its own on-board power supply. Just don't plug in your 48v studio mic with some makeshift XLR - 1/8" adapter and expect it to run (some guy actually did this). Overall, if you intend to do a lot of external mic work, I would opt for the DR-40 instead. Otherwise, the onboard mics are more than adequate for most work.
If you run a line in from your mixer, you may find that the signal is too hot.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought for my wife. I have DR-07 MkII and this DR-05 operates exactly the same. Great recorders, but you really need a muff if in a windy location. Read morePublished 2 hours ago by Amazon Customer
I'm really liking this Tascam DR05 recorder. I'm using it with a lapel mic and am getting very good results thus far. Great for recording interviews and testimonials.Published 1 day ago by Chris M. Woodcox
I was so excited to get this unit. It has so many great features with the MP3 or wav formats you can save your music in. Read morePublished 2 days ago by stephen collins
Despite the documentation, the Tascam DR-05 MIC/EXT IN input does NOT support line level recording, only microphone level recording. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Brad M.
I've bought three of these now. Very handy for musicians wanting to write/record music for collaboration with other musicians.Published 6 days ago by shopper
I like this recorder a lot. I bought it for one purpose only. A radio station in our region came on the air a few years ago in a format that I really enjoyed. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Value Appreciator