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Tascam DR680 8-track Portable Digital Field Audio Recorder

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  • 8-track portable recording
  • Stereo 24-bit/192kHz recording mode4-channel MP3 recording
  • Cascade function for running two units together
  • Auto-recording mode begins recording when the input reaches a certain level
  • Mark function during recording
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 10 x 7.2 inches ; 5 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0036VC3I2
  • Item model number: DR-680
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,267 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: February 2, 2010

Product Description

TASCAM's DR-680 brings multi-channel portable recording within reach of any musician for polished live, location and surround recordings. Up to eight tracks can be recorded to solid-state SD card media at 96kHz/24-bit Broadcast WAV quality. Six mic inputs provide phantom power and 60dB of gain for great-sounding recordings with your condenser microphones. Record the six microphones along with a digital S/PDIF source for 8 track recording. Each mic input has a selectable low cut filter and analog limiter for optimal sound. Inputs can be monitored using a built-in mixer with level and pan controls for each input. The stereo mixdown can even be recorded along with the six mics for quick stereo playback of the event. There's even a built-in speaker to check recordings without headphones. In addition to WAV recording up to 96kHz, the DR-680 captures stereo audio at 192kHz/24-bit for audiophile-quality masters. The DR-680 records up to four channels of MP3 audio for web-ready recordings. Two of the recorders can be connected with a cascade cable for up to 14-track recording on battery power.

Customer Reviews

It will use most SDHC cards but not SDXC.
The Bear
Don't think my settings were off, but that might be something you'd want to check in case your gig lasts more than an hour.
Old Bull
Reilable, relatively easy to operate, audio quality is excellent.
Chip

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Sounddogs dot Com on December 23, 2011
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Is the Tascam perfect, no. I have a Deva 5, and that is a great machine but it's $13,000. I needed a second multi-track portable field recorder and bought the Tascam DR-680. My pro's are it sounds good, handles spl, pretty easy to use, good with power, and has six inputs. My cons are that the switches on the unit can be accidentally switched quite easily, power up is slow, selecting recording channels is clumsy, does not retain all defaults from last power down, and the solo engage is too slow. Metering is okay, not as good as the Deva 5. I am recording a lot of sound effects of planes and cars with it right now and was happy enough to have bought a second DR-680 today, This is a pretty good unit for the price.

Rob Nokes from Sounddogs.com
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By thadurnsilicious1 on October 30, 2013
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You're about to spend money lets start with the negatives:
It's about 6months after I purchased it, and I've had my first critical error. Which is kinda bad. I try to take equipment to the 1yr mark before it requires maintenance.

That this thing Eats batteries. Really like 24-32 AAs just to get through a 12hr shoot. Which only means 3-4 battery changes (on most days, assuming you remember to turn it off during lunch & rehearsal, & set up, & any other time you don't NEED to be recording right at that instant) but it adds up quickly.. It's a little insane, and by a little I mean very.

Phantom power comes in pairs. Which is annoying, especially considering the added battery drain. But with a little careful planning of what mic goes where, you'll be fine.

That being said, it records super clear high quality multi-channel audio files with the feel and control of a mixer 10x the price.

Controls are confusing at first, but when you get used to it, Its got depth, there are a lot of things you can do to make the editors job a little easier, like dropping markers at the slate clap, and naming files based on shots or locations.

Buy a case with it, (not the Tascam one, that's basically just Porta brace makes a nice one.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Carlos Alberto Poe on May 17, 2013
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A month ago I finished the shooting of a long feature film, we took the direct audio in the field in many locations, some inside some outside, the Tascam was a loyal friend and did the job without any problem, the bateries last the enought time for the shooting day. I will recommend this product to any one, great job Tascam¡ we use the Portabrace AR-HDP2 Audio Recorder Case (Blue), witch fit perfect with the Tascam DR680 and the Sennheiser MKH416 boom mic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Old Bull on September 26, 2014
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Nothing comes close to it in quality of build, sound, features, flexibility, price or capability. Yes, there are little things, too minor to really base your decision upon, unless you're super fussy about the littlest things, then you're probably in the market for something twice or three times the price.

If you get the H6, you'll have to buy the attachment to convert the top two channels to XLR, so you're about thrity bucks away from the same price of the DR-680. Plus, the H6 has issues with reading the level meters in all positions, whereas the DR-680 isn't so temperamental.

Not heard anyone yet mention that you can daisy-chain these with a simple RCA-RCA cable, and get all six channels of each additional recorder to work independently. The sync cable simply syncs the transport controls, where you control the slave units from the master unit. I guess you can have lots of these chained together, which is a nice feature to have, in case you need more than 6 channels.

One thing to be aware of, which I have not confirmed with tech support, but I was getting only a bit more than an hour of recording time with all six channels separately on a 32 GB SD card. Don't think my settings were off, but that might be something you'd want to check in case your gig lasts more than an hour.

Yes, battery time is limited, but there are field workarounds, like a small 12 V car battery with a cigarette lighter socket (I got an emergency car starting unit at Cotsco) that you can use as your 12 VDC power source. I've just tested a portable rechargeable Li-Ion 12 V battery pack and it lasted over 4 hours. The one I have also outputs 5 VDC for USB appliances. They're about thrity Fvie bucks on Amazon. Get the one with the five LED lights that report battery charge level. I think it's the 3800 MaH one. The cable that comes with these fits the DR-680 perfectly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Bear on September 10, 2014
This is preliminary. It will take a iittle time to get a full impression of it. I strongly suggest reading the other reviews; some of them are gems -- very helpful.

First, it is very well made, both smaller and heavier than it looks. It will use most SDHC cards but not SDXC. This will probably be addressed in a new version the product (eventually).

My use is home and field recording using 3 - 4 (usually MXL v67g) mics (or a Crown SASS II).

I'm not finished reading all the way through the user manual yet. It is very dense and very clear, which is a good thing since this thing has a bunch of cool features, many of which I will probably never use.

More to come.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Adam R Kilbourn on January 2, 2014
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Sound Equipment! Nothing is more important to video than good sound. That sounds crazy, I know, but watch a video with crappy sound and notice how unhappy it makes you. You'll watch a video with shaky video and terrible shots, but you'll change the channel if you can't hear what is going on. For a while now I've had the pleasure of owning the Tascam DR-680 Portable Field Recorder. I primarily bought it for the additional channels it gave me to record on, but I've been pleasantly surprised with some of the other less noticeable features. I also include tips on how I power the unit and use it in the field.
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