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TASCAM DR-05 Portable Digital Recorder
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on March 4, 2015
Style Name: Handheld Recorder
I'm pleased with this product it has a very nice sound on both recording audio and voice. This product has reasonable price with multi features that you can't wait to purchase one.

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.

A must-have and recommended product to those people loves quality recording in the palm of their hands. Awesome product!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on March 5, 2015
Style Name: Handheld RecorderVerified Purchase
Pros: several recording formats, excellent sound quality, 'quick' button is awesome, several gain control settings, intuitive UI, AA batteries, threaded for mounting on tripod/mic stand, aux in and outs, (Looks like it can supply phantom power to an ext mic?! Sweet!)

Cons: None at All.

Bottom Line: I've owned at least a half a dozen different digital recorders in the past decade. This one is BY FAR my favorite. The quality of the recorded audio alone makes it a great purchase. I use it for recording meetings and music and it works great for either. I really like how the level control works. The 'auto level' setting makes every voice in the room audible for meetings while the 'Limiter' setting is great for live music. There's no shortage of menu options, including nice things like a Alkaline/NiMH setting which keeps the battery gauge accurate for different battery types. The only improvement I could think of would be an NiMH charging circuit built in. But if they added it I'd expect to pay more.. At under a C-note this thing is a great purchase!

And did I mention it sounds amazing?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on March 19, 2015
Style Name: Handheld RecorderVerified Purchase
This device gives very good recordings.
Also, if installing latest firmware version, the device can be used for overdubbing.

Pros are the sound quality, the features, and the low price.
Cons is that the controls are not intuitive, difficult to navigate among tracks and folders.
Having to read the manual in order to operate such a simple device, is so 1985.

If you are missing the overdubbing feature, don't despair. Go to tascam's website and look for firmware updates, and also download the manual for the new firmware, or you might not figure out how to get the overdub feature to work.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on March 4, 2015
Style Name: Handheld RecorderVerified Purchase
It's a great value for what you get. I use it mostly to record myself playing piano, but it also takes good recordings of live acoustic performances such as band and choir concerts. Great for easy, basic recordings.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 16, 2015
Style Name: Handheld RecorderVerified Purchase
Does not operate as advertised. I bought this to record live concerts mainly for recollection. When doing that a low bit rate is sufficient or has been with prior devises ut with the Tascam the lower MP3 setting are noisy distorted messes. I called help to discover if my device was defective or needed adjusted settings but the expert said that is how "compression" works as though that was expected for all such devices. This means that you can record at 36K if you like but you won't want to hear it. And no level below 326 according to the expert is without problems. You might wonder why the many settings below this level are offered. I have used digital devices to record concerts at low bit rates for years with images as well as sound and never encountered anything remotely like this.

The other issue with the Tascam is very difficult to use controls. The direct ones are barely visible and impossible to read in darker settings and most the controls are buried on deep unintuitive and inconsistent menus. There are quite a few features I have yet to get to function correctly and many I know how to do but cannot in a recording environment. Normally I would have returned this item and certainly would have if store bought but at least after a month I am holding off since it does function and has some learning value.

One last problem....identifying a recording on the chip is difficult ....they are not date stamped or easily labeled.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 8, 2015
Style Name: Handheld RecorderVerified Purchase
Great recorder make sure you read the instruction or you may loose what you are trying to record. I did that going throught the menue without reading the book
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 11, 2015
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Great cheap alternative for live recording. Top notch sound, easy to transfer to your computer and a very reasonable price.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 21, 2015
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Great! I have used it two different ways for my video production. Once as a off camera mic to catch audio while filming at a distance. I then synced up audio in post. the other useage was to use the line out on the DR-05 to my mic in on my 70D while filming. The audio quality was great. This was a much better purchase than a stand along mic. It allows me to have great audio quality and use it as a direct in for my camera. I have also used to to record some guitar playing and I think that quality is great!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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The TASCAM DR-05 has it where it counts: When you press record, you know it will make a faithful reproduction of the desired sound. The instructions are detailed but it only took a quick glance to get the basics of hold the power(stop) button to turn on, pres record to put in stand-by, press record again to get it going. I appreciate the flexibility it offers and the information the settings provide. You get flexibility and convenience in the included 4Gb microSD card which I've found to provide plenty of space but allows for cheap upgrades if you need it. You know exactly what the quality vs file size trade off is when changing the recording settings as it changes recording time values as you modify quality settings. These settings provide multiple formats but so far I've kept it in a high quality MP3 for easy distribution to other people. The back is also threaded with a standard tripod mount so finding a way to prop it up is trivial. While it operates as expected out of the box with the built in mics and small speaker for monitoring recordings you also have the ability to add your favorite mic and plug in headphones or aux out cables. For getting at your recordings later you can always take the memory card out or just plug in a mini-usb cable. This port also doubles as a power input so if you have an aversion to AA batteries you can always provide it externally. I've enjoyed using the recorder so far and have made 8-10 half hour recordings without the battery indicator dropping a bar. Note that for recording an un-amplified adult speaking at about 8 feet I did have to change the microphone settings to be higher before I got a clean recording. Overall I'm happy with the purchase and look forward to getting some great content.
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on March 24, 2015
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This is a great product and as described. It has a recording quality sound that will not disappoint the price you've paid for this product.

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.

Overall, this product is a must have. Recommended!
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