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TASCAM DR-05 Portable Digital Recorder
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- Built-in omni-directional microphones
- Stereo mini headphone jack for external stereo microphones (provides plug-in power) / External line input
- Tempo change (VSA) function for adjusting the speed from 0.5 to 1.5 times (in 0.1 increments)
- 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 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. Premium-quality Sound 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. 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. 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, there’s no easier way to get great-sounding recordings than TASCAM’s DR-05.
From the Manufacturer
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
Top Customer Reviews
Zoom H1 - Good sound, exceptional 1 button operation. I have the special edition white H1. It is much easier to see the labels and controls than on the black model in a dark studio or on a stage.
You can hear the H1: www.thewooks.net. I have live recordings up. OPL Sets 1 and 2 are through the H1 mics. The studio recordings include SweetLiz, Wook Walk and anything at the bottom of that page that is not obviously live (everything live is from the OPL concert, FWIW).
Tascam DR-05 - Great sound, 3 click operation to start, stop, pause. Can be a little confusing, even just setting the levels on the fly. However, the sound quality is a notch above the H1. Its now my go to for recording our band through the headphone mix.
I did find my HI BTW, had fallen between my seat and rear door after a gig. Now i swap off, I'm using them both, and they are both excellent. The H1 is just wayyyy easier to use.
I am planning to use it mostly for recording my own music, so was excited when the new toy arrived.
However, when comparing to other items, i was considering another brand and more expensive one that could record and mix multiple tracks. But then I saw on tascam web site that it can do overdubbing. So that's why I went ahead and ordered it.
My disappointment, confusion and embarrassment, when I flipped though the menus and owner manual and found no overdub function. I was going to return it if I could not figure that out.
Going back to tascam web site, I found that overdubbing was only for version 2.
And luckily, version 2 is firmware, not another unit, so I just had to install the version 2 firmware.
The 2.0 upgrade has been available since august this year, so anyone who bought this recorder the last 2-3 years should probably upgrade and get a really nice feature for free.
Still confused and dazed, I could not locate overdub function. It was only mentioned indirectly on the updated version 2 manual I found at same place as the firmware downloads. It is only described in the REFERENCE MANUAL only found at same place.
So toss the included owner's manual, and print out the reference manual instead.
If you don't want to read manuals, here is how to record with overdubbing:
Turn mixed monitor recording on.
Later, when hitting the record button, a menu will pop up, asking if you want to overdub OFF or ON. Select "ON" with the "-" key then hit play.
TASCAM might want to update their product description on AMAZON, and inform about the firmware update.
I don't expect they want the hassle of recalling items to upgrade firmware and insert updated owner's manuals.
Next to the recording. It is very clear. Just make sure to adjust recording level with the .>>| and |<< buttons.
Using the Monitor mix mode, the sound of my guitar sounded even better than real life,
and I could overdub same piece many times add voices and parts. So far I've recorded voice, Organ, piano, acoustic and classical guitar. And it sounds sweet.
My recorded persona sounds much more skilled than I am .
Just overdubbing is a thrill. The performance gets a nice live feel to it instead of being frigidly mixed in software.
Playing the same guitar riff twice gives a nice chorus effect. Pure gold.
I was going to subtract 1 star for the hassle of finding the overdub, but now that I found it, and loving it putting it back to 5.
I added a $5 tripod. It is useful to get the mike aimed right. Otherwise the unit also has little rubber feet so yoy can lay it flat on a table.
PS. Don't bother getting the AC adapter, it needs just a regular 0.5V USB, and most people have an attic full of those already, or can hook it up to PC/laptop.
Or spend $20 on batteries.
PS2. My unit came with a 4 GB memory card, not 2 GB as it says in description.
PS3. As one reviewer complained, the threads for the tripod mount are made of plastic. So torque that tripod with care.... As with all threaded screws, the torque must be adapted to the dimension of the bolt and the weakest material of the combo. So if yo screw until it sits very snug it is probably already too far.