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TASCAM DR-60DmkII DSLR Audio Recorder
- Four microphone inputs with 64dB of smooth gain and phantom power
- Select Four-track recording mode of Dual recording - a distortion-proof safety track
- Clear audio quality and A/D converters capture every whisper and shout of a performance
- Records up to 96Jz/24-bit WAV or BWAV audio to SD card media
- Low cut filter and limiter to avoid noisy, distorted recordings
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Designed for DSLR Filmmakers
TASCAM’s DR-60DmkII is a portable recorder designed from the ground up to be the ideal recorder for DSLR filmmakers. The design of the DR-60DmkII contains a tripod mounting screw on top and socket hole on the bottom, integrating perfectly with cameras from Canon, Nikon, Sony, and others. The camera output attenuates down to mic level before passing the signal to the camera to prevent distortion. The new version includes an improved microphone preamp for up to 64dB of gain and a smoother sound.
High-Quality Microphone Inputs
A pair of XLR microphone inputs feed TASCAM’s latest HDDA microphone preamps and provides phantom power for condenser microphones. The preamp gain and other controls are easily accessed from the front panel with physical controls instead of software menus for quick adjustment. These preamps are recorded at audiophile resolution using premium A-to-D converters, for audio quality that far outshines the camera audio. Individual headphone and line outputs allow an additional feed on-set.
A second pair of inputs can be patched to wireless receivers or other sources for four-track recording. Alternatively, Dual Recording mode captures a safety track of your audio at a lower level. If an actor suddenly belts out a line, distorting the recorder, Dual Recording provides a non-distorted backup copy. There’s also a limiter and low cut filter to avoid overdriving your tracks.
Works With Your Editing Software
The DR-60DmkII records Broadcast WAVE files, time-stamped with the time of day, to SD card media. A slate function records a tone to the tracks for easier synchronization to camera audio. Modern editors like Premiere and Final Cut Pro Ten have automatic clip synchronization, and there is software for syncing up with older editors.
At a cost less than competing preamps, the TASCAM DR-60DmkII is the ultimate 4-track recorder designed for filmmakers, television, live events and web broadcast.
- Four-track WAV or BWAV recording up to 96kHz/24-bit
- Designed to attach to DSLR camera with top and bottom tripod mounts
- Easy-to-use interface with switches instead of menus
- Dual record mode captures a safety track so there’s a backup in case of overload
- High-quality microphone preamps, analog/digital converters, and recording format (BWAV) – much better than the camera audio specs
- Mark II Improves microphone preamp with up to 64dB of gain
- Camera output pads down to mic level so it doesn’t overload the camera
- Records to SD card media
- Individual headphone and line outputs
- Slate function plays a tone for easier syncronization with camera audio
- Two XLR/1/4” combination jacks plus stereo 1/8” mini jack
- Powered via AA batteries or USB input
Attaches to your camera
Top and bottom tripod mounts mount to your camera, tripod, or focus rig.
Four microphone inputs
A pair of XLR microphones with phantom power for condenser mics, plus a stereo mic input for mini jacks or wireless receivers.
Dual Recording Mode
Dual Recording mode creates a safety track at a lower level, as a backup to prevent distortion.
Clear Audio Quality
Better preamps and A/D converters than those built into your camera for great-sounding dialog recording.
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The Tascam DR-60DmkII 4-Channel Portable Recorder for DSLR is the new audio recording solution for on-set filmmakers and videographers using DSLRs. For years, filmmakers have been trying different methods for recording audio - including the use of bulky recorders designed for music and trying to transform the inferior audio technology built-into DSLRs. Now TASCAM has designed an answer that pros and amateurs alike have been waiting for. The DR-60D is a brand new 4-track solid-state recorder utilizing TASCAMs decades of experience. The recorder utilizes high-grade HDDA pre-amps, legendary AD converters, and a durable but lightweight structure and shape. This device will fit snuggly under any camera or into any rig, and record up to 96kHz/24-bit high quality audio straight to SD/SDHC media. Filmmakers have at their disposal two 1/4"-XLR Locking Combo MIC/LINE Inputs, 3.5mm Stereo MIC Input, Camera In, Camera Out, Line Out and Headphone Out. Both 1/4"-XLR Combo Inputs supply +48V Phantom Power and the 3.5mm Input supplies Plug-In Power for microphones requiring a bias voltage. The DR-60D is incredibly easy to use, employing TASCAMs very popular user interface and external controls for every major operation. The body structure, soft-touch keys and dials are designed specifically to help eliminate handling noise. The multiple record modes include, 4-Channel Record, Auto Record and TASCAMs Dual Record "Safety Track" Mode make the DR-60D one of the most versatile recorders on the market. Quality mic preamps are a necessity for quality sound. The DR-60DmkIIs HDDA mic preamplifiers (High Definition Discrete Architecture) employ discrete circuitry and parts, approved after months of evaluation testing by Tascam. The HDDA s circuit achieves a high equivalent input noise (EIN) of -120 dBu for low input noise. The DR-60DmkII mic preamps have been upgraded from their predecessor for up to 64 dB of gain with XLR input jacks for greater cable comp
Top Customer Reviews
Let's say I need to record a piano, a singer, and a cello in one live take.
Vocal mic, straight into DR 60. Cello mic, straight into Dr 60. Stereo mic pair, running into a dual input preamp, sent out by a simple 1/8 stereo plug, into the 1/8 stereo input of the DR 60. and BAM, 4 channels, no syncing in post.
Then, run 1/8 stereo cable from the DR 60 into your DSLR, while you are filming said instrumentalists, and BAM, music video with no syncing in post!
Ok, so in terms of the actual performance of this unit. My biggest fear was the pre amp signal to noise ratio. I desperately did not want to have any hiss to contend with. The DR 40, when used with external shotgun mics, added an unacceptable level of hiss. So, since the DR 60 is a Tascam unit, I was concerened, But after buying it and testing it, I can assure you that the level of background hiss is as low as the ART dual pre, and almost as good as the Riggy Assist. In other words, the signal to noise issue with the DR 60, is not really an issue.
It sounds great. The Pre amps have really been upgraded and you can hear the difference.
The buttons and MILLIONS of features make this thing a complete joy to use. I am in love. It is also, tiny tiny. Like a little child's toy. Almost silly looking tiny.
It does have a plastic feel to it...like, "do not drop me" feel. So, don't drop it.
I am so happy I bought this thing.
btw, my background is, professional sound recording engineer/mixer/producer/music teacher/videographer, etc. also, professional cheapskate. so i like things that don't cost a billion dollars.
GOOD: high and low output to camera; dual recording at different levels; double XLR ports; manual gain control knobs; reasonable price, etc.
BAD: Complex menu system takes time to learn;
Construction - the housing is plastic and just OK, but DON'T try to mount this recorder on a tripod and attach your camera to the FLIMSY mounting bracket on top of it!
Biggest for me would be the BATTERY LIFE (or death, as it turns out). I was warned by reviews of this and bought a small external battery pack (for charging phones, etc.) that worked just fine– though a nuisance to have to include and set up with the other many pieces of my video kit. But I was shocked when during an interview session at which I had misplaced and forgotten the external batt pack, I put four fresh AAs in the recorder's battery chamber expecting to get the on hour of video without trouble. However, the battery drain happened so quickly – about 20 minutes in – that I missed the LCD warning at first and lost some of the interview. It does not come with an AC cord, but can be plugged into AC via its supplied USB cable and a standard charging block (NOT supplied).
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