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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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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.
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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.
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.
I do seem to have trouble getting the -12 dB option to work correctly; it records the duplicate tracks but never seems to have an actual difference in gain as it does on my smaller Tascam devices. This may be an error on my part though, and it's not a huge issue, so I haven't really dug further into it.
For the price, it's a pretty good buy.
Rob Nokes from Sounddogs.com
One gripe: There is no mix-down to analog outputs, only the S/PDIF out.
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