Tascam DR-05 Portable Digital Recorder

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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.

Tascam DR-05 Portable Digital Recorder

Features Tascam DR-05 Portable Digital Recorder

  • Specifications -
  • 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
Overall Rating: Rating=4.5
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Tascam DR-05 Portable Digital Recorder

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  1. Richard J. Maggio says:
    203 of 207 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great performer…great value!, April 4, 2011
    Richard J. Maggio (NJ) –

    This review is from: Tascam DR-05 Portable Digital Recorder (Electronics)

    I purchased this to record my daughter’s piano recitals. I researched the options and found this to give me the best feature set for the money. What was important to me was easy transfer of files to my PC, good battery life, cheap and expandable media, ease of use, choice of manual and auto record levels, and the ability to change recording levels once recording has started. And of course it should make good sounding recordings!

    This device met all of these criteria both on paper an in actual use. To play around with it, I have been recording my daughter’s practice sessions. I was shocked at the sound quality even from the built in microphones. The resulting recording had no hiss, had good punch in the low end, didn’t audibly distort even when the peak light would light, and had great stereo imaging. Wow! Transferring files to my PC is literally drag-n-drop since the device appears as an external drive when connected to the PC. I’ve recorded about 5 hours along with about 3 hours of playback and the battery charge indicator still hasn’t dropped. This is using the provided alkaline batteries.

    I upgraded to a 16GB memory card that cost me <$30. That’s what I call a cheap storage upgrade from the 2GB card provided!

    To really put it through it’s paces, I brought it along to record my daughter’s school play. The resulting recroding sounded awesome and was very faithful to how it sounded live. I was afraid that the audience clapping would really overload the microphones since I set the levels manually for the performers. Though there is clipping during the applause sections, it is not bad at all. I didn’t even feel the need to round out the clipping during post processing. My daughter was very excited to hear the recording afterwards and agreed that it sounded great. As a point of reference, I’ve been making all of my recordings as stereo 16 bit 44kHz WAV files (aka CD quality/spec).

    There is a little bit of handling noise, but that is to be expected with a device with built in microphones. But if you are careful, you can minimize this. I tweaked the levels at the start and you can barely tell I was pushing buttons on it. During the entire performance, I just laid the DR-05 on the empty chair next to me.

    The only downside I can find with this device is that the input is really hot for line-in. If you do not have control of the output you connect to the line-in, you may have a problem. This is stated in the manual. From my reading, the more expensive models have a true line-in where this isn’t a problem. If you plan to use this device to record from the outputs of a soundboard or other device, you may want to move up to a model that supports a true line-in. I don’t plan on using this device this way, so it isn’t an issue for me.

    Coming from using a Sony HiMD Minidisc recorder for similar tasks in the past, I can’t tell you how much of a pleasure the DR-05 is to use. It is so easy to use and produces great results straight out of the box. I highly recommend this device.

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  2. Jeff Aski says:
    202 of 215 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Bigger than it looks, although that makes it easy to access all the features, March 24, 2011
    Jeff Aski (Los Angeles, CA) –

    This review is from: Tascam DR-05 Portable Digital Recorder (Electronics)

    Customer Video Review Length:: 2:30 Mins

    I own a few portable digital audio recorders and the Tascam DR-05 functions very well. It’s bigger than I think it should be, but the button layout is super simple to use and I was able to control most of the features without reading the manual.

    I wish the onboard mics had an X/Y pattern instead of being spread out, but the Tascam DR-07 Mark II, that is coming out soon will have that feature, so I might be getting that, too.

    I haven’t delved into the feature that slows down the audio playback yet or some of the other special tricks this device can do, but all in all, it’s a great recorder so far.

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