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Tascam DR-05

Linear PCM/MP3 Recorder

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The DR-05 is a compact portable stereo digital recorder that captures hours of music to SD memory media.

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DR-05V2 $118.00
  • A compact and easy to use recorder, filtering unwanted noise pollution and additional functions such as over- dubbing to record onto existing files

    The DR-05 offers portable, high-quality stereo recording in MP3 or WAV format – including 96-kHz/24-bit high-resolution audio – using microSD or microSDHC media. A pair of A/B-oriented omni-directional microphones handles up to 125 dB SPL with the sensitivity to capture every detail. Users can also use their own microphone or line-level source through the mini-jack stereo input which includes plug-in power for microphones that need it.

    The DR-05 is quick and easy to use with one thumb. Operations like recording, adjusting levels, deleting bad takes and adding marks are only a button press away. Other features like limiting, low-cut filtering, Variable Speed Audition, chromatic tuner and others more can be chosen from the menu. The new Peak Reduction feature automatically reduces the level to prevent accidental distortion. It works in rehearsal mode or in record and can be combined with the built-in limiter. There is also a Level Align function that allows to smooth out any sudden volume jumps during playback, and a built-in speaker is provided for quick check-back.

    Internally, the DR-05’s digital and analogue circuit boards are built separately to increase noise performance, with a low-impedance design to further decrease hiss. A separate supply voltage is used for the A/D and D/A converter for even better audio performance. The result is clean sound quality with high signal-to-noise ratio, very little distortion and wide frequency response.

    Two AA batteries can power the recorder for more than 17 hours, even while recording at CD quality. Operation by USB bus power or an optional AC adapter is also possible.


  •  Features

    • Portable, high-quality handheld recording
    • Small size and easy operation
    • Uses a micro SD/SDHC card as recording medium (2 GB included)
    • Supported audio formats:
    • Linear PCM (WAV format) at 16-bit/44.1 kHz (CD quality) or 24-bit/44.1 kHz
    • Linear PCM (WAV format), 24-bit/48 kHz
    • Linear PCM (WAV format), 24-bit/96 kHz
    • Compressed (MP3 format): 32–320 kbit/s at 44.1/48 kHz (VBR files can be played but not recorded)
    • Recording features
    • Built-in omni-directional stereo condenser microphone
    • Accepts high sound pressure level up to 125 dB
    • Easy setup
    • Natural sound independent of the sound source’s position
    • Ideal for live music recording or news gathering with atmo
    • Switchable filter to minimize unwanted low-frequency noise (40 Hz, 80 Hz, 120 Hz)
    • Manual recording level setting for music and field recording
    • Three Options of automatic level control during recording: Peak Reduction, Auto Level, Limiter
    • Pre-recording buffer (2 seconds) allows a recording to start before the record key is pressed
    • Timer allows a recording to start 5 or 10 seconds after pressing the RECORD button
    • Create a new file manually during recording
    • Set marks to quickly locate certain audio positions (up to 99 per file)
    • Stereo mic/line input with plug-in power to connect an external source or microphone
    • Playback features
    • Automatic level align allows to increase the perceived overall sound pressure during playback
    • Variable speed audition to change the playback tempo without affecting the key (50–200 %)
    • Repeat function (repeat one track or all tracks)
    • Loop function (repeat a marked section)
    • Playlist feature to play files in a certain order
    • Resume function (start playback from the audio position where the unit was last stopped)
    • Flash back function to instantly review playback (1–10, 20, 30 seconds)
    • EQ for tone control during playback
    • MP3 ID3 tag display (up to version 2.4)
    • Built-in loudspeaker
    • Headphones/Line output
    • Other features
    • Chromatic tuner function to tune your instrument
    • File divide function to cut unwanted noise or to extract parts from long recordings (WAV format only)
    • Folder management to organize your files
    • Hold function to avoid inadvertent operation
    • Clear, backlit LC display
    • USB 2.0 connection for file transfer to/from computer
    • Power supply by 2 AA size Alkaline or NiMH batteries, USB bus power or optional AC adapter (Tacsam PS-P515U)
    • Stand adapter (¼ inch) on bottom side to attach the unit to a tripod or microphone stand


  • Audio inputs and outputs 
    Microphone/Line input 3.5-mm stereo mini jack (supporting plug-in power)
    Input impedance 25 kOhm
    Nominal input level –20 dBV
    Maximum input level –4 dBV
    Line/headphones output 3.5-mm stereo jack 
    Output impedance 12 Ohm
    Nominal ouput level –14 dBV (10 kOhm load)
    Maximum ouput level +2 dBV (10 kOhm load)
    Maximum output power (phones) 20 mW + 20 mW (32 Ohm load)
    Built-in loudspeaker 0.3 W (monaural)
    Other inputs and outputs
    USB jack Mini-B type
    Format USB 2.0 HIGH SPEED mass storage class
    Audio performance
    Frequency response 20 - 20 kHz +1/–3 dB
      (44.1 kHz, EXT IN to LINE OUT, JEITA)
      20 Hz – 22 kHz +1/–3 dB
      (48 kHz, EXT IN to LINE OUT, JEITA)
       20 Hz – 40 kHz +1/–3 dB
       (96 kHz, EXT IN to LINE OUT, JEITA)
    Total harmonic distortion  0.05 % or less
       (EXT IN to LINE OUT, Fs 44.1/48/96 kHz, JEITA)
    S/N ratio  92 dB or more
       (EXT IN to LINE OUT, Fs 44.1/48/96 kHz, JEITA)
    Note for JEITA  Conforming to JEITA CP-2150
    Computer compatibility
    Supported OS Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7
      Macintosh Mac OS X 10.2 or later
     Windows Pentium 300 MHz or faster
      128 MB or more memory
    Macintosh Power PC, iMac, G3, G4 266 MHz or faster
      64 MB or more memory
      USB port (USB 2.0 recommended)
    Recommended USB host controller Intel chipset
    Power supply and other specifications
     Power supply  Two AA batteries (Alkaline or Ni-MH)
       USB bus power supplied from a computer
     AC adaptor   (TASCAM PS-P515U, sold separately)
     Power consumption  1.7 W (maximum)
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 61 mm x 141 mm x 26 mm
    Weight 0,116 kg (without batteries)
    Operating temperature range 0–40 °C


  • 5 starsHave done so many interviews on this and can't think how I coped before. The data transfer is simple and the sound quality is crisp and clear.

    Anonymous visitor from Canada

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