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Tascam DR-05 Solid State 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 24-bit/96kHz h... Click To Read More About This Product

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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 24-bit/96kHz 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.

Internally, the DR-05's digital and analog circuit boards are built separately to improve noise performance, with a low-impedance design to further decrease hiss. A separate power supply is sent to the A/D and D/A converter for even better audio performance. The result is clean sound quality -over 92dB signal-to-noise ratio; under 0.05% total harmonic distortionl and 20Hz to 40kHz response (-1/+3dB) at 24-bit/96kHz resolution.

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.

One new feature that makes the DR-05 easy to operate is the new Peak Reduction feature. This setting automatically sets your recording level by listening to the input and adjusting for the best level. Unlike Auto Gain settings, this one only goes down to prevent accidental distortion after a period of low level like a break. Peak Recording works in rehearsal mode or in record, so if the performance is louder than the soundcheck you're still safe. Used with the built-in limiter, it's unlikely you'll distort your career-making live recording.

Other 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.

Features
  • Microphones
  • Built-in mics: 1
  • Configuration: Stereo
  • Type: Condenser (omni)
  • External mic input: 3.5mm
  • Audio quality
  • Bit rate: 16/24
  • Sampling frequency: 44.1/48/96kHz
  • Formats: WAV/MP3
  • Outputs
  • Headphone: 3.5mm
  • Audio out: 3.5mm
  • Storage and media
  • Type(s): SD, SDHC
  • Capacity: 32GB
  • Hard drive Not applicable
  • Connectivity
  • USB: Yes
  • Other
  • Number of tracks: 2 (stereo)
  • Phantom power: Not applicable
  • Auto limiter: Yes
  • Width: 2.38"
  • Depth: 5.55"
  • Height: 1.00"
  • Weight: 4.1oz
  • Battery type: AA x 2
  • Battery life (app.): 17 hours
  • Built-in speaker: Yes
  • Power supply: Sold separately
Specifications
  • 3.5mm stereo mic/line input
    USB 2.0 port
    1/8" headphone/line output
    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.
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Tape machines - 90 day warranty; one year parts warranty.
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Review Snapshot

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TascamDR-05 Solid State Recorder
 
4.5

(based on 122 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (85)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (26)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (68)
  • Easy to use (67)
  • Excellent sound (59)
  • Low distortion (46)
  • Versatile (46)

Cons

  • Difficult to use (3)
  • Poor sound quality (3)
  • Unnecessary functions (3)

Best Uses

  • Amateur recording (58)
  • Performances (40)
  • Outdoor events / games (37)
  • Home studio (35)
  • Professional recording (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (45), Professional musician (21), Novice (13)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Just what I needed

Useful and intuitive right out of the box crisp clear sound with easy level control and plenty of recording headroom, heck they even give you a 2 gig mini card to start, but you...Read complete review

Useful and intuitive right out of the box crisp clear sound with easy level control and plenty of recording headroom, heck they even give you a 2 gig mini card to start, but you can always upgrade with inexpensive micro sd. Do yourself a favor and hit this before they're gone. Easy to use computer interface via USB to yr favorite audio mixing program. I am very satisfied !

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

You get what you pay for.

After two weeks of use, mine is going back. I found it too noisy to make decent ambient recordings. Ok, fine. It's cheap. I thought I'd keep it around as a song...Read complete review

After two weeks of use, mine is going back. I found it too noisy to make decent ambient recordings. Ok, fine. It's cheap. I thought I'd keep it around as a song writing scratch pad. Well, problem with that is, this thing chews through AA batteries like mad. The ones that came with it were dead after about 20 minutes of use. I thought they were just bad. Brand new duricells lasted about an hour. These two things in tandem - too noisy for good field recording, battery hog - kills the deal. Maybe I got a faulty device. I'll do an exchange with MF and repost a review if it was simply bad luck.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very cool little recorder-sketchpad

By Glenn

from Arkansas

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact
  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Low Distortion
  • Powerful
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about Tascam DR-05 Solid State Recorder:

    I grew up in the 70s with portable cassette recorders. We used them as toys and in hindsight, they were pretty neat little devices. We spent hours recording ourselves and playing it back, laughing. It was so easy, every child could do it--all you did was press the record and play buttons simultaneously and talk into the mic. With the demise of analog technology, I haven't seen much available to replace cassette recorders over the last 20 years. Until now. This little device fulfills the same function perfectly and so much more powerfully! Great for any type of portable recording, be it as a sketchpad for your own song ideas, quick-and-dirty recordings of your playing, field recordings, concerts, sound effects collection--you name it. And the quality of the built in mics is very, very good. It's just as easy as the old cassette recorders, too. Press the record button once to monitor the input levels, and again to start recording. Press stop to quit recording. To transfer the file to your computer for editing/sharing, just plug it in and drag/drop the file. Highly recommended! I feel kind of like a kid again :)

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Nice recorder

    By Chris

    from Charlotte, NC

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Low Distortion
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about Tascam DR-05 Solid State Recorder:

      Just got my Tascam DR-05 and I am really happy with the upgrade of my recording quality. Albeit, I was using a Sony IPC recorder before for recording and that isn't made expressly for recording music, the sound quality with the DR-05 is noticeably clearer and richer. One comment, I don't like the "auto level" capability at all, it starts recordings with levels all the way up (very loud in the opening) and then reduces levels in a noticeable and annoying way. Don't use that setting. Otherwise, very happy with the device.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Excellent Product

      By Bill

      from Reno

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio

        Comments about Tascam DR-05 Solid State Recorder:

        Easy to use - Great results

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        A good Idea That could of been better

        By Truthsayer

        from Mpls, MN

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Excellent Sound

        Cons

        • Difficult To Use
        • Poor Quality Construction
        • Unnecessary Functions

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording

        Comments about Tascam DR-05 Solid State Recorder:

        Instruction book print so small you can barely read it, even with a magnifier. Takes some time to learn to navigate. Not as easy to use as I had hoped. Was inexpensive, will get some value from it

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great little recorder for the price

        By DJFRED

        from Brooksville, Florida

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Low Distortion
        • Powerful
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Tascam DR-05 Solid State Recorder:

          I use this to record samples of my singing along with back tracks through my Mackie Pro FX PA system. As long as you control the output volume and watch the input meter on the DR-05 device, there is no distortion. I would buy this again.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great little recorder

          By Matt and Rebecca

          from Southern Oregon

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Easy To Use
          • Low Distortion
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Tascam DR-05 Solid State Recorder:

              Great way to capture ideas while composing

              (1 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              don't want another one

              By steve

              from undisclosed

              Verified Buyer

              Comments about Tascam DR-05 Solid State Recorder:

              haven't been able to figure it out yet

              (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Unbelievable,,,,surprising recording quality, in stereo!

              By GW

              from Maryland

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound
              • Low Distortion
              • Powerful
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Events
                • Home Studio

                Comments about Tascam DR-05 Solid State Recorder:

                No problems, or complaints. Great for Band Rehearsal.

                (1 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                Can't use it.

                By Gene

                from Porland, Or.

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Difficult To Use

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Tascam DR-05 Solid State Recorder:

                    Not easy to use.

                    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Used to record band practices

                    By Giccidan

                    from Virginia

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Excellent Sound
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                    • Problems Copying Files

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Home Studio

                    Comments about Tascam DR-05 Solid State Recorder:

                    My experience is that it is a decent inexpensive audio recorder. I use it to record weekly band practices. I first used it without tweaking settings. There was a weird microphone phasing issue more noticeably with the playing on hi hats. I messed around with the settings, including manually lowering the recording volume settings, and that worked. The only problem I now have is I usually have to try a few times to copy files from the recorder to my older Macbook Pro running OS X Mavericks. I usually create 3 files, each 45 min - 1 hour in length during practice. I can usually copy 2 fine but get an error on the third. After a few retries it usually works. I have reformatted the SD card and that doesn't fix it. Also removed the card into a card reader and that didn't work either. I have found on-line others having issues with Macs and Windows formatted flash drives. Will probably in the future copy to my Windows machine then copy to the Mac from there. Other than the copying issue I am very pleased with the recorder. 40 + years ago I hauled around a reel-to-reel tape deck and mics to practices and this is SO much easier.

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