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Tascam DR-680 Solid State 8 Track Location Recorder  

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TASCAM's DR-680 brings multichannel portable recording within reach of any musician for polished live, location and surround recordings. The TASCAM recorder enables you to record up to 8 tracks to sol... Click To Read More About This Product

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TASCAM's DR-680 brings multichannel portable recording within reach of any musician for polished live, location and surround recordings. The TASCAM recorder enables you to record up to 8 tracks to solid state SD card media at 24-bit/96kHz Broadcast WAV quality. 6 mic inputs provide phantom power and 60dB of gain for great-sounding recordings with your condenser microphones. Record the 6 microphones along with a digital S/PDIF source for 8-track recording. Each mic input on this portable recorder 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 6 mics for quick stereo playback of the event. The TASCAM DR-680 recorder even a built-in speaker to check recordings without headphones.

In addition to WAV recording up to 96kHz, the TASCAM DR-680 portable recorder captures stereo audio at 24-bit/192kHz for audiophile-quality masters. The DR-680 records up to 4 channels of MP3 audio for web-ready recordings. 2 of the multitrack recorders can be connected with a cascade cable for up to 14-track recording on battery power.

The optional, weather-resistant CS-DR680 case (sold separately) prepares your TASCAM DR-680 for recording in the field, with Velcro straps that reveal only what's needed during recording.

  • 8-track portable recording
  • Record 8 individual inputs or 6 inputs plus a stereo mixdown
  • Up to 24-bit/96kHz Broadcast WAV file resolution for 8 channels
  • Stereo 24-bit/192kHz recording mode
  • 4-channel MP3 recording
  • Digital monitor mixing (level and pan) with recordable stereo mixdown
  • Ideal for surround music and effects recording
  • Cascade function for running 2 units together
  • Pre-recording feature
  • Auto-recording mode begins recording when the input reaches a certain level
  • Mark function during recording/playback
  • Edit functions such as divide and delete
  • 128 x 64 backlit LCD display
  • Powered through (8x) AA batteries or (included) PS-1225L adapter
  • Records to SD/SDHC card media (not included)
  • 6 mic pres with 60dB of gain and phantom power 4 XLR/1/4" (combi) mic/line inputs and 2 TRS 1/4" mic/line inputs
    Low-cut filter and limiter on each input
    6 RCA unbalanced line outputs
    S/PDIF digital in and out
    USB 2.0 (mini B) connection for computer
    Built-in speaker
    1/4" stereo headphone output
    Included accessories: PS-1225L power supply, shoulder strap
    Dimensions (WxHxD): 7.95" x 2.12" x 6.93" (202mm x 54mm x 176mm)
    Weight 2.65lb. (1.2kg) without batteries
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TascamDR-680 Solid State 8 Track Location Recorder

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


A great little recorder for on-location

By Harryo

from Roanoke, Virginia

About Me Experienced


  • Compact
  • Excellent Sound
  • Low Distortion


    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording
    • Recording Long Programs

    Comments about Tascam DR-680 Solid State 8 Track Location Recorder:

    This is my second DR-680. I do some location recording, and this
    machine is perfect. It is easy to use and very compact. The SDHC cards
    are reasonable in price and readily available. I do not understand why
    Tascam has discontinued this machine and replaced it with something else.
    That seems to be the norm these days. Another plus for the DR-680 is that
    you can record up to 8 hours on a 32MB card.
    Thank you Musicians Friend for still having them in stock.

    (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)


    Very nice recorder!

    By TBR

    from Alabama

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer


    • Compact
    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Excellent sound quality
    • Low Distortion
    • Nice feature set
    • Powerful
    • Small size
    • Versatile


      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Tascam DR-680 Solid State 8 Track Location Recorder:

      Great little unit. We liked the first one so much we added another. Super easy to use and has all the features we needed for portable video and sound work.

      (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)


      The perfect choice for location recording with multiple inputs

      By glen quarrie

      from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Comments about Tascam DR-680 Solid State 8 Track Location Recorder:

      This unit sounds very transparent. It is easy to learn and use and has been 100% reliable for me so far. I have used it on three location recordings so far with fantastic results. The current software version supports all of your favorite bit depths and sample rates. This recorder is great for recording choirs, chamber music and orchestras. In addition to supporting a stereo pair of mics, there are additional inputs for special or soloist mics. This is a quality piece of equipment. I recommend that you download the manual to see if its feature set will fit your needs. It seems to be uniquely positioned in the market as a quality portable multitrack recorder at a moderate price point.

      (34 of 38 customers found this review helpful)


      GREAT recorder for movies

      By Joe-2EoTd

      from Idaho

      Comments about Tascam DR-680 Solid State 8 Track Location Recorder:

      This is by far one of the best valued multi track recorders available for movie making enthusiasts such as myself. The preamps are very clean and more than acceptable. The fact that you can record 6 inputs at a time is awesome! This enables you to dial in your audio mix AFTER your movie sound has been recorded. It is also easily slung over your shoulder so you are able to easily monitor and control the levels of audio on the fly. To give a 3 star review on the Tascam DR-680 because it does not record at 88.2kHz sample rate is foolish. Any movie or regular music audio will be mixed down to either 44.1 or 48kHz anyway. I would love to meet someone on this planet earth that is able to tell the difference between an 88.2kHz recording and a 44.1kHz recording. This is a high quality recorder at a low price, end of discussion!

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