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Tascam DR-100mkII - Portable 2-Channel Linear PCM Recorder

B&H # TADR100MKII Mfr # DR-100MKII
You Pay: $219.58
Product Highlights
  • 4 Built-In Microphones
  • Dual XLR Inputs with 48V Phantom Power
  • 24-bit/96kHz WAV and MP3 Recording
  • Record to SD and SD-HC Cards
  • Line Level I/O
  • S/PDIF Input
  • Variable Speed Playback (-50% to +16%)
  • Built-in Speaker
  • Rugged Aluminum Casing
  • AC or Battery Power

The DR-100mkII from Tascam is portable stereo digital audio recorder designed with high-end recording features aimed at musicians and engineers. Four built-in microphones, two cardioid and two omnidirectional, deliver great sound via the high-gain and low-noise microphone preamps. A pair of XLR inputs can accommodate external microphones and provide switchable phantom power for use with condenser microphones.

The 24-bit/96kHz linear PCM recorder features dedicated stereo mini balanced line in and out connectors in addition to an S/PDIF digital input. Also available is the ability to connect balanced line inputs via the locking XLR connectors. An upgrade to the DR-100, an already versatile unit, the rugged DR-100mkII extends the functionality of a professional portable recorder while improving the overall sound.

Portable four-microphone, two-channel handheld audio recorder
Improved uni-directional and omni-directional microphones over original DR-100
High-gain and low-noise microphone preamp
Up to 24-bit/96kHz WAV recording
32 to 320kbps MP3 recording
Dual XLR inputs with locking latches
+4dBu line input available via XLR jacks
1/8" TRS line input and output
S/PDIF input from an external device via remote jack
Limiter and low-cut filter
Variable playback speed from -50% to +16%
Records to SD or SD-HC cards (includes 2GB card)
Large thumbwheel for individual gain control
Dedicated back-panel switches
Built-in speaker
Tripod mount
Rugged aluminum casing
Type Hand-held stereo digital audio recorder
Number of Channels 2
Recording Bit Rate WAV: 16- and 24-bit
MP3: 32 to 320kbps, VBR
Sampling Frequency WAV: 44.1 to 96kHz
MP3: 44.1 and 48kHz
A/D Conversion 24-bit
D/A Conversion 24-bit
Connectors 1 x External Power Input
1 x 3.5mm Line Input
1 x 3.5mm Line Output
2 x XLR Microphone/Line Inputs
1 x 3.5mm Headphone
1 x 3.5mm Remote Jack
1 x Mini USB
Recording/Reading Methods SD or SDHC cards (64MB to 32GB)
Frequency Response 20Hz to 20kHz
Maximum Input Level +24dBu
Power Requirements Lithium-ion rechargeable battery (TASCAM BP-L2, included)
2 x AA batteries (Alkaline or Ni-MH batteries)
AC adaptor (TASCAM PS-P520, sold separately)
External battery pack (TASCAM BP-6AA, sold separately)
Dimensions (WxDxH) 3.2 x 6. x 1.4" (80 x 153 x 35mm)
Weight 10.2 oz (290g), without batteries
Tascam DR-100mkII - Portable 2-Channel Linear PCM Recorder
  • Li-Ion Battery
  • Mini USB Cable
  • Digital Conversion Cable (S/PDIF Input)
  • 2GB SD Card
  • RC-10 Remote Control with Detachable Cable
  • Windscreen
  • Carry Case
  • One (1) Year Warranty
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    TascamDR-100mkII - Portable 2-Channel Linear PCM Recorder
     
    4.3

    (based on 120 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (68)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (37)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (7)

    91%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Excellent sound (90)
    • Easy to use (89)
    • Versatile (75)
    • Compact (60)
    • Low distortion (59)

    Cons

    • Difficult to use (8)
    • Weak (7)
    • Unnecessary functions (6)
    • Poor sound quality (4)
    • Poor quality construction (3)

    Best Uses

    • Professional recording (60)
    • Outdoor events / games (58)
    • Performances (52)
    • Amateur recording (51)
    • Home studio (42)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (91), Novice (13), Professional musician (9)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Excellent field recorder

    This unit was a step up from the Zoom H4n for capturing location sound. Some of my favorite upgrades: -Locking XLR jacks-More durable construction-Very fast boot time-Excellent battery life with internal USB-rechargeable lithium...Read complete review

    This unit was a step up from the Zoom H4n for capturing location sound. Some of my favorite upgrades: -Locking XLR jacks-More durable construction-Very fast boot time-Excellent battery life with internal USB-rechargeable lithium ion and two AA bay-Easier navigation within a recording via front-panel wheel-File marking includes adding, removing, and skipping to marks on playback-Large screen makes all useful information visible at all times-Physical gain adjustment wheel rather than an on-screen setting, and similarly, back-panel switches for other commonly-accessed options-Remote control with options for both IR and wired-Added stereo omnidirectional mics-Much better user manual-Custom file naming-Superior menu and folder navigationThe things that are missing if moving from an H4n, I have not needed:-Multitrack recording-1/4" instrument jacks-Effects processing-Metronome-Guitar tunerOriginally, I had purchased the H4n in hopes of doing some multitrack music demos. However, I found the above "features" of the H4n to be difficult to navigate and manage, so I ultimately did not use them.One more thing:If you wonder how the built-in pair of unidirectional mics will produce a faithful stereo image since they appear to be pointed straight forward, the capsules inside are actually mounted at a 45 degree angle, visible when held up to a light source. Stereo recording sounds great.Also, 24-bit and higher that 48 kHz sample frequencies are not enabled by default, but are easily set with one option specified in the manual.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Not So great on-board mics

    Used for video production and back-up audio. Fairly easy to operate, love that, for the most part, most controls are ON the unit not in some TINY LCD screen menu. Sturdy, reliable...Read complete review

    Used for video production and back-up audio. Fairly easy to operate, love that, for the most part, most controls are ON the unit not in some TINY LCD screen menu. Sturdy, reliable construction. Now for the bad - the on-board mics are not the best. Omni-directional mics are VERY noisy. Used a Rode shotgun and sound is much improved with good noise reduction. If you need a quiet, built in mic system look at the Zoom line. Zoom recorders have impressive sounding mics. Recommend only if you have a decent wired mic.

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    5.0

    Easy to use

    By Holofernes

    from Seattle, WA

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about Tascam DR-100mkII - Portable 2-Channel Linear PCM Recorder:

      I primarily record the speaking voice, and often work with stage actors who use extreme dynamics and a wide pitch range for expression. I have a pair of AKG Perception 220 condenser mics and had been using a Tascam US-600 interface with a small laptop with fine results. When the laptop died, I tried using my Dell XPS PC (with Win 7) but had a severe crackling noise that increased with signal level. I believe this was generated in the PC and not the US-600, but as I'd been wanting a more portable solution that I could also use for video production with D-SLRs, I purchased the DR-100mkII based on several positive reviews. The XLR inputs with phantom power was an essential feature for use with my mics.

      The DR-100mkII turned out to be a wise purchase. The sound quality (using default 16-bit WAV at 44.1 kHz) is even better than I obtained with the US-600, and operating the unit during my first session (after studying the manual for about half an hour) was a breeze. I can't review the quality of the built-in mics, since I have only recorded with them once just to make sure they are operating. This recorder is well-built, simple to operate, and yields sound quality that I am totally happy with for voice work.

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      5.0

      Almost Perfect

      By MattLTH

      from Salt Lake City, UT

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Battery Life
      • Compact
      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Startup Time
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • No 14" Inputs

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Tascam DR-100mkII - Portable 2-Channel Linear PCM Recorder:

      Of all the handheld digital recorders on the market, the Tascam DR-100mkII is my favorite. I own several, including the older DR-100 and a Zoom H4N. Much has been written about the DR-100mkII, so rather than posting a full review, I'll simply list the high points that set it apart from the pack.

      1. Battery life: Using the built-in battery pack and a pair of fully charged Sanyo Eneloop XX AA NiMH batteries (apx. 2400 mA), recordings with condenser mics (Audio-Technica U851R X 2) and phantom power on last just over 4.5 contiguous hours. And since the unit switches from the battery pack to the AAs, you can just hit 'record' and walk away.

      2. Startup time: It takes only six-seconds from pressing the power button to record-ready. The Zoom takes over twice as long, which feels like an eternity when the director is waiting for my call of "speed." If you're running-and-gunning, you'll appreciate how fast it boots.

      3. Build quality: The case is made of metal, as is the mounting hole on the bottom. Yet it doesn't weigh any more than the competition.

      4. Uni- and omni-directional mics built-in: Granted, I hardly ever use either of the built-in mics, but it's nice to have a choice when you simply don't have time to set up additional mics.

      The DR-100mkII is almost perfect, so here is the only quibble I have with it: No 1/4" inputs. The XLR inputs can be configured for mic or line-level, but it would have been nice to have combo 1/4"/XLR jacks for those times when you have to interface with other equipment.

      A more fair rating would be 4.5 stars, but the DR-100mkII is an amazing value and a top performer.

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      5.0

      clear winner for USBPre 2 companion

      By tbheys

      from Culver City, CA

      Comments about Tascam DR-100mkII - Portable 2-Channel Linear PCM Recorder:

      I bought the DR-100mkII instead of newer choices like the DR-60D or H6 because I needed the S/PDIF input to work with the superior preamps of my USBPre 2 from Sound Devices. It works flawlessly, and I'm getting top quality recordings now. There was past only one small hitch: you have to set the sampling rates of both devices to be the same for the digital input to recognize the USBPre 2...

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      5.0

      Very Robust Portable Recorder

      By Scott

      from Tyler Texas

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Podcast Interviews Remote

        Comments about Tascam DR-100mkII - Portable 2-Channel Linear PCM Recorder:

        I use this device to record transmissions in a helicopter and on also remote interviews for podcast... It recording quality is excellent and it seems to be very durable and also easy to use.

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        5.0

        excellent

        By Dan S

        from NYC area

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Excellent Sound
        • Low Distortion
        • Powerful

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Tascam DR-100mkII - Portable 2-Channel Linear PCM Recorder:

          Great deal for the money. In this price range, is the best your gonna get, and what you get is great.

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          5.0

          DR-100mkII

          By Dan

          from Ciudad de México

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Tascam DR-100mkII - Portable 2-Channel Linear PCM Recorder:

              Although this product is several years in the market remains an excellent choice that maybe I could still be overtaken by other recorders in its price range. I decided to try to add this recorder to capture video with a Lumix GH2 and found it very good combination. Use of this recorder is easy and has great potential to slowly start testing their hardware. When recording using unidirectional microphones this is virtually no background noise.This recorder and an attenuator cable connected to it and you'll have a DSLR and audio quality that will surprise you!

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              1.0

              Some features don't work - Complicated

              By Giant Video

              from Santa Cruz, CA

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

                Cons

                • Difficult To Use
                • Poor Sound Quality
                • Weak

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Tascam DR-100mkII - Portable 2-Channel Linear PCM Recorder:

                  Now that I've had this unit past the return period I'm even more frustrated with it. Be aware: There is no online or telephone customer support that I can locate. Many features that are described in the manual, like internal speaker, fast forward in playback mode, and input volume control, simply do not work. There is no one to contact for answers.

                  Additionally, the microphone monitor is always turned on, so when you play back you're always getting the ambient room noise mixed with handling sounds. Time spent searching through menus will reveal a way to turn mic monitor function off, but the selection is not permanent, so the problem persists the next time you playback. NOTE: This is a problem no matter your mic input selection, or whether you have mics plugged in or not, because the monitor sound comes from the built-in mics! This is combined with 'flanging' distortion through headphones on any playback that makes it impossible to evaluate a recording.

                  On my unit the default playback was set at -32, so everything sounded slow. WHY would you ship a unit with that setting?

                  Do not buy this unit for music recording. The highs are so boosted in the built-in mics that everything sounds tinny. EQ in post cannot fix the problem. Using high quality mics through the XLR inputs can help, but an adequate recording level cannot be achieved, even at high gain and volume at 10. Additionally, setting the mic input on XLR does not always disable built-in mics, so you may think you're getting input from your expensive mics, but you'll hear lots of handling sounds and boosted highs in the final file. WHY? Because the mic input switch is faulty. Again - the playback is so distorted, its impossible to discover that disaster in the field.

                  SUMMARY - Tascam, I hope you're reading this and you will relieve me of this unit because I can't stop ranting about how bad it is.

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                  5.0

                  Excellent Tool for DSLR video

                  By Sam S.

                  from Baltimore, MD

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Excellent Sound
                  • Long Lasting Lithum Batt
                  • Usb Charging
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                  • A Little Larger In Size
                  • Slightly Bigger

                  Best Uses

                  • Events
                  • Home Studio
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about Tascam DR-100mkII - Portable 2-Channel Linear PCM Recorder:

                  I use it for DSLR video sound recording. Having been using H4N and DR-40 but this one is outstanding. Apart from well-built, easy to use and low-noise pre-amp, the single biggest selling point to me is the included lithium rechargealbe battery. The spec stated it works for 5 hours, I gave up my own test at 3.5 hours of continuous recording knowing that I won't need any longer than that in any given day. Therefore I decided not to put in any AA batteries since it seems unncessary and also to keep it lighter weight. Got it at Xmas price and can't be more happy to own and use it.

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                  5.0

                  Perfect for my purposes

                  By Slothman

                  from Washington, DC

                  Comments about Tascam DR-100mkII - Portable 2-Channel Linear PCM Recorder:

                  Lightweight, attaches nicely to my BM Pocket Camera, easy menu system, and really flawless recording. I'm not an audiophile, but my actor sounded like my actor with almost no extra noise. Remarkable performance for something so small and light. The internal mice aren't that awesome, because they're not likely to be that close to what you really want to record, and the directionality seems somewhat questionable, but with my shotgun or lav, this thing works great. Couldn't ask for more.

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                  5.0

                  DR-100 MK II review

                  By NIKITA SASSZO

                  from Vancouver, B.C. Canada

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Events
                    • Home Studio
                    • Mobile DJ
                    • Performances
                    • Professional Recording

                    Comments about Tascam DR-100mkII - Portable 2-Channel Linear PCM Recorder:

                    A HELL OF A UNIT LIKE RON BURGUNDY'S ENDORSEMENT OF HIS BOOK!!! TASCAM MADE A HELL OF A PRODUCT!!!!!!!

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                    1.0

                    Bad service

                    By Erik the viking

                    from Cape Town, RSA

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • None

                    Cons

                    • Difficult To Use
                    • Doa
                    • Unnecessary Functions

                    Best Uses

                    • Drain Batteries
                    • Paper weight
                    • Use Up Space

                    Comments about Tascam DR-100mkII - Portable 2-Channel Linear PCM Recorder:

                    I actually con't remember if I already posted a review but I've had such a bad run of luck with service and this unit in general that it's impossible to recommend this to anyone. Paid $[$] so its not too cheap. unforunately I dont live in the US so I could not return it as it arrived DEAD. Eventually after a long search found a local dealer who said they could help as they are agents for Tascam, they had my unit for almost two months, finally I got it back.. exactly as I sent it in, DEAD! what a load of bull, promised me they had replaced the main board as it was faulty, spoke them and all they did was just shift the blame around the room. Bad service Tascam, bad service.. I want vomit 50 shades of grey when thinking about the money I wasted on this..

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                    4.0

                    So far so good

                    By Kobe

                    from New York, NY

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Low Distortion

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Performances

                      Comments about Tascam DR-100mkII - Portable 2-Channel Linear PCM Recorder:

                      Bought this basically to have a nice level input to record my DJ sets of a Pioneer. So far it performed well.

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                      1.0

                      Lost power = lost files

                      By doc video guy

                      from bay area

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Tascam DR-100mkII - Portable 2-Channel Linear PCM Recorder:

                          Twice now the internal battery has run out in the middle of an interview and the file which was being recorded was lost. I end up with a 0kb file with nothing recoverable in a variety of data rescue programs. In one instance the AA batteries had full power, but the unit still shut off when the Tascam battery ran out. If someone else knows of a way to avoid this (or rescue those files) I will give more stars.

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                            3.0

                            My first impressions of the DR-100mkII

                            By Giant Video

                            from Santa Cruz, CA

                            About Me Experienced

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Excellent Sound

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Tascam DR-100mkII - Portable 2-Channel Linear PCM Recorder:

                                I needed an easy-to-use recorder for capturing high quality digital sound for combination with DSLR video, and also doing interviews. The reviews looked good and I made my final decision because this unit has a MONITOR and LINE OUT, so I can run the sound into an additional source. All of that works well. I haven't recorded live music with it yet.

                                Pros: Well built, easy access to controls, tripod screw hole, understandable menus, USB makes download a snap, lots of recording formats for memory space options. The MP3 modes do a great job with interviews and the files integrate with FCP X.

                                Cons: Why Why Why would a company ship the unit with it set to DIGITAL CONTROL INPUT, and not cover that setting in the manual? It took me a few days to find out how to get the DIN UNLOCK warning to clear so I could actually record! Hours and hours wasted. No responses from my numerous emails to support. Frustrating!

                                The built-in directional mics work okay but the level is not high enough, even with the high gain setting and the volume cranked to 10. I would expect those setting to peg, so I could back off the volume and get a nice hot level. Not so. Gotta have everything at full throttle for an interview in a small room. On the plus side, the sound was very good.

                                Replaying the audio through headphones will shock you in a bad way! Serious flanging! It sounds like it's coming through a drainpipe. Not sure why, because the recording sounds great after it's downloaded. Perhaps there's some serious cancellation problems because the mic monitor cannot be turned off while you are listening to the playback. If there's a way to do that, I'd like to know. Not in the manual and no response from support by email.

                                The internal mics pick up a lot of noise from touching the unit and touching the table that my tripod support is standing on. A rubberized surface on the unit and a simple EQ would help.

                                SUMMARY: The unit will work well for me, but I wish the documentation and support was better. This is probably not a unit for beginners.

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                                5.0

                                Awesome Little Unit

                                By MKelley

                                from Jefferson City, Missouri

                                About Me Experienced

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Events
                                  • Home Studio
                                  • Performances
                                  • Professional Recording

                                  Comments about Tascam DR-100mkII - Portable 2-Channel Linear PCM Recorder:

                                  This little unit has incredibly clean audio. I use it to record audio from interviews when shotting with a DSLR camera. Even the built in microphones are clean. Really pleased with this purchase!

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                                  1.0

                                  Not what I expected it to be

                                  By Eric

                                  from Cape Town, RSA

                                  About Me Experienced

                                  Pros

                                  • Excellent Sound
                                  • Low Distortion

                                  Cons

                                  • Bulky In Size
                                  • Difficult To Use
                                  • Doa

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Amateur Recording
                                  • Events
                                  • Home Studio
                                  • Mobile DJ
                                  • Performances
                                  • Professional Recording
                                  • Video Production

                                  Comments about Tascam DR-100mkII - Portable 2-Channel Linear PCM Recorder:

                                  I am a professional photographer who started out in the film industry. With DSLR video being a very good economical platform to use to get back in to film I decided to get some pro audio gear. I wanted something reliable and compact to take around to grab backup audio. I first bought an Alesis Palmtrack, early in 2012 but its usefullness and terrible battery life soon outgrew my needs. After many hours of research I decided to go with the Tascam.

                                  Unfortunately living at the most southern tip of Africa, we are only privy to whats available online as you wont find anything of these products in a store (all special orders) This TAscam has been the worst disater I have ordered online. It basically arrived as a semi DOA. It basically only switches on when it wants to, which is around 5% of the time. The rest of time I am very tempted to throw it at a brick wall, but having paid around $450 in total (shipping and import duties) it will be a very expensive exercise. The unit which is WAY bigger than I thought it was, seems great but the realibilty is so bad I have not been able to test it out in over 6 months, the two times it has worked it has been great. BUT I was unable to use the audio as it didnt work the rest of the recording session and I cant use audio that is not similiar in sound. I should have gone with the Zoom or the DR-40.

                                  I also have no idea if I will be able to get a refund of sort as I was unable to use the device for over amonth when I bought it, due to work circumstances.

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                                  4.0

                                  I love it!

                                  By Pelle

                                  from Miami, Florida

                                  About Me Professional Musician

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Compact
                                  • Excellent Sound
                                  • Versatile

                                  Cons

                                  • Unnecessary Functions

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Home Studio
                                  • Performances
                                  • Professional Recording

                                  Comments about Tascam DR-100mkII - Portable 2-Channel Linear PCM Recorder:

                                  I use the DR-100mkII for recording my classical guitar and the 2 XLR inputs with phantom power is just perfekt for my 2 AKG C480B mics. Then I also can attaché it no my DSLR and make absolutely perfect sound for my videos on YouTube. The built in mics are ok for most recordings and sound tracks to videos but if you really need the best sound you need som high quality external microphones. Only reason I don't give this device 5 * is because Tascam chose not to deliver it with a power supply! It is optional. Shouldn't be! Too bad.

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                                  3.0

                                  Good Recorder - Bad Remote Connection

                                  By CrexTechs

                                  from Grantsburg WI

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                                  Comments about Tascam DR-100mkII - Portable 2-Channel Linear PCM Recorder:

                                  Use to record bird sounds. Works great except the belt clip on the remote is not secure and I lost on my first walk in the woods.

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                                  3.0

                                  Product works well...careful of remote

                                  By CrexTechs

                                  from Grantsburg WI

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                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Excellent Sound

                                  Cons

                                  • Belt Clip Not Secure
                                  • Weak

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Tascam DR-100mkII - Portable 2-Channel Linear PCM Recorder:

                                    Over all the unit work great, but I lost the remote during my first 1 mike hike with the recorder. It fell out of the belt clip holder attached to my belt. That is not very secure!

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                                    5.0

                                    Tascam DR-100mkII Review

                                    By JohnB

                                    from McLean, Va

                                    About Me Experienced

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

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

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Live recording
                                      • Sounds Of Nature

                                      Comments about Tascam DR-100mkII - Portable 2-Channel Linear PCM Recorder:

                                      These are my comments regarding the Tascam DR-100mkII Linear PCM Recorder.

                                      I was looking for a battery operated digital recorder which allows creating primarily 44100 16 bit files, but additional formats such as MP3 is a bonus. There are other recorders which offer even greater quality and capacity, but they are larger and heavier, smaller recorders tend to have limited features, the Tascam DR-100mkII recorder offers XLR inputs which for me is important as it allows using quality microphones which I already have, in addition to the built-in microphones on the unit.

                                      From my perspective there are several features on the unit which are not important, however they do not interfere with my use of the recorder so I just ignore them. The fact that Phantom power can be supplied to the XLR Microphone inputs is nice since it allows using some of my best microphones easily, the XLR inputs can also be switched to Line level input so I can connect to the outputs of mixers and other devices readily. The built-in microphones have worked well when I do not want to carry external microphones, the omni-directional microphones on the top of the unit, when the Level Control is set to Auto, has worked well for recording things like a meeting when it is desired to have everything at essentially the same level, the Unidirectional microphones on the front have worked well to record specific sound sources in one direction. While the internal microphones have worked well, naturally external microphones can improve the results, but that is expected and the XLR connectors really shine for this.

                                      The buttons are easy to operate and readily fall-to-hand, the "hold" control on the side is nice as it allows locking all of the buttons to prevent accidental pressing, the overall size and weight is fine. The two-stage activation of recording is works well, normally the system "idles" and when the "Record" button is pressed it starts to display levels on the meter and give monitor output to the headphone jack, the PreRecord feature I leave on since it is essentially "capturing" input in the "Record Standby" mode, if "Stop" is then pressed the system returns to the idle state, but if the Record button is pressed a second time the two seconds prior to the button press is then part of the file, minimizing the loss of any recorded sounds.

                                      Getting the recorded file out of the recorder is easy, either a USB connection to a computer or removing the SD card and placing it in a reader attached to a PC is easy to do, the resulting files are in an industry-standard format so editing them is no difficulty.

                                      Like any product, naturally there are several things I would do differently if I was designing the product, here are a few:

                                      • The included case is satisfactory, but it would be nice to have a "belt-loop" sewn on the back to allow for not just using a belt but also adding a strap for carrying; as it is the case has nothing, so it must be held in the hand or placed inside another container.

                                      • The only way to carry the recorder itself is either in the hand or by attaching something to the 1/4-20 tripod socket on the rear of the unit. There are times when I am in the field walking and if I attach a neck-strap to the tripod socket; since it is at the center-of balance (nice when on the top of a tripod) it "bounces" in an odd way, and there is no other way to easily connect a carrying strap to the recorder. When I am walking I do not want to merely hold the recorder in my hand as the makes it far too prone to drop, I want a strap attached.

                                      • I am curious just what "system" software (firmware) is used, the default 2 GB SD card is FAT formatted! I switched to a larger SDHC card which I FAT32 formatted on a PC and it works fine, but the 2 GB limit on file size is a bit disappointing, since modern systems allow for single files to be the size of the memory card. When recording if the size-limit is reached it will start another new file, but if different system firmware was used this would not be necessary.

                                      • The internal Limiter works well in some settings but I find that in many cases it can do things like "pump" , so in many cases I leave the Limiter off as the resulting file is too problematic, it is a pity that there are not user-configurable settings for things like "attack" and "release", and since this is almost certainly done in software, a firmware upgrade should allow for this. Then again, it would require another menu to change the settings and require the internal "flash" to be large enough to hold the code.

                                      Certainly much more can be said, but the quick answer is that I like the DR-100-mkII recorder and I would certainly buy it again in an instant; the size, shape, weight, construction, XLR connectors and Phantom power ensure that.

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