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Fostex DC-R302 3-Channel Audio Mixer and Stereo Recorder

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You Pay: $649.00
Product Highlights
  • 3 XLR Inputs with 48V Phantom Power
  • 3 Channel Mixer with HP Filter & Limiter
  • 24bit/96kHz Recording Capability
  • Remote Start and Sync
  • Headphone Monitoring
  • Microphone and Line Outputs
  • Records Directly to SDHC Cards
  • USB for File Transfer and Audio Output
  • Included DSLR Mounting Bracket
  • Power Adapter or Battery Operated

The DC-R302 3-Channel Audio Mixer and Stereo Recorder by Fostex is a professional, portable audio recorder designed specifically for use with DSLR cameras. It features three XLR mic preamps each with its own limiter, high pass filter, volume control and 48V phantom power. With its onboard line-mixer and rugged, extruded aluminum chassis the DC-R302 is an ideal solution for field recording. It also helps simplify the capture process by allowing you to operate the recorder and camera simultaneously.

Not only does the DC-R302 capture and sync high-quality 24bit/96kHz audio with your DSLR's video footage, it also offers metering capabilities and a built-in headphone monitoring system. The DC-R302 captures directly to SDHC cards and transfers both audio and data via USB.

The DC-R302 includes a DSLR mounting bracket, allowing a camera to mount its top panel. 3 screw holes on the bottom panel allow the DC-R302 to be mounted on a tripod.

Features three XLR inputs each with its own Limiter and High Pass Filter
Independent 48V Phantom power for use with condenser microphones
Headphone monitoring of left, stereo, right and return
Convenient Auto Slate Tone (1kHz / sine wave) function for subsequent synchronization
USB file transfer and audio output for PC recording and live streaming
Powered by four AA batteries or external DC 9 to 24V power adapter
Rugged and lightweight extruded aluminum chassis
Includes DSLR mounting bracket that attaches to the top
3 screw holes on the bottom allow the DC-R302 to mount on a tripod
Can be used as independent mixer/recorder without DSLR or a computer
Compatible with wired remote controls such as the Panasonic DMW-RS1 or equivalent
Inputs 3 x XLR balanced
Reference Input Level: Hi -60, Mid -55, Low -50 dBu (Mic), -10 dBu (Line)
Maximum Input Level: Hi -32, Mid -27, Low -22 dBu (Mic), +10 dBu (Line)
Input Impedance: more than 10k ohm
Phantom power: P48V+-4V (10mA/CH) (Mic)
RTN Input Connector: 3.5mm, stereo mini (unbalanced)
Reference Input Level: -10 dBV
Maximum Input Level: +2 dBV
Input Impedance: more than 10 kohm
Main Output Connector: RCA pin / unbalanced
Reference Output Level: -10 dBV (at reference level input and -12 dBFS signal
Maximum Output Level: +2 dBV (at 0 dBFS)
Load Impedance: more than 10 kohm
Mic Output Reference Output Level: -50 dBV (at reference level input)
Maximum Output Level: -30 dBV
Load Impedance: more than 10k ohm
Performance Frequency response:
Line In - Main out: 20 - 20 kHz +-1dB (at reference level)
Mic In - Main out: 40 - 20 kHz +-3dB (at reference level)
S/N ratio (A-weighted):
Line: more than 95 dB (Input Gain -10 dBV)
MIC: more than 55dB (Max. Input Gain - 150 ohm loaded)
Total harmonic distortion:
Line: less than 0.01% at 1 kHz (Input gain: Line)
Mic: less than 0.1% at 1 kHz (Input gain: Hi)
Power Internal batteries: 4 x AA (alkaline or NiMH) rated range DC 4.8 to 6V
External power supply: AC adapter or equivalent, rated range DC9 to 24V
Dimensions (WxHxD) 5.98 x 1.65 x 4.21" (15.2 x 4.5 x 10.7 cm) w/o camera mount
5.98 x 2.06 x 4.21" (15.2 x 5.25 x 10.7 cm) w/ camera mount
Weight 1.52 lb (690 g)
Fostex DC-R302 3-Channel Audio Mixer and Stereo Recorder
  • Camera Mount Bracket
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    FostexDC-R302 3-Channel Audio Mixer and Stereo Recorder
     
    4.5

    (based on 8 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Excellent sound (7)
    • Compact (6)
    • Easy to use (6)
    • Versatile (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Professional recording (4)
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      4.0

      Fills the void for Pro DSLR Audio

      By Blojo

      from Miami

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Professional
      • Versatile
      • Well designed

      Cons

      • Only 2 Track Recording

      Best Uses

      • Dslr Professional Audio
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Fostex DC-R302 3-Channel Audio Mixer and Stereo Recorder:

      By attaching to the base of a DSLR and having good old fashioned knobs and switches on the face of the unit this allows not just recording but full one man operation of on the fly 3 channel sound mixer operation for DSLR cameras... without the need to enter any menus, which is a major plus. You can also use this as a stand alone non-camera mounted mixer in a two person setup making the unit very versatile for the DSLR shooter looking for professional audio mixer and recording options. It's made of a rugged a solid metal body and has a significantly lower body profile than the Tascam DR60. You can shoot handheld comfortably with this unit attached to your camera as well, it actually acts as a nice counter balance weight for handheld shots. The unit attaches to the base of the camera firmly and very quickly and easily. A few advanced setting are accessed through a very simple menu, but after initial setup these settings rarely need to be accessed prior to recording. Meaning you can power this recorder on, adjust a few dials and be recording in a mater of seconds without entering any menus.It has phantom power, gain switches, and low cut filter switches which are all you really need. the playback of files and folder operation is very easy to pick up.The audio quality is superb and virtually noise free. Having analog input dials means that on the fly level adjustments during recording don't have the digital gain "stepping" sound heard in non-analog/digital units. The unit shows remaining battery power but I used it for a solid 10 hour day using only one set of 4 NIMH rechargeable batteries and there was still plenty of power left by the end of the day. It's very easy to use and operate. Well worth every penny if you find current DSLR pro audio recorder/mixer alternatives lacking.My only con is at $ I wish it recorded more than just a stereo pair (2 track) recording. Otherwise it's an awesome professional unit. Well done Fostex.

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      5.0

      Quiet and solid

      By Bo

      from Redlands CA

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Fostex DC-R302 3-Channel Audio Mixer and Stereo Recorder:

          I had been using a cheaper unit from a different manufacturer but after several smart phone interference and time code drift issues with it I spent the extra $ and picked this up.I have to say this thing is solid, quiet and definitely a piece of gear that will outlast my camera. I had this on ac power during five six hour days plugged straight into my gh series and it worked like a champ.I used it on a 9 hour wedding day and one set of batteries lasted all day.Truly an amazing product.

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          5.0

          Excellent value

          By Dukha

          from Middlebury, VT

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Excellent Sound
          • Low Distortion

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Fostex DC-R302 3-Channel Audio Mixer and Stereo Recorder:

            We have been practicing for our trip to collect traditional indigenous stories in Mongolia. We haven't done the actual interviews yet, but so far the sound quality is very high.

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            5.0

            Used to be $1200?

            By 1930pictures

            from Denver

            Comments about Fostex DC-R302 3-Channel Audio Mixer and Stereo Recorder:

            I paid $[$]! This thing is made of metal. It operates with switches, not menus. It's a 3-channel field mixer, much like a Shure FP33. Like he Shure, it has 3 inputs, phantom power, analog pan pots -- it reminds me a lot of my ENG news days. 1-2 wireless lavs panned to one channel and a shotgun panned to the other. That covers most interview situations. Except, unlike the Shure, the Fostex mounts under your DSLR AND records/mixes/outputs up to 96khz 24 bit audio! Read the specs and reviews. I also have a TASCAM DR-60 D. Admittedly, the TASCAM is half the current price of the DC-R302, but the Fostex is WAY faster to operate. Fast and easy and more durable and way cheaper than its intro price. I love this thing, and its still an awesome piece of DSLR audio kit for $[$]. Highly recommended!

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            5.0

            A Great Product!

            By Cooper

            from Atlanta, GA

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Fostex DC-R302 3-Channel Audio Mixer and Stereo Recorder:

              I am mainly useing this product as a field recorder for nature recording. The preamps are very clean and low noise. The interface is simple and easy to use.

              Transversing files from the device to a computer does take longer than expected. If you want more advanced functions I would consider a Sound Device.

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                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                Great Live/Difficult Post

                By Samantha - Filmmaker

                from Colorado

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Easy To Use
                • Excellent Sound
                • Versatile

                Cons

                • Unnecessary Functions

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Fostex DC-R302 3-Channel Audio Mixer and Stereo Recorder:

                I just bought this unit for an educational film series. I'm recording 2 lavs and a boom. It's great that you can control 3 channels independently live but what I don't like is that it doesn't save as 3 separate channels. It exports 1 stereo .wav of all 3 channels combined so individual channel post production manipulation is almost impossible. Perfect for 2 channels though! You can set one mic to left and the other to right and process accordingly afterwards.

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                (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                I fell in love with it

                By Ari El

                from Bath, Uk

                About Me Novice

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Wav Files Faulty

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Fostex DC-R302 3-Channel Audio Mixer and Stereo Recorder:

                  Easy to use, professional, quality material, small but good quality sound and buttons. There is a slight problem with the files, that's why I gave 4 stars only, they can not be imported in Adobe Premiere 5.5 or 6 (at least, I haven't checked with other versions) The .WAV created must be imported in Adobe Audition, and then saved as .WAV in order to import them in Premiere, otherwise Premiere will close. I am using V1.24
                  Ps. The .WAV files are recorded at 24 bit 48Khz

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                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great piece of gear

                  By flyin_hawaiian

                  from Hawaii

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Excellent Sound
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                  • Menu NAV is tricky
                  • Need power supply

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Fostex DC-R302 3-Channel Audio Mixer and Stereo Recorder:

                    Well, the fact that it has 3 XLRs, so much control for each, phantom power, a BUILT IN RECORDER etc., this thing has it all. The quality is great, the features cover everything a DSLR'r or video shooter would love.

                    My suggestions... wishing they included the power supply! this thing goes through batteries, the menu takes a little while to navigate through.. and hope it can sync up with the Panasonic GH2 soon!

                    Well worth the money. I have a Zoom H4N too, but this thing is the H4N on steroids.

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                    Batteries & Power

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                    Required item: Batteries or a Power Supply (not included) are required to power this device.

                    Fostex -  AD15-3200 AC Power Supply For DC-R302
                    • You Pay: $49.99
                    Usually ships in 7-14 business days i Estimated arrival at B&H is 7-14 business days. An authorization for this product will be processed upon placing the order. You will be charged for this item at the time of Shipment.
                     
                    Varta -  High-Energy 1.5 V AA E91 Alkaline Battery - 4 Pk
                    • You Pay: $1.23
                     

                    Add interconnectivity options for your equipment.

                    Kopul -  Studio Elite 4000 Series XLR M to XLR F Microphone Cable - 1.5' (0.46 m), Black
                    • You Pay: $14.99
                     

                    Store and read data with the proper media.

                    SanDisk -  8GB Extreme Plus UHS-I SDHC Memory Card (Class 10)
                    • You Pay: $17.41
                     

                    Headphones

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                    Headphones are essential for real-time monitoring and mixing.

                    Senal -  SMH-1000 Professional Field and Studio Monitor Headphones
                    • You Pay: $89.99
                     

                    Cases & Protection

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                    Carry, store and protect all your equipment in a bag or case.

                    Fostex -  SC-302 Custom Carry Case for DC-R302
                    • You Pay: $49.99
                    Usually ships in 7-14 business days i Estimated arrival at B&H is 7-14 business days. An authorization for this product will be processed upon placing the order. You will be charged for this item at the time of Shipment.
                     
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