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Tascam DR-60D 4-Channel Linear PCM Recorder

You Pay: $199.99
Product Highlights
  • Records Up to 4 Channels Simultaneously
  • Screw-On DSLR Camera and Mount to Tripod
  • Operates on 4 AA Batteries
  • Up to 24-bit, 96 kHz PCM Recording
  • Two XLR/TRS Combo Mic/Line Jacks
  • Switchable 24V and 48V Phantom Power
  • Accessible Front Panel Controls
  • Mic Preamps for Each Input
  • Records to SD or SDHC Cards
  • Transfer Audio to Computer via USB Port

The DR-60D from Tascam is a professional linear PCM recorder that allows you to capture up to four simultaneous channels of audio and store your recordings to SD or SDHC memory cards. Designed for recording high-quality audio for DSLR video applications, the DR-60D mounts to a tripod and allows you to screw your DSLR camera into the top of the recorder.

The DR-60D is capable of recording at 44.1, 48 and 96 kHz sample rates and at bit depths of 16- and 24-bit. Channels 1 and 2 are equipped with XLR/TRS combo jacks that can accept either mic or line level signals. These inputs can be used to connect microphones, audio playback devices and other gear. Each of the combo jack inputs are capable of supplying either 24V or 48V phantom power and each can be set independently of one another. They are also each equipped with peak indicator lights for monitoring your input levels as you record, as well as with discrete microphone preamps for independent gain control over microphones connected to these inputs.

In addition, the DR-60D is equipped with a 3.5mm stereo input that feeds into channels 3 and 4. It can be used to connect gear such as stereo microphones or external stereo audio equipment that terminates using a 3.5mm mini plug. It is capable of supplying plug-in power to video mics and other high output mics that require it. The 3.5mm input is equipped with one gain control knob that controls the input level to both channels 3 and 4 and it also has a peak indicator light.

Beyond these features, the DR-60D offers a variety of other functions that lend themselves to improved efficiency and convenience. Operating on four AA batteries, the DR-60D can record for up to 5 hours using Ni-MH batteries. Battery life can be extended to 12 hours by adding the optional BP-6AA battery pack. Also, the unit can be powered by a computer via the USB port. This can be useful to conserve battery life while transferring recordings off an SD card to your computer's hard drive. The DR-60D also features auto tone and slate tone functions to help you synchronize your recordings to video during editing. Auto tones can be added to the beginning and ending of the recording and a button can be pressed to add a slate tone to the audio at any time. These tones are also output to the 3.5mm camera out jack so they can be recorded to your DSLR camera's audio recorder for timing reference.

Dual "safety track" record mode automatically provide a back-up safety track in case the initial levels where set too high and clips were encountered. The safety track can be set to record at -6dB to -12dB lower than the initial take
Preamp gain and other important features can be easily accessed by physical controls on the front panel, instead of by hard-to-navigate, software-style menus
Limiter, high-pass filter (40/80/120Hz) and delay functions on each channel
Records 4 external inputs in two pairs as two stereo audio files
Tripod mounting threads on bottom of recorder and DSLR screw attachment that allows attachment and removal with a coin
Remote jack for use with optional RC-10 wired remote or RC-3F footswitch
Pre-recording function allows unit to record two seconds of sound prior to recording actually being activated
Hold switch to prevent accidental adjustments
Handles on both sides and can attach to a shoulder belt
Camera in jack for monitoring DSLR recorder output
Mid-side decoding
Recording Media SD card (64 MB - 2 GB)
SDHC card (4 GB - 32 GB)
File System WAV: 44.1/48/96 kHz, 16/24-bit
BWF (Broadcast Wave Format): 44.1/48/96 kHz, 16/24-bit
Number of Channels 4 channels (stereo x 2)
Input Connectors 2x XLR/TRS combo jacks (channels 1, 2)
1x stereo 3.5 mm mini jack (channels 3, 4)
1x stereo 3.5 mm mini jack (CAMERA IN)
1x 2.5 mm TRS jack (REMOTE)
Output Connectors 1x stereo 3.5 mm mini jack (CAMERA OUT)
1x stereo 3.5 mm mini jack (PHONES)
1x stereo 3.5 mm mini jack (LINE OUT)
Phantom Power 24V, 48V (channels 1, 2)
Plug-in power (channels 3, 4)
Distortion .02% or less
S/N Ratio 92 db or more
Equivalent Input Noise -120 dBu or more
Frequency Response 20 Hz - 20 kHz (+0.5/-2 dB)
USB USB Mini-B Type (USB 2.0)
Computer Compatibility Windows: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 and Pentium 300 MHz or faster, 128 MB or more memory, USB port (USB 2.0 recommended)
Macintosh: Mac OS X 10.2 or later and Power PC, iMac, G3, G4, 266 MHz or faster, 64 MB or more memory, USB port (USB 2.0 recommended)
(Intel chipset recommended)
Power Four AA batteries (Alkaline or Ni-MH)
USB bus power supplied from a computer
AC adaptor (TASCAM PS-P515U, sold separately)
External battery pack (TASCAM BP-6AA, sold separately)
Power Consumption 5.4 W (max)
Battery Operating Time Recording 2-channel, 44.1 kHz. 16-bit WAV files:
About 2 hrs, 30 min (Alkaline batteries (EVOLTA), MIC + 48V)
About 4 hrs, 30 min (Alkaline batteries (EVOLTA), MIC, no phantom power)
About 3 hrs, 15 min (Ni-MH batteries (eneloop), MIC + 48V)
About 5 hrs (Ni-MH batteries (eneloop), MIC, no phantom power)
About 3 hrs, 45 min (Ni-MH batteries (eneloop pro), MIC + 48V)
About 6 hrs (Ni-MH batteries (eneloop pro), MIC, no phantom power)
About 5 hrs, 30 min (optional BP-6AA battery pack, Alkaline batteries (EVOLTA), MIC + 48V)
About 10 hrs, 30 min (optional BP-6AA battery pack, Alkaline batteries (EVOLTA), MIC, no phantom power)
About 7 hrs, 30 min (optional BP-6AA battery pack, Ni-MH batteries (eneloop), MIC + 48V)
About 12 hrs (optional BP-6AA battery pack, Ni-MH batteries (eneloop), MIC, no phantom power)
About 9 hrs, 30 min (optional BP-6AA battery pack, Ni-MH batteries (eneloop pro), MIC + 48V)
About 14 hrs, 30 min (optional BP-6AA battery pack, Ni-MH batteries (eneloop pro), MIC, no phantom power)
Dimensions 5.24 x 3.67 x 3.07" (133 x 93.2 78 mm)
Weight 18 oz (510 g)
Tascam DR-60D 4-Channel Linear PCM Recorder
  • USB Cable
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    TascamDR-60D 4-Channel Linear PCM Recorder
     
    4.5

    (based on 170 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

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    • 4 Stars

       

      (55)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (9)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (3)

    97%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (126)
    • Interfaces well with camcorder (96)
    • Lightweight (96)
    • Improves performance (86)
    • Well built / quality (84)

    Cons

    • Flimsy design (16)
    • Poor interface (9)
    • Heavy (8)
    • Eats batteries (3)

    Best Uses

    • Shooting indoors (72)
    • Shooting outdoors (69)
    • Travel (44)
    • Upgrade (35)
    • Home movies (23)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Film professional (91), Tech savvy (66), Aspiring film maker (44), Technically challenged (4), Parent (3)
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Good design, good sound, camera mounting

    I have a zoom H4 already but mounting of the zoom recorder on 5D MKIII is not so good. Using Tascam DR-60D you can mount this right at bottom of your camera or...Read complete review

    I have a zoom H4 already but mounting of the zoom recorder on 5D MKIII is not so good. Using Tascam DR-60D you can mount this right at bottom of your camera or with a camera plate. Moreover, it is 4 channel recording and adjustment of audio level on board/not like Zoom H6. It also has some remarkable function as follow:Pros1. record 4 channels into 2 seperate files2. 40Hz, 80Hz or 120Hz low cut (better perfermance in compare to zoom H4)3. audio delay setting, if needed.4. monitor seperate channel5. audio gain on output to camera or line output6. use USB chager7. slate function for sync.8. can use for multicam outputCons1. no microphone or speaker built in2. 3-4 input not use XLR3. size as big as camera4. comsume battery faster in compare with Zoom H4Finally, it is a good looking professional device and by mounting it with your DSLR it made it look more professional. Many "likes" on facebook picture.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    NOT FOR PROS!

    I have 14 years of experience in audio production. I got the DR-60D to compliment one of my DSLR cams for better audio capture. I have long been a TASCAM fan and figured...Read complete review

    I have 14 years of experience in audio production. I got the DR-60D to compliment one of my DSLR cams for better audio capture. I have long been a TASCAM fan and figured that this model was going to be a great little gadget for the price.

    As soon as I got this product, I put it through a pretty extensive test. First, I used a pair of Neumann TLM 103 mics and recorded some speech, some music played on a classical guitar, and some silence of course. Right away I discovered two huge problems:

    1. About every second or so, there were very quiet but notable artifacts inserted into the recordings. The sound resembled creaking of a leather chair. It was very consistent and always the same. Through the headphones, these artifacts would only be audible live once the recording has started, and then of course on the captured audio as well. I find this absolutely unacceptable for any kind of professional or even semi-professional work. Of course, it could be just my copy of the product, but that's TASCAM's problem, not their customers'.

    2. I compared the recorded material captured by the DR-60D to an earlier recording I had made with exactly the same mic setup, but using M-Audio's Profire 2626 audio interface. The difference was stunning. Tascam's recording lacked quite substantially in the lower range (and no the low-cut was not on), and the overall quality was very noticeably worse. This made me conclude that the DR-60D's preamps are significantly sub-par even to some of Tascam's very own other products in the same price range. For example, I used to use Tascam's US-122 USB interface to capture field audio using a laptop. I don't know about the current improved US-122MKII version, but the original US-122 had preamps that are far superior to those of the DR-60D, and for less than half the price. I'm a long time fan of TASCAM (or was until now), and frankly I'm puzzled by the low performance of the DR-60D's preamps. It almost makes me think they were engineered by interns as a side project - the sound quality is on such an amateur level that you'd think this was bought in a toy section at Target.

    But wait, after this initial test I proceeded to make some recordings using a lavaliere mic, just because I knew I'd be using it a lot for capturing speech while filming interviews with DSLRs. I used an Audio-Technica AT831 mic for this test. Well… I don't know what TASCAM's problem is, but the difference in quality was now four times worse compared to my previous test. Don't get me wrong, AT831 is not the fanciest lavaliere out there, but I've gotten some pretty decent audio with this mic using other pieces of equipment. Coupled with the DR-60D though, the resulting audio recording is unusable. The most noticeable defect is that even with the recording volume knob turned all the way up, and the gain level set to high in the menus (and the VU meters going crazy - more about that later), the levels on the recorded material are still far too low. Plus, the sound quality was now so bad that even my iPhone's mic sounds better in comparison!

    Now, concerning the noise floor: when I was monitoring my test recording through the headphones, the noise was pretty thick. When the gain level is selected to medium or high in the menu, it is not only visible on the VU meter, but it's so high that it's scary. But, to my big surprise, when I listened to and analyzed the recording on the computer, the noise was substantially less pronounced, although there was still some high-pitched hiss that was there. The hiss level was pretty low though (more present in Ch-1 than Ch-2 though), and if it weren't for the unit's other problems, I would have probably kept it.

    I did not test channels 3/4.

    Other less substantial, but still very annoying problems:

    1. The VU meter is ridiculously inaccurate. As mentioned earlier, it seems to be showing the noise that you hear live in the headphones, but that's not there in the recording. It is also deceiving and takes some getting used to in order to set the recording volume to the optimum level.

    2. Every time the phantom power is switched on for each channel, there is an "Are you sure?" message that appears on the screen that has to be dismissed, thus requiring extra action from the engineer and unnecessarily consuming his attention.

    I assume the above two annoyances could be resolved with a firmware update down the road, and so they aren't as critical.

    Concerning other users' comments I've seen regarding the unit's lack of built-in microphones. I actually consider that to be a plus, because in my experience built-in mics in all these portable recorders are always a disappointment. Keep in mind that the mics are always going to be cheap in a unit of this price range, and they will always pick up the noise produced by the unit's circuitry and operation. This is not the same about the preamps though, because as I mentioned earlier, I've owned products for less $$ than this one and that produced far better results.

    Needless to say, I'm returning the TASCAM DR-60D back to B&H first thing Monday morning. It's too bad, because like I said, until now I was a TASCAM fan. I actually do like the design and the feel of this product, but the bottom line is - the preamps are trash. Coupled with the artifacts that show up on the recording, this product is absolutely unusable for any kind of serious work. If you're an existing user and like this product - that's great, but I would strongly urge you to make some comparison recordings using other gear. You might just be as stunned as I was!

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    5.0

    Great unit, with some limitations.

    By Mike

    from Pa.

    About Me Aspiring Film Maker, Pro Freelancer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Good Interface With Camcorder
    • Improves Performance
    • Lightweight
    • Quality Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Backup Recording
      • Primary Recording
      • Shooting Indoors
      • Shooting Outdoors
      • Upgrade

      Comments about Tascam DR-60D 4-Channel Linear PCM Recorder:

      I use this product to record audio in conjunction with the Black Magic® Pocket Cinema Camera™. There are limitations to that, but they have little to do with this particular unit, so I will refrain from going into the specifics of what has to be done. Other than two simultaneous recordings should be made, because you may overload the input of the camera before the audio even clips digitally inside!The preamps in this inexpensive recorder are REALLY good. I was able to get virtually hiss-free recordings from microphones notorious for low output, such as the Sony ECM-44B. The trick is to use the HIGH gain mode, which is totally independnet of the level dial. The only drawback here, is that though the HIGH gain mode will properly stage things to cut the hiss, you will be dealing with a signal that peaks higher than you would like it to. You must keep the limiter engaged when working with microphones like this, otherwise loud sounds will distort. (Even with the gain knob turned down.) However, if you are coducting a soft-spoken interview, it is unlikely that you will have to worry about distortion. The limiter is pretty effective at eliminating the worst-case scenario of digital crackling, however it should not be relied upon for high quality recording if it gets "hit." -- Like anything else, if any critical piece of audio hits the limiter, re-record it!!I have also tested this with a few dynamic microphones such as the inexpensive Behringer XM-1800S. Again, you need high gain otherwise you will get a lot of hiss. The results are similar -- Low noise, good quality.The unit feels very solid, though I would not expect it to survive a drop to solid concrete. Other than some microphones that would probably still work after falling off of a three-story building, what equipment can you really expect that from?Like the smaller Tascam recorders such as the DR-05, this features a USB mini connector, and support for connecting it as USB Mass Storage. You can also power it over USB if you want. The mass storage is great, and keeps you from having to swap out the card.Note that the unit cannot accept Ex-FAT formatted cards, so you need to use FAT16 or 32. Therefore you cannot use the cards in your Black Magic Pocket and this as hot-swappable, though why you would want to do that is beyond me. Class 4 or 6 cards are cheap and reliable, as well as fast enough for this machine.

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      5.0

      Compact and efficient.

      By Serge insas

      from Belgium

      Comments about Tascam DR-60D 4-Channel Linear PCM Recorder:

      Maybe the ideal recording gear if you already have a good pair of microphones, not necessarily coupled to a DSLR but also as a standalone audio recorder. The 2 extra tracks are a bonus to plug in a cheap MS mike or a mixer. Audio quality is outstanding for the price, I wish I had such a tool 30 years ago when I made my first sound recording... my life would have been so easier :-)
      All in all the best recorder available in its category : rudged, lightweight, easy to use and very clean results.

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      4.0

      For the price it does what it promises

      By Brad Jonez

      from Wilmington NC

      Verified Reviewer

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            Comments about Tascam DR-60D 4-Channel Linear PCM Recorder:

            Drawbacks, 1. It is a battery vampire 2. The XLR locks suck, broke on the first time using it, but its cool, because I didn't want the lock anyway. 3. The little plastic guards in the XLR ports pop off way too easy, has happened more than once.

            BUT

            For the price point it's great for small stuff and recording on the go. Better than the H4n.

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            5.0

            Great DAR

            By Ralph

            from `Pittsburgh, PA

            About Me Film Professional, Tech Savvy

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Good Interface With Camcorder
            • Improves Performance
            • Quality Construction

            Cons

            • Justifyably Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Proving For A Portable Vo
            • Shooting Indoors
            • Shooting Outdoors

            Comments about Tascam DR-60D 4-Channel Linear PCM Recorder:

            This unit gives me the flexibility that I have been looking for. Particularly the use of a wide variety of microphones that can be accommodated.
            The housing is/seems to be fairly substantial. The unit may seem a little weighty but that's the trade off that must be made for the quality of the housing.
            It took a while to understand some of the controls/interface... not very intuitive for me, maybe for someone else it may be very friendly. I recommend spending some time with the manual and testing BEFORE attempting to use the unit in on a production. But, is easy to use once you understand the interface.
            There's a pause capability that's handy while in the RECORD mode... this may be pretty standard on other units, but my other equipment starts a new file once the recording is stopped then started again.

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            5.0

            DR-60D brilliant sound for less

            By jcamilo

            from Miami, FL

            About Me Film Professional, Tech Savvy

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Good Interface With Camcorder
            • Improves Performance
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Plastic But For The Price

            Best Uses

            • Shooting Indoors
            • Shooting Outdoors
            • Travel

            Comments about Tascam DR-60D 4-Channel Linear PCM Recorder:

            Love it, it's compact, looks great, it's flexible and above all it performs flawlessly, paired with my antique electro-voice model 642 mic I get the cleanest voice I've ever recorded.

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            4.0

            Don't take as a field recorder

            By FilmRiot

            from San Francisco, CA

            About Me Parent

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            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Good Interface With Camcorder
            • Quality Construction

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Shooting Indoors
            • Upgrade

            Comments about Tascam DR-60D 4-Channel Linear PCM Recorder:

            I use the Tascam DR-60D, with my Rode NTG-2, and it works great. Very good build quality and recording for the price. But if you plan on using this in the field keep in mind the battery life is pretty bad.

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            5.0

            The control i needed

            By FrankFromCalifornia

            from Exeter, CA

            About Me Tech Savvy

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Shooting Indoors
              • Upgrade

              Comments about Tascam DR-60D 4-Channel Linear PCM Recorder:

              My company needed some good sound recording ability and I didn't want to just trust the in camera sound...this product came at a very high recommendation from many reviews. I figured it out within the hour after unboxing and can't wait to really put it to use. I've paired it with a Rogue shotgun mic and many other great pieces of equipment.

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              5.0

              DR-60D is perfect, for me

              By Nick

              from Kansas City, MO

              About Me Tech Savvy

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Good Interface With Camcorder
              • Lightweight
              • Quality Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Shooting Outdoors
                • Travel

                Comments about Tascam DR-60D 4-Channel Linear PCM Recorder:

                I'm a freelance journalist with a DSLR who does video every now and then. This audio devise works well for a quick compact devise. It's easy to navigate, to use, and it provides effective sound for video production.

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                5.0

                good design and functionality

                By luis alberto

                from guadalajara jalisco

                About Me Aspiring Film Maker, Film Professional

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Good Interface With Camcorder
                • Quality Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Movies
                  • Shooting Indoors
                  • Shooting Outdoors
                  • Travel
                  • Upgrade

                  Comments about Tascam DR-60D 4-Channel Linear PCM Recorder:

                  its 4 channels offer good flexibility for connecting various audio sources. I use a canon 650d and excellent.

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                  3.0

                  So far so good!

                  By Runyonder

                  from Salt Lake City

                  About Me Aspiring Film Maker, Tech Savvy

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Good Interface With Camcorder
                  • Improves Performance
                  • Lightweight
                  • Quality Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Travel
                    • Upgrade

                    Comments about Tascam DR-60D 4-Channel Linear PCM Recorder:

                    I bought the DR-60D to record clean audio because I'm realizing dslr audio is overall useless. I love this device for it's ease of use, the fact that it can be set to record two audio tracks to avoid over modulated audio and for how compact it is. Be careful with the inputs. I have attached an xlr wireless receiver into input 1 and I can't remove it. No one that I've taken it to has been successful at it so far either so this part is a major disappointment.

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                    4.0

                    Does the job well

                    By Justin

                    from New York, NY

                    About Me Film Professional, Tech Savvy

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Good Interface With Camcorder
                    • Improves Performance
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                    • Menus Are A Bit Confusing

                    Best Uses

                    • Shooting Indoors
                    • Shooting Outdoors
                    • Travel

                    Comments about Tascam DR-60D 4-Channel Linear PCM Recorder:

                    I mount this under my 5D miii, i really like the easy volume control and ability to monitor the camera or the recorder. there is some hiss on the camera feed but it's not bad. I think I can get a better cable to fix that. I'm using the camera audio just as a reference to sync. the ability to send a slate tone eliminate the annoying need to clap before scenes to sync in post.

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                    5.0

                    Beware of unbalanced mics.

                    By Aaron Gough

                    from Toronto, Canada

                    About Me Aspiring Film Maker, Tech Savvy

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                          Comments about Tascam DR-60D 4-Channel Linear PCM Recorder:

                          Just got this a few days ago and so far it seems great!

                          One thing to be aware of. If you try to connect a mini-jack mic (Like ATR3350 or Rode VideoMic) to channel 1 or 2 using a STEREO 1/8->1/4" adapter it won't work. You're feeding the same signal into both sides of the differential amplifier on the input and the signal cancels itself out.

                          To use unbalanced mics on channel 1 or 2 of the DR60D you need to use mono 1/8->1/4" adapters or something like the Rode VXLR adapter.

                          Hope this saves others some hassle!

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                          5.0

                          Audio flexibity!

                          By TKTurbo

                          from Wilmington, NC

                          About Me Video Veteran

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Great Audio Control
                          • Lightweight
                          • Quality Construction

                          Cons

                          • Batteries

                          Best Uses

                          • Interviews
                          • Shooting Indoors
                          • Shooting Outdoors

                          Comments about Tascam DR-60D 4-Channel Linear PCM Recorder:

                          Tascam seems to know what I need and answers with great products and the DR-60D is another great example of that. up can record up to 4 channels in any of the sample rates AND route all 4 to your DSLR! I use it to make using my wirseless lav mics easier to manage, using 2 XLR inputs to the Tascam 60D then into my Canaon 60D camera, which doesn't have XLR inputs. The camera mount is indespensible, to say the least. One of the best audio solution packages on the market at a reasonable price point.

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                          2.0

                          Not great for professional video

                          By Gaarangers

                          from Ft. Worth, Tx

                          About Me Aspiring Film Maker, Tech Savvy

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Good Interface With Camcorder
                          • Phantom power
                          • Xlr 14" 18" Inputs

                          Cons

                          • Digital Dials
                          • Flimsy Design
                          • No Performance Improvement
                          • Poor Preamps

                          Best Uses

                          • 1st Preamp And Recorder

                          Comments about Tascam DR-60D 4-Channel Linear PCM Recorder:

                          I am semi-pro videographer and most of my work is run-and-gun. I had high hopes for the DR-60D. I read a lot of reviews and finally decided to pull the trigger and purchase. It was hoping to replace my juicedLink DT414 preamp to add phantom power and recording abilities.
                          I tested the DR-60D on my Canon 6D and 70D as a preamp and field recorder. I used it with 2 audio sources: a Sennheiser G3 wireless lav system and a Sennheiser MKE-600 shotgun mic.
                          The biggest issue I had with this recorder is the channel adjustment dials are digital. When you are adjusting the levels while recording you can hear a distinct step in the volume. This is a huge disadvantage when using this as your only audio source. Another issue I had, is the preamps don't seem very strong. I had to use both the XLR and 1/8" inputs in mid to high gain which then registered a lot background sound and hiss.

                          Maybe this could be a great first audio device if you are coming from recording audio directly from the camera but when comparing it to my current preamp the DR-60D just doesn't cut the cake.

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                          5.0

                          Perfectly designed

                          By Tim

                          from Washington DC

                          About Me Aspiring Film Maker

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Quality Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Tascam DR-60D 4-Channel Linear PCM Recorder:

                              It's absolutely perfectly designed to work with a DSLR, and fits right into the workflow and is easy to use.

                              The only drawbacks are it only has two XLR inputs, but honestly, if your production has grown beyond that, you're in a different market.

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                              5.0

                              Flexible Field Recorder for the Price

                              By TerryT

                              from Cleveland, OH

                              About Me Tech Savvy

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Great Audio Quality
                              • Great Value
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                              • Battery life

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Tascam DR-60D 4-Channel Linear PCM Recorder:

                                I use the DR-60D recorder with my Canon 5D Mark III when recording video. It has flexible audio input/output options including 2 XLR-1/4" Combo Inputs, 1 Stereo 3.5mm Input, and a Camera Out, Headphone Out & Line Out. Presently, I am using it with a Rode VideoMic and a Sennheiser EW122PG3-A wireless lavalier microphone system. Works great. Make sure you carry extra set of batteries for long recording sessions.

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                                5.0

                                Tascam did it again!

                                By Erasmo Damian

                                from Oklahoma City, OK.

                                About Me Aspiring Film Maker, Film Professional

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Good Interface With Camcorder
                                • Improves Performance
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Interviews
                                  • Shooting Indoors
                                  • Shooting Outdoors
                                  • Short-films

                                  Comments about Tascam DR-60D 4-Channel Linear PCM Recorder:

                                  I use it to do interviews for a program and I love the sound. It is easy to use and the price makes me feel like a got a big discount.

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                                  5.0

                                  The DR-60D: Outstanding for the price!

                                  By Richkid

                                  from NYC, NY

                                  About Me Film Professional

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Good Interface With Camcorder
                                  • Improves Performance
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Quality Construction

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Shooting Indoors
                                    • Shooting Outdoors
                                    • Travel

                                    Comments about Tascam DR-60D 4-Channel Linear PCM Recorder:

                                    I am an independent music and film producer. I love this Tascam DR-60D for it's reliability, quality and great sound recording options. It's a big bang for the buck!
                                    My only complaint is that the knobs are just that, there are no real "pots" on the recorder. Other than that, I am extremely satisfied.

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                                    5.0

                                    I would buy this product again

                                    By Darrel

                                    from Chico ca.

                                    About Me Aspiring Film Maker, Film Professional, Tech Savvy

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Good Interface With Camcorder
                                    • Improves Performance
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Quality Construction

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Shooting Indoors
                                      • Shooting Outdoors
                                      • Upgrade

                                      Comments about Tascam DR-60D 4-Channel Linear PCM Recorder:

                                      This recorder works great just what I needed for recording from my Canon 60D

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                                      5.0

                                      Excelant

                                      By BK-Designs

                                      from Jacksonville Fl

                                      About Me Tech Savvy

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Use
                                      • Good Interface With Camcorder
                                      • Improves Performance
                                      • Lightweight
                                      • Quality Construction

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about Tascam DR-60D 4-Channel Linear PCM Recorder:

                                          Excelant Product

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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.

                                          Tascam -  PS-P515U AC to USB Power Adapter
                                          • You Pay: $22.00
                                           
                                          Varta -  High-Energy 1.5 V AA E91 Alkaline Battery - 4 Pk
                                          • You Pay: $1.23
                                           

                                          Required item: An Stereo Mini Cable (not included) is required for use with a camera's Stereo Mini Input.

                                          Hosa Technology -  Stereo Mini Angled Male to Stereo Mini Angled Male Cable - 8"
                                          • You Pay: $3.59
                                           

                                          Battery Distribution

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                                          Add additional powering options.

                                          Tascam -  BP-6AA External Battery Pack for Handheld Recorders
                                          • You Pay: $37.95
                                           

                                          Store and read data with the proper media.

                                          Lexar -  4GB SDHC Memory Card Class 4
                                          • You Pay: $5.95
                                           

                                          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
                                           
                                          Polsen -  HPC-A30 Closed-Back Studio Monitor Headphones
                                          • You Pay: $29.99
                                           

                                          Remote Controls

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                                          Have control at your fingertips with a remote.

                                          Tascam -  RC-10 Wired Remote Control for DR-40 and DR-100mkII
                                          • You Pay: $31.40
                                           

                                          Cases & Protection

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

                                          Strut -  STR-DR60D Field Case for Tascam DR-60D
                                          • You Pay: $110.00
                                           
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