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The Tascam DR-1 is a popular portable digital recorder with all of the essential features you need like great sounding built-in mics, WAV and MP3 recording, and USB 2.0 connectivity. There's an impressive amount of favorable customer reviews on the B&H website about this model. The DR-1 normally sells for $249, but for a limited time you can grab one at B&H for $149.95 with free shipping. If you've been considering getting a device to record "double system" sound on a DSLR video shoot, this is a great opportunity...
While the DR-1 doesn't have a built-in tripod mount or XLR microphone inputs like the Zoom H4n, it still makes for an excellent candidate for shooting "double system" sound for DSLR video shoots. The DR-1 is compatible with both Mac and Windows computers, and our customers have been really satisfied with its ease of use both in making recordings, and transferring files into a computer. Whether you're a photographer, musician, student, journalist, podcaster, or filmmaker, you can find many uses for a portable audio recorder like the DR-1.
Some unexpected features found on the DR-1:
It has both a 1/8" stereo mini-plug for external microphones, and a 1/4" input as well (and a separate1/8" input for line level signals, such as a feed from an audio mixer).
You can overdub sounds on top of one another.
The batteries get charged when it's connected to a computer through USB.
It includes 1GB SD card capable of recording over 8 hours of MP3 audio.
It has built-in effects.
Highlights from our customer reviews:
"I bought this to record audio when I am out on photo walks. Whether it be birds, waterfalls or city noises. I then use the audio clips in the slide shows and it really adds a lot to them. The microphone is extremely sensitive, but with 3 settings and the adjustable input it works great with very little hassle."
"Great for quick interviews. Small & light weight. Works well as an alternate recorder or back-up to my main set-up when on location. Connected to my shotgun mic and taped to the bottom of the boom pole makes for a fast, down-n-dirty running tool."
"I am using this recorder to document various musical groups I perform in, and as a "note pad" for songs and musical ideas I write. It is very quick to operate and get recording and the quality is fantastic. I'm still familiarizing myself with some of the more advanced operations, but in terms of quality and ease of use, not to mention price, this is a keeper."