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TascamDR-07mkII Portable Digital Audio Recorder
 
4.5

(based on 107 reviews)

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    (67)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (31)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (71)
  • Easy to use (64)
  • Versatile (47)
  • Compact (43)
  • Low distortion (43)

Cons

  • Difficult to use (9)
  • Poor quality construction (3)
  • Poor sound quality (3)

Best Uses

  • Amateur recording (53)
  • Outdoor events / games (51)
  • Performances (39)
  • Home studio (33)
  • Professional recording (27)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (57), Novice (24), Professional musician (9), Tech savvy (6), Technically challenged (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Ideal for filmmakers, journalist and mus

Ideal for filmmakers, journalist and musicians!

The sound of quality, build quality, innovated and simple control over operation makes this model one of the best choice for anyone who need a...Read complete review

Ideal for filmmakers, journalist and musicians!

The sound of quality, build quality, innovated and simple control over operation makes this model one of the best choice for anyone who need a great sound and can appraise it!

Remarks :

1. Sound quality.

The sound from microphone is incredible clear and high! One of the best sound from digital recorder in medium-high class. There is a little bit noise, but in normal level. I tested a lot of digital recorders from this class like Zoom H2 and even one step up class Tascam DR100, Zoom H4n and this model has same level of sound and a little bit high then DR100 and H4n, 20% higher than H4n. It has more good sound quality than Zoom H2n, due to better quality portable microphones!

* In my opinion the sound it's more strong than H4n, which is soft but it's more low!

The two build microphones have same quality of sound like one video professional lavalier in price range 150-250$. The microphones are very sensitive and in most cases when you moved you will fell it, because you need a windscreen! It'e easy to mount it on camcorder and dslr to get high prof. movie sound! The musicians will be never disappoint with DR-07mkII too.

4.5 points for sound quality

2. Menu, innovate control,Internal sound software, reliable Media design, built quality.

The menu-including basic operation is simple and easy for use. You can easy turn on and record sound. The control over operation is perfect . Design is attract and nice. Would like to a little bit small size with same great design. The rec settings give you good control like rec level and auto auto level. Integrated software give you some effects, but here I expected more innovation! The DR-07mkII records only to microSD or microSDHC flash memory cards, next up model offer using of more widely-available SD or SDHC cards. Quality of used materials is good and much better than direct competitor Zoom H2, but I want want more from used materials. Lamps-diode of records is imperceptibly!

4.5 points

3. Basic equipment, accessories.

The basic equipment have everything which you need it for basic used, but it would be a big plus if the managers would including some accessories like simple mount screw to mount it on camcorder or dslr and so important windscreen! Tascam not provide professional case for this amazing recorder, which is big minus. Developing of pro case for wide usage in different circumstance to facilitate. No available choice for different color

4.2 points

Conclusion: Tascam DR-07mkII is absolute leader in middle professional class and offer amazing entry level for filmmakers, musicians, journalists and education.

Dimche Kristev
Film director and
videographer

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great Quality for a Great Price

The DR-07mkII Portable Digital Audio Recorder is a great device for someone who is just starting out in video production. I purchased it for a friend who is simply plugging a lav into...Read complete review

The DR-07mkII Portable Digital Audio Recorder is a great device for someone who is just starting out in video production. I purchased it for a friend who is simply plugging a lav into the recorder and then synching to the video later.

The biggest downside is there is no XLR plugin.

In testing the recorder with a lav in post production there was little to no noise in a room with a lot of noise in it.

Again, great for a beginner or even an intermediate videographer.

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4.0

great

By Assient

from New York

Comments about Tascam DR-07mkII Portable Digital Audio Recorder:

great recorder. 8/10 recording. 7/10 interface design. 9/10 value for the money.

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5.0

Excellent and easy to use.

By Joey

from Hazlet NJ

About Me Experienced For Years

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Great value for the money
  • Reliable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Music Vocal Live

    Comments about Tascam DR-07mkII Portable Digital Audio Recorder:

    I use it to record LIVE on the job. It is so easy to operate. After recording place card in computer and you can edit with your s/w. A definite value for the money. Have not found any negatives yet..... been only using it a few weeks and it works for me great.

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    5.0

    Just what I needed

    By Little RonnyT

    from Coatesville, PA

    About Me Technically Challenged

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Tascam DR-07mkII Portable Digital Audio Recorder:

          I am using this unit as a secondary supplementary digital audio for very low budget ten to twelve minute You-Tube videos. The unit was recommended to me by a very close friend who is also the owner of a recording studio, a composer, performer, and producer. It meets
          my needs perfectly!

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          4.0

          Overall Great

          By Semi Pro performer/music teacher

          from Roslyn, NY

          About Me Technically Challenged

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Long Battery Life
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Concerts
            • Conversations
            • Lectures

            Comments about Tascam DR-07mkII Portable Digital Audio Recorder:

            Very easy to set up and use. I only wish the sound level on playback was louder. I find myself using earbuds to listen to the playback to hear every nuance I am listening for. great for basic listening, but for serious discerning listening, you need earbuds.

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            5.0

            Works great

            By Adrian

            from Portland, OR

            About Me Technically Challenged

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • High Quality Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Concerts

              Comments about Tascam DR-07mkII Portable Digital Audio Recorder:

              I purchased this recorder to record live music and it works great.

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              5.0

              great product

              By BeaglesRBest

              from Chicago

              About Me Tech Savvy

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • High Quality Sound
              • Long Battery Life
              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Concerts
                • Conversations

                Comments about Tascam DR-07mkII Portable Digital Audio Recorder:

                Great price on this really feature filled product.
                The video explaining differences was a help as well. Using product to record music and voice lessons and am really impressed with the quality of the audio and the simple interface. A perfect size design as well.

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                5.0

                Pocket Sized Power House

                By NSeney

                from Seattle,WA

                Comments about Tascam DR-07mkII Portable Digital Audio Recorder:

                I've been using the DR-07 for stand alone recording in a variety of settings and have been consistently impressed with the results.I started with interview type, spoken word where the audio is clear and crisp. I recorded a jazz trio in a loud cafe from their tip jar table and got great sound including excellent left right separation evident in the recording. Most recently I recorded my sons elementary school band in the gym/cafeteria and the sound was clean and captured the full range of instruments well.I debated between this machine and the Zoom H1, and ultimately decided to go with the Tascam for the additional on board file management and the ability to switch from A/B to X/Y microphone positions.

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                5.0

                Perfect recorder for my needs

                By D Daniel

                from Ottawa, ON

                About Me Professional Musician

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Easy To Use Right Away
                • High Quality Sound
                • Long Battery Life
                • Reliable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Lessons
                  • Rehearsals

                  Comments about Tascam DR-07mkII Portable Digital Audio Recorder:

                  So far I've used this to record students in lessons and rehearsals. I love the versatility of the mic angles, and I find it incredibly easy to use. No negatives so far.

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                  5.0

                  a versatile recorder for video.

                  By VidRip

                  from Portland, OR

                  About Me Tech Savvy

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact Design
                  • High Quality Sound
                  • Long Battery Life
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Conversations

                    Comments about Tascam DR-07mkII Portable Digital Audio Recorder:

                    I'm still playing with it - but so far I'm really liking the nice compact size and low weight of this device. The tripod screw on the back is very useful and I"m using it instead of a tiny (and generally inferior mike on top of my nex-7. So as a replacement to an inside mike it seems to do the job quite well and having it as an independent audio recorder is a major plus. Seems very easy to set and use and the audio quality appears to be first rate.

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                    4.0

                    Nice recorder

                    By ron

                    from Grinnell,Iowa

                    Verified Buyer

                    Comments about Tascam DR-07mkII Portable Digital Audio Recorder:

                    havnt used it much but it seems to be pretty nice

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                    5.0

                    Perfect

                    By AudioPops

                    from Atlanta, GA

                    About Me Tech Savvy

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact Design
                    • High Quality Sound
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Lectures

                      Comments about Tascam DR-07mkII Portable Digital Audio Recorder:

                      My laptop input has a short in it causing a bad buzz when capturing audio, so I bought the Tascam DR-07 to record our church services using the same 3.5 mm cable coming off our processor right into the Tascam and it works perfectly. I love the fact that I can activate the AGC as well as set the limiter because it makes life easier when its time to edit. I added a 4 gig micro SD card and it does the what I need it to do with ease! I would recommend this product!

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                      5.0

                      Amazing Sound at An amazing Price!!!!!

                      By XtremeShoots

                      from Nashville, Tn

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact Design
                      • High Quality Sound
                      • Long Battery Life
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Concerts
                        • Conversations
                        • Fitness Videos
                        • How To Videos
                        • Lectures
                        • Much More

                        Comments about Tascam DR-07mkII Portable Digital Audio Recorder:

                        I have been using the DR 07mkii for my videos and this is a must have in your arsenal for video.

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                        5.0

                        Good buy

                        By jlev22

                        from San Jose, CA

                        About Me Technically Challenged

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact Design
                        • High Quality Sound
                        • Reliable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Conversations
                          • Lectures

                          Comments about Tascam DR-07mkII Portable Digital Audio Recorder:

                          I was looking for a portable audio recorder to record quality sound. A friend has a M-audio Microtrack II, which is a decade old. M-audio doesn't make those anymore. Through my online search I came across the Tascam DR-07 MKII. It works like a charm. I also comes with a mount thread on the body; it directly mounts on my gorillapod.

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                          5.0

                          Wireless with no dropouts EVER

                          By Rusty

                          from DFW, Texas

                          About Me Tech Savvy

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                          • Compact Design
                          • High Quality Sound
                          • Long Battery Life
                          • Reliable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Fitness Video

                            Comments about Tascam DR-07mkII Portable Digital Audio Recorder:

                            Wireless dropouts make me crazy. Some of the locations I shoot at have so much RF traffic, wireless just does not work.

                            I found some old cellphone holsters that fit the DR-07. I put them on the talent and attach my Rode mic of choice for the situation. The DR-07 provides phantom power to the mics. Then, I just put the DR-07 into record, perform a sync clap and we are on our way. On camera mics are used for sync with their soundtracks discarded in edit.

                            The only drawback was realtime monitoring of the recording. I just had to have faith things were working. A GOgroove BlueSENSE TRM Bluetooth Audio Transmitter solved that problem. I attach one to the headset port and monitor with my cell phone bluetooth headset. I have two such rigs and simply use two bluetooth phone headsets to seperately monitor each. Its not perfect, there is a short delay in transmission, but its better than not monitoring at all. And, its a lot better than wireless dropouts. When the headphones are not being used on set, they are attached to my cell phone.

                            Wireless dropouts are in my past. And, when you add up the costs, this blows decent wireless gear away. If you cannot afford truly good wireless gear this is a setup you can. Do not bother with inexpensive wireless, its basically useless.

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                            4.0

                            10 years after my first 4-track

                            By Tuccihops

                            from Quilcene, WA

                            About Me Tech Savvy

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact Design
                            • High Quality Sound
                            • Limitless Overdubs

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Arranging Songs

                              Comments about Tascam DR-07mkII Portable Digital Audio Recorder:

                              I bought a Tascam 424 MkII 4-track cassette recorder over ten years ago and loved it. This DR-07 does as much and more for me - in a tiny package. The sound quality of the built-in mics is very good. I've recorded guitar and vocals with it. The stereo image is pleasing and realistic. I love adjusting the sound simply by moving in relation to the mics, or moving the position of the unit.

                              The overdub feature is very important to me and works well. You can't mix individual tracks later, which is a limitation, but a good one. Retake if it isn't what you want. No hours and hours wasted mixing waveforms and tweaking. But you can add as many tracks as you like without any loss in sound quality. Each new track is simply added to the previous in a new recording. It's basically like bouncing tracks with a multi track cassette, recorder - except that there is no loss in sound quality with each successive bounce because each bounce is a digital copy.

                              The reverb sounds nice. I haven't tried plugging in an external mic yet, but don't really see a need to for most of what I do.

                              The main cons are that the unit has a less-than solid feel to it and that the menu is a bit tedious. It doesn't feel fragile, it just feels slightly cheaper than I expected. I handle it carefully. Also, when overdubbing, be careful to leave plenty of space at the beginning of your recording, otherwise the recorded noise of pushing the record button and touching the unit will really pile up near the beginning of the track. If you are only recording one track I think you can set it record to wait a few seconds after you push the button.

                              The menu is tedious simply because it is so small. It isn't difficult to navigate once you get the hang of it, but changing settings takes a few more button pushes than would be nice. But that's just part of the deal with a device this small I think.

                              I look forward to using this recorder a lot. I can take easily to my favorite pianos instead of hauling around a computer and a bunch of gear. I can surreptitiously record my music students and send recordings to their proud parents.

                              I reccomend this product.

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                              2.0

                              Good Sound, Poor Build Quality

                              By Rich E

                              from London, UK

                              About Me Tech Savvy

                              Pros

                              • High Quality Sound

                              Cons

                              • Poor Build Quality

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Tascam DR-07mkII Portable Digital Audio Recorder:

                                Bought the DR-07 mk2 to improve the sound quality when DSLR filming. The functionality is fairly simple and the sound quality is excellent. Unfortunately the build quality is really cheap. The mic-in and line-out mini jacks are the worst part. I've had two of these units, on one unit the mic-in mini jack port was faulty so I get a hum when using an external mic. On the other the headphone jack broke after very slight fall <2ft. Customer service from Tascam has been terrible.

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                                4.0

                                Great sound, so-so interface

                                By Erika

                                from Oakland, CA

                                About Me Novice

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Excellent Sound

                                Cons

                                • Difficult To Use

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Tascam DR-07mkII Portable Digital Audio Recorder:

                                  I use this recorder (with a wind jammer) as a field biologist in winds up to 40 kph. The sound quality is fantastically clear. The recorder requires that the record button be pressed 2x to to start recording, which caused me to mess up my first few attempted recordings (because I only pressed the button 1x). However, my main complaint is that I can't figure out how to make use the folder function. When I created a new folder with the intention of filing some older recordings there, I could no longer see ANY of my files - yikes! They were there - I was able to download them onto my computer - but I could not see them on the recorder's screen. Very weird. Also, it doesn't seem like you can name the folders. Hence, this function is useless to me. Now, I just put recordings onto my computer right away and organize them there.

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                                  4.0

                                  Replaced my DR-40 with this model

                                  By That Werks

                                  from New Brunswick, NJ 08901

                                  About Me Experienced

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                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                  • Plastic construction

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Interviews
                                  • Live Events

                                  Comments about Tascam DR-07mkII Portable Digital Audio Recorder:

                                  The DR line is pretty fragile. My DR-40 hit the carpet from two feet and it never worked again. I needed a less expensive product with basically the same functions. This fits the bill! It's also less bulky and easily fits into a back pocket if need be.

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                                  5.0

                                  Amazing

                                  By Greg the Beagle Blog man

                                  from Connecticut

                                  About Me Experienced

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Compact
                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Excellent Sound

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

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

                                    Comments about Tascam DR-07mkII Portable Digital Audio Recorder:

                                    I sent this little recorder to a bunch of people that were in a telecon and we wanted better quality than the phone audio which stinks. I set it up and then sent it with simple instructions. The audio that came back was better than the audio I recorded in the room with a $400 min and a $200 recorder. Only drawback, no XLR but I didn't need that.

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                                    4.0

                                    A Big Help in a Small Package

                                    By Elder Jim

                                    from Woodridge IL

                                    About Me Experienced

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Compact
                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Excellent Sound
                                    • Versatile

                                    Cons

                                    • 2 Gig Sd Card Limit

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Amateur Recording
                                    • Events
                                    • Home Studio
                                    • Performances

                                    Comments about Tascam DR-07mkII Portable Digital Audio Recorder:

                                    Used on teaching trip to Cameroon, Africa.
                                    PRO--Good Sound quality. Good price. Compact. Helpful manual! Interface was sensible with useful reminders to change mode setting to match mic configuration. Tracking clip numbers prevented accidental overwrites.
                                    CON--2 gig limit on SD card capacity. Had to frequently transfer files to make room on the small 2 gig card.
                                    Would Recommend to friends--Have already done so!

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