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TascamDR-07mkII Portable Digital Audio Recorder
 
4.5

(based on 121 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (77)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (34)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (79)
  • Easy to use (76)
  • Versatile (56)
  • Compact (53)
  • Low distortion (48)

Cons

  • Difficult to use (9)
  • Poor quality construction (4)
  • Poor sound quality (3)
  • Unnecessary functions (3)

Best Uses

  • Amateur recording (62)
  • Outdoor events / games (56)
  • Performances (45)
  • Home studio (41)
  • Professional recording (31)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (66), Novice (26), Professional musician (10), Tech savvy (6), Technically challenged (5)

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

VS

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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5.0

A great recorder

By Tennessee Mike

from Perrydale Oregon

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances

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

    An excellent machine. Good for practice and recording live. Just enough bells and whistles.

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    5.0

    Just needed 1 more to mic up the Bride

    By Cup of Joe

    from Honolulu, HI

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

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

      I use these recorders to film weddings and special events. It's a perfect back-up mic for speeches and ceremonies. It works well with my Tram TR50's. I have 3 of these recorders. One each for the officiant, bride and groom. I like how portable it is to carry around. The only thing I dislike is having to reset the date / time for every event since I always disconnect the batteries when storing.

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      4.0

      Up close and omni work well

      By Tingle Maps

      from Washington, D.C.

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy To Use
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Home Studio

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

        This is a very handy and simple to use mic. It fits in my XLR camera case with the camera in there, so I didn't even have to buy an addition case.
        However, I was hoping to use it as the mic for my video shoots. It sounded great on close up shots, but when I was 5+ feet from the subject, their dialogue became too mixed with the rest of the room noise. It's good for picking up all the sound in the room, but when I wanted focused pick up I couldn't get it.

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        5.0

        The DR-07 mkll perfect for musicians ♫

        By Mockingbirdave

        from Fort Lauderdale, Fl

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Low Distortion
        • Powerful
        • True Guitar Tones
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Not A Darn Thing

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Performances

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

        I record my music {Guitar} in my home studio, I find that when I record the guitar through an inter-face of some sort {line 6 HD500, and others} my guitar tone missed something, Squeals, pinch harmonics, and even some full note bends just didn't sound as good as when I played them through my Amp... Problem solved - The Dr-07 allows me to record the guitar "Live" and the tone is perfect! I place it 12"-16" away from the speaker {set the level so it doesn't distort}...I then upload it in to my computer, and add the guitar track to my pre-recorded tracks {Drums, bass, vocals, what-have-you} and it blends beautifully... Of course, you can't have mom vacuuming in the next room while you record, lol ... and the other Great feature is, it's so easy and quick to use, when inspiration pops in your head {Guitar riff, melody, lyrics, just hit record and it's saved forever!... I love this unit, It's one of the most important pieces of equipment in my studio (home studio) and you can't beat the price, --- Super reliable, long battery life {but can't hurt to get the AC adapter, got mine here from B&H, remember you'r not only Recording with the batts, but also uploading to your computer. ... Rock on! ♫

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        5.0

        Gets The Job Done

        By Brian S.

        from Lockport, NY

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

        I was recently asked to take over the job of recording the speakers that present at my AA home group. I have been recording the speakers with our old equipment and then running them through an audio editing program to try and clean them up before burning them to a disc. Since I purchased this product I have had to do very little with the audio program. The quality of the recordings is unbelievable. It is super simple to use and was a great deal. I bought this product without ever having any experience using this type of device and have already made 4 recordings with ease. This is going to be a great addition to our group since we use the recordings that we make to run a lending audio library of AA speakers. I was a little worried at first if it would work well with my MacBook but I haven't had any glitches yet. I have also been asked to attend other speaker meetings in the area and do some recordings for their groups as well. This has become a very enjoyable hobby for me now. Thank you for making such a great product.

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        4.0

        Great Product for the Price!

        By New Creature Entertainment

        from Houston, Tx

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio

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

          I own the Tascam HD-P2 so I'm accostumed to quality audio recording. When I powered up the DR-07 I wasn't sure what to expect but to my surprise, it shinned! Audio quality is great. I like the control features as well. If you are looking for a good portable recorder for an affordable price...this is the one!

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          4.0

          DR-07mkII -- A nice surprise

          By The Feature factory

          from Pasadena, CA

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Plastic Form

          Best Uses

          • Professional Recording

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

          I use this in the field for interviews, also for widee area audio coverage of events. Have a very expensive digital audio recorder - don't need to use it as much - and the DK-07mkII with a lav is super quick to set up. Wish the limiter went to 260.

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          5.0

          Awesome Sound

          By Leo

          from Atlanta

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • None so far

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Church Band
          • Performances

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

          I wanted something to record the band's music at church and be able to record it in MP3 format. I found this item trough a google search. I found out Wav was better to record in than MP3. A friend that works the sound board at church heard mine and bought two for his wife and daughter from BH Photo as well. A nephew of mine is going to buy one after listening to mine. It is better than I had hoped for. Easy to use after reading directions. Would buy again in a heart beat.

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          3.0

          Good but not great

          By Sam Lee

          from phoenix, AZ

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Easy To Use
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Poor Quality Construction

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording

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

          I mean I was supposed to read the specifications but there is no XLR input for this tascam. Its good if your mic is 1/4 but usually I use XLR...like I said...good but not great

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          5.0

          Excellent for the amateur

          By Zac

          from Cincinnati

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio

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

            As a hobbyist with high standards, I was always disappointed with the audio from my DSLR; no matter the mic I used, there was always some sort of hiss in the background. After looking into software to record to my computer or iPhone, I decided to give a stand-alone recorder a chance. Boy am I glad I did!My most recent project was recording children for a Christmas video. My new DR-07 mkII was on a tripod about four feet from the children and (after bumping up the input record volume) even the quietest kids came through clearly. Caught a bit of room noise, but that was easily cleaned up.While I cannot speak to truly professional use, those who are concerned with quality while working for free would be well served by this recorder.

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            5.0

            Exactly what I was looking for

            By robh

            from Ohio

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio

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

              I do piano videos on YouTube and was looking for a good microphone to record the audio. After watching a couple of how-tos, I settled on this. I use it for the primary audio and a Zoom Q2HD for the room ambiance. Huge improvement over the Q2 alone.

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              5.0

              Nice product for the money!

              By UpShift

              from Newton, IA

              About Me Novice

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound
              • Versatile

              Cons

              • Unnecessary Functions

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

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

              I like the out of the box usability, and the sounds quality has been great for my outdoor car videos. Would highly recommend a deadcat for any outdoor use.

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              5.0

              Excellent Linear PCM Recorder

              By The big X

              from Webster, NY

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

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

                I use this on the job to record sound bites of our poducts and compare them with others. Being able to record at 24bit/48khz resolution is important to us. This recorder fulfills that requirement.

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                5.0

                drmk07mk2

                By charles

                from santa ana ce

                About Me Technically Challenged

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • NONE

                Best Uses

                • Audio To Sd Card Without
                • Computer

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

                to record music from radio on to a sd card to be played mini boomboxes

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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

                  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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