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TascamDR-60D 4-Channel Linear PCM Recorder
 
4.4

(based on 248 reviews)

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    (148)

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    (78)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (6)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (179)
  • Interfaces well with camcorder (134)
  • Lightweight (134)
  • Improves performance (121)
  • Well built / quality (117)

Cons

  • Flimsy design (19)
  • Heavy (12)
  • Poor interface (10)
  • No performance improvement (5)
  • Eats batteries (4)

Best Uses

  • Shooting indoors (100)
  • Shooting outdoors (97)
  • Travel (58)
  • Upgrade (47)
  • Home movies (29)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Film professional (123), Tech savvy (92), Aspiring film maker (60), Technically challenged (6), Parent (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (212), Yes (4)

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

Solid Setup

By One29 Media

from Nashville, TN

About Me Film Professional, Tech Savvy

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Shooting Outdoors
    • Travel

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

    I purchased this to use with my GH4 as an XLR adapter with a preamp but ended up with much more than that. The "safety" features that allow recording at two different levels are a great feature for when you're not in controlled environments. Great unit that can serve as a decent field recorder too.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Awesome speed and great expectations

    By The Trinity Film Group

    from Dayton, Ohio

    About Me Film Professional

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Interface With Camcorder

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Travel

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

      I just received this product and find it so useful in its entirety. Filming weddings and interviews where I need to speed up the edit flow with synced audio, this piece of equipment helps workflow and capturing great quality.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Excellent for the Price

      By D7K1

      from Oregon

      About Me Tech Savvy

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Shooting Indoors
        • Shooting Outdoors
        • Travel
        • Upgrade

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

        I use the D60 with a Rhode VideoMic PRO as my sound system. I also use the D60 to record my Caso PX-5S PRO Stage Piano on longer mixes or as a mixer with my DAW and 5s. The sound quality of this setup over the built-in camera mic's is very good. Good enough for "reality show" and commercial videos. The size is very small for it's mixing ability, and once you spend a few minutes with it and get the setting right for your cameras/Mic's/other equipment the sound is very clean.

        This is the older model, but I bought it when B&H had the PluralEyes Bundle still in December. I am a one man operator and don't change my audio when I'm recording, so the possible noise from the pots didn't bother me much, and several reviewers said that the D60 meant that the D60II probably would only be an upgrade if the possible noise when changing volume when there was quiet portions between words or similar things. So since I use multiple cameras the PluralEyes was a big deal for me (be aware since there are still some D60 kits listed with this offer that you get a license for an older version, I had to call Red Giant to get the proper link as 3.5 won't work with your serial number).

        I find that the D60 and Rhode (I use the 3/4 channels with it) need to have the gain set to high to get good sound with the pot at high for the normal Rhode setting, but with the 20+ DB gain on the Rhode the pot was between 40 and 50 percent. I am getting a lavalier microphone for voice work and would be competent in recording channels 1-4 with both mics.

        I do have lots of batteries that I carry, but since I don't use powered mic's I get 5-6 hours out of a set of AA's which I think is ok.

        For my specific uses I cannot find a "deal breaker" on the D60. I this one broke/died I replace it with the D60II since I now have PluralEyes. It's not metal so don't drop it.

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        4.0

        Crystal Clear Audio for DSLR Setup

        By Airline Guy

        from Minneapolis, MN

        About Me Pro Videographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Interface With Camcorder
        • Lightweight
        • Quality Construction

        Cons

        • Small Menu Readout

        Best Uses

        • Shooting Indoors
        • Upgrade

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

        Performs as promised. I would recommend this for anyone looking to capture audio using a DSLR setup for video.

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        • No

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        4.0

        Nice Little unit

        By omearain

        from new york

        About Me Film Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

            I do interviews at a film festival and this unit has come in handy.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Very Good

            By Moises

            from Minnesota

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

            Worth it.

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            3.0

            Good back for your buck

            By JRL

            from New Zealand

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

            I brought it full price a few years back but the price has now dropped to something reasonable. I do some location sound work, not enough to justify a serious Sound Devices recorder, but then the corporate clients that I have don't need that quality as well. For a low budget option it's great.

            My biggest issue was that it eats batteries which was costing me a fortune. I've now solved this by purchasing a 10400mAh USB power bank. Best thing I every did and recommend you do if you buy this unit. I got a relatively cheap power bank and it runs the Tascam all day, no worries.

            I would possibly look at the new 6 channel zoom, depends on what you do, how many tracks you need.

            Overall though it sounds good enough for corporate work, one person shooter stuff paired with a DSLR.

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            5.0

            Excellent Recorder

            By Cybersecurity Evangelist

            from Boyce, LA

            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:

                There are so many features on this recorder and it's very reasonably priced. I wasn't really sure how to use it but there are a lot of good videos on Youtube put out by others who are using it and by B&H. Very glad I got this recorder. Its a lot easier to use than I originally thought.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Audio guy not required when filming

                By Eric

                from Hollywood, Fl

                About Me Aspiring Film Maker, Mentally Challenged

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Movies
                  • Shooting Indoors
                  • Shooting Outdoors

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

                  Unit mounts to tripod and is simple to operate. Easy to view controls while filming. No need for second person to monitor levels.

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                  • Yes

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                  5.0

                  Works great!

                  By Stefman

                  from Minneapolis

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

                  First off the one complaint I have: the tripod mount on the bottom is deep in the body and was hard to get my tripod plate to reach it. Otherwise the audio is great and well worth the upgrade coming from a Tascam Dr05. I use it with the rode NTG-1 and it works great. I love that I can mount everything on camera if I am shooting run and gun, it makes everything easier

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                  4.0

                  Gets the job done

                  By Brute

                  from Dayton, Oh

                  About Me Film Professional, Tech Savvy

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Battery Limitations

                  Best Uses

                  • Shooting Indoors
                  • Travel
                  • Upgrade

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

                  Records well on site. Easy to configure and mount. The only issue is when using phantom power, the batteries burn out quickly (as expected) without the ability to add any battery pack.

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Good product

                  By Clecio

                  from Sao Paulo - Brazil

                  About Me Film Professional

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Don´t Rec In Mp3

                  Best Uses

                  • Professionals

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

                  Excellent product, good quality and professional.

                  The only problem, this recorder don´t rec MP3, just WAV format.

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Great recorder.

                  By cga

                  from San Juan, PR

                  About Me Film Professional

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Good Interface With Camcorder

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Shooting Indoors
                    • Shooting Outdoors

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

                    Excellent affordable recorder. Great design, fits pretty well with my SLR.

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                    • No

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                    3.0

                    Tascam DR 60D Noise

                    By Jorge

                    from Mexico

                    About Me Tech Savvy

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use

                    Cons

                    • No Performance Improvement

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Movies

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

                    Minimum duration of the stack, much better audio Tascam DR100.
                    Noise canon 60d.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Great item

                    By Divishow

                    from Tx

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

                    I love this recirder is wonderful

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                    5.0

                    Awesome deal, for great gear

                    By MAT

                    from Michigan

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

                    This is the best purchase I have made this year. I have had my eye on the D40 for some time. B & H deals made me get off the couch. I love it. I have used the D40 three times, since my recent purchase. I even used it in live production of a play, using a Yamaha LS9 32. It was great and I was envy of all the tech crew. B &. H keep the deals coming. MT

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                    5.0

                    Awesome device!

                    By Jon

                    from Pennsylvania

                    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

                      • Shooting Indoors
                      • Shooting Outdoors
                      • Travel
                      • Upgrade

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

                      After opening the box and turning this audio recorder on for a few minutes, I knew I made the right choice. It has many features, and provides clear audio signals. I'm am fairly new to recording audio on a pro level, but I actually like this product over the Zoom H4N. Both are great units, but I prefer having buttons that can change settings quickly on the fly. I am not a fan of scrolling through menus. Construction is well built, and small enough to mount on a rig without getting in the way. Overall, I am very pleased with this product.

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                      5.0

                      Pro Level Recorder at Consumer Price

                      By Eavers Film

                      from Norcross, GA

                      About Me Aspiring Film Maker, Film Professional, Indie filmmaker, Tech Savvy

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy Line Levels Access
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight
                      • Quality Construction

                      Cons

                      • Could Use A Bigger Lcd

                      Best Uses

                      • Dslr Film Shooting

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

                      I actually didn't care that this unit had the ability to mount a DSLR on top, since my rig is more advanced then that type of simple setup. HOWEVER, what I WAS interested in was the fingertip controls for levels and more. NO MORE SEARCHING THROUGH MENU's TO GET TO CRUCIAL CONTROLS! I love that! It's a very sturdy unit and mounts well to my rail system cage.I also have a Zoom H4n, which I really like too. But I hate having to fumble with menus and side scroll knobs to get to something a critical as line levels! That's where this Tascam Unit rules! I would definitely say this unit tends to step into the Pro Level category more than my H4n does.You can't beat the power of this unit for the price!!

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                      5.0

                      Great Product

                      By Sid001

                      from Trenton, NJ

                      About Me Digital Professional, Film Professional

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Improves Performance
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                      • No Tech Support

                      Best Uses

                      • DSLR Video

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

                      Use for video with Canon 5D Mrk iii for press conferences. Easy to use - just read the manual. Great sound quality.

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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      clean audio

                      By stew

                      from houston, TX

                      About Me Film Professional

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Quality Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Recording Clean Audio For

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

                        using it on my 5DM3 and it works great. easy to use and clean audio

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