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Tascam DR-60DmkII 4-Input / 4-Track Multitrack Field Recorder

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Tascam DR-60DmkII 4-Input / 4-Track Multitrack Field Recorder
Key Features
  • Filmmaking, TV, and Web Broadcast
  • Optimized for DSLR Shooters
  • Dual XLR-1/4" Inputs with Phantom Power
  • 3.5mm Mic/Line Input with Plug-In Power
For filmmaking, television, and web broadcast applications, the Tascam DR-60DmkII multitrack field recorder is an ideal companion for your DSLR. Capture up to four tracks of high-resolution audio from external sources, route audio to and from your camera, and conveniently monitor through headphones. With strap-friendly handles, a tripod mounting socket, and a camera-mount screw attachment, the DR-60DmkII is compatible with a variety of setups and working styles.
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Tascam DR-60D MKII Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Dual XLR-1/4" Mic/Line Inputs with Independent Phantom Power
  • 33.5mm Mic/Line Input with Plug-In Power
  • 43.5mm Camera, Line, and Headphone Outputs
  • 5Supports SDHC Cards up to 32GB
  • 6Powered via AA Batteries, USB, or AC Adapter
  • 7Ideal for Tripod- or Camera-Mounted Use
  • 8Soft-Touch Controls
  • 9Stereo Safety Track Recording
  • 10Built-In Level Modes and Signal Processing Enhance Audio Quality
  • 11Selectable Recording Functions
  • 12Tone Generator for Synchronizing Files
  • 13Supports External Remote Control
  • 14Additional Features

For filmmaking, television, and web broadcast applications, the Tascam DR-60DmkII multitrack field recorder is an ideal companion for your DSLR. Capture up to four tracks of high-resolution audio from external sources, route audio to and from your camera, and conveniently monitor through headphones. With strap-friendly handles, a tripod mounting socket, and a camera-mount screw attachment, the DR-60DmkII is compatible with a variety of setups and working styles.

Versatile powering methods and remote-control options make the DR-60DmkII ideal for location recording and extended video shoots. Its two balanced XLR-1/4" combo inputs handle mic- or line-level signals (even +4 dBu from high-end sound mixers) and can independently supply phantom power. A 3.5mm mic/line input with selectable plug-in power is provided for situations that require you to record a lavalier microphone or the output of a wireless receiver. Utilize modes such as stereo safety track recording, peak reduction, limiting, and auto level to achieve a clean, undistorted recording.

Dual XLR-1/4" Mic/Line Inputs with Independent Phantom Power

Dual locking XLR-1/4" TRS combo jacks support mic level and +4 dBu line level, allowing you to record external microphones or balanced outputs from a professional multichannel mixer. With individually switchable phantom power (24V or 48V) and up to 64 dB of gain, the low-noise HDDA (High Definition Discrete Architecture) mic preamps can serve a variety of microphones such as dynamic, ribbon, or condenser types.

3.5mm Mic/Line Input with Plug-In Power

For maximum intelligibility and optimal vocal tone, recordists often prefer to use lavalier microphones that can be attached to their subject's clothing. The DR-60DmkII's 3.5mm mini-jack input is designed for precisely that situation; clip a lav mic (available separately) to the talent, then plug it into the 3.5mm input on the DR-D60mkII. Knowing that many lav mics require a small amount of voltage called plug-in power, Tascam offers a selectable setting to supply plug-in power to the 3.5mm input. If you need to record the output of a wireless microphone receiver or an audio mixer, the 3.5mm input can accommodate it because it supports mono and stereo inputs, as well as line-level signals, and handles a maximum input level of +10 dBV.

3.5mm Camera, Line, and Headphone Outputs

The DR-60DmkII boasts three 3.5mm outputs for simultaneous hookup to your camera, a secondary recorder, and headphones. Each is designated for a specific type of level—mic, line, and headphone—and offers separate volume controls next to each jack for efficient management of levels. Plus, the side-panel 3.5mm camera input is ideal for simple monitoring of playback from your camera.

Supports SDHC Cards up to 32GB

To minimize size and maximize portability, the DR-60DmkII records directly to media cards (available separately). It supports SD and SDHC cards (up to 32GB capacity) for long recording times in standard or high resolution. With an 8GB card, the DR-60DmkII can record in stereo for over 13 hours at 16-bit / 44.1 kHz using the uncompressed, BWF-compliant WAV format.

Powered via AA Batteries, USB, or AC Adapter

Using four AA alkaline batteries (available separately), you can power the DR-60DmkII for up to 4.5 hours of stereo recording time at 16-bit / 44.1 kHz resolution. For long-duration sessions that require extended recording time, the DR-60DmkII may be powered via a USB connection to a computer, mobile battery, or optional BP-6AA battery pack, or through the Tascam PS-P515U AC adapter (available separately).

Ideal for Tripod- or Camera-Mounted Use

The DR-60DmkII's body was manufactured with rigid plastic for a durable and lightweight design. In addition to its light weight, the DR-60DmkII is only 5.25" wide, so it won't interfere with camera operation. All batteries can be replaced without removing the device from the camera or tripod/rig.

The DR-60DmkII can be placed between a DSLR camera and a tripod, or mounted to a cage or follow-focus rig. A tripod socket is on the bottom of the unit, and a removable tripod bracket is mounted on the top. Also, handles on the front left and right sides protect the screen, and permit the attachment of a shoulder belt.

Soft-Touch Controls

In the likely event that you need to press buttons while shooting, you don't need to worry about picking up clicks in the recording. The DR-60DmkII's soft-touch rubber keys are designed for quiet operation to eliminate handling noise.

Stereo Safety Track Recording

Filmmakers and videographers often experience sudden audio volume spikes during filming. An actor could suddenly scream, or a documentary subject could do almost anything. The DR-60DmkII has a dual-recording mode that captures a copy of your take (from a selectable mono or stereo input) at a lower level as a safety track in case of sudden distortion.

Built-In Level Modes and Signal Processing Enhance Audio Quality

Enhance the sonic impact of your audio with the DR-60DmkII's built-in level modes and signal processing. Engage automatic level control to increase or decrease the recording volume when the input sound is too quiet or loud, and switch on the limiter to compress the signal before it reaches the point of distortion. In rehearsal mode or while recording, the peak reduction function automatically reduces the input gain to a suitable level.

Mitigate wind noise and low-frequency rumble by selecting the low-cut filter, which can be set at 40, 80, or 120 Hz. Upon playback, treble, mid, and bass frequencies may be boosted or reduced for custom output tone.

Selectable Recording Functions

The DR-60DmkII offers several recording functions that simplify your workflow and save you from missing the beginning of a performance. Once enabled, the pre-record setting keeps the DR-60DmkII in standby mode, which allows it to capture up to two seconds of signal before you press the record button. The DR-60DmkII is also capable of recording in response to input signal; its auto-record function can begin recording at a user-selectable decibel threshold of -6, -12, -24, or -48. If you'll be recording yourself playing an instrument such as piano or drums, use the self-timer mode to initiate recording after 2 or 10 seconds.

Tone Generator for Synchronizing Files

An internal tone generator makes it easy to synchronize files recorded on the DR-60DmkII and your camera. When the DR-60DmkII is connected to a camera, the adjustable slate tone may be sent to the camera and recorded to the DR-60DmkII. The resulting tones can be used as guides when synchronizing the files in video-editing software. Generate slate tones automatically at the head (or head and tail) of each clip, or manually via the slate button.

Supports External Remote Control

Hand- or foot-operated remote control is possible via the RC-3F footswitch or RC-10 wired remote (both available separately); start/stop recording, make marks, increment tracks, and more without having to touch the DR-60DmkII.

Additional Features

  • 128 x 64 pixel graphic LCD with backlight
  • Quick menu button for easy access to various functions
  • Simple, efficient file transfer via USB 2.0 connection to a computer
  • Adjustable delay function eliminates time lags caused by differences in the distances of two sets of inputs from the sound source
  • Hold switch prevents accidental operation
  • Internal mixer with pan and level controls
  • MS decoding function allows proper stereo monitoring of a mid-side mic configuration
  • High-power headphone amplifier delivers 50mW per channel
  • Automatically creates a new file when the maximum file size is reached
  • File divide/delete functions
  • Loop/repeat playback
  • Resume function retains the last stop point even when the DR-60DmkII is powered off/on
  • Jump-back-and-play feature (1 to 10 seconds or 10/20/30 seconds)
  • Up to 99 marks (locate points) per track
  • Track incrementing function allows a recording to be split by creating a new file when desired
  • File name format can be set to use a user-defined word or the date
  • The first six characters of the file name for recording can be set freely
UPC: 043774031023

Tascam DR-60D MKII Specs

Portable Recorder
Number of Tracks4
Maximum Sampling Rate96 kHz / 24-Bit
MicrophoneNone
Built-In SpeakerNo
DisplayMonochrome LCD (Backlit)
Memory Card SupportSD (64 MB to 2 GB)
SDHC (4 GB to 32 GB)
Internal StorageNone
Recording
Audio File FormatsBWF, WAV
Sample RatesWAV:
44.1 / 48 / 96 kHz
Bit Depth16 / 24-Bit
Signal Processing & FXAuto Gain, EQ, Limiter, Low-Cut Filter
Timecode SupportNo
Recording TimeWAV 44.1 kHz/16-Bit:
1 Hr 41 Mins per GB (Stereo)
WAV 48 kHz/16-Bit:
1 Hr 33 Mins per GB (Stereo)
WAV 96 kHz/16-Bit:
46 Mins per GB (Stereo)
WAV 44.1 kHz/24-Bit:
1 Hr 7 Mins per GB (Stereo)
WAV 48 kHz/24-Bit:
1 Hr 2 Mins per GB (Stereo)
WAV 96 kHz/24-Bit:
31 Mins per GB (Stereo)
Connectivity
Analog I/O2 x Combo XLR-1/4" TRS Female Balanced Line/Mic Input (Lockable)
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Female Unbalanced Mic Input
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Female Unbalanced Camera Input
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Female Unbalanced Camera Output
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Female Unbalanced Line Output
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Female Unbalanced Headphone Output
1 x 2.5 mm TRS Female Remote Input
Digital I/ONone
Phantom Power+24 / 48 V ± 4 V (Selectable on Individual Inputs)
Phantom Power Current10 mA per Channel
Plug-In PowerYes
Host Connection1 x Mini-USB (USB 2.0)
Performance
Frequency ResponseLine Outputs, Mic/Line Inputs:
20 Hz to 20 kHz +0.5/-2 dB (at 48 kHz, JEITA)
20 Hz to 40 kHz +0.5/-3 dB (at 96 kHz, JEITA)
Gain/Trim RangeBalanced Inputs:
+11 dB to +64 dB
Unbalanced Inputs:
+3 dB to +38 dB
Max Input LevelMic Inputs:
0 dBu
Line Inputs:
+24 dBu
1/8" Inputs:
+10 dBV
Camera Inputs:
+6 dBV
Max Output LevelCamera Outputs:
-30 dBV
Line Outputs:
+10 dBV
Headphone Output Power50 mW per Channel
ImpedanceMic Inputs:
2 Kilohms
Line Inputs:
≥10 Kilohms
1/8" / 3.5 mm Inputs:
10 Kilohms
Camera Outputs:
200 Ohms
Line Outputs:
200 Ohms
SNR≥92 dB
THD≤0.02%
EIN-120 dBu
Power
Power OptionsBatteries, USB Bus Power, AC/DC Power Adapter
Battery Type4 x AA (Not Included)
Approximate Battery LifeWAV 44.1 kHz/16-Bit:
2.5 Hours (AA Alkaline, 2 Channels, Phantom On, Recording)
4.5 Hours (AA Alkaline, 2 Channels, Phantom Off, Recording)
3.25 Hours (AA NiMH, 2 Channels, Phantom On, Recording)
5 Hours (AA NiMH, 2 Channels, Phantom Off, Recording)
AC/DC Power Adapter5 VDC (Not Included)
Physical
Mounting Options1/4"-20 Female
Operating Temperature32 to 140°F / 0 to 40°C
Dimensions5.2 x 3.7 x 3.1" / 133 x 93.2 x 78 mm
Weight1.1 lb / 510 g (without Batteries)
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.9 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)7.874 x 6.929 x 5.748"

Tascam DR-60D MKII Reviews

Runs out of battery FAST

By Jared
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-25

Has lots of good features, pretty simple to use. Can power Phantom Power Mic's, but if you do, you will drain the batteries super fast. Making it imperative to have an external power supply of some kind. Which is not fun, because its already on the bulkier side.

Great little recorder

By Henry
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-10-19

My primary use case is recording (generally solo) educational lectures for work, using my canon 5DmkIV which like all dslrs has a terrible preamp so using external recorders for the audio (generally using condenser mics like SM-58s) I had switched from my Xoom to this tascam after my xoom seemed to suffer some internal hardware failure. The tascam is a nice little unit. The ergonomics are a bit better than the H5 was (as I am not using as a dictaphone style recorder but sitting with remote mics feeding into it. The slate function produces a loud sharp edged beep for audio sync of tracks in your NLE. The recordings are clear with some small amount of hiss (easy to remove in your NLE/audio software). You have numerous options on how to use your 4 tracks (mono, dual mono, stereo). Dual mono despite the name (bad name) is really the ability to record a muted mono track to allow recovery of clipping (less important for my application). One thing that tripped me up is that the unit takes a 32gb SD card. It will not recognize a larger card (not sure how that works) but given that 32gb of even the highest res audio is a staggering amount of audio on one card. If you need phantom power it has it, and has all the different voltage levels. The record button takes 2 clicks (first one puts it in ready mode). One really, really awesome feature is it has 2 line outs to go to the camera (or anything else I suppose) and one of them is variable, so you can adjust the output to not clip your camera's preamps (not sure why a $3000 camera has a preamp reminiscent of a 1982 walkman - sigh). Another really useful feature in a small recording environment is the orange LCD display isn't going to show on video. Some recorders use OLED or LEDs where the unit can be a studio light on its own! The unit uses usb for power (if you plug in usb it asks if you are sending digitial audio or just power) pros: nice quality audio quiet preamps nice variety of outputs phantom power slate button plastic case (see cons) which keeps this light enough to keep it portable Cons: USB mini plug for power (really this is a terrible connector) it's not the most reliable plug in the world can't take larger than 32gb card plastic case (except the little red aluminum rails which do look cool) which for a really heavy rig I would be concerned about bolting the camera on top of (but I guess you could mount this on top of the camera and mount accessories on the top of this? if you're older (i.e. wear reading glasses) reading the text on the black plastic (and ports are black holes in black plastic) can be a bit tough under low-light all that being said, I would absolutely recommend it and buy it again. Note there are some really good tutorials on youtube to get the workflow on the device.

didn't work It

By DeAndre
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2021-08-12

I tried to use it. At first, I thought it was human error but after watching youtube tutorials and following their steps, and concluded that it was defective.

Simply a great audio companion

By Alfred
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-08-11

I have used this on several video sessions. I mount this to my tripod, plunk the camera on top and then mount a shotgun mic on the camera shoe. The camera/recorder mount is solid and does not introduce any jitters. Lots of controls for various mics. The output to the camera is misleading so pay attention. Also some mic setting are on the knobs but there is additional control in the menu settings. Overall a good value.

Good Form Factor

By Steven
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-07-31

This unit features many similar capabilities of more expensive competitors but in a compact form factor that also enables mounting of a camera on top. The ability to power the unit from the USB is a nice plus, too.

Perfect Form Factor

By John
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-06-24

Excellent device for multiple purpose use DSLR sound and Music recording. Excellent pre-amps with separate phantom power switch's for channel 1 and 2 which makes for a much cleaner sound than the Tascam DR40X. The DR-60mkII pre-amps contribute virtually no noise to the recording for a professional sounding track. Has many essential manual controls like channel 1 and 2 level knobs. Menus not so cumbersome to navigate than the typical menu system through the main knob/button controller. Worth the investment for serious results.

Cute and effective!

By Kevin
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-15

I haven't tried it under a camera, but as a field recorder it's excellent. No more changing tape reels every 20 mi... Wait, my producer is telling me nobody has used a 1/4 Nagra in decades. Fine, fine. Still better than a laptop plus bus-powered interface, and way better than a laptop plus AC powered interface. I like all the options, the sound seems fine, and the menus are easy enough to navigate. One feature I don't think is mentioned but I really like: Every setting is displayed at all times on the screen. Yes, I'm pretty sure literally every possible setting has an icon, so you don't ever have to dive through menus to see how anything is set. Plus, who can resist those handles, making it look like a baby rack-mount unit!

Muy buena grabadora excelente

By Ismael
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-27

Excelente grabadora y muy buen. Audio de gran clida

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