Tascam DR-60DmkII 4-Channel Portable Recorder for DSLR

Tascam DR-60DmkII 4-Channel Portable Recorder for DSLR

Tascam DR-60DmkII 4-Channel Portable Recorder for DSLR

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Product Highlights

  • Records 4 Channels Simultaneously
  • Camera & Tripod Mountable
  • Records up to 24-Bit/96 kHz WAV/BWF Files
  • 2 Combo XLR/TRS & 1 Stereo 1/8" Inputs
  • Supports High-Output Microphones
  • Supplies Phantom & Plug-In Power
  • Camera Output with Level Control
  • Built-In Mixer
  • Powered by 4 AA Batteries
  • Records to SD or SDHC Cards
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Tascam DR-60DmkII Overview

  • 1Description

Designed to cater to the needs of DSLR audio for video recording, the DR-60DmkII 4-Channel Portable Recorder for DSLR from Tascam is the latest generation of their popular audio recording device. Capable of recording 4 channels of audio simultaneously in up to 24-bit/96 kHz WAV/BWF files, the DR-60DmkII boasts Tascam's High Definition Discrete Architecture (HDDA) preamps and a Cirrus Logic analog-to-digital converter chip for accurate and pristine audio capture. It features 2 combination XLR/TRS microphone/line-level inputs with selectable phantom power, and a stereo 1/8" microphone input, capable of handling high-output microphones and supplying plug-in power.

A built-in digital mixer gives you control over panning and level for each track, and allows you to insert a limiter or high-pass filter in addition to setting individual channel delay for distance adjustment. The DR-60DmkII gives you multiple output options as well. The dedicated camera out features adjustable level control to cater to DSLRs that lack input level control. The 1/8" line output can be used to feed a mixer or secondary recorder, while your monitoring is handled by a dedicated 1/8" headphone jack.

The device records to SD and SDHC cards and is powered by 4 AA batteries, or an optional battery pack or AC adapter. A 2.5mm remote control input allows you to integrate an optional remote or footswitch control.

HDDA Mic Preamps
Quality mic preamps are a necessity for quality sound. The DR-60DmkII's HDDA mic preamplifiers (High Definition Discrete Architecture) employ discrete circuitry and parts, approved after months of evaluation testing by Tascam. The HDDA's circuit achieves a high equivalent-input noise (EIN) of -120 dBu for low input noise. The DR-60DmkII mic preamps have been upgraded from their predecessor for up to 64 dB of gain with XLR input jacks for greater cable compatibility.
A Cirrus Logic AD converter is used to ensure detailed recording from any input signal
A Variety Inputs and Outputs with Internal Mixing
The DR-60DmkII can record up to 4-tracks simultaneously, allowing multiple microphones to be used while filming. Inputs 1/L and 2/R can be selected for mono or stereo link operation.

3 sets of stereo outputs are provided. A Camera Out sends a reference track recording to the camera. The Line Out can feed a mixer or recorder. Finally, a Headphone Out is available for direct monitoring. Each of these outputs has its own level control, and the Camera Out can be attenuated to microphone level without the need for an attenuating cable

The DR-60DmkII has an internal digital mixer for all 4 tracks. Adjust pan and level, add a limiter or hi-pass filter (40/80/120 Hz), and set individual channel delay from the user setup. The DR-60DmkII is ready to use right out of the box with its external, non-menu-intensive controls
Multiple Record Modes for On-Set Challenges
  • Mono/Dual Mono Mode: For single source microphones, like using a shotgun together with a clip-on lavaliere mic
  • Stereo/Dual Stereo Mode: These modes are designed for shooting with a stereo or mid-side microphone. A Mid-Side Decoder is built in, and can be added either during monitoring or before recording
  • 4CH Mode: This mode records all four microphone inputs to their own tracks
  • Dual Mono And Dual Stereo Mode: Records a back-up safety track in case levels are set too high and clipping occurs. The safety track can be set to record from -6 to -12 dB below the initial take. If an actor suddenly screams a line, you have a backup recording that isn't distorted
  • Custom Designed for DSLR Shooters
    Every aspect of the DR-60DmkII is designed specifically for DSLR audio for video recording. The keys of the unit are designed specifically for quiet operation to eliminate handling noise. The Slate feature is designed to mark tracks easily while in production. The input and output layout is designed for versatile use. The device can be used under a camera, on a rig or strapped around a solitary sound engineer
    Dedicated Camera Output
    The Camera Out connector sends the mix from the DR-60DmkII to your camera. An adjustable level control is provided, as many DSLR cameras lack an input control. The camera audio gets a clean mix from the DR-60DmkII to assist syncing tracks in post
    Slate-Tone Generator
    The internal slate-tone generator produces various tones for easy track making and recognition. Slate tones can be generated two ways:
  • Automatic: Tones are added to the head or the head and tail of each clip (from 0.5 - 3 s)
  • Manual: Push the Slate button to record a tone
  • Channels 3 & 4 Support High-Output Microphones
    The channel 3/4 input connector supports a high-level maximum input, up to +10 dBV. Many microphones designed for use with video cameras have a high-level output and a 1/8" (3.5 mm) output connector. Plug-in power is also available for microphones that need it
    Tripod Mounting on Top and Bottom
    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
    Lightweight Body Designed for Rugged Portability
    The DR-60DmkII's body was manufactured with very rigid plastic for a durable but lightweight design. Tascam understands how important weight is to steady camera movement when filmmaking. In addition to its light weight, the DR-60DmkII is extremely compact. Only 5.25" wide, the DR-60DmkII won't interfere with camera operation. All batteries can be replaced without removing the device from the camera or tripod/rig
    Record to SD/SDHC card (Up to 32GB)
    Record Modes: Mono, Stereo, Dual Mono, Dual Stereo, 4-Channel
    Recording format: 44.1/48/96 kHz, 16 or 24-bit, WAV/BWF
    Recording levels can be adjusted independently for the 1/L, 2/R and 3-4 inputs
    Two combo XLR/TRS inputs support +4 dBu mic/line level input
    Phantom power to channels 1/2 (24 V or 48 VDC on XLRF)
    Plug-in power and high-output mic input supported on inputs 3-4
    Camera Out connector for output from the DR-60DmkII mixer (adjustable gain)
    Camera In connector for sound monitoring from the camera
    Independent adjustable line out and headphone jacks
    50mW/channel headphone amplifier
    Tripod-mounting socket (bottom) and mounting-screw attachment (top)
    Handles protect the screen and can be used to attach a shoulder strap
    Soft-Touch Rubber Keys for silent operation
    Hold switch to prevent accidental operation
    QUICK button feature for easy access to various functions
    128x64 pixel LCD with backlight
    USB 2.0 connection for high-speed transferring of files
    Dedicated remote control jack for the wired RC-10 remote control or RC-3F footswitch (both sold separately)
    Internal mixer: Pan and Level controls
    Low-cut filter (40/80/120 Hz)
    Limiter (1/L and 2/R can be selected for linked operation)
    Delay function for microphone distance adjustment (up to 150 ms)
    M-S decode function
    Slate-tone generator (Auto/Manual)
    Selectable duration of slate tone from four positions (0.5/1/2/3 s, when auto-generated)
    Selectable slate-tone generation. (3 positions: Off/Head/Head+Tail, when auto-generated)
    File naming format can be set to use a user-defined word or date
    Dual-recording function allows two files to be recorded simultaneously at different levels
    Auto-record function can automatically start and stop recording at set level
    Pre-recording function allows the unit to record a 2 second sound buffer before recording is activated
    Self-timer function for solo recording
    New file starts recording automatically without interruption when maximum file size is reached
    Track incrementing function allows a recording to be split by creating a new file when desired
    Jump back and play function
    Equalizer function for playback, and level-alignment function to enhance the perceived overall sound pressure
    Resume function to memorize the playback position before the unit is turned off
    Mark function up to 99 points per audio track
    Divide function
    UPC: 043774031023
    In the Box
    Tascam DR-60DmkII 4-Channel Portable Recorder for DSLR
  • Mini USB Cable
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Limited 90-Day Warranty for Labor
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    Tascam DR-60DmkII Specs

    Portable Recorder
    Number of Tracks 4
    Max Sample Rate/Resolution 96 kHz / 24-Bit
    Built-In Speaker No
    Memory Card Support SD (64 MB to 2 GB)
    SDHC (4 to 32 GB)
    Sample Rates WAV:
    44.1 / 48 / 96 kHz 
    Bit Depth 16/24-Bit
    Timecode No
    Analog I/O 1 x 2.5 mm TRS Remote Input
    1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Camera Output
    1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Line Output
    2 x Combo XLR / 1/4" TRS Input
    1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Mic Input
    1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Camera Input
    1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Headphone Output
    Phantom Power +24 / 48 V ± 4 V
    Phantom Power Current 10 mA per Channel
    Plug-In Power Yes
    Host Connection 1 x Mini-USB (USB 2.0)
    Frequency Response Line 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 Range Mic/Line Inputs:
    +11 dB to +64 dB
    Mic Inputs:
    +3 dB to +26 dB
    Max Input Level Mic Inputs:
    0 dBu 
    Line Inputs:
    +24 dBu 
    1/8" Inputs:
    +10 dBV 
    Camera Inputs:
    +6 dBV 
    Max Output Level Camera Outputs:
    -30 dBV 
    Line Outputs:
    +10 dBV 
    Headphone Output Power 50 mW per Channel
    Impedance Mic Inputs:
    2 kOhms 
    Line Inputs:
    10 kOhms 
    10 kOhms 
    Camera Outputs:
    200 Ohms 
    Line Outputs:
    200 Ohms 
    SNR ≥92 dB 
    THD <0.02% 
    EIN -120 dBu 
    Power Options Batteries, USB Bus Power, AC/DC Power Adapter
    Battery Type 4 x AA
    4 x AA
    Approximate Battery Life WAV 44.1 kHz/16-Bit:
    2.5 Hours (Alkaline, 2 Channels, Phantom On) 
    4.5 Hours (Alkaline, 2 Channels, Phantom Off) 
    3.25 Hours (NiMH, 2 Channels, Phantom On) 
    5 Hours (NiMH, 2 Channels, Phantom Off) 
    Operating Temperature 32 to 140°F / 0 to 40°C
    Dimensions 5.2 x 3.7 x 3.1" / 133.0 x 93.2 x 78.0 mm
    Weight 1.1 lb / 510.0 g (Without Batteries)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.9 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.874 x 6.929 x 5.748"

    Tascam DR-60DmkII Reviews

    DR-60DmkII 4-Channel Portable Recorder for DSLR is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 143.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from lightweight recorder I bought this so when I shoot video I can use my Nikon cameras and not have to use my Panasonic just to record audio. It has a lot of options and is a really good solution for DSLR audio. This newer model has continuous rotating knobs that allows adjustments while recording. The older model had clicking knobs that caused some issues. The only thing that I don't like about it is that it has a prerecording mode where a red light flashes and when it is recording it is a solid red. It would be nice to have the flashing red light when recording so that my cameras and Tascam are all blinking. Not a major issue, but you need to keep an eye on it. Really pleased with it
    Date published: 2014-12-08
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Unusable after only 4 months I used this unit maybe 15 times. Recently I was recording a voice over and kept getting this 'helicopter like rotor' sound. The recorded voice also sounded tinny. At first i thought it was a wire, swapped it, same thing; then tried a different mic, same thing. Tested the unit out for about an hour and it was clearly the unit. This was kept comfortably on a shelf, never dropped, it was 100% internal hardware that gave out due to either faulty build or a bad part.Contacted tascom, its covered under warranty. Pefect. But labor is $, shippings on me... Thats essentially no warranty as far as I'm concerned. Sorry, after such a short time period this should be a quick replacement at the cost to tascom, not the buyer. Keep this in mind should you purchase this unit.Pro... Sounds great when it worked.Con... Thing doesn't work (after 5 months and maybe 15 times used max)
    Date published: 2015-04-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A solid recorder the DR-60D is an excellent recorder for the money. A number of other reviews commented on how large it was so I was quite concerned it would end up being this huge bulky recorder. This is very much not the case, While it is quite tall compared to the 70D it doesn't feel inconvenient. Navigation is super easy and the ability to monitor individual channels made it far superior to the 70D in my opinion. Also running dual mono is a no brainer to keep audio from peaking. Also I highly recommend getting the AC adapter to run the unit all day long. Reviews constantly mention the short battery life of the unit which was easily avoided by running it plugged in.
    Date published: 2016-02-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gets the job done, improved my audio Use it on audio for video. Pre-amps are superior to Behringer Xenyx board I was using. Like the built in limiter and duplication feature. Feeds cleaner audio to my camera and gives me even cleaner back-up files to use if needed. The slating feature makes synching up audio files easy. Only used it for one, 10 minute video so far but if it holds up will be well worth the money. Haven't found anything I don't like about it except the documentation is amazingly poor for Tascam products. How can they create such a poor manual but go out of their way to translate it into numerious languages? Hey, Tascam, is it too much to ask that you create an accurate, comprehensive manual?
    Date published: 2017-01-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from FULL VS QUICK FORMATTING. FULL FORMAT took about 15mins on a 8 Gig card. Tech at Tascam said it could take hours depending on card size. Be aware, QUICK format it if on set. If you FULL format it it will lock up recorder till its done. If you stop it in middle of format like I did (pulling out a battery) because it would not turn off. The card was then not recognized. I had to format it (Quick) in my PC, then it was recognized. Hope this useful to a new user of one of these, who like me like to push and test every function, button and knob, and sometimes lands me in trouble like this. Great recorder, very quiet, very intuitive operation, compact, solid, well made. I guess Full Formatting just takes time? Never used that mode before.
    Date published: 2015-03-25
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Essential for beginner video production Would have given it 5 stars...but, 1. I've only owned it a week...the jury is still out 2. It did not play well with my goto tripod because the threaded receiver is recessed too deep. Found an older tripod that it works ok with. 3. Battery life...why bother (other than portability...you'll spend a fortune trying to keep batteries in this). Buy the power supply. It's only about $20 extra My audio for video...not even comparable to the past. No noise at all...it's all gone, just good audio. I went from quite a bit of audio post production to virtually none...other than syncing. I am using an old AT lapel that's really on borrowed time. Can't wait to use it with an even better mic.
    Date published: 2015-02-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from No brainer for Documentary. I just got back from a 6 day shoot in Nicaragua on a new documentary. I spent a month talking with production sound guys, and doing endless research. Here's the bottom line for me. I can deal with the battery life (it's still 2 hours so it wasn't an issue at all), I need spite channels others don't, the price point is great, the size and build works perfectly. The zoom in a bag is just to hard to work with the dials for me. I would HIGHLY recommend this recorder if your a documentary crew that is looking to have a additional sound option for interviews nat sound or DSLR cameras. The one thing to be aware of is the recording steps it's not smooth, if you are in the middle of recording NAT sound and you lower the volume you will hear the drop. It's a non issue for interviews however if your twerking constantly it may be a bother. For us we set it and let it fly and it worked great. Also the menu structure is EASY unlike some of the other systems. If your not spending the 2K on the Sound Designs this one does the trick.
    Date published: 2017-01-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from You can spend more, but why? Cons: plastic construction Pros: Low price High quality discrete audio files Excellent pre-amps for the money Multiple connection options (xld, mini, etc.) Phantom power alkaline or usb powered good form factor. I really like this unit and how it fits between my tripod and my camera when I'm shooting solo. Sure, you could complain that it doesn't have onboard mics, but that's not what it's for. If you need that, get a zoom or other handheld recorder. The plastic body won't take much abuse so you do need to treat it carefully and it's battery hungry on phantom power (no surprise there) but it runs a long time on external USB power and the dual stereo function is worth it's weight in gold, in my humble opinion.
    Date published: 2015-06-12
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    What are the speed requirements for SD/SDHC cards when recording all four channels at the highest quality settings?
    Asked by: Christopher C.
    I don't record 4 channels at once so I am not the best source for you. I use cards that are speed 10 for what I do and have not experienced any problems.
    Answered by: Lloyd S.
    Date published: 2018-08-25


    How is the noise ratio on the DR-60? On the DR-100 the noise is way too much when working at standard volumes because of the necessity to increase it's gain, which is only Low, Med or High...
    Asked by: Jesse E.
    not an audio engineer but honestly probably the same. The dr100 is supposed to be a higher end recorder.
    Answered by: Victor D.
    Date published: 2018-08-25


    What size of screw mount is on the bottom of this?
    Asked by: Tim M.
    Tim M,1/4 .Full details on the unit's features and functions:&lt;a href= http://www.tascam.com/product/dr-60dmkii/downloads/ target= _blank &gt;http://www.tascam.com/product/dr-60dmkii/downloads/&lt;/a&gt;Thank you for your interest in TASCAM products.
    Answered by: Jeff L. Tascam Expert
    Date published: 2018-08-25


    Can this be used with the Nikon D7000 or D3s when a Rode video micro is mounted? These older cameras do not have sound meters, only three settings, so can the audio be synced and controlled by the device?
    Asked by: arthur n.
    I think they're two separate issues. This unit mounts to the bottom of your camera, and any audio recorded would be synced in post anyhow. The Rode micro is connected directly to your camera, no issues there, but you could also connect it here. I use a Ride micro direct to camera as a back up, and use the Tascam for boom, wireless, or other microphones.I don't think there's really an issue with regards to any camera you choose to use with this.
    Answered by: Wayne C.
    Date published: 2018-08-25


    Can this device be used as a USB interface with a computer via the USB port?
    Asked by: Gregory
    Sorry you cant
    Answered by: Ahmed A.
    Date published: 2018-08-25


    Can it record with Dynamic Microphones?
    Asked by: Roger C.
    Roger C,As others have indicated, the answer would be yes.Thank you for your interest in TASCAM products.
    Answered by: Jeff L. Tascam Expert
    Date published: 2018-08-25


    Can i record each XLR input to it's own track?Allow me to expound... I'm trying to use this to record a RODE NTG-2 into one XLR input, and a RODELink Receiver into the other. I want them to record to individual mono tracks.But with every setting i have tried it will only record the two XLR inputs as a single stereo track.Please let me know if this is even possible...
    Asked by: Greg W.
    Sorry, you can't record two mono files from the XLR inputs on that model. We have a free download on our website that will split these files into two mono files, called Poly Mono Converter. Go to the downloads section for the DR-60DmkII to download that.
    Answered by: Jeff L. Tascam Expert
    Date published: 2018-08-25


    Can I plug in two wired lavs and have them both be stereo?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    Why would you do that? Lavs are monaural source capture devices. Any lavs that are stereo are selling you function with no usable application. Human voice comes from one point source, not a stereo source. (For capturing sound reverb of a given setting, stereo for one vocalist makes sense, but for interviews it does not.) Consider: most vocals in video are mixed down to center channel (such as in 5.1), .... or contribute from a mono track when mixed into an overall stereo mix down.
    Answered by: ZenGeekDad
    Date published: 2018-12-02
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