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TASCAM DR-70D 6-Input / 4-Track Multi-Track Field Recorder with Onboard Omni Microphones

TASCAM DR-70D 6-Input / 4-Track Multi-Track Field Recorder with Onboard Omni Microphones
Key Features
  • Filmmaking, TV & Web Broadcast
  • Optimized for DSLR Shooters
  • Dual Onboard Omnidirectional Microphones
  • 4 x XLR-1/4" Inputs with Phantom Power
For filmmaking, television, and web broadcast applications where you want to record direct sound and ambience, the TASCAM DR-70D multi-track field recorder is an ideal companion for your DSLR. Capture up to four tracks of high-resolution audio from external sources and the onboard omnidirectional microphones, 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-70D is compatible with a variety of setups and working styles.
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TASCAM DR-70D Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Onboard Omnidirectional Microphones
  • 3Four XLR-1/4" Mic/Line Inputs with Independent Phantom Power
  • 43.5mm Mic/Line Input with Plug-In Power
  • 53.5mm Camera/Line and Headphone Outputs
  • 6Supports SDXC Cards up to 128GB
  • 7Powered via AA Batteries, USB, or AC Adapter
  • 8Ideal for Tripod- or Camera-Mounted Use
  • 9Soft-Touch Controls
  • 10Stereo Safety Track Recording
  • 11Built-In Mixer
  • 12Tone Generator for Synchronizing Files
  • 13Supports External Remote Control
  • 14Additional Features

For filmmaking, television, and web broadcast applications where you want to record direct sound and ambience, the TASCAM DR-70D multi-track field recorder is an ideal companion for your DSLR. Capture up to four tracks of high-resolution audio from external sources and the onboard omnidirectional microphones, 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-70D is compatible with a variety of setups and working styles.

Versatile powering methods and remote-control options make the DR-70D ideal for location recording and extended video shoots. Its four 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 settings such as stereo safety track recording, limiting, and low-cut filtering to achieve a clean, undistorted recording.

Onboard Omnidirectional Microphones
The DR-70D's two onboard condenser microphones empower you to capture stereo sound without external mics. The omnidirectional mics respond to sound from all directions and are permanently spaced apart in an A/B configuration, yielding a broad, sphere-like pickup pattern. Use them in combination with a shotgun, handheld, or lav mic to record direct sound and ambience at the same time.
Four XLR-1/4" Mic/Line Inputs with Independent Phantom Power
Four 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 (24 or 48V) and up to 63 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-70D'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-70D. 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 line-level signals and handles a maximum input level of +10 dBV.
3.5mm Camera/Line and Headphone Outputs
The DR-70D boasts two 3.5mm outputs for simultaneous hookup to your camera and headphones. The headphone output offers a dedicated volume control next to the jack, while level for the camera/line output port can be changed in the menu system. Plus, the side-panel 3.5mm camera input is ideal for simple monitoring of playback from your camera.
Supports SDXC Cards up to 128GB
To maximize compactness and portability, the DR-70D records directly to media cards (available separately). It supports supports SD, SDHC, and SDXC cards (up to 128GB capacity) for long recording times in standard or high resolution. With an 8GB card, the DR-70D 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-70D for up to six hours of stereo recording time at 16-bit / 44.1 kHz resolution with the external inputs, or for up to 11 hours using the onboard mics. For long-duration sessions that require extended recording time, the DR-70D 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-70D 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. Remove the tripod bracket to access the integrated hot shoe. Also, handles on the front left and right sides protect the screen and permit the attachment of a shoulder belt. All batteries can be replaced without removing the DR-70D from the camera or tripod/rig.
Soft-Touch Controls
In the likely event that you need to use the transport and slate buttons while shooting, you don't need to worry about picking up clicks in the recording. The DR-70D'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-70D has a dual-recording mode that captures a copy of your take (from a selectable mono or stereo input) up to 12 dB lower (adjustable in -1 dB increments) as a safety track in case of sudden distortion.
Built-In Mixer
Enhance the sonic impact of your audio with the DR-70D's built-in mixer. Each input features adjustable panning, level, limiting, polarity, and up to 150ms of delay. Mitigate wind noise and low-frequency rumble by selecting the low-cut filter, which can be set at 40, 80, 120, 180, or 220 Hz.
Tone Generator for Synchronizing Files
An internal tone generator makes it easy to synchronize files recorded on the DR-70D and your camera. When the DR-70D is connected to a camera, the adjustable slate tone may be sent to the camera and recorded to the DR-70D. 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. Playback can be skipped to the slate tone insert position using the data dial.
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-70D.
Additional Features
  • Angled 128 x 64 pixel graphic LCD with backlight for easy viewing
  • 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
  • MS decoding function allows proper stereo monitoring of a mid-side mic configuration
  • Automatically creates a new file when the maximum file size is reached
  • Resume function retains the last stop point even when the DR-70D is powered off/on
  • 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: 043774031139


Portable Recorder
Number of Tracks
Maximum Sampling Rate
96 kHz / 24-Bit
Built-In Omnidirectional Electret Condenser Stereo Pair, A/B Configuration
Built-In Speaker
Monochrome LCD (Backlit)
Memory Card Support
SD (64 MB to 2 GB)
SDHC (4 GB to 32 GB)
SDXC (48 GB to 128 GB)
Internal Storage
Audio File Formats
Sample Rates
44.1 / 48 / 96 kHz
Bit Depth
16 / 24-Bit
Signal Processing & FX
Delay, Limiter, Low-Cut Filter
Timecode Support
Recording Time
WAV 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)
Analog I/O
4 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/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/O
Phantom Power
+24 / 48 V ± 4 V (Selectable on Individual Inputs)
Phantom Power Current
10 mA per Channel
Plug-In Power
System Connection
1 x Micro-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/Trim Range
Balanced Inputs:
+21 dB to +63 dB
Unbalanced Inputs:
+3 dB to +38 dB
Max Input Level
Mic Inputs:
0 dBu
Line Inputs:
+20 dBu
1/8" Inputs:
+10 dBV
Camera Inputs:
+6 dBV
Max Output Level
Camera Outputs:
-24 dBV
Line Outputs:
+6 dBV
Headphone Output Power
20 mW per Channel
Mic Inputs:
2 Kilohms
Line Inputs:
≥10 Kilohms
1/8" / 3.5 mm Inputs:
10 Kilohms
Camera Outputs:
200 Ohms
Line Outputs:
200 Ohms
≥92 dB
-120 dBu
Power Options
Batteries, USB Bus Power, AC/DC Power Adapter
Battery Type
4 x AA (Not Included)
Approximate Battery Life
WAV 44.1 kHz/16-Bit:
6 Hours (AA Alkaline, 2 Channels, Phantom Off, Recording)
3.5 Hours (AA Alkaline, 2 Channels, Phantom On, Recording)
11 Hours (AA Alkaline, Recording, Built-In Mic)
6.25 Hours (AA NiMH, 2 Channels, Phantom Off, Recording)
3.25 Hours (AA NiMH, 2 Channels, Phantom On, Recording)
10.5 Hours (Alkaline, Recording, Built-In Mic)
AC/DC Power Adapter
5 VDC at 1 A (Not Included)
Mounting Options
1/4"-20 Female, Shoe Mount
Operating Temperature
32 to 140°F / 0 to 40°C
6.7 x 2.2 x 4.2" / 169 x 55.2 x 106.5 mm
1.2 lb / 530 g (without Batteries)
1.4 lb / 625 g (with Batteries)
Packaging Info
Package Weight
1.8 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
10.75 x 8.15 x 4.35"

TASCAM DR-70D Reviews

Did the job at 20% of the competitor's cost.

By James
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2023-05-22

) I used all 4 channels connected to my 4 XLR wired Lavs ( Movo Photo LV4-O2), Provided continuous phantom power using the USB power-in option. Resulting interviews sounded great.

Compact interview audio

By Andrew
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-10-03

Was introduced to Tascam's product at a Duke's documentary filmmaking class. The professors loved the peace of mind of recording two channels at a lower dB as a backup. I was impressed how well at the ease of (under camera) tripod mounting and the quality of the built-in microphones.

solid recorder

By Jeffrey
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-10

This is a solid field recorder. However, you will definitely need a powerful battery. If you use AA they will die very quickly. Went through three sets on a short shoot. Bought an external battery and now all is right.

Decent, but some questionable basic decisions.

By Gates
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-04

I won't go into too much detail. This thing sounds decent. It's compact (too compact?). The form factor is what you'd expect from a field recorder, not handheld like most Zooms. But it's just weird what things are overlooked or done poorly 1) No quick arming of recording - you have to do it through a menu, and you can't start if you're already recording. 2) THERE ARE NO DB LEVEL MARKERS. There are markers, but it doesn't say what they are. I had to scream into my mic at various volumes to get a readout of what the peak was to know how loud the db meter was reading. Super basic. 3) Poor battery life when using phantom power. My Zoom H6 lasted far longer running the same amount of channels. 4) It records each channel into a separate mono file. This is clumsy when it comes to post. I'm trying to figure out if there is a way to change this, but I don't see it in the manual or online, which brings me to... 5) Poor support. I've contacted Tascam and heard nothing back. All in all it will get the job done, but it makes the process needlessly rocky.

love it

By Antonio
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-10-20

This recorder is amazing!

Works but stupid menu system

By Steve
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2021-07-02

Why do so many companies that make could tech refuse to hire people who know how people use their products. The mixer works and its form factor- with 1/4 20 threads on bottom and top make this the best mixer for DSLR / mirrorless shooters. it choose through AA batts but it can be powered by an external USB batt. The menu system is clearly designed by an engineer who has never used such a device on a shoot. Tascam should hire an UI designer to consult for a day. Many more customers would be interested in their product line if they did this.

Impressive recorder but....

By Bob
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2023-01-14

While I have only recently received this unit, there are some things mentioned in other reviews that need comments. It's a Tascam and sound wise should live up the the Tascam HD-P2 recorders I have used for years, but with the added benefits of much smaller size, 4 channels (including dual recording at a lower level for safety), and can be powered from usb. Here are my observations related to comments in other reviews: 1. First, it DOES record stereo files. You have to select this on the menu system. I transferred recordings to an audio editor and they displayed as stereo files. 2. The menu system could be set up better, but once you learn it it's OK. For example, you have to go to a different menu category to turn on phantom power, rather than being a part of recording settings. 3. The display definitely could use db level labels. I realize that there is a lot being crammed into a small space, so the display is smaller (and menu selections have to replace buttons and switches), but there are no level indicators on the meters at all. 4. While it's wonderful that it will run on usb power and you can use an external usb power bank, I definitely agree that Tascam made a mistake having a usb jack for the power input, since the usb jacks do tend to fail. A much better choice would be a round power plug into a jack on the recorder like is on my Panasonic HC-VX1 4K camcorder that uses a cable with a regular USB plug on one end, but the round power plug on the other end. I consider the usb power a first class improvement over other power sources, but having a usb jack rather than a jack for a round plug a major failing. Overall, I would highly recommend this unit with the reservation about the durability of the usb power jack. Just be ready to learn the menu system.

Good piece of equipment, but...

By Matt
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2022-11-07

This is a very good piece of equipment, however... MAKE SURE TO TAKE THE BATTERIES OUT WHEN YOU'RE NOT USING IT! I work with a bunch of folks, and we all share equipment. It isn't uncommon for the batteries to be inadvertently left in equipment after a shoot. If you leave the batteries in this guy, for whatever reason, they seem prone to exploding more so than most other battery run equipment. I have no idea why. Once the batteries explode, forget it, it is done. No amount of cleaning will bring these thing back to life.

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Does the unit provide phantom power?
Asked by: Hamjat
The Tascam DR70D is able to prove phantom power to all of the XLR mic inputs.
Answered by: Jeff P.
Date published: 2018-08-25


The specs for this unit do not include Mac 10.10 or above. Is that still the case? Or have they upgraded the firmware for the new operating systems?
Asked by: Jeff
We use PC, but we take out the card after use and use a card reader to drag and drop files.
Answered by: rich C.
Date published: 2018-08-25

When recording nature, bird calls, ocean sounds ...

When recording nature, bird calls, ocean sounds etc should the low cut filter be used? If so what would the best setting be?
Asked by: William
A low pass filter can be useful in minimizing rumble from wind noise or handling noise from holding a mic in your hand. But, it is always better to minimize handling and wind noise at the microphone. Some microphones pick up less handling noise than others (dynamic). But, it is common to record natural sound outdoors with a shotgun mic, which can minimize wind noise through a blimp or dead cat, and handling noise with a shock mount. The low pass filter on the 70D is good, in that it doesn't deaden so much that it would effect the fidelity of the recording. Most of what is filtered is beyond what the human ear can hear, and this can make your recording easier to edit. I normally use the low pass on the 70D when recording on a dynamic, handheld stick mic. I rely on an Auray shock mount and dead cat on a boom to deaden the handling and wind noise on my Senn 416 shotgun. If recording outdoors, I would recommend bringing a spare set of 4 AA batteries. The 70D eats batteries, and it acts strangely when batteries get to below 30%. Otherwise, it's an amazing recorder, with clean mic preamps, and an outstanding form factor for mirrorless/DSLR shooters.
Answered by: Paul
Date published: 2020-11-17


Is there a manual control for audio gain up or down on the DSLR mini 1/8 output?
Asked by: Ivo
The Tascam DR-70D does not feature an output level control knob for adjustment. In order to adjust level going into your camera, you will have to access this feature from the menu.
Answered by: Jeff P.
Date published: 2018-08-25

Can you 'pause' recording to avoid creating ...

Can you 'pause' recording to avoid creating separate files? It seems you can only stop recording when you want to take a break. This ends the file and creates a new file when you start recording again. I would like to pause recording for a break then resume recording on the same file after the break. Like on the tascam pause recording, and keep the file open but not active, you just hit the record button again. This puts the file on hold until you want to resume recording. And if you want to stop recording the track you hit the stop button. Thanks
Asked by: Curtis
The Tascam DR 70D only has a pause and play button for playback recordings it does not have a pause feature to use while recording, however the Tascam DR-60D does offer a pause while recording button this is the link for it bellow
Answered by: leticia
Date published: 2021-03-22


Where is the serial number located?
Asked by: Jason B.
On the bottom.
Answered by: Gavin S.
Date published: 2018-08-25

Does the knobs stair step or is it smooth? Unlike ...

Does the knobs stair step or is it smooth? Unlike the 60d mkii
Asked by: Eric
The knobs turn smooth, no stair step!
Answered by: Mark
Date published: 2020-09-03


Does this recorder provide multitrack interface for sound editors, when it is attached to computer via USB?
Asked by: Anatoliy
Don't know but for the features a good buy if you can get it to work. Worst documentation ever and there are features in the menu that are not covered in the documentation I am just trying stuff hoping I find a work flow that works. Not helpful I know.
Answered by: jim g.
Date published: 2018-08-25
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