Tascam DR-701D 6-Track Field Recorder for DSLR with SMPTE Timecode

Tascam DR-701D 6-Track Field Recorder for DSLR with SMPTE Timecode

Tascam DR-701D 6-Track Field Recorder for DSLR with SMPTE Timecode

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Tascam DR-701D 6-Track Field Recorder for DSLR with SMPTE Timecode

Tascam DR-701D 6-Track Field Recorder for DSLR with SMPTE Timecode

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Product Highlights

  • Record 4 Channels + Stereo Mix
  • 4 XLR/TRS Inputs with Phantom Power
  • Dual Built-In Omnidirectional Mics
  • Stereo 3.5mm In for Stereo Mic
  • 3.5mm Camera In/Out
  • BNC In for Sync to SMPTE
  • HDMI in Supports Start/Stop from DSLR
  • Writes Time Data to Recorded Audio Files
  • Records Up to 24-Bit/192kHz
  • Mount to DSLR or Tripod
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Tascam DR-701D Overview

  • 1Description

Designed specifically as an audio recording solution for DSLR video applications, the DR-701D 6-Track Field Recorder from Tascam features dual built-in omnidirectional microphones and four XLR/TRS inputs with phantom power and is capable of recording up to 6 tracks simultaneously. It supports a variety of mounting configurations, featuring a 1/4"-20 thread on the bottom for tripod mounting, as well as a removable camera or cage system attachment bracket with a 1/4"-20 screw.

The DR-701D features an HDMI input that can be connected to your camera's HDMI output, allowing you to start and stop recording remotely via the camera's record button if your camera sends HDMI signal triggering. If your camera sends timecode via HDMI, the DR-701D will follow it and write it to the recorded file. Your NLE software will then read that embedded timecode to lock sound and picture together in post. Additionally, audio being recorded on the DR-701D can be added to the incoming video and timecode from the HDMI In port and sent from the DR-701D's HDMI Out to an HDMI monitor recorder. The recorder can also lock to SMPTE timecode coming into its BNC connector. 

The DR-701D features a rugged build quality yet weighs less than a pound and a half including the 4 AA batteries that power it. Battery life depends on usage, but with 4 lithium batteries, internal clock, and phantom power on two inputs, the unit is designed to record for over 5 hours at 16-bit/48kHz. The unit can also be powered using the optional PS-P515U AC adapter. Audio is recorded to SD, SDHC, or SDXC cards up to 128 GB and can be recorded at resolutions of up to 24-bit, 192kHz. In addition to the four XLR/TRS inputs, a 3.5mm stereo mini-jack input with optional plug-in power is provided for connecting an external stereo mic.

The recorder also features a camera out mini-jack that allows you to record the output of the DR-701D to your camera to use as a sync reference, and a camera-in mini-jack allows you to playback the camera's audio and monitor from the 3.5mm line out or 3.5mm headphone out jacks.

Note: For a full list of tested cameras and the most current firmware, please visit manufacturer's website.

6 maximum simultaneous recording tracks
SD/SDHC/SDXC cards used for recording media
Recording formats: 16/24-bit, 44.1/48/96/192kHz (WAV/BWF) (192kHz only for two-track recording)
Built-in original TASCAM HDDA mic preamps provide high audio quality
Input levels can be adjusted separately for each track
XLR/TRS inputs support +4dBu line level and 24/48V phantom power
Clock and record start/stop can be synchronized with a camera using the HDMI port
DR-701D audio signal can be output to an external camera or recorder from the HDMI OUT or line output
Cascade function using HDMI connections allows multiple DR-701D transport and monitoring operations
SMPTE Timecode can be input through the TC IN connector to add recording start times to files
Timecode generator (RTC) allows recording start times to be added to files even when there is no timecode input
Plug-in power mics and high output mics (EXT IN 1/2) supported
CAMERA OUT connector can output audio mixed by the DR-701D to a DSLR camera
CAMERA IN connector enables monitoring the sound from a DSLR camera through the DR-701D
High quality audio output through a line output jack separate from the headphones jack
Headphones jack with 50mW+50mW maximum output
Tripod attachment threads (bottom), camera screw attachment that can be installed or removed with a coin (top) and shoe mount (top) included
Handles on the left and right sides of the front protect the control surface and also enable attachment of a shoulder strap
Transport and SLATE buttons made of rubber suppress noise during operation
HOLD switch prevents inadvertent control adjustments
128×64-dot graphic LCD with backlight
LED lights have high visibility even in direct sunlight
High-speed transfer of files to computers possible using USB 2.0
Micro-B type USB cable included
Powered by 4 AA batteries, USB bus power or a PS-P515U AC adapter (sold separately)
BP-6AA external battery pack (sold separately) enables operation for even longer times
Optional RC-3F foot switch and RC-10 wireless remote control can be connected (both sold separately)
Built-in mixer enables pan and level adjustments as well as solo monitoring and can output a mix of 4 channels
GANG function allows the levels of multiple channels to be controlled simultaneously
Individual channel trim settings shown
5-position low-cut filter (50/80/120/180/220 Hz) cuts unwanted low frequencies
Multi-band limiter automatically adjusts input overloads (stereo-linking possible with 1/L and 2/R)
Delay function can compensate for distances between mics (+/-150 ms)
Mid-side decoder function enables use with mid-side stereo mics
Slate tone insertion functions (AUTO/MANUAL)
Slate tone insertion points can be selected (recording start or recording start and stop when slate AUTO function used)
DR-701D Tested Camera List
HDMI Clock Sync, Start/Stop Trigger & HDMI Timecode Supported Cameras:

  • Panasonic DMC-GH4
  • SONY α7S
  • SONY α7 II

HDMI Clock Sync & Start/Stop Trigger Supported Cameras (HDMI Timecode Not Supported):

  • Nikon D810


UPC: 043774031986
In the Box
Tascam DR-701D 6-Track Field Recorder for DSLR with SMPTE Timecode
  • USB Cable
  • 6 x Camera Attachment Bracket Screw Hole Covers
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    • 1Description

    Tascam DR-701D Specs

    Portable Recorder
    Number of Tracks 6
    Max Sample Rate/Resolution 192 kHz / 24-Bit
    Built-In Speaker No
    Memory Card Support SD (64 MB to 2 GB)
    SDHC (4 to 32 GB)
    SDXC (48 to 128 GB)
    Audio File Formats BWF, WAV
    Sample Rates 44.1 / 48 / 96 / 192 kHz 
    Bit Depth 16/24-Bit
    Timecode Yes
    Recording Time WAV 44.1 kHz/16-Bit:
    1 Hr 32.4 Mins per GB (Stereo) 
    WAV 96 kHz/24-Bit:
    28.75 Mins per GB (Stereo) 
    WAV 192 kHz/24-Bit:
    14.25 Mins per GB (Stereo) 
    Analog I/O 1 x 2.5 mm TRS Remote Input
    4 x Combo XLR / 1/4" TRS Input
    1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Input
    1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Camera Input
    1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Headphone Output
    1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Camera Output
    1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Line Output
    Digital I/O 1 x HDMI Type-A Input
    1 x HDMI Type-A Output
    1 x BNC Timecode Input
    Phantom Power +48 V
    Plug-In Power Yes
    Host Connection 1 x Micro-USB (USB 2.0)
    Frequency Response Line Outputs, Mic/Line Inputs:
    20 Hz to 20 kHz +0.5/-1 dB (at 48 kHz, JEITA) 
    20 Hz to 40 kHz +0.5/-1 dB (at 96 kHz, JEITA) 
    20 Hz to 80 kHz +0.5/-5 dB (at 192 kHz, JEITA) 
    SNR ≥100 dB 
    THD <0.007% 
    EIN ≤-124 dBu 
    Power Options Batteries, AC/DC Power Adapter
    Battery Type 4 x AA
    Approximate Battery Life WAV 48 kHz/16-Bit:
    3.75 Hours (Alkaline, 2 Channels, Phantom Off) 
    2 Hours (Alkaline, 2 Channels, Phantom On) 
    4 Hours (NiMH, 2 Channels, Phantom Off) 
    2.5 Hours (NiMH, 2 Channels, Phantom On) 
    7.5 Hours (Lithium, 2 Channels, Phantom Off) 
    6.5 Hours (Lithium, 2 Channels, Phantom On) 
    Operating Temperature 32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
    Dimensions 6.7 x 2.3 x 4.5" / 169.0 x 57.3 x 113.5 mm (with Adapter Attached)
    Weight 23.1 oz / 654.0 g (with Batteries)
    19.8 oz / 561.0 g (without Batteries)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.0 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 9.9 x 7.2 x 4.2"

    Tascam DR-701D Reviews

    DR-701D 6-Track Field Recorder for DSLR with SMPTE Timecode is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 19.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent ambisonic rig I needed a high-resolution recorder to perform ambisonic recording in the field, and this was a perfect match. Four powered inputs, a wide range of trim sensitivity, and support for external USB power makes this a fantastic device to use on the go. Critically for ambisonics, all four inputs can be grouped to one potentiometer, allowing for all mic capsules to be adjusted as a group on the fly without having to calibrate levels against one another. The only other option I found for this was the Zoom F8, but this unit beats it handily on price if you don't need the additional inputs.
    Date published: 2016-07-25
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pros of the DR701 Great product and its ability to monitor channels individually while recording. Also that it can be powered externally by a powerbank negates its strong battery consumption of AA's. Best of all it gives you the exact dB reading of each channel while you can create a mix down to a separate 5th and 6th stereo channel for quick edit turnarounds
    Date published: 2016-05-15
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great Device, but. . . I would use this project for interviews and documenting events. It's portable and convenient for DSLR users. But it is built a little flimsy on the compartment side. The battery casing is cumbersome to open and an odd place to put the card. Just a poor design choice, but not critical. I feel that for an electronic item that expensive, to should have included a power plug with the item. Lastly, and very importantly, I own a few Nikon DSLRS - 800 series. I read that this device was tested on the D810 but now the D800. I would have liked to know that I can use 701D with the 800 and to what fullest ability is performs.
    Date published: 2016-06-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Now you are pro. Don't think twice. MASSIVE improvemente from 70D, first of all, the monitor button is back, so you can work in film and TV and feel safer about your recordings. Great step up, Timecode sync (via BNC) lets you use this equipment to work in way higher budget proyects only for 599usd. Now your peakmetter shows the Dbs!!! and the displays also shows the % which the peak knob is turned ! so if you are close to 0% (muted mic) you are safe. The 70D is now dead in every way except $$. If I would have to say something negative about the equipment is that the menu is a big extensive and its not organized in folders, its not intuitive at first glance, its a 18 pages menu that you have to scroll down (requires little time tought), you'll get used to it. You can also cascade 2 of these via HDMI, 8 chan equipment for little money. Its more robust and a little heavier than the 70D, which is good, this equipment doesn't feel or weight like a toy at all but like a very mature and professional item. 100% recommended.
    Date published: 2016-01-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from One Of The Best You Can get BUT While I used the DR-701D for a three weeks- I can say its not perfect- its nearly perfect. The SQ is awesome compared to any recorder sub $ and the ez of use is top notch except for the menu. I would say the next one TASCAM makes may be better if they beefed up the construction, the battery door is sucking big time- and access to the cards is lousy since you need to use that battery door to gain access. Using HDMI as a trigger will become standard I think, but congrats on that feature TASCAM. This thing eats batteries fast- use outside power via usb power pack. That is a great feature to be able to do that. Over all- I loved the unit. Sound quality is proof enough despite all the nit picking. I certainly love the look and feel of the ZOOM F8 but that does not have these features (usb power and HDMI trigger) but both have similar SQ. I would suggest to TASCAM to make a unit as sexy as the F8 and menus as ez as the 70D
    Date published: 2016-03-09
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from My fingers are too BIG Pro engineer using it for video. It is a royal pain to learn... menu selections rather than buttons or switches. So, you better get it right when you prep, 'cause it takes too much time to change/explore different settings if you are actually using it. Smaller than it looks in pix. That said... so far the sound is as good as it gets (for vocals). You MUST get the extra battery pak... this thing runs thru AA's like you get them for free. You will run out in any session you care about without the extra batteries.
    Date published: 2016-05-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from It's really an upgrade for me! I'm an independent filmmaker. Mainly making weddings, events, corporate/commercial stuffs. We always work in a tiny team of 2-6 people. The Zoom H4n was one of the earliest investment I made and loved it. Until one day the sound guy from the event I was covering could only provide me a line-out for recording. And I was like... um... what does that mean? It was a disaster. So the reason why I went for the 701D rather than the 60D or 70D is because of all the added features that 70D doesn't have, mainly HDMI in and out for timecode, This is huge for me because I could feel more safe that every time I press record on my camera, the 701D runs too. And monitoring individual channel is very useful! I was gonna get either the DR-70D or Zoom H5 or H6, but knowing that I'll be using this a lot, and probably for a long time, the extra bucks is definitely worth the investment. The Zooms cannot handle Line level....! One more thing. I use a pair of Sennheiser AVX wireless system. It has a 19ms delay because it's digital. In my H4n nothing could be done. BUT this 701D allows me to delay individual channels!!? That means I can delay other channels while using the AVX so that they can sync perfectly. I'm not a sound expert, so don't take my word for it. It's just good for me. But hope this is useful to you.
    Date published: 2016-09-08
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great step up from an H4n but lacks good battery perfomance So far I like this, but there are some drawbacks. Purchased this as a step up from the Zoom h4n and I would say it is a better recorder based off of features alone and using it 3 times in the field. Definitely more controls and features however far inferior battery performance. It runs off of 4 AA batteries and running the Tascam on record with just one input the recorder barely lasted 2 hours, I had to replace the batteries in the middle of recording audio. It has no AC adapter, which isn't a huge deal because Im hardly ever recording near an out. I'll definitely need to purchase a USB power source. Other than that the audio sounds very accurate. I haven't had a chance to edit it yet but it should be fine. It fits nicely in the bag we purchased and takes a variety of inputs.
    Date published: 2016-09-26
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