Tascam DR-05 Portable Handheld Digital Audio Recorder (Red)

Tascam DR-05 Portable Handheld Digital Audio Recorder (Red)

Tascam DR-05 Portable Handheld Digital Audio Recorder (Red)

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Tascam DR-05 Portable Handheld Digital Audio Recorder (Red)

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  • Lightweight and Compact
  • WAV and MP3 Recording
  • Records up to 24-Bit/96 kHz
  • Uses microSD and microSDHC Cards
  • Integrated Microphones and Speaker
  • Intuitive Controls
  • 3.5mm Stereo Mic/Line Input
  • Peak Reduction and Limiter
  • USB 2.0 Port
  • Battery or USB Power
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Tascam DR-05R overview

  • 1Description

The red DR-05 Portable Handheld Digital Audio Recorder from Tascam offers high-quality recording in a lightweight and compact design that anyone can use, and is perfect for musicians, teachers, journalists, and more. The DR-05 records WAV or MP3 files at rates up to 24-bit/96 kHz to microSD or microSDHC cards for reliable, skip-free storage. A 2GB card is included so you can get started right away. Integrated microphones capture clear stereo audio, while a 3.5mm stereo mic/line input lets you connect external mics and sound sources. The jack even provides plug-in power for mics that require it.

An integrated speaker and a 3.5mm headphone jack make it easy to listen to your recordings to make sure everything was captured perfectly. The large display screen shows vital information during recording and playback, while the intuitive controls provide quick and easy single-handed operation. The Peak Reduction feature will automatically set your recording level by listening to the audio input and adjusting for the best level. When used alongside the built-in limiter, unwanted distortion becomes a thing of the past.

The DR-05 includes other classic Tascam features, such as Variable Speed Audition, a level-align function, loop and repeat playback, self-timer recording, integrated editing, a chromatic tuner, and more. A USB 2.0 port allows you to connect the recorder to a computer to quickly transfer files. The DR-05 operates on a pair of standard AA batteries or via the included USB cable. A threaded socket provides convenient tripod mounting.

Compact Design
The lightweight and compact design allows you to bring the recorder anywhere, perfect for musicians, teachers, journalists, and more
Versatile Recording
The DR-05 records WAV files at rates up to 24-bit/96 kHz and MP3 files at rates up to 320 kbps to provide you with a wealth of high-quality options to meet your needs
The recorder writes to microSD or microSDHC cards for reliable, skip-free storage. A 2GB card is included so you can get started right away
Integrated Microphones
Integrated omnidirectional condenser microphones capture clear stereo audio with a sensitivity rating up to 125 dB to withstand loud sound sources, while also capturing the nuance and detail of a subtle performance
Mic/Line Input
The 3.5mm stereo mic/line input lets you connect external mics and sound sources. The jack even provides plug-in power for mics that require it
Integrated Speaker and Headphone Jack
An integrated speaker and a 3.5mm headphone jack make it easy to listen to your recordings to make sure everything was captured perfectly
Large Display
The large display screen shows vital information during recording and playback
Intuitive Controls
The intuitive controls provide quick and easy single-handed operation
Level Control Options
The DR-05 offers automatic and manual level setting, as well as a Peak Reduction feature that will automatically set your recording level by listening to the audio input and adjusting for the best level. Unlike auto-gain functions, Peak Reduction only goes down to prevent accidental distortion after a period of low level, like a break. Peak Recording works in rehearsal mode or while recording, so if the performance is louder than the soundcheck, you're still safe
Limiter and Low-Cut Filter
An integrated limiter and low-cut filter help to prevent distortion and low-frequency rumble and hum
Self-Timer Recording
This feature will start the recorder 5 or 10 seconds after you hit the record button, giving you time to get ready when recording yourself. Alternately, you can enable a 2-second pre-recording buffer, which will capture audio from 2 seconds before you hit the record button
Playback Options
The recorder has variable-speed playback, letting you adjust recordings from 50-150% without affecting the pitch. It also offers loop and repeat playback, auto and manual track increment, playback EQ settings, and a level-align feature that prevents uneven volume levels during playback
Onboard editing capabilities let you divide and delete tracks and sections of tracks, an assign up to 99 mark points on each file. A jump-back function will return to your previous point with one action
A built-in chromatic tuner ensures that you're in-key and sounding your best
USB Port
The USB 2.0 port makes it easy to connect the recorder to a computer to transfer your files for editing and sharing. The port also provides power to the DR-05
Power Options
The recorder can operate on a pair of standard AA batteries or via USB bus power with the included cable
Tripod Socket
A threaded socket provides convenient tripod mounting
UPC: 043774032556
In the Box
Tascam DR-05 Portable Handheld Digital Audio Recorder (Red)
  • microSD Card
  • 2 x AA Batteries
  • USB Cable
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    • 1Description

    Tascam DR-05R specs

    Recording Media microSD/SDHC Flash Memory Cards (64MB to 32GB)

    2GB Card Included

    Supported File Types WAV/BWF: 44.1/48/96 kHz, 16/24-bit
    MP3: 44.1/48 kHz, 32/64/96/128/192/256/320 kbps
    Number of Channels 2
    Recording Time All times are for a 1 GB memory card
    Stereo Mode:
    MP3: 17 hours 21 mins (128 kbps), 6 hours 56 mins (320 kbps)
    WAV: 1 hour 34 mins (16-bit/44. 1kHz), 1 hour 26 mins (16-bit/48 kHz), 28 mins (24-bit/96 kHz)
    Connectors 1 x 3.5mm mic/line stereo input (unbalanced) 1 x 3.5mm headphone/line out jack (unbalanced) 1 x USB 2.0 Mini-B port
    Display LCD Display
    Speaker 0.3W Mono
    Frequency Response 20 Hz - 20 kHz +1/-3 dB (44.1 kHz Ext In to Line Out, JEITA)
    20 Hz - 22 kHz +1/-3 dB (48 kHz Ext In to Line Out, JEITA)
    20 Hz - 40 kHz +1/-3 dB (96 kHz Ext In to Line Out, JEITA)
    Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) 0.05% or Lower (EXt In to Line Out, Fs 44.1/48.96 kHz JEITA)
    Signal to Noise Ratio 92 dB or Higher (Ext In to Line Out, Fs 44.1/48/96 kHz JEITA)
    Power 2 x AA Batteries
    USB Bus Power
    1.7 W Maximum Consumption
    Operating Temperature 32-104°F (0-40°C)
    System Requirements Windows:
    Pentium 300 MHz or Faster
    128 MB or More Memory
    USB Port (USB 2.0 Recommended)
    Windows 7, Vista, or XP
    Power PC, iMac, G3, G4 266 MHz or Faster
    64 MB or More Memory
    USB Port (USB 2.0 Recommended)
    Mac OS X 10.2 or Later
    Dimensions (WxHxD) 2.4 x 5.6 x 1" (61 x 141 x 26 mm)
    Weight 4.1 oz (116 g) (Without Batteries)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.8 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.244 x 4.803 x 2.756"

    Tascam DR-05R reviews

    DR-05 Portable Handheld Digital Audio Recorder (Red) is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 358.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very nice sound quality I'm using this recorder for voice audio and I sync it up to my video afterward. I make Youtube videos. It's great. It's a huge upgrade from the camera's mic, of course, and it has some nice level inputs so I'm sure to get a good strong audio track. I'm impressed. The price was right and it is very easy to use in terms of the basic controls as well as the more technical options. Also, if you're using a powered mic, make sure to select that option. Mine didn't sound quite right until I selected the powered mic option. I thought I had a bad mic at first but it sounds great.
    Date published: 2016-01-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Coconut Ron's Review: Tascam DR-05 Digital Audio Recorder I was looking for a good quality digital audio recorder that didn't hurt my pocket book. Well, look no further. The answer to my prayers is the Tascam DR-05 Handheld Digital Audio Recorder. It was super easy to set up and use with only two AA batteries. Also, I found the audio quality superb. A choice of different audio files (wav, mp3)at different sampling rates. Also choice of selecting stereo or mono recordings. The built in microphones are great as well. It comes with a 4GB micro SD card memory. Plenty of hours to record/play. Recording levels are also easy to monitor and set-up too. The only drawback is the sound on the built in speaker is low. There I use my headphones at all times. I give the Tascam DR-05 my 5 stars. You won't be disappointed. Enjoy!
    Date published: 2016-02-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from great unit I am extremely happy with the sound quality and ease of operation. Battery life is great, I can record all day (8 hrs+) on a set of batteries and an 8 GB card at CD quality. The menus and controls are logical and easy to see. Bonus feature: I can route my little MP3 player through this into my car's aux.in and finally have decent volume. If the DR05 had a shuffle play we could use it as the main player instead of as a preamp. Mounts no problem in Linux as mass storage device, easy file management. I was stymied when I tried to play some files that I did not realize were sampled at 22.05 kHz. The error message was Non-supported. Once they were resampled to 44.1 kHz we had no issue.
    Date published: 2011-05-01
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing value and quality Tech has come a long way since I humped a Nagra III for recording sounds. I purchased this unit to have a cheap way to record wild sounds and board feeds, and now I carry it in my bag each day. The built-in mics do an impressive job, and once you figure out what kind of level to feed the line input, it's perfect for backup recordings from mixers. After pulling a windscreen for an SM-58 over the top of the mics, I can use it for quick man-on-the-street interviews with remarkable clarity. And it's easy to use. I would not have believed a digital recorder would have this much usefulness and quality for under a hundred bucks.
    Date published: 2012-05-10
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great portable recorder I bought this device for voice overs and to complement my DSLR video production. After quickly looking through the manual, I felt very comfortable with the unit - it is very easy to use. The sound quality using the on-board mics is great (even if they are not in an XY pattern), and using the device with external mics is as great and easy (I'm using an AT-897 shotgun mic). It boots fast, and the firmware update was a breeze (current units are shipping with the older firmware - get the newest one from the manufacturer's website.) The 1/4 20 hole on the back is very useful - you can screw the unit onto a gorilla pod for convenience. All in all, a great buy!
    Date published: 2011-05-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from works perfectly great price! I use the recorder and a $$ lav mic (Pearstone OLM-10) at racing events to interview... weather, drop damage and loss prevent me from using the wireless stuff ($700 set) and the $$ Tascam is perfectSound quality is amazing, indoors and out in the noise of a race track. Its just so easy to sync the sound to the on board audio in post there is no reason not to use one of these devices.The layout of the buttons is well thought out and you know for sure if you are recording or not. must hold the power button for a couple seconds to turn it on or off so no accidents there. Easy to see screen even in bright sunSimple to use no need to read the manualSmall pretty well built without being heavy
    Date published: 2013-07-02
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Decent Audio Recorder for the Money As a self contained multimedia journalist, I wanted to step up from the limitations of the Zoom H1 for the audio slideshow and video projects I produce/create. I went with the Tascam DR-05 due to it's smallish size and additional capabilities. The audio quality of the built in stereo mics works well with capturing ambient audio and even for voice recording if using baffling to minimize any room echo. For using an external mic, I initially went with the Pearstone LMT-100 3.5mm to XLR adapter, but had issues with it. I then ordered the Comprehensive 3.5mm to XLR cable and found it to be of higher audio quality than the Pearstone cable. A serious issue I discovered is if you're going to use an external mic with the DR-05, you NEED to use a battery powered mic such as the AKG C-1000S, Rode M3 or NTG-2 (and similar mics) due to the noisy mic preamps. There's a fair amount of pre-amp line noise if used with dynamic mics like the Audio Technica AT8004 or Shure SM58 - both of which I tested and found to be of no use with this recorder. When I tested with a loaned AKG-C1000S from a colleague, the audio quality was flat out lovely (I ended up purchasing an AKG-C1000S as a result). I recommend this recorder/mic combination for NPR style voice recordings both in studio and in the field. Bottom line: This is a much better audio recorder compared to the Zoom H1 for the money IMO. The overall build and ease of use of the Tascam DR-05 is superior and as long as you understand its limitations for external mics options, you'll be happy with this unit.
    Date published: 2012-01-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hoping to hear voices... I purchased this product as a gift for my Sister & BinL that like to ghost hunt at a family members house. They have picked up EVPs on their smart phones so this unit should put them over the top. I tinkered briefly with the DR-05 and cranked up the sensitivity to the max and it is quite amazing how poorly we hear vs. what it hears. I put headphones on my wife and when she wasn't looking I started whispering as softly as I could to check sensitivity.....startled, she called me a name & won't put them on anymore! The TASCAM seems to be a quality product that is easy to use. We'll see what time & the voices from the other side brings.
    Date published: 2011-12-13
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