TASCAM Portable Audio Recorders Overview

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When creating Hybrid Photography Products, one of the most important, and unfortunately, overlooked components of shooting video, is capturing high quality audio.  TASCAM is a company that makes some great and affordable portable audio recording devices, and here’s an overview of 3 of TASCAM’s best Portable Audio Recorders – the DR-07 mkII, the DR-40 (showcased in the video above) and the DR-100 mkII.

Product Features



TASCAM DR-07mkII Portable Digital Audio Recorder

  • Adjustable Stereo Condenser Microphones (XY or AB)
  • Up to 96kHz/24-bit WAV (BWF) linear PCM recording. Stereo MP3 recording from 32-320 kbps bit rate. Reverb effect. Overdub recording mode
  • Auto Record and Auto Mark functions. Peak Reduction function, optimized for music recording, automatically sets the gain of while recording. Limiter and low-cut filter to help prevent distortion
  • Variable speed playback (50%-150%) without changing the pitch. Loop and repeat playback. Level Align feature prevents uneven volume levels during playback
  • Playback EQ setting. Editing function (Divide and delete). Chromatic tuner 1/8 Inches stereo mic/line input. Powered by 2 AA batteries, AC adapter (optional: PS-P515U), or USB bus power. MicroSD 2GB card included
  • Ideal for recording interviews, lectures, music practice sessions, and much more




TASCAM DR-40 4 Track Portable Digital Audio Recorder

  • XLR / TRS balanced MIC/LINE inputs with phantom power and +4dbu line level input.
  • Switchable microphone position from X-Y to A-B
  • 4-track recording – record the built-in microphones and mic inputs at the same time
  • Dual recording captures a safety track to prevent distorted takes
  • Up to 96Hz/24-bit resolution
  • Ideal for Hybrid Photography and Video


Tascam DR 100 MKII Digital Audio Recorder 16 Gig SD Bundle

Tascam DR 100 MKII Digital Audio Recorder 16 Gig SD Bundle

TASCAM DR-100 mkII Portable Stereo Digital Audio Recorder

  • Locking XLR inputs accept balanced mic or line inputs
  • Two sets of microphones for cardioid or omnidirectional pickup
  • Dual battery systems for hours of recording
  • Stereo S/PDIF digital input
  • Rugged aluminum construction
  • Specially Priced Package includes Tascam DR-100MKii as packaged by Tascam, PLUS:
  • (1) 16GB SD Card, (1) Table Top Tripod
  • (1) 6′ 1/8″ to 1/8″ Stereo Cable, (1) 6′ 1/8″ to RCA Stereo Cable
  • Sonic Sense One-Year Extended Warranty Adds One Year to Manufacturer’s Warranty.


My 2 Cents

When creating Hybrid Photography projects, the ability to capture great audio will go a long way towards your success, and TASCAM make some great and affordable portable audio recording devices, including the three featured above.  Personally, for video work, I would gravitate towards the DR-40 (which at the time of this posting, is listed at $159 USD on Amazon) as it offers 4 track recording capability plus XLR and 1/4″ mic inputs and is a less expensive alternative to the Zoom H4n (see comparison here).

Buy the TASCAM DR-07mkII, TASCAM DR-40 or the TASCAM DR-100 mkII on Amazon Here


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