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TASCAM DR-05 Solid State Recorder  

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Overview

  • Built-in mics: 1
  • Configuration: Stereo
  • Type: Condenser (omni)
Description & Specs
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    $179.99
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      Album-quality recording in the palm of your hand.

      TASCAM's DR-05 brings high-quality stereo recording to an easy-to-use portable powerhouse with a size and price that anyone can handle. The DR-05 records in MP3 or WAV format, including 24-bit/96kHz high-resolution audio to microSD or microSDHC media. A pair of all-new microphones handles up to 125dB SPL with the sensitivity to capture every detail. With new recording features like Peak Reduction and Quick Menu, the DR-05 puts album-quality recording in the palm of your hand.

      Premium-quality Sound
      Everything about the DR-05 is designed to get the best quality recordings of your music. A new pair of built-in microphones withstands up to 125dB SPL —the volume of a jet plane from 200 feet away—yet still have the sensitivity to capture every detail of a performance. You can add your own microphone or line-level source through the 1/8" stereo input, including plug-in power for microphones that need it.

      Internally, the DR-05's digital and analog circuit boards are built separately to improve noise performance, with a low-impedance design to further decrease hiss. A separate power supply is sent to the A/D and D/A converter for even better audio performance. The result is clean sound quality —over 92dB signal-to-noise ratio; under 0.05% total harmonic distortionl and 20Hz to 40kHz response (-1/+3dB) at 24-bit/96kHz resolution.

      Simple to Operate
      The layout of the DR-05 has been revamped to be quick and easy to work with one thumb. Operations like recording, adjusting levels, deleting bad takes and adding markers are just a button-press away. Dig deeper to find features like limiting, low-cut filtering, a built-in chromatic tuner, and more.

      One new feature that makes the DR-05 easy to operate is the new Peak Reduction feature. This setting automatically sets your recording level by listening to the input and adjusting for the best level. Unlike Auto Gain settings, this one only goes down to prevent accidental distortion after a period of low level like a break. Peak Recording works in rehearsal mode or in record, so if the performance is louder than the soundcheck you're still safe. Used with the built-in limiter, it's unlikely you'll distort your career-making live recording.

      Other classic TASCAM features are included, like Variable Speed Audition to loop and slow down music without changing the pitch—perfect for transcribing or learning new music. A Level Align function can be switched on for playback to smooth out any sudden volume jumps, and a built-in speaker is also provided. The two AA batteries are enough to power the recorder for 17 1/2 hours, even while recording at CD quality.

      Features

      Microphones

      • Built-in mics: 1
      • Configuration: Stereo
      • Type: Condenser (omni)
      • External mic input: 3.5mm

      Audio quality

      • Bit rate: 16/24
      • Sampling frequency: 44.1/48/96kHz
      • Formats: WAV/MP3

      Outputs

      • Headphone: 3.5mm
      • Audio out: 3.5mm
      • Storage and media
      • Type(s): SD, SDHC
      • Capacity: 32GB
      • Hard drive Not applicable

      Connectivity

      • USB: Yes

      Other

      • Number of tracks: 2 (stereo)
      • Phantom power: Not applicable
      • Auto limiter: Yes
      • Width: 2.38"
      • Depth: 5.55"
      • Height: 1.00"
      • Weight: 4.1oz
      • Battery type: AA x 2
      • Battery life (app.): 17 hours
      • Built-in speaker: Yes
      • Power supply: Sold separately

      For musicians and recordists at any stage of their career, there's no easier way to get great-sounding recordings than TASCAM's DR-05. Order today!

       

      DR-05 Solid State Recorder Specifications:

      • 3.5mm stereo mic/line input
      • USB 2.0 port
      • 1/8" headphone/line output
      • microSD (64MB – 2GB)/microSDHC (4GB – 32GB) card slot (2GB card included)
      • Powered by 2 AA batteries, AC adapter (optional: PS-P515U), or USB bus power
      • Tripod socket hole
      • Dimensions: 2-3/8" W x 5-9/16" H x 1" D
      • Weight: 4-1/16 oz.
      Customer Reviews
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      TASCAMDR-05 Solid State Recorder
       
      4.5

      (based on 69 reviews)

      Ratings Distribution

      • 5 Stars

         

        (46)

      • 4 Stars

         

        (19)

      • 3 Stars

         

        (1)

      • 2 Stars

         

        (1)

      • 1 Stars

         

        (2)

      96%

      of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

      Pros

      • Easy to use (44)
      • Compact (41)
      • Excellent sound (37)
      • Low distortion (28)
      • Versatile (27)

      Cons

      • Poor sound quality (3)

      Best Uses

      • Amateur recording (35)
      • Performances (26)
      • Outdoor events / games (24)
      • Home studio (21)
      • Professional recording (7)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (25), Professional musician (15), Novice (9)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Just what I needed

      Useful and intuitive right out of the box crisp clear sound with easy level control and plenty of recording headroom, heck they even give you a 2 gig mini card to start, but you...Read complete review

      Useful and intuitive right out of the box crisp clear sound with easy level control and plenty of recording headroom, heck they even give you a 2 gig mini card to start, but you can always upgrade with inexpensive micro sd. Do yourself a favor and hit this before they're gone. Easy to use computer interface via USB to yr favorite audio mixing program. I am very satisfied !

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      You get what you pay for.

      After two weeks of use, mine is going back. I found it too noisy to make decent ambient recordings. Ok, fine. It's cheap. I thought I'd keep it around as a song...Read complete review

      After two weeks of use, mine is going back. I found it too noisy to make decent ambient recordings. Ok, fine. It's cheap. I thought I'd keep it around as a song writing scratch pad. Well, problem with that is, this thing chews through AA batteries like mad. The ones that came with it were dead after about 20 minutes of use. I thought they were just bad. Brand new duricells lasted about an hour. These two things in tandem - too noisy for good field recording, battery hog - kills the deal. Maybe I got a faulty device. I'll do an exchange with MF and repost a review if it was simply bad luck.

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      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Nice recorder

      By THE OLD MAN

      from Candler n.c.

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Low Distortion
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Performances

        Comments about TASCAM DR-05 Solid State Recorder:

        This is the first portable recorder i have tried,iam very pleased with it's preformance! I own many dirrerent types of recording gear,this unit is just what i needed to record my band working a song out! line out to P.A.or headphones, play it back, listen,make adjustments to song and move on!also i have used it at a live show,as long as the rec level is right you will get a decent recording.I have used it at speaking engagments and was impressed with what i got! For simple stero recordings this is the unit to have!

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Incredible device for the $$

        By TAK315

        from Cincy, OH

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Built In Tuner
        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Work Meetings

          Comments about TASCAM DR-05 Solid State Recorder:

          I am just now discovering all the possibilities with this device. Extremely versatile and compact makes it easy to take with you wherever you go.

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          (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Great price, great recorder

          By faroseman

          from Chicago

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Low Distortion

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Backup To Pro Recording
            • Events
            • Performances

            Comments about TASCAM DR-05 Solid State Recorder:

            The tuner is pointless (if you don't have an app for it on your phone already, you're not a musician), but most other features seem logical and useful. Perfect for capturing a rehearsal, kid's recital, or as a backup to a more professional live recording.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Nice, just wut I needed

            By The dirty neck

            from Usa

            About Me Novice

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about TASCAM DR-05 Solid State Recorder:

                  Pretty straight forward,cheap price but works great. Wanted something to record
                  Loads of jam sessions etc n this is it. Can set it to lower quality mp3s n you can have thousands of recordings. Internal speaker ain't the best but that's wut the headphone jack is for! For the price you can't go wrong if you're looking for something simple.

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                  (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  Better than I first thought

                  By Farjay

                  from Augusta, GA

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                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Size Functions
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                  • Poor Sound Quality

                  Best Uses

                  • Events

                  Comments about TASCAM DR-05 Solid State Recorder:

                  Not great sound.....I prefer my iPad. It must be set near 32 bit or you get serious noise and distortion. Not a lot of volume. It's adequate but just barely.

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                  (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  A GREAT LITTLE RECORDER

                  By grif3595

                  from South Carolina

                  About Me Professional Musician

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                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Excellent Sound
                  • Low Distortion
                  • Very Easy To Use

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Performances
                    • Professional Recording
                    • Recording Liuve Band Pr
                    • Recording Live Performanc

                    Comments about TASCAM DR-05 Solid State Recorder:

                    JUST PURCHASED THIS UNIT , IT IS AWESOME, RECORDS GREAT EASY TO USE, SAVE YOUR FILES IN WAVE FORMAT RIGHT TO YOUR PC, USE IT EVERY BAND PRATICE

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                    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    1.0

                    Inadequate volume

                    By Farjay

                    from Augusta, GA

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                    Pros

                      Cons

                      • Poor Sound Quality

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about TASCAM DR-05 Solid State Recorder:

                        My volume is all the way up, output is at Max, and the volume is so low I can't use it for playback. Even with ear buds,....too little volume. I'm going to try to do something about it a little longer before returning it. And the sound quality is poor.

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                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        outdoor recording

                        By natvega

                        from PuertoRico

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                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Excellent Sound
                        • Low Distortion
                        • Powerful
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                        • No Carry Case

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording
                        • Home Studio

                        Comments about TASCAM DR-05 Solid State Recorder:

                        very easy to use, fast to understand.

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                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        FOLLOW UP REVIEW ON microSD MEMORY

                        By Leonardo

                        from Florida

                        About Me Experienced

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Excellent Sound
                        • Low Distortion

                        Cons

                        • Memory Card Compatability

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording
                        • Performances

                        Comments about TASCAM DR-05 Solid State Recorder:

                        This is a follow up about the microSD memory compatibility. The SandDisk 8 GB Class 4 microSD memory worked great. I used it in a live recording with a direct line-in from my mixer.

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                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Worth every penny

                        By Leonardo

                        from Florida

                        About Me Experienced

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Excellent Sound
                        • Low Distortion

                        Cons

                        • Memory Compatability

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about TASCAM DR-05 Solid State Recorder:

                          Once I went through the user manual and took the time to play around with it operations went smooth. The quality was quite amazing considering the cost and size. I tested this unit in my home studio during a rehearsal and took it to a gig to do a live recording. This unit reproduced the sound accurately. This unit picked up everything including the audience chatter.

                          My only real negative is that you have to be very selective on the brand and class of microSD memory you purchase. Go to the Tascam website to get a list of approved vendors. I tried the HP (made by PNY) class 10 and they did NOT want to work properly. I since have ordered some SanDisk 8GB class 4 cards. I'll try to do a follow up review when I test them.

                          NOTE: If you plan on removing the memory card and placing it into your PC card reader I suggest you either by your extra microSD memory cards with a standard SD card adapter included or purchase an adapter either for a standard SD or USB reader separately.

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