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TASCAM DR-05 Solid State Recorder  

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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 rec...Read More

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OVERVIEW

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!

SPECIFICATIONS

DR-05 Solid State Recorder

  • 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.
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TASCAMDR-05 Solid State Recorder
 
4.5

(based on 79 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (52)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

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    (2)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (50)
  • Easy to use (50)
  • Excellent sound (44)
  • Low distortion (35)
  • Versatile (34)

Cons

  • Poor sound quality (3)

Best Uses

  • Amateur recording (43)
  • Performances (30)
  • Outdoor events / games (28)
  • Home studio (25)
  • Professional recording (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (31), Professional musician (17), Novice (11)

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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4.0

its an ok little recorder

By don't have one

from Columbia, Mo.

About Me Experienced

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Compact
  • Low Distortion
  • Versatile

Cons

  • The Sound Is Ok

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • It Does What I Want

Comments about TASCAM DR-05 Solid State Recorder:

Once I read through the book along with a friend, we were able to figure out what I needed to know to do what I wanted it to do for me: record, slow down the speed to decipher all the notes. I just wanted a recorder to learn new material, and it does just that. There are more features to it, I haven't figured out yet. it is also a tuner. I would recommend it!

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5.0

Great sound

By Martral

from CT

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about TASCAM DR-05 Solid State Recorder:

      Great recorder! Used it to record my bands both at rehearsals and on the gig. Absolutely great sound! Did everything I needed. It is now an indispensable tool for a working musician.

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      5.0

      LOVE IT!

      By STU

      from North Platte, NE

      About Me Experienced

      Ask me a question

      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:

        waded through the directions. Did a little experimenting. Got good results from line out on mixer and open air recording of live performance. Has features and abilities I did not anticipate, like a built in chromatic tuner function, and slow down and speed up functions. Hot little recorder for the money.

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        (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Unfortunately bad state (used device)

        By davaloxander

        from El Salvador

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Compact

        Cons

        • Difficult To Use

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio

        Comments about TASCAM DR-05 Solid State Recorder:

        I can´t give a puntuation of this product because I´m waiting for the money refund, I bought the device used (in solid state) but unfortunately with fails , the Sd card slot not work. I hope that musician friend check all the item in (used) state more if the shipping is international. Bad experience :( I don´t give recomendations to buy items in used state only if these are previously checked. But I´m very happy with the customer service in order to solvent my issue.

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        5.0

        Not that bad

        By superrockgod5000

        from mi

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Easy To Use
        • Low Distortion
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Performances

          Comments about TASCAM DR-05 Solid State Recorder:

          We bought this to record ideas/songs/riffs and show them to our singer as he doesn't live in the area. I'll tell you this it works great for that. It sounds better at higher volumes so it would be perfect for sound check/full band rehersals.

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          5.0

          Great little unit

          By Papa-C

          from Olive Branch, MS

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Performances

            Comments about TASCAM DR-05 Solid State Recorder:

            I wish I could get the rebate for the one I bought my grandson back in July, 2014.

            Comment on this review

            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            GREAT RECORDER! GREAT VALUE!

            By Lonehorseman

            from Chicago Il area

            About Me Novice

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Long battery life
            • Low price
            • Quality Recording
            • Recording Control
            • With Usb Cable

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio

            Comments about TASCAM DR-05 Solid State Recorder:

            I play the guitar and sing. I was looking for an inexpensive easy way to record my music. This unit really surprised. Great recordings. Easy to operate. Simple transfer to my PC with the USB cable included where my free CD creator software cut very nice CD. Buy this unit. One review the sound wasn't loud enough. He probably did t have recording level set high enough. I got a free headphone with my purchase too!

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            4.0

            nice birthday present

            By BIG JOHN

            from UNION MISSISSIPPI

            About Me Novice

            Ask me a question

            Pros

            • Excellent Sound
            • Low Distortion

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Mobile DJ

              Comments about TASCAM DR-05 Solid State Recorder:

              I am trying to write, sing and play (guitar).
              what a nice gift from my wife for my birthday.
              nothing like recording and hearing yourself.

              Comment on this review

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              For the price you can't beat it

              By Aspiring Steel player

              from Quitman,Texas

              About Me Experienced

              Ask me a question

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Excellent Sound
              • Low Distortion
              • Powerful
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio
                • Mobile DJ
                • Performances

                Comments about TASCAM DR-05 Solid State Recorder:

                Has Good sound, easy to use, the price was great

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great Recorder

                By DE

                from Alabama

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Events
                  • Home Studio
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about TASCAM DR-05 Solid State Recorder:

                  Great Sound Quality. Easy to use.

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