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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

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.

Album-quality recording in the palm of your hand.

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 97 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (65)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (26)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (66)
  • Easy to use (66)
  • Excellent sound (57)
  • Versatile (46)
  • Low distortion (44)

Cons

  • Poor sound quality (3)
  • Unnecessary functions (3)

Best Uses

  • Amateur recording (57)
  • Outdoor events / games (40)
  • Performances (40)
  • Home studio (33)
  • Professional recording (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (44), Professional musician (21), Novice (12)

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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5.0

"EXACTLY WHAT I WAS LOOKING FOR"

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from Lancaster, Wi.

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Poor Sound Quality "When Using Internal Speaker"
  • Short battery life

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Events
  • Learning & Rehearsing Music
  • Playing Music In A Vehicle Through Cassette Adpt
  • Whenever a Small High Quality Recorder Is Needed

Comments about Tascam DR-05 Solid State Recorder:

I am a Semi-Professional Musician and have been playing music for over 50 years. I wanted a Small & Compact Digital 2 channel "Stereo" Recorder to record music from utube and other sources that I wanted to learn how to play & sing. At first I was looking at the Tascam DP-006 Portastudio Multitrack Recorder because I did'nt notice the DR-05 listing. The DP-006 was more than I really needed for my purpose. I already have a 4 track Cassette Recorder and 8 track Digital Recorder. Not seing the DR-05 Listing, I was about ready to order the DP-006 anyway when I happend to notice the DR-05 listing. This was "exactly" what I wanted. It took me a while to figure out how to use it like all new electronic devices. I am older, so I don't "catch on" as fast as a younger person would. I grew up with "tape based" Recorders. First, "real to real" then "8 Track Cartage" and finally "4 Channel Cassette" recorders. I love the features on the DR-05. First of all I want to say it does a Excellant job of Recording. It is easy to "set up" once I read to manual and knew how to do it. It has several Repeat Functions. Playback Speed Functions. You can create New Folders, Playlists, Title your songs "when connect to a computer". It has Several Formats for Recording, from mp3 to wav@ differant bit rates. This DR-05 has a lot of the same functions as a "MultiTrack" Recorder. The only two Negitive things that I would say about the DR-05 are that the Batteries don't last as long as they are Advertised, and the "built in speaker" doesn't have much volume or quality to the sound. Considering how Small & Compact it is, that is Not a Problrm for Me. I use "usb buss power" from my computer whenever I am recording from utube and when I playback I use headphones or another Amplified Source such as "surround sound" or a "small stereo amplifier" I also have a usb power supply charger that I connect when playing music back. This is a "Great Recorder" & it has Lot's of Features. "Buy It"

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5.0

Unbelievable,,,,surprising recording quality, in stereo!

By 

from Maryland

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio

    Comments about Tascam DR-05 Solid State Recorder:

    No problems, or complaints. Great for Band Rehearsal.

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    5.0

    Fantastic Field Recorder DR-05

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    from berkeley CA

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Unnecessary Functions

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about Tascam DR-05 Solid State Recorder:

    Waaaaaay better than the Hero-1

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    1.0

    Can't use it.

    By 

    from Porland, Or.

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

      • Difficult To Use

      Best Uses

        Comments about Tascam DR-05 Solid State Recorder:

        Not easy to use.

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        5.0

        Tascam DR-05

        By 

        from Millbrook, AL 36054

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Events

          Comments about Tascam DR-05 Solid State Recorder:

          We were looking for a solution to aide sick and shut ins from our church. Phone recorders were not adequate. We gave this to a 14 year old and he ran it like a boss!

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          5.0

          Nice tool for recording

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          from St.Paul, MN

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Easy To Use
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Performances

            Comments about Tascam DR-05 Solid State Recorder:

            Using it once, I find that it works as defined and will suffice in performance and/or practice situations.

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            4.0

            Used to record band practices

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            from Virginia

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • Problems Copying Files

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio

            Comments about Tascam DR-05 Solid State Recorder:

            My experience is that it is a decent inexpensive audio recorder. I use it to record weekly band practices. I first used it without tweaking settings. There was a weird microphone phasing issue more noticeably with the playing on hi hats. I messed around with the settings, including manually lowering the recording volume settings, and that worked. The only problem I now have is I usually have to try a few times to copy files from the recorder to my older Macbook Pro running OS X Mavericks. I usually create 3 files, each 45 min - 1 hour in length during practice. I can usually copy 2 fine but get an error on the third. After a few retries it usually works. I have reformatted the SD card and that doesn't fix it. Also removed the card into a card reader and that didn't work either. I have found on-line others having issues with Macs and Windows formatted flash drives. Will probably in the future copy to my Windows machine then copy to the Mac from there. Other than the copying issue I am very pleased with the recorder. 40 + years ago I hauled around a reel-to-reel tape deck and mics to practices and this is SO much easier.

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            4.0

            Good unit for the money.

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            from Covington, Ga.

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            Pros

            • Compact
            • Easy To Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Events

              Comments about Tascam DR-05 Solid State Recorder:

              This is a handy unit for recording in the field.

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              5.0

              Big results from a little gadget!!!!

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              from Calera, OK

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Events
                • Home Studio
                • Mobile DJ
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Tascam DR-05 Solid State Recorder:

                We have had trouble recording our church services by using different programs on our laptop! We never could get the quality of sound that we wanted....until we purchased the Tascam DR-05 and now our recordings, both sermons and music sound professional quality! The mobility of this compact device is a plus and it is user friendly easy to use! I highly recommend this product!

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                5.0

                excellent portable recorder in home stud

                By 

                from Lyons, Kansas

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • 2 Second Pre-record
                • Compact
                • Easy File Transfer Comput
                • Easy To Use
                • Excellent Sound
                • Low Distortion

                Cons

                • Headphone Jack Intermitte
                • Trial And Error Rec Level

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio

                Comments about Tascam DR-05 Solid State Recorder:

                Enjoyed my first use for recording piano accompaniments for school students. Have not figured out why record levels are low when set apparently correct by the built in vu meter. A matter of experience I suppose. Altogether a fine instrument with zero background noise. Easy to transfer files to my computer for CD burning.

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