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TASCAM Special Edition Vintage Gold DR-05 Linear PCM Recorder  

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        Gold chassis for your gold music.

        Special Edition issue of the DR-05 handheld personal digital recorder in a limited run Vintage Gold finish. 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
        • Built-in stereo condenser omnidirectional microphones with sensitivity up to 125dB SPL
        • Up to 24-bit/96kHz WAV (BWF) linear PCM recording
        • Stereo MP3 recording from 32-320 kbps bit rate
        • Peak Reduction function, optimized for music recording, automatically sets the gain of while recording
        • Limiter and low-cut filter to help prevent distortion
        • Automatic or manual level setting
        • Self-timer starts recording 5 or 10 sec. after pressing the record button giving you time to get ready
        • Auto and manual track increment
        • 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)
        • Up to 99 mark points on each file
        • Chromatic tuner
        • Up to 2-second pre recording buffer
        • Jump back function returns to previous point with one action (1-10, 20, 30 sec.)
        • Built-in speaker

        Order today and improve rehearsal productivity, record your gigs and write songs that you'll actually remember.

         

        Special Edition Vintage Gold DR-05 Linear PCM Recorder Specifications:

        • 8" 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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        TASCAMSpecial Edition Vintage Gold DR-05 Linear PCM Recorder
         
        4.3

        (based on 12 reviews)

        Ratings Distribution

        • 5 Stars

           

          (7)

        • 4 Stars

           

          (4)

        • 3 Stars

           

          (0)

        • 2 Stars

           

          (0)

        • 1 Stars

           

          (1)

        92%

        of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

        Pros

        • Compact (11)
        • Easy to use (8)
        • Excellent sound (7)
        • Versatile (6)
        • Good power output (4)

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur recording (9)
          • Outdoor events / games (6)
          • Performances (6)
          • Home studio (3)
            • Reviewer Profile:
            • Experienced (8), Professional musician (3)

          Most Liked Positive Review

           

          Perfect sound reproduction

          This recorder has such good Low middle and high reproduction you can't tell the difference from the music coming live off the stage and what's coming off the recorder during playback on a good sound...Read complete review

          This recorder has such good Low middle and high reproduction you can't tell the difference from the music coming live off the stage and what's coming off the recorder during playback on a good sound system, it picks up the lowest note you play on the bass, to the highest tick of the cymbal's and everything in between just as clear as it came off the stage at 24 feet with the settings set at 24 bit on the unit.

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          Most Liked Negative Review

           

          Don't waste your Money!!

          Battery life is great and storage on the mini-card is wonderful. You can download great quantities of mp3 music and the sound is great through earbuds or external speakers. But that's where the positive...Read complete review

          Battery life is great and storage on the mini-card is wonderful. You can download great quantities of mp3 music and the sound is great through earbuds or external speakers. But that's where the positive ends. You can get that same quality sound with your smartphone in a smaller device.
          While recording, there is too much control over the minimal amount of functions, then the recording quality is poor. The built in speaker is worthless. You can barely hear the distorted sound. The twin microphones only work within a few feet and the recording sounds like it's recording from another room. The only way I've found to edit the actual recording is to copy it into Audacity or another program in your laptop where you can use their features. But it's still an amateaurish sounding recording. I intend to exchange this device for another before I completely give up on it. But, I don't have high hopes for satisfaction with this recorder.

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          5.0

          This is a great pocket recorder

          By Key-of-Z

          from Boston, MA

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about TASCAM Special Edition Vintage Gold DR-05 Linear PCM Recorder:

            This is a great recording device for the beginner and the pro. For rehearsing and getting a glimpse of live performances, it is a great asset that is easy to position, adjust, record, and retrieve.

            For professional recordings, I would not use it for overall mixes, but it is handy if you want to record select field sources, such as natures sounds (a forest full of birds, the ocean on the sand, wind through the trees, etc.) or general environmental sounds (city traffic, a chainsaw, a crowded train station); anything that would be added to a professional recording as a single or stereo track.

            Easy to use. I do recommend increasing the storage capacity if you want to get the most of the unit.

            Battery life is moderate, but good enough that I won't complain; but I will bring extras with me as a backup.

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            4.0

            Good recording quality, but not simple

            By The Real John Smith

            from West Valley City, Utah

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Excellent Sound
            • Mounts To Tripod

            Cons

            • Difficult To Use

            Best Uses

            • Record practice sessions

            Comments about TASCAM Special Edition Vintage Gold DR-05 Linear PCM Recorder:

            This recorder works very well for recording practice sessions, which is what I purchased it for. I play with a great band every week at church, but the worship leader loves to change things from how they're written, including the key. It was hard to practice and write notes and remember everything, so now I can record our Tuesday night practice session and practice with it, which has the added bonus of practicing with the whole band as well as hearing myself, which helps me know if I'm doing something wrong. The only downside to this unit is that the controls are not very intuitive, you're going to want to keep that manual handy (the manual is twice the size of the recorder if that gives you a hint).

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            5.0

            Totally Satisfied

            By Pastor T

            from Mississippi

            About Me Novice

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Events

              Comments about TASCAM Special Edition Vintage Gold DR-05 Linear PCM Recorder:

              I am a pastor and I use this to record my messages. After just a few minutes of going thru the menu I was able to get the settings necessary to get a good quality recording.

              Comment on this review

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Don't waste your Money!!

              By Bill

              from Tx

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Compact

              Cons

              • Poor Sound Quality
              • Unnecessary Functions
              • Weak

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording

              Comments about TASCAM Special Edition Vintage Gold DR-05 Linear PCM Recorder:

              Battery life is great and storage on the mini-card is wonderful. You can download great quantities of mp3 music and the sound is great through earbuds or external speakers. But that's where the positive ends. You can get that same quality sound with your smartphone in a smaller device.
              While recording, there is too much control over the minimal amount of functions, then the recording quality is poor. The built in speaker is worthless. You can barely hear the distorted sound. The twin microphones only work within a few feet and the recording sounds like it's recording from another room. The only way I've found to edit the actual recording is to copy it into Audacity or another program in your laptop where you can use their features. But it's still an amateaurish sounding recording. I intend to exchange this device for another before I completely give up on it. But, I don't have high hopes for satisfaction with this recorder.

              Comment on this review

              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Surprised and pleased!

              By Gerry

              from Atlanta

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Excellent Sound
              • Versatile

              Cons

              • Menus A Little Tricky"

              Best Uses

                Comments about TASCAM Special Edition Vintage Gold DR-05 Linear PCM Recorder:

                Bought this to record band rehearsals and not expecting much in the way of quality. However, tried it for the first time at an outside gig this weekend and it worked very well. Sound quality was much better than expected given how small the onboard mics are, and the fact I had it taped to a fence! Worked great, and will even be able to pull some material for demos.

                Comment on this review

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Tascam DR-05 Digital Recorder

                By W. S. Merwin

                from Washington, DC

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Easy To Use
                • Excellent Sound

                Cons

                • None I Can Think Of

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Events
                • Performances

                Comments about TASCAM Special Edition Vintage Gold DR-05 Linear PCM Recorder:

                Great, simple device, easy to use, makes great recordings under the worst conditions. Purge the memory after copying it to another storage device and you'll never be caught needing to get any audio event documented without the ability to do so.

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                (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                I'm learning!

                By Liv Mic

                from Walhalla, SC

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Excellent Sound
                • Powerful

                Cons

                • Difficult To Use

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Events
                • Performances
                • Quick And Easy Recording

                Comments about TASCAM Special Edition Vintage Gold DR-05 Linear PCM Recorder:

                I hope I figure out all this can do!

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                5.0

                I really like it!

                By Singer4hyr

                from Brevard County,Fl.

                About Me Professional Musician

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Performances

                  Comments about TASCAM Special Edition Vintage Gold DR-05 Linear PCM Recorder:

                  I sing and play guitar along with my laptop for backround music. I placed the recorder next to my laptop and it worked great. I was able to start and stop every song easily. I was really happy with the sound I got from it. I did buy a 32G memory card so I could record 4 hrs. at the best speed.

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                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  NICE LITTLE RECORDER

                  By Glen Gaboury

                  from TN

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Easy To Use

                  Cons

                  • Short battery life

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Events
                  • Performances

                  Comments about TASCAM Special Edition Vintage Gold DR-05 Linear PCM Recorder:

                  This unit works great for what I bought it for which is record band rehearsals and live performances. I wanted something that was easy to use so my wife or a friend could record us and it worked well. Once we get used to using it a bit, I am sure we will have even better recordings.

                  Comment on this review

                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Easy to use

                  By RockAberlour

                  from Sumner Wa

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Easy To Use

                  Cons

                  • Batteries Lasted 4 Hrs

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Rehearsals Song Ideas

                  Comments about TASCAM Special Edition Vintage Gold DR-05 Linear PCM Recorder:

                  This does exactly what I hoped. Push the record button and done. Using the default settings I recorded my band rehearsals and song ideas. The playback is easy to access and sound good. I'm wasn't looking for hifi from this, but quick and easy. I'm happy with the value.

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