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Tascam DR-05 Limited Edition Platinum Solid State Recorder   

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Special limited edition platinum finish. Get one while they last. TASCAM's DR-05 brings high-quality stereo recording to an easy-to-use portable powe...Click To Read More About This Product

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A favorite with a limited finish.

Special limited edition platinum finish. Get one while they last. 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
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TascamDR-05 Limited Edition Platinum Solid State Recorder
 
4.3

(based on 12 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (1)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Reliable (4)
  • Easy to install (3)
  • Highly compatible (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

No Best Uses
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    • Frequent user (7)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (10)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent tool.

I am a songwriter. Usually when I write songs I have the tune in my head. If I wait a few minutes I forget it. With this recorder I can record it quickly...Read complete review

I am a songwriter. Usually when I write songs I have the tune in my head. If I wait a few minutes I forget it. With this recorder I can record it quickly and then go back to it to finish it. It has already paid for itself. I just wrote a great new song that would have been lost had I not recorded it. I am very happy with this unit.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

buyer be ware

I just got this thing and was excited based on all the good reviews. I must be doing something wrong, so if someone can help me, I'd greatly appreciated it. From right out...Read complete review

I just got this thing and was excited based on all the good reviews. I must be doing something wrong, so if someone can help me, I'd greatly appreciated it. From right out of the box, recorded my band and listened to play back via headphones (because the speaker is virtually non existent). It sounded like we were playing under water! Some kind of phasing issue?? Can anyone help, or do I need to return it?

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5.0

Does what it needs to!

By Artgtr

from Wurtsboro, NY

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Pros

  • It works!

Cons

  • Non at this time!

Best Uses

  • Live recording!

Comments about Tascam DR-05 Limited Edition Platinum Solid State Recorder:

I use for live recording of my band! Very easy to use, not complicated to use at all. Reminds me of the old cassette recorders small, simple & works. I read a lot of the previous reviews, they were very helpful. That is how I made my decision to purchase. I had much more expensive unit, that was great, all of a sudden it stopped working! Let me repeat a very EXPENSIVE unit, 5 years old & died. So I didn't want to spend a lot for a recorder. Didn't need a lot of bells & whistles. I just needed a simple unit that was cheap & reliable to get the job done. I believe this is that unit!
I just recieved it yesterday, used it last night at rehearsal. I recorded about 6 songs, the recording actually sounded better than what I heard live in the room.
I bought it on sale, very reasonable.

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  • Personal

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

buyer be ware

By Dumb Drummer

from Beaufort, NC

Comments about Tascam DR-05 Limited Edition Platinum Solid State Recorder:

I just got this thing and was excited based on all the good reviews. I must be doing something wrong, so if someone can help me, I'd greatly appreciated it. From right out of the box, recorded my band and listened to play back via headphones (because the speaker is virtually non existent). It sounded like we were playing under water! Some kind of phasing issue?? Can anyone help, or do I need to return it?

  • Primary use:
  • Personal

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Just what I desired;

By CAP

from Las Vegas, NV.

About Me Heavy Duty User

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Install
  • Highly Compatible
  • Reliable

Cons

  • Speaker not working

Best Uses

  • High-End Multimedia

Comments about Tascam DR-05 Limited Edition Platinum Solid State Recorder:

Initially thought I would just use to record convenient vocals, but finding myself recording live music around Vegas and then mastering. The speaker doesn't work, but it doesn't affect the workflow, it would have been used only for quick reference to whats recorded. The importing is seamless. I'm a person who is working on a project using cassette songwriting sessions on an album, so carrying this around with me I know will be invaluable.

  • Primary use:
  • Business

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Just What I Needed!

By A-Frame

from Minnesota

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Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • High Quality
  • Lots Of "extras"

Cons

  • Could Include An Adapter

Best Uses

  • Personal Recording
  • Rehearsals

Comments about Tascam DR-05 Limited Edition Platinum Solid State Recorder:

This recorder actually offers a lot more than what I need but at the Sale Price I couldn't say no. I use it mainly to record myself and the various bands I work with for rehearsal purposes.
I can do A LOT MORE... I just don't need it to.

  • Primary use:
  • Personal

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent tool.

By Chief

from Thomasville, NC

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Pros

  • Extremely Useful
  • Highly Compatible

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Song Writing

Comments about Tascam DR-05 Limited Edition Platinum Solid State Recorder:

I am a songwriter. Usually when I write songs I have the tune in my head. If I wait a few minutes I forget it. With this recorder I can record it quickly and then go back to it to finish it. It has already paid for itself. I just wrote a great new song that would have been lost had I not recorded it. I am very happy with this unit.

  • Primary use:
  • Personal

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Basic Unit, Excellent Specs

By Riffraff (no not that one)

from Seattle, WA

About Me Frequent User

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Good sound quality
  • Reliable

Cons

  • Not A Pro Unit

Best Uses

  • Dictation
  • Interviews
  • Meetings
  • Occasional Video Sound
  • Rehearsals

Comments about Tascam DR-05 Limited Edition Platinum Solid State Recorder:

This thing works exactly as advertised. You can take it where you would fear to take more pro units but within the parameters of its mikes it will give you a great sound file. I use it to dictate and import it to a PC to transcribe using voice recognition. It works great for that, giving the software all the frequency content & low noise it requires.

I've also used it to augment some video recording I did at an arts show opening. It was very loud and the camera's mike didn't hack it. I broke this thing out and had my assistant get in to about 4 feet away and we got great recordings of the conversation, and holding the mike sideways let the interviewer and the interviewee show up with stereo imaging!

Love it. Took 15 minutes to learn all of its functionality. Slam dunk!

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  • Personal
 
5.0

Quite the sophisticated little recorder...

By Dimenciones

from Binghamton, NY

About Me Frequent User

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Install
  • Highly Compatible
  • Quiet
  • Reliable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • High-End Multimedia

    Comments about Tascam DR-05 Limited Edition Platinum Solid State Recorder:

    Download the reference and user manuals for best info.

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    • Personal
     
    4.0

    Nice looks

    By Softuch53

    from South Carolina

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    Comments about Tascam DR-05 Limited Edition Platinum Solid State Recorder:

    My friend has one and it records great. I wanted one so I bought it. Haven't tried it yet but if it records like his, its a good buy. I picked the limited edition silver model. Same price, but its actually easier to read it.

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    • Personal

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    A quality basic recorder

    By Billiam

    from Washington D.C.

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    Pros

    • Good sound quality
    • Inexpensive
    • Simple to operate

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Tascam DR-05 Limited Edition Platinum Solid State Recorder:

        I have used the DR-05 to record live performances of our band. We then use the recordings to critique bits that need improvement e.g. vocal harmonies, instrumental work, pace, etc. This recorder is a good value for this type of purpose. Its not going to make a studio quality recording based on its entry level components and features.
        I found it easy to operate. The factory settings it arrives with are generally what you want to use, although I did tweak them slightly. Using the factory settings all you are left to do is push the power button and then the record button twice and you are recording. I've found battery life is very good when recording in the MP3 format. Hours and hours of recording and playback on 2 AA batteries.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        great recorder for the price

        By h2oboy

        from virginia

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        Pros

        • Easy To Install
        • Pocket Size
        • Straightforward Operation

        Cons

        • Unreliable

        Best Uses

        • Introductory Recording
        • Live Recording

        Comments about Tascam DR-05 Limited Edition Platinum Solid State Recorder:

        This unit is really nice. I have used it to record my church band directly from the mixing board and from different locations in the sanctuary. Recorded sound is very clear with built in mics. Nice feature to be able to monitor input while on stand by. The built in speaker on mine quit working after a week so i will probably return it for anew one. I also discovered that it can do overdub which is not advertised as a feature.

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        • Personal

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