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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...Click To Read More About This Product

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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 distortion 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

There's no easier way to get great-sounding recordings than TASCAM's DR-05. Order today!

SPECIFICATIONS

DR-05 Solid State Recorder

  • 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 Solid State Recorder
 
4.5

(based on 114 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (78)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (27)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (81)
  • Easy to use (79)
  • Excellent sound (71)
  • Versatile (57)
  • Low distortion (54)

Cons

  • Unnecessary functions (5)
  • Difficult to use (4)
  • Poor sound quality (3)

Best Uses

  • Amateur recording (69)
  • Performances (48)
  • Outdoor events / games (47)
  • Home studio (42)
  • Professional recording (13)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (55), Professional musician (24), Novice (14)

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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(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

this is the one to buy

By bob mac

from conn.

Comments about Tascam DR-05 Solid State Recorder:

overall the tascam dr-05 is great for beginners or seasoned musicians who need to make good recordings at a reasonable price.
i have been a musician for over 40 yrs i have had portable recorders from the cassett days to present.That said, i have used and owned most of the solid state units.I record live bands so they can hear what they sound like, or for a demo cd recording.i have gotten good results with most of them but when i saw this unit for 99bucks i had to try it.WOW i own a dr07 and this dr05 blows it away! the sound of the built in mics is far superior to any of them the handling noise is so little compared to the others i cant believe for the price, anyone would buy anything else.They all have all the toys ,this one just records music better and easier, and the price is perfect.

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Deal, Great Sound!

By JREMUSIC

from Valdese, NC

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Tascam DR-05 Solid State Recorder:

    I use this for capturing moments of inspiration while I'm writing songs with my guitars. I put it on a tripod and point it at my Martin acoustic and get excellent quality. For electrics, I point it at the amp. You get best results by monitoring sound with headphones while you record. Set levels manually and optionally use Peak Reduction function to keep from clipping. Auto level function works okay, but be aware it "rides the gain" and may result in room noise getting picked up. Auto level is better for recording nature sounds, rather than music. I tend to err on the safe side when recording, since I can boost sound levels after the fact with audio editing software, as long as original recording was clean.

    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Nice recorder, only wish I could hear it

    By stratmanforever

    from Southington, CT

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Lame sounding speaker

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio

    Comments about Tascam DR-05 Solid State Recorder:

    This recorder is very easy to use. Basically its a one button operation for normal recording situations. Lots of custom setting that I probably won't use but good to have. The sound quality through attached headphones is real good. Same good sound quality when transfered and played through a computer. However, listening through the internal speaker is lame. Not even on par with the cheapest cell phone speaker. Basically useless. If the internal speaker was better this baby would have received a 5 star rating. Buy it if you don't need the internal speaker. You won't be disappointed.

    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Record Every Rehearsal !

    By davezzzz

    from Baltimore, MD

    Comments about Tascam DR-05 Solid State Recorder:

    I picked one of these up 3 weeks ago so our band could get some decent rehearsal recordings to review between practices. The first thing I LOVE is the automatic limiting will allow you to play at your regular volume and you don't have to worry about distortion or clipping. The next great feature is IT'S SIMPLE. I literally hit one button at start of practice and another one when I am done. Then when I get home I plug in the USB and I can transfer the ready to play MP3 files to my PC. It also records in WAV and you can adjust the quality. I'm still running on the same batteries after 3 weeks , so if you have heard about battery life issues - I haven't had any. This is the greatest little recorder I have ever worked with !

    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    "EXACTLY WHAT I WAS LOOKING FOR"

    By RON,

    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"

    (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great sound, quality, easy to use, GREAT

    By Bobby the Wedge

    from Bakersfield, CA

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • High Quality For Price
    • Low Distortion
    • Powerful

    Cons

    • Might Be Prone To Damage

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Tascam DR-05 Solid State Recorder:

    Easy to use. Read the instruction booklet once, picked up the device and started recording. Havn't run into any problems. picks up all individual instruments well. Only thing it doesn't get is a kick drums during loud sessions live. If you just hit the kick harder it helps. I have used it to record practice (came out fantastic) and live shows (great sound, everything comes through clear.) Almost a studio sound, would be great for live recording of a demo. there are a few down sides, but they aren't even worth mentioning. I'd buy this little guy again and again. WORTH IT! ( although i still havn't recieved the free head-phones from the mail in rebate...we'll see if they ever come. I'd still buy it again :))))))

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Just what I needed

    By Rafffen

    from Pownal VT

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    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • No Nonsense For Field Rec

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Push Button Recording

    Comments about Tascam DR-05 Solid State Recorder:

    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 !

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Awesome recorder for the price!

    By Chad Griffith

    from Georgia

    Comments about Tascam DR-05 Solid State Recorder:

    I'm deducting a point just for the cheap enclosure that this thing is mounted inside. Like I said, it's hard to blame them for something like that at this price point though. I've only had this for a couple of weeks now, but me and my band members both are blown away with how good of a recording that it can capture. I can't wait to use it to record one of our live shows coming up in a few weeks now! I'll try to remember to check back in and let everyone know how it holds up.
    There are all kinds of extras on this thing (tempo decrease/increase with no pitch change, built in tuner, limited edit built in, etc) not to mention being able to record many different bit depths and speeds of wav files and mp3s. I've heard the line level line-in isn't a true line level input, but I have yet to try this feature out yet. Also, it mounts great on a tripod for recording!
    The only reason I am giving it a 7 is because the entire case does seem a little bit cheap, but for the price I'm sure they had to compromise somewhere. I definitely want to get some kind of protective case for this thing, at least for carrying around.
    I could not believe it when I listened back to recordings of my band playing a few songs on this thing, at mp3 quality no less! I seriously think that you can make a high quality demo CD with this thing with nothing more than the built in condensers and a tripod to mount this on. I would have paid this much for the recording quality, not to mention all the extra features that it includes.

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great For Practice and Surprising Sound Quality

    By Brad Bramy

    from SF Bay Area

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    Comments about Tascam DR-05 Solid State Recorder:

    I love this little thing. Basic recording and playback are super easy and the sound quality surprising. The only negatives, which are not enough to prevent me from buying it again or recommending it to others: The screen is pretty small and they cram a lot of info onto it and some of the type and symbols are very difficult to read, and may be impossible for some folks. You can download the manual from the Tascam site if you want to see the various screen examples. But it is a handheld device so that is the trade off. The other thing is the user interface is pretty standard for many types of electronic devices but has been around for 20 years and is not intuitive at all, although it is very logical, but after getting used to iPhones and Android phones, learning some of the more advanced features and figuring out all the button pushes and info on that tiny screen has been a challenge, but not impossible.
    Features are right-on for the price. I record rythm tracks via my strat through a ZT amp w/ the built-in mics and play-back through a small powered speaker set to play along with. Features are just what I was looking for: options for sound quality; easy to setup in-track track looping; very good mic quality; handheld; and input and output capabilities; PC file management, and very good playback quality. I don't think amny features are "missing" at that proice point - if you need others just will have to pay more. The playback sound quality really shocked me it is rich and dimensional. Tried it once at a gig and the quality was also really good. Only a few minor negatives which I mention in the "overall".
    Others mention the cheap casing but I think it is standard for handheld devices and not noticeably lacking. Connection ports seem heavy-duty enough, buttons firm, sound quality great.
    Value...can't beat it unless you get it on some crazy deal promotion. Very versatile.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Used to record band practices

    By Giccidan

    from Virginia

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    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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