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Tascam DR-05 V2

Portable digital recorder

  • Records and plays back from MP3- (up to 320 Kb/s) and WAV files (up to 24 bit / 44.1/48/96 kHz)
  • Recording-/Playback medium: microSD card or microSDHC card (up to 32 GB)
  • Two built-in omnidirectional microphones (SPL up to 125 dB)
  • Switchable low cut filter
  • Manual setting of recording levels and automatic level control are both possible
  • Integrated limiter
  • Timer function
  • Marker function
  • Overdub
  • Hall effects
  • Backlit display
  • Built-in loudspeaker
  • Microphone-/Line stereo input 3.5 mm mini-jack (with power supply for a small microphone)
  • Headphone-/Line output
  • USB 2.0 Connector
  • Powered with 2 batteries or NiMH rechargeable battery packs (size AA), USB or optional power supply (Tascam PS-P520E - not included)
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 61 x 141 x 26 mm
  • Weight: 116 g (without batteries)
  • Incl. 4 GB Micro-SD card
  • Corresponding fur wind shield: Article Nr 260105 (not included)
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Sound samples

  • Acousticband
  • Ambience
  • Drumset
  • Nature

Further information

Integrated Stereo Microhone Yes
Recording Tracks 2
Microphone Inputs 1
48 V Phantom power No
Line Inputs 1
Storage Medium Micro SD/SDHC Card
Headphone connection Yes
Integrated Speaker Yes
Resolution max. 24 bit
Max. Sample Rate 96 kHz
Limiter Yes

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Very good sound for the price!

TrEr, 04.09.2017
I got this to record sounds outdoors. I use sounds from nature that I edit into samples and create beats from. I specifically wanted omni mics. I needed something with decent sound and good battery capacity. I did not need lots of options or high sample rates, just simple 44.1 kHz 24bit recordings in a small package.



-Very good sound, better than I expected for the price.

-Very light and portable.

-Good battery capasity.

-A decent set of features (like different sample rates, limiting, etc). More than I needed really.

-Omni mics (perfect for my needs but might not suit all purposes).


-Feels a bit toylike and fragile. Very "plastic". Not particularly weatherproof for a handheld recorder. Can't be used in rainy weather, that's for sure!

-The menu layout feels a bit primitive and the names used for some of the functions aren't very intuitive. Very confusing. The basic functions are easy to use but the more advanced functions are very poorly laid out, confusingly named and almost impossible to understand without constantly referring to the manual.

-Not sure what kind of wav-format it uses but it won't import into my daw in the same way normal wav files do. If I just drag the clips into my daw they don't drop where I want them to. They add minutes of space before the clips. It seems like they include some kind of time code (which they shouldn't). Very annoying!!! If I drop them into my wave editor instead it works fine.

-The preamps are VERY noisy when cranked. So it doesn't really work for recording very quiet stuff. For "normal" recording levels it's fine.

To sum it up: It has it's issues but for my needs and for the price I'm happy with it. The major selling point for me is the low price, the sound quality and the omni pattern. The omni pattern might not be the best choice for everyone though.

Recommended if you need a cheap omni handheld recorder.
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Perfect and amazing value!

So what can you do with this thing? Well, google the Tascam DR-05 Reference Manual, download and read it. Alternatively, here is what we have done with ours!

1 We recorded three sessions, that is 9 hours, of our three piece band playing covers and jamming, and that was on the same day we opened our Thomman package! That is how easy and intuitive the Tascam DR-05 is to use.

We were able to do as many takes as we liked. These can be started manually, or automatically if you set the input level above which the recording will start. Takes can be continuous, pausing recording in between, or in separate files which are created automatically. Bad takes can be deleted immediately with a couple of button presses.

The stereo is great, accurately placing the surrounding performers. No trouble setting the levels and avoiding any distortion. The drumkit was just as clear as the electric guitar and vocals.

2 Copied a GB of our favourite artists' songs from the computer to the Tascam DR-05.

These can be WAV or MP3 files. The Tascam DR-05 came with a 4GB micro SDHC card installed, so plenty of room for songs from our music collection, and cards are cheap when more storage is required. Now we have the real thing right next to our covers all on the same tiny device, which we can play back through any of our amps or PA.

3 Any song or recording can then be looped between marker points, which are very easily set in playback control. This is perfect for listening to sections you are learning, or identifying your own mistakes. You can also slow down, or speed up the playback from 50 to 150%. This is great for practice.

4 Plugged keyboard, electric guitar, and microphone (separately of course) in to the Tascam DR-05 for direct recording. All we needed was a 1/4 inch adapter to 3.5 mm jack. Just set the levels and perfect DI recording!

5 Overdubbed vocals and other instruments over a backing track!

Works for any WAV file or a recording we just made. I recorded rhythm guitar, then just chose overdub and a new track was created when I played the solo, then another track was created with the vocals added!

6 Sat the Tascam DR-05 on the orchestral music stand (cables through the holes so it couldn't commit a suicidal leap) next to an iPad and sheet music, DI instruments/mic and headphones for monitoring - perfect!

It fits in your hand nicely with all the controls easily reachable, or in a pocket or guitar case. It is solidly built but light, and attractive - great ergonomics. Tascam have been in the music recording business for a long time and this is designed to match their needs. However, it can also be used as a regular field recorder or voice memo device.
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