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Tascam DR-07mkII Portable Digital Recorder

Tascam puts pro-quality recording in your hands with the updated DR-07 recorder! Record WAVs or MP3s to SD cards from the adjustable built-in XY stereo mics. (6) Read 3 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Packing professional recording capabilities into a pocket-sized unit, the Tascam DR-07mkII digital recorder is even more portable, advanced, and convenient than Tascam's flagship R-05 model, as it offers adjustable condenser microphones, direct recording to microSD or microSDHC media, longer battery life, high-end A/D conversion for clearer audio quality, and much more. Take the DR-07mkII wherever you go, and you'll be ready to capture pristine audio in any setting.

Adjustable XY Stereo Mics Onboard

Creating audio memories is easy when you literally have a portable recorder on hand. The compact DR-07mkII wraps up all the features you need in a grab-and-go recorder, namely a built-in pair of condenser mics which you can orient in either an XY position for tight imaging or an AB position for capturing a wider sound field. Gone are the days of lugging around your expensive microphones and having to set up and tear down, over and over. With this Tascam recorder, you just point, shoot, and record.

1/8" Input for External Sources

If you really want to use external mics, that's no problem -- the DR-07mkII has an 1/8-inch mic/line input that can accommodate external sources. It can even supply power to 1/8" microphones that need them.

Pro-Level Audio in a Point-and-Shoot Recorder

You know this digital recorder is easy to use, but how does it sound? The DR-07mkII surpasses your expectations for such an affordable hand-held recorder, thanks to a separate power supply for the A/D and D/A converters, as well as separate analog and digital circuit boards and a low-impedance design that, overall, keeps noise at a minimum. Record at up to 96 kHz/24-bit resolution and get crystal-clear audio no matter what or where you record.

Built-in Peak Limiting, Overdub Mode, Auto Record and Mark -- and More

The DR-07mkII is loaded with features to help you capture great audio. The Peak Reduction function automatically sets the optimum recording level and limits peaks so you don't get clipping distortion. Overdub mode allows you to record over your previous take while saving a copy of the original, just in case. Auto Record and Auto Mark let you work hands-free; and built-in reverb lets you sweeten your sond directly on the DR-07mkII.

Quick Menu puts your most-used parameters in playback or record right there where you need it. Of course, there's a lot more you can do right on the recorder; you'll just have to delve deeper in the full setup menu to access DR-07mkII's more advanced recording features. Once you get your settings just so, you can just hit Record and trust that you'll get awesome results.

Helpful Playback Tools for Musicians and Field Recordists

The digital recorder boasts a useful Level Align function that prevents uneven volume levels during playback through the 1/8-inch headphone output or built-in speaker; plus Variable-Speed Audition, which changes playback speed without affecting pitch. You can also loop a phrase during playback -- extremely helpful when you're learning a song or transcribing an interview.

Record to SD Cards -- Then Transfer to Your DAW via USB

Since the DR-07 saves your recordings straight to microSD or microSDHC media, in MP3 or WAV (BWF) format, you have a simple storage and export solution for managing your audio. You have up to 17.5 hours of battery life to get your recordings squared away, and once your media card is loaded up, it's easy to plug in a USB cable to transfer your files to a computer for further editing within a DAW.

Features:

- Portable digital recorder
- Built-in condenser microphones can be moved from an XY position, for tight imaging, or to an AB position, for a wider ambient sound
- Records to microSD or microSDHC media
- MP3 or WAV (BWF) file format at up to 96 kHz/24-bit resolution
- 1/8" mic/line input for plugging in your own microphones
- 1/8" headphone output and built-in reference speaker
- Overdub mode conveniently records over your previous take but keeps a copy of the original
- Built-in reverb effect for instant sweetening

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Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Shipping Weight: 1 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 8 x 6 x 3 in
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 323-727-7617

Product Description

Tascam's DR-07mkII improves on one of the best-selling portable recorders ever with adjustable microphones, clear sound quality and a stylish design. The stereo recorder features a pair of adjustable condenser microphones. The built-in cardioid pattern mics can be moved from an XY position, for tight imaging, to an AB position, for a wider ambient sound. Choose the best sound depending on the source and environment.

Superior Sound Quality

The sound of the DR-07mkII reflects over 30 years of Tascam's recording experience. A separate power supply for the codec enables the full capabilities of the A/D and D/A converter, and separate analog & digital circuit boards and low impedance circuit design reduce noise in the design. The DR-07mkII records to microSD or microSDHC media, recording in MP3 or WAV (BWF) file format at up to 96kHz/24-bit resolution.

The 1/8" mic/line input allows you to plug in your own microphones and can supply plug-in power for mics that need it. The Level Align function prevents uneven volume levels during playback through the 1/8" headphone output or built-in speaker. Variable-Speed Audition - which changes playback speed without affecting pitch - and looping are also available during playback for transcription or learning music. 17.5 hours of longer battery life at 44.1kHz/16-bit, WAV (BWF) is long enough for any recording situation.

Advanced Recording Features

Sharing some features with the DR-05, the DR-07mkII makes recording simple enough for any musician. The Peak reduction function sets the optimum recording level even in recording to avoid the over level. Quick Menu selects commonly used parameters in playback or record like auto level setting or limiting, while deeper settings are available through a full-featured setup menu.

Some DR-07mkII features that aren't found on the DR-05 include Overdub mode, which records over your previous take but keeps a copy of the original. The portable recorder also includes Auto Record and Auto Mark settings for hands-off operation. A reverb effect is also provided to give your recordings that mastered polish.

Getting great-quality stereo recordings has never been easier than Tascam's DR-07mkII.

Features

- Built-in condenser mics can be moved from an XY position, for tight imaging, or to an AB position, for a wider ambient sound
- Records to microSD or microSDHC media
- MP3 or WAV (BWF) file format at up to 96kHz/24-bit resolution
- 1/8 inch mic/line input allows you to plug in your own microphones
- 1/8 inch headphone output and built-in reference speaker
- Simple enough for any musician to learn and operate
- Overdub mode which records over your previous take but keeps a copy of the original
- Built in reverb effect provides your recordings that mastered polish
Customer Reviews
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Sound: The sound quality of this device is remarkable. If you wear a pair of good studio quality headphones, it gives you the "as if you were there" feel. Once during a recording session, my 1-year old daughter walked in the room and I could have sworn that she was walking in the room when I was playing it back. I turned around several times to check if she was really there! The depth of the audio field is also something I have never experienced with any other recording device. There are recorded events where car alarms were going off a couple of blocks away and we didn't hear it, but upon playback, we could hear them (faintly) and it felt as if they were far away. The stereo field produced by the recorder is as best as real life, when using the X-Y microphone configuration. In a quiet house, I could pick up the high frequency sounds of a paper book being thumbed, and could tell which direction the sound was coming from. In the A-B configuration, the sound is a good "open air" sound. Great for picking up all ambient noises. Not so good for reproduction of sound for studio re-mixing, but great for picking up conversations from multiple directions. I would use this microphone configuration when recording sounds from multiple sources more than 120 degrees apart (less than 120 degrees and the X-Y will do just fine) Feature: Reasons for the downgrade - With a device this good at picking up sounds, the wind baffle should come standard. The low frequency band filter works well for cutting out the wind noise, but you lose some of the clarity as expected with an artificial baffle. Also, the 4 soft-rubber feet on the back of the device do a good job to minimize the artificial sounds from vibrations, but I use a mini-tripod with rubber feet on a soft terrycloth towel to eliminate them altogether, and to eliminate the reverberation off the surface. The on-board software can do quite well for loops, marking locations of the file, folder structure for filing multiple recordings in separate session folders is great and easy to retrieve. File naming via date or user-defined filenames is good, but leaves something to be desired when scrolling through the alpha-numeric options with only an "up-down" key. I started using this feature, but stopped after the hassle of modifying filenames. The ability to change the recording settings "on-the-fly" are really good. That being said, I don't know why you would ever choose to record in an MP3 format (there are six levels of kbps bit rate selections) when you have the dual format WAV file (16 or 24 bit) and 3 levels of recording frequency (24, 48 or 96 kHz) options. If you buy a large SD card, there should never be any reason for compressing files that much unless you use this only for recording interviews, presentations, etc, but you could do that with a $20 Sony. Ease of Use: The interface takes a bit of getting used to. The biggest learning curve I had to overcome was that the buttons on the circle pattern on the front change their functionality depending on which screen you are in. Great job by the programmers to give you prompts each time this switches, but it still gets confusing. I would rather have a few more buttons on the device that remain "hard keys" or enable LCD displays in/around the keys themselves to give them a true "soft key" operation. The mixing features (over-dubbing, Equalizer, reverb, and playback speed adjust with no pitch change) are nice, but really not worth the effort. You do much better with any low-cost mixing software that can manipulate WAV files. Quality: Quality of construction is solid and it feels like a solid-state device. The keys have good response and that solid "click" feel when you push them, however, if you push any buttons during recording, the "click" of them often drives the recorded audio to peak levels, which can cause a half second or two of re-leveling to occur. No big deal if you're just setting up, but if you want to change anything during a recording session, you will destroy the level of the input signal. The only thing I worry about is the convertible microphone operation. I have intentionally kept the microphones in one patter and switched them as minimally as possible because I worry about introducing noise in the signal when these eventually wear out. They have not yet, but it's just a lingering reliability fear. Value: Overall, this is worth the $180 or so (depending on where you get it) and I am thinking of buying another one for additional field work. In direct comparison with the Zoom line of digital recording devices, this seemed to have more features, but unless you are buying it specifically for those features, you may want to look at a DR-5 or lower. TASCAM's value comes from their microphones and their A/D and D/A circuitry. All the other digital manipulation is just gravy. Manufacturer Support: Unable to rate - Have not needed any support. The Wow Factor: The smooth form and large display definitely add to the "jealousy" factor. The pre-record features offer a great way to demo the features without actually using data storage space. and when you flip those mics from X-Y to A-B - you get a "cool" from any observer. Overall: Great device. Great value. You may be able to find the same recording quality in smaller / cheaper packages, but the features of this make it appealing to a wide variety of users. This puts studio quality recording capability into the hands of novices or hobbyists. On average, I believe most users will actually use about half of the features, but knowing the others are there add to it's versatility. I have already thought of other uses and have seriously considered strapping this to my home camcorder in order to get great HD video along with great "HD" audio for those special occasions. Would definitely use this for a wedding.
Style of Music: Rock, Classic Rock, Heaby Metal, Country, Classical, Hip-Hop, etc
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Overall: Easy to use once you need to use it but just going through the book and fiddling with it will get you nowhere fast. About the only factory spec I changed was making the file name a date and rec level, both easy to do. Recordings were noisy if a file delete or QUICK format was done instead of a FULL format to get rid of old files. Draws power from USB-computer connect so you can format while plugged into the computer without using up batteries. Tuner function works but I haven't used FXs. Documented to supply something like phantom power to a mic but I don't know how that can work with two cheezy AAA cells.
Style of Music: Classical, blues, electronic.
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