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Rating and Reviews: Tascam DR-07mkII 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.

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"Great Quality, Great Sound, Great Value." submitted May 30, 2011

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Musical Background: Hobbyist Musician, Professional Engineer
Music Style: Rock, Classic Rock, Heaby Metal, Country, Classical, Hip-Hop, etc
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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.
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"Handy digital." submitted March 27, 2012

By a customer from sbcglobal.net
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Musical Background: Its all I do.
Music Style: Classical, blues, electronic.
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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.
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"Why does anyone make a product so Memory Picky???????" submitted March 18, 2012

By James S in Newport News, VA
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Musical Background: Good
Music Style: Rock blues more
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Overall: I bought this and it works great, but try finding memory above 2gb to work in this... The problem is if using to record MP3 files, it eats up battery's when recording waves it uses less power....but take up much mucho more memory, hence get larger memory....where?????? I have cameras that have no problems with larger Sandisc and Transend SD Micro memory, but this doesnt see anything above 2gb ...I think you could spend alot of money finding a brand that works if any brand...
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