TASCAM DR-05X Stereo Handheld Digital Recorder and USB Audio Interface

Capture clean audio of live performances, rehearsals and more on TASCAM's handheld recorder, with stereo microphones and a 2x2 USB audio interface built in.

When shopping for your next portable recorder, skip past the bells and whistles and get right to the features that count: built-in stereo microphones for high-quality audio capture, direct recording to microSD, microSDHC, and microSDXC, and a tiny footprint for point-and-shoot recording on the go. The pocket-sized TASCAM DR-05X provides these essential features and more, enabling musicians, songwriters, sound designers, and so forth to get 96 kHz/24-bit resolution audio anywhere.

High-Performance Audio Capture

With TASCAM's DR-05X digital recorder, it's easy to save your musical ideas, quickly record a jam, create demos, and round up found sounds. Put it in your pocket, turn it on, and record with the kind of clarity and low-noise performance that you'd expect to get from pricey studio gear, not a pocket-sized recorder. Capture every little detail, from the loudest blasts to the most subtle whispers, with the DR-05X's pair of stereo condenser omnidirectional microphones. Even though built-in mics are convenient, there will be times when you want to record other sources, and for that reason the DR-05X sports a 1/8-inch stereo input for adding your own mic or line-level source. The DR-05X saves in either MP3 or WAV format, direct to microSD, microSDHC, or microSDXC media.

Its low-impedance design and high-quality circuit boards keep hiss and unwanted environmental noise in check, so you won't have to edit a recording to oblivion to make it sound good. The DR-05X sounds good read more as it is, with a clear soundstage and plenty of dynamic range.

The Easiest Digital Recorder on Hand

With a layout specifically designed for one-thumb operation, the handheld DR-05X puts important functions like recording, adjusting levels, and the ability to delete takes and add markers right where you need them. Hold the DR-05X in one hand and a drink in the other. Limiting, low-cut filtering, a built-in chromatic tuner, and other features are just a thumb's press away.

Recording features like Quick Menu and Peak Reduction provide no-fuss ways to fine-tune your audio files right on the recorder. The Peak Reduction setting automatically sets your recording level by listening to the input and adjusting levels for the best sound, without adding any distortion.

When transcribing an interview or learning a new song, take advantage of the recorder's Variable Speed feature, which allows you to loop and slow down music without changing the pitch. And when you want to smooth out any sudden volume jumps, switch on the DR-05X's volume leveling function, and get instant playback via the built-in speaker.

The DR-05X also includes a studio-quality 2-in/2-out USB audio interface, which is great for podcasting and streaming. The built-in microphones can operate as USB microphones when using the DR-05X as an audio interface.

The Ultimate in Portability

The TASCAM DR-05X recorder runs on two AA batteries. Power it on and record up to 17.5 hours of high-quality audio! If you're low on battery juice, connect the portable recorder to a computer via its USB port or plug in the optional AC adapter and get all the external power you need.


- Handheld portable digital recorder -- pocket-sized and perfect for recording on the go
- Built-in stereo condenser omnidirectional microphones
- Up to 96 kHz/24-bit WAV (BWF) linear PCM recording
- Stereo MP3 recording from 32 to 320 kbps bit rate
- Peak Reduction function automatically sets the gain while recording
- Limiter and low-cut filter to help prevent distortion
- Automatic or manual level setting
- Auto and manual track increment
- Variable speed playback without changing the pitch
- Loop and repeat playback
- Playback EQ setting
- Chromatic tuner
- 1/8" Stereo mic/line input
- Integrated 2-In/2-Out USB audio interface for PC or Mac recording, podcasting
- Jump back function returns to previous point with one action (1 to 10, 20, 30 seconds)
- 1/8" Headphone/line output
- Built-in speaker
- microSD (64 MB to 2 GB) / microSDHC (4 GB to 32 GB) / microSDXC (up to 128GB)
- Powered by 2 AA batteries, AC adapter (optional, not included), or USB bus power
- 1/4" Tripod socket hole

If you've been looking for a simple, affordable portable recorder, TASCAM's DR-05X is it.

*MicroSDXC card not included*
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Recording Media: microSD card (64MB to 3GB), microSDHC card (4GB to 32GB), microSDXC card (up to 128GB)

File System: FAT16/32, exFAT

Recording File Format (WAV / BWF):
Sampling Frequency:44.1k / 48k / 96k Hz
Bit-depth: 16 / 24-bit

Recording File Format (MP3):
Sampling Frequency: 44.1k / 48k Hz
Recording Bit-rate: 32k / 64k / 96k / 128k / 192k / 256k / 320k bps
Playback Bit-rate : 32k to 320k bps, VBR, ID3TAG Ver. 2.4

Number of Channels: 2-channel (Stereo) / 1-channel (Mono)

Built-in Microphone: Omnidirectional, Stereo

Playback speed control: 0.5 to 1.5 times (in 0.1 increments) * 44.1k/48kHz only

Connector: 1/8" (3.5mm) Stereo Mini jack (Unbalanced, Plug-in Power)
Nominal Input Level: -20dBV
Maximum Input Level: -4dBV
Input Impedance: 18kOhms or more (PLUG IN PWR: OFF) / 2kOhms or more (PLUG IN PWR: ON)

Connector: 1/8" (3.5mm) Stereo Mini jack (Unbalanced)
Nominal Output Level (LINE connection): -14dBV (10kOhm load)
Maximum Output Level (LINE connection): +2dBV (10kOhm load)
Output Impedance (LINE connection): 12 Ohm
Maximum Output Power (Headphones connection): 20mW + 20mW (32 Ohm load)

USB connector: USB Micro B-type
USB Format: USB 2.0 High Speed

Built-in Speaker: 0.3W, Mono
Low-cut Filter: 40 / 80 / 120Hz
Chromatic Tuner: C1 to B6, A4 = 435Hz to 445Hz (in 1Hz increments)
Effector: 6 presets (Hall 1, Hall 2, Room, Studio, Plate 1, Plate 2)
Tripod attachment screw-hole: 1/4" Tripod attachment screw-hole

Power: 2 AA Batteries, USB bus power, AC 100 to 240V (optional AC Adapter)
Power Consumption: 1.7 W (Max)

Battery Operation Time (Recording):
- Alkaline (EVOLTA): approx. 17.5 hours (2ch WAV, 44.1kHz, 16-bit, using Built-in Microphone, JEITA)
- Ni-MH (eneloop): approx. 15.5 hours (2ch WAV, 44.1kHz, 16-bit, using Built-in Microphone, JEITA)

Dimensions: 2.4" × 5.55" × 1.02" / 61 × 141 × 26 mm
Weight: 4.1 oz. / 116 g
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 0.74 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 2 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): DR-05X

For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 323-726-0303
Web: https://tascam.com/us/support/contact

TASCAM DR-05X Handheld Recorder

The TASCAM DR-05X is a compact, versatile, professional-grade digital audio recorder that scrimps on size but delivers on performance and features.

Record Clean and Clear Audio -- Anywhere

The DR-05X is equipped with dual integrated professional quality condenser mics to capture high-quality, crystal clear recordings. DR-05X features omnidirectional stereo mics perfect for recording meetings, dictation, music and more.

Easy to Operate

TASCAM created a totally revamped user interface, making it easy to access recording, adjusting levels, deleting takes, adding markers, and other common functions with just the click of a thumb. DR-05X now includes a new powerful bright white backlit display that's easy to see even in the brightest sunlight.

Turn Your Room Into a Studio -- In a Minute

The DR-05X taps into TASCAM's decades of innovation in computer-based recording, incorporating a studio-quality 2-in/2-out USB audio interface making the DR-05X a perfect fit for live streaming, podcasting, and digital audio workstations. Built-in microphones operate as USB microphones without complicated settings.

Multi-language interface inside

Multi-language menus in English, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Russian, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, and Portuguese are included.

Dictation Mode For Easy Voice Recording and Transcription Playback

Writing down what you hear is easier said than done, but it is actually easy with DR-05X. In addition to its capability to capture crisp voice recording, DR-05X can help you with its instant Jump back function, variable Speed function and equalizer preset for human voice.

Never Miss a Take

DR-05X is equipped with Auto Recording functionality to automatically start recording when an input signal is detected, and Peak Reduction technology TASCAM to guard against sudden spikes in loudness. Recording modes include Overwrite Mode, which allows users to select a precise Record drop-in time for replacement recording with one level of undo, and Nondestructive Overdubbing allows you to record new sounds onto an existing recording while leaving the original file unaffected.

Record Higher Quality for Longer

DR-05X supports studio-quality linear PCM recordings up to 96kHz/24-bit WAV/BWF format, as well as memory-friendly MP3 format. With extended battery life and increased capacity for microSDXC cards up to 128GB, DR-05X recorders can literally record for days on end.


- Portable recorder ideally suited for voice and music recording, including meetings, dictation, lectures, live performances, and more
- Stereo omnidirectional condenser microphones capture everything from the quietest detail to the loudest peaks
- Integrated 2-In/2-Out USB audio interface for PC or Mac recording, podcasting
- Overwrite function for punch-in replacement recording, with one level of Undo
- Dictation mode to instantly incrementally jump back playback including speed control and a special dictation EQ
- Multi-language menus in English, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Russian, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, and Portuguese are included
- Auto Recording function starts recording when sound level is detected
- Simple one-touch user interface with QUICK menu button for all common functions
- Extended battery life up to 17.5 hours with standard AA alkaline batteries
- The DR-05X supports a High-capacity microSDXC card for hundreds of hours of recording time

*MicroSDXC card not included*

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. (1 ratings)
Submitted April 5, 2019 by Christopher S in LEE'S SUMMIT, MO

"For the price! This is a great product!"

Overall: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Records easy! Sounds great! A lot of different files you can record in! Wav. and MP3 different quality levels! Well made product and with a (not included) 64 gig micro sd card plenty of recording time

Musical Background:

Semi-pro Guitarist!

Musical Style:

Heavy metal, rock and blues!
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