Tascam DR-701D 6-channel audio recorder for DSLR cameras

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Now with support for AMBEO VR!

The DR-701D is Tascam’s flagship audio recorder for one-shot video  production. It includes a timecode input and a timecode generator for  easy synchronization with a SMPTE generator, camera, or smart slate. The  HDMI in and out allows a DSLR camera to start recording on both  devices, and video clock prevents drift between sound and picture.

Four mic signals can be individually recorded and mixed to a stereo  channel, for a total of six recording channels. For additional channels,  multiple units can be cascaded together. The lightweight yet rigid  chassis is forged from magnesium alloy. Tripod mounts on the top and  bottom allow the unit to mount under a camera, attach to a follow-focus  cage, or be used stand-alone.

Designed for the needs of professional filmmakers, television producers,  advertisers, and documentarians, the DR-701D packs high-quality  multitrack recording into a package compact enough for use with any  camera.

Features at a glance

  • Compact, professional-grade audio recorder designed to be used in combination with a DSLR camera (also usable as a standalone field recorder)
  • Uses an SD/SDHC/SDXC card as recording medium
  • Recording at 44.1/48/96/192 kHz, 16/24-bit, WAV/BWF format (192 kHz only for two-channel recording)
  • High-quality recording inputs through Tascam original High Definition Discrete Architecture (HDDA) microphone preamps
  • Up to six recording channels (4 channels + stereo mix)
  • Dual recording function allows two files to be recorded simultaneously at different levels (–1 dB to –12 dB)
  • Recording levels can be adjusted independently for inputs 1–4
  • Two built-in omnidirectional microphones
  • Four XLR/TRS combo inputs support +4 dBu line level and phantom power (+24V/+48V)
  • +24 dBu maximum input level (20 dB headroom)
  • 64 dB gain (maximum)
  • Additional unbalanced input for channels 1 and 2 (stereo mini jack) supports mics that require plug-in power, allowing the input of video mics and other high-output mics
  • Selectable mid-side decoding for use with MS microphone setups
  • Selectable delay to eliminate time lags caused by differences in the distances of two microphones (±150 ms)
  • Five-stage switchable low-cut filter conveniently reduces unwanted low frequencies (40/80/120/180/220 Hz)
  • Multiband limiter automatically adjusts input overloads (stereo-linking possible with inputs 1 and 2)
  • Trim settings of input channels 1–4 can be displayed
  • Built-in mixer enables pan and level adjustments as well as solo monitoring and can output a mix of four channels
  • Trim controls can be grouped to allow the levels of multiple channels to be controlled simultaneously
  • Audio mixed by the DR-701D can be output to a DSLR camera
  • Camera input enables convenient monitoring of audio from a DSLR camera
  • Clock and starting/stopping recording can be synchronized with a camera using the HDMI input (depending on type of camera)
  • The recorder’s audio signal can be sent to an external recorder using the HDMI output
  • Timecode can be input through the TC IN connector and recording start times added to files
  • Built-in timecode generator (RTC) allows recording start times to be added to files even when there is no timecode input
  • Slate tones can be added automatically or manually to simplify synchronization of video files when editing
  • Mark function allows up to 99 points to be added to a single file (mark information can be used in software that supports BWF)
  • A new file can be created during recording (manually or by file size)
  • File name format can be set to use a user-defined word or the date
  • Resume function remembers the playback position even when the unit is turned off
  • Cascade function using HDMI connections allows DR-701D transport and monitoring operations
  • Tone generator is convenient when adjusting the relative levels of different equipment
  • Headphones jack with 2 × 50 mW maximum output
  • High-quality audio output through a line output jack separate from the headphones jack
  • Hold switch prevents misoperation
  • Transport and SLATE buttons made of rubber to suppress noise during operation
  • 128 x 64 pixel LC display with backlight
  • LED lights are visible even in direct sunlight
  • USB 2.0 port for high-speed transfer of files to computers
  • Micro-B type USB cable included
  • Stand adapter (¼ inch) on bottom side to attach the unit to a tripod
  • DSLR bracket for easy camera attachment and removal
  • Hot shoe mount (accessible when not using the DSLR bracket)
  • Handles on the front left and right sides protect the screen and can be used to attach a shoulder strap
  • RC-3F foot switch and RC-10 wired remote control can be connected (both sold separately)
  • Operates on four AA batteries or rechargeables, USB bus power, optional AC adapter (Tascam PS-P520E), or optional external battery pack (Tascam BP-6AA)

 Additional features with firmware version 2.0

  • Recording in Ambisonics A or B format
  • Stereo mix of B format for input monitoring and playback through headphones output and line output
  • Supports AmbiX and Furse-Malham (FuMa) exchange formats for B-format recording
  • Selectable mic positioning allows flexible setup of the Ambisonics microphone (upright, upside down, end-fire)


Recording media
SD card (64 MB − 2 GB)
SDHC card (4–32 GB)
SDXC card (48–128 GB)
Recording and playback formats
WAV: 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 96 kHz, 192 kHz, 16/24 bit
BWF: 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 96 kHz, 192 kHz, 16/24 bit
Number of input channels
4 maximum (44.1/48/96 kHz)
2 maximum (192 kHz)
Number of recording channels
6 maximum (44.1/48/96 kHz)
2 maximum (192 kHz)
Analogue audio inputs and outputs
IN 1–4 combo jacks
XLR-3-31 (1: GND, 2: HOT, 3: COLD)
(XLR jacks can provide phantom power)
6.3-mm standard TRS jacks
(Tip = HOT, Ring = COLD, Sleeve = GND)
Input gain set to LOW, MID, HI or HI+
  Input impedance
2 kΩ
  Phantom Power
48 V ±4 V (10 mA/channel) or
24 V ±4 V (10 mA/channel)
  Maximum input level
+4 dBu
  Minimum input level
–72 dBu
  Mic input gain (input level knob at maximum)
LOW: +20 dB
MID: +40 dB
HI: +52 dB
HI+: +64 dB
Input gain set to LINE
  Input impedance
10 kΩ or higher
  Nominal input level
+4 dBu
  Maximum input level
+24 dBu
Additional input (EXT IN 1/2)
3.5-mm stereo mini jack (can provide plug-in power)
  Input impedance
10 kΩ
  Maximum input level
+10 dBV
  Minimum input level
−50 dBV
  Mic input gain (input level knob at maximum)
LOW: +3 dB
MID: +11 dB
HI: +26 dB
HI+: +38 dB
Camera input
3.5-mm stereo mini jack
  Input impedance
10 kΩ
  Nominal input level
–10 dBV
  Maximum input level
+6 dBV
Headphones output (PHONES)
3.5-mm stereo mini jack
  Maximum output power
50 mW + 50 mW
Camera output
3.5-mm stereo mini jack
  Output impedance
200 Ω
  Nominal output level
–44 dBV
  Maximum output level
+6 dBV
Notes: The maximum input level is the  level that the input knob can be adjusted and a digital full-scale  (0 dBFS) signal can be input without distorting. The minimum input level  is the level that the input knob can be adjusted and a −20 dBFS signal  can be input.
Line output (LINE OUT)
3.5-mm stereo mini jack
  Output impedance
200 Ω
  Nominal output level
–14 dBV
  Maximum output level
+6 dBV
Other inputs and outputs
HDMI input/output (HDMI IN/OUT)
Type-A receptacle
USB connector
Micro-B connector
USB 2.0 High Speed, mass storage class
Timecode input (TIME CODE IN)
  Input signal voltage range
0.5–5 Vpp
  Input impedance
10 kΩ
SMPTE 12M-1999 compliant
REMOTE connector
2.5-mm TRS micro jack
Audio performance
Frequency response
20 Hz – 20 kHz +0.5/−1 dB (LINE IN to LINE OUT, Fs 48 kHz, JEITA)
20 Hz – 40 kHz +0.5/−1 dB (LINE IN to LINE OUT, Fs 96 kHz, JEITA)
20 Hz – 80 kHz +0.5/−5 dB (LINE IN to LINE OUT, Fs 192 kHz, JEITA)
0.007 % or less
(Mic input to LINE OUT, −10 dBu input, Fs 44.1/48/96/192 kHz, JEITA)
S/N ratio
100 dB or more
(Line or Mic input to LINE OUT, Fs 44.1/48/96/192 kHz, JEITA)
Equivalent input noise (EIN)
−124 dBu or less
Power supply and other specifications
Power supply
4 AA batteries (alkaline, NiMH or lithium)
AC adapter (Tascam PS-P520E, sold separately) or USB connection
External battery pack (Tascam BP-6AA, sold separately)
Power consumption
6.5 W (maximum)
Current consumption (USB connection)
1.3 A (maximum)
Dimensions (W × H × D)
169 mm × 57 mm × 114 mm (with camera adapter attached)
654 g (including batteries)
561 g (excluding batteries)
Permissible operating temperature range
0–40 °C