Tascam DR-30DMKII Audio recorder for DSLR cameras

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The DR-60D MKII is a compact 4-track audio recorder for dedicated use  with a digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) or digital single-lens  mirrorless (DSLM) camera as a video system. It can be mounted directly  to the camera and offers various audio inputs and outputs to allow the  recording of high-resolution audio material in parallel to, but  separated from the camera and its video data.

The recorder features Tascam original HDDA microphone preamps which are  known for high S/N ratio, low input-referred noise and low distortion.  Recordings can be made at 44.1/48/96 kHz, 16/24-bit in WAV or BWF  format. In addition to ordinary stereo recording, it is possible to  record up to four channels simultaneously which can then be mixed down  to a stereo signal. Recording levels can be adjusted independently for  inputs 1, 2 and 3–4 and the Dual Recording function allows two files to  be recorded in parallel at different levels.

The DR-60D MKII can output high-quality audio to a DSLR/DSLM camera to  be recorded there as a reference track, and a camera input enables  convenient monitoring of audio sent from a DSLR camera. Mid-side  decoding, slate tone functions (automatic/manual), selectable time delay  and other functions for convenient recording are also available.

Features at a glance

  • Compact, high-quality audio recorder designed to be used in combination with a DSLR camera
  • Uses an SD/SDHC card as recording medium
  • High-quality recording inputs through Tascam original High Definition Discrete Architecture (HDDA) microphone preamps
  • In addition to ordinary stereo recording, simultaneous recording of up to four channels is possible
  • Four channels can be mixed down to a stereo signal
  • Recording levels can be adjusted independently for inputs 1, 2 and 3–4
  • Dual recording function allows two files to be recorded simultaneously at different levels
  • Recording at 44.1/48/96 kHz, 16/24-bit, linear PCM (WAV format)
  • Broadcast Wave Format (BWF) supported as WAV recording format
  • New, smooth XLR/TRS combo jacks
  • XLR mic/line inputs can provide phantom power (+24V/+48V)
  • TRS mic/line inputs support +24 dBu input when used as line inputs
  • "HI+PLUS" setting allows a maximum input gain of 64 dB
  • Stereo mini jack input supports mics that require plug-in power, allowing the input of video mics and other high-output mics (+10 dBV maximum input level)
  • Low-cut filter conveniently reduces low-frequency noise (40 Hz, 80 Hz, 120 Hz)
  • High-quality audio can be output to a DSLR camera for recording
  • Two camera outputs with different levels allow audio signal to be sent to a line or mic input of the camera
  • Camera input enables convenient monitoring of audio from a DSLR camera
  • Selectable mid-side decoding for use with MS microphone setups
  • Slate tone functions (automatic/manual) to simplify synchronization with video files when editing
  • Pre-recording function allows the unit to record the two seconds of sound before recording is activated
  • Auto recording function to start start and stop recording by input level
  • A new file can be created during recording (manually or by file size)
  • Self-timer function to start recording after a set period of time
  • Jump-back function allows the last several seconds of the currently played file to be replayed again by simply pressing a button
  • Selectable delay to eliminate time lags caused by differences in the distances of two input sources
  • QUICK button allows easy access to various functions
  • Divide function allows files to be split where desired
  • Mark function convenient for moving to specific locations
  • Equalizers for playback, and level alignment function to enhance the perceived overall sound pressure
  • File name format can be set to use a user-defined word or the date
  • Resume function to memorize the playback position before the unit is turned off
  • Line output and headphones output with individual level controls (3.5-mm jack)
  • 128 x 64 pixel LC display with backlight
  • USB 2.0 port
  • Stand adapter (¼ inch) on bottom side to attach the unit to a tripod
  • DSLR bracket for easy camera attachment and removal with a coin
  • Dedicated remote control jack (for use with RC-10 and RC-3F (sold separately))
  • Hold switch to prevent accidental operation
  • Handles on the front left and right sides protect the screen and can be used to attach a shoulder belt
  • Operates on four AA batteries, an optional AC adaptor (Tascam PS-P520E), optional external battery pack (Tascam BP-6AA) or USB bus power
  • Power source switches automatically from external to internal when necessary (with pop-up message on display)

Specifications

General
Recording media
SD card (64 MB – 2 GB)
SDHC card (4–32 GB)
Audio file compatibility
WAV: 44.1/48/96 kHz, 16/24-bit
BWF (Broadcast Wave Format): 44.1/48/96kHz, 16/24-bit
Number of channels
4 channels (stereo x 2)
Analogue audio inputs and outputs
Mic/Line input 1/L, 2/R (switchable phantom power)
XLR-3-31
6.3-mm standard TRS Jack
Input switch set to MIC or MIC+PHANTOM
 
Input impedance
2 kΩ
  Phantom Power
48 V ±4 V (10 mA/channel) or
24 V ±4 V (10 mA/channel)
  Maximum input level
0 dBu
  Minimum input level
−72 dBu
  Mic input gain (input level knob at maximum)
LOW: +11 dB
MID: +36 dB
HIGH: +52 dB
HIGH+PLUS: +64 dB
Input switch set to LINE
 
Input impedance
10 kΩ or higher
  Nominal input level
+4 dBu
  Maximum input level
+24 dBu
Mic/Line input 3-4 (supports plug-in power)
3.5-mm stereo mini jack
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
HIGH: +26 dB
HIGH+PLUS: +38 dB
CAMERA IN jack
3.5-mm stereo mini jack
Input impedance
10 kΩ
  Nominal input level
−10 dBV
  Maximum input level
+6 dBV
CAMERA OUT (LOW) jack
3.5-mm stereo mini jack
  Output impedance
200 Ω
  Nominal output level
−50 dBV
  Maximum output level
−30 dBV
Headphones output
3.5-mm stereo mini jack
  Maximum output power
50 mW + 50 mW
CAMERA OUT (HIGH)/LINE OUT jack
3.5-mm stereo mini jack
  Output impedance
200 Ω
  Nominal output level
−10 dBV
  Maximum output level
+10 dBV
Other inputs and outputs
USB
USB Mini-B Type
  Format
USB 2.0 HIGH SPEED mass storage class
REMOTE jack
2.5-mm TRS jack
Audio performance
Frequency response
20 Hz – 20 kHz, +0.5/–2 dB (LINE IN or MIC IN to LINE OUT, Fs 44.1/48 kHz, JEITA)
20 Hz – 40 kHz, +0.5/–3 dB (LINE IN or MIC IN to LINE OUT, Fs 96 kHz, JEITA)
Distortion
0.02% or less (LINE IN or MIC IN to LINE OUT, Fs 44.1/48/96 kHz, JEITA)
S/N ratio
92 dB or more (LINE IN or MIC IN to LINE OUT, Fs 44.1/48/96 kHz, JEITA)
Equivalent input noise
–120 dBu or less
Note for JEITA
Conforming to JEITA CP-2150
Computer compatibility
Windows
Pentium 300 MHz or faster
128 MB or more memory
Mac
Power PC, iMac, G3, G4 266 MHz or faster
64 MB or more memory
Recommended USB port
USB 2.0
Recommended USB host controller
Intel chipset
Supported operating systems
Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 (including Windows 8.1), Mac OS X 10.2 or later
Power supply and other specifications
Power supply
Four AA batteries (Alkaline or Ni-MH)
USB bus power supplied from a computer
AC adaptor (TASCAM PS-P520E, sold separately)
External battery pack (TASCAM BP-6AA, sold separately)
Power consumption
5.4 W (maximum)
Dimensions (W × H × D)
133 mm × 93 mm × 78 mm (with the top adapter attached)
Weight
510 g (without batteries)
Operating temperature range
0–40 °C