TASCAM has updated its recorder for use with DSLR video to the DR-60DmkII. The four-channel recorder gets new microphone pre-amps with up to 64 dB of gain for recording quiet voices on set. Designed as a portable recorder, the DR-60DmkII contains a tripod mounting screw on top and socket hole on the bottom, integrating with cameras from Canon, Nikon, Sony and others. The camera output attenuates down to mic level before passing the signal to the camera to prevent distortion. The new version includes an improved microphone preamp for up to 64 dB of gain.
A pair of XLR microphone inputs feed TASCAM’s latest HDDA microphone pre-amps and provides phantom power for condenser microphones. The pre-amp gain and other controls are easily accessed from the front panel with physical controls instead of software menus for quick adjustment. A second pair of inputs can be patched to wireless receivers or other sources for four-track recording. These pre-amps far outshine the camera audio and individual headphone and line outputs allow an additional feed on-set. Four channels can be recorded or the unit can be set to Dual Recording mode, which records a safety track at a lower level to prevent distortion.
At a cost less than competing preamps, the TASCAM DR-60DmkII is the ultimate 4-track recorder designed for filmmakers, television, live events and web broadcast.
- Four-track WAV or BWAV recording up to 96kHz/24-bit
- Designed to attach to a DSLR camera with top and bottom tripod mounts
- Easy-to-use interface with switches instead of menus
- Dual record mode captures a safety track so there’s a backup in case of overload
- High-quality microphone pre-amps, analog/digital converters and recording format (BWAV) — much better than the camera audio specs
- Improved microphone preamp with up to 64 dB of gain
- Camera output pads down to mic level so it doesn’t overload the camera
- Records to SD card media
- Individual headphone and line outputs
- Slate function plays a tone for easier synchronization with camera audio
- Two XLR/1/4” combination jacks plus stereo 1/8” mini jack
- Powered via AA batteries or USB input
It will list for $199. Details are here.