Portable Recorders Are Awesome: Tascam DR-07 MkII
Portable digital recorders are everywhere these days. The manufacturers of these handy little devices are comparable to the overall standard of quality you can expect from the various other recording products sold by a particular company. Tascam has always been know for making very affordable recording equipment but without compromising a very basic standard of quality. The Tascam DR-07 mkii is no exception. This device will run you considerably less than most other portable recorders but that’s only because they have simplified the recorder for those out there that just want a quality audio recording. Instead of cluttering the interface with pages, menus, and a whole lot of effects, Tascam has made it easier to navigate the various functions on the DR-07 mkii. It records in 24 bit/96k, uses micro SD for storage and mini USB for transferring files, has the option for an external 1/8th inch mic input, and the ability for both X-Y and A-B mic configurations.
I took the DR-07 mkii out to a local pub and recorded a band from about 10 feet away and dead center in the room. I was impressed by how clear the audio was from the X-Y condenser mics. When I wanted to take a break from recording, the recorder fit easily into my pocket without feeling like I had a recorder bulging out of the side of my pants. The fact that I could casually record live music without feeling like I had to put the recorder in a safe place is awesome. The ability to fit this thing into a small pocket is what really sets it apart from other bulkier recorders of comparable quality. One limitation however was that I could not plug it directly into the mixing console without some sort of XLR or TRS converter for the 1/8th inch external mic input. This may not matter for some of you but for an audio geek like me, I found this recorder to be limited in that respect.
In addition to the ease of use and optional mic configurations, I really like the size and weight of the DR-07 mkii. It is thin, lightweight, and extremely portable. Again this is because Tascam has taken out all of the non-essentials like 4 track recording, built in effects, and replaced them with a recorder that allows for a no hassle ease of use. If you are in the market for a portable digital recorder that’s compact, affordable, and easy to use, the Tascam DR-07 mkii should be on your list.
Transcript:What’s going on? This is Taylor with unisquared.com and today we’re talking portable digital recorders. Now you guys have been asking a lot of questions about which portable digital recorder to get. These things are great for the audio guy on the go, who doesn’t want to deal with all the cables and wires or audio setup, and it gets a quality audio recording. Now there’s a lot of different ones out there, and they’ve got different functions and price ranges. Today we’re going to talk about the Tascam DR-07 MkII. We’re going to talk about some of its functionality, the price range that it’s in, and run you through some of the special features of this recorder right here. Let’s check it out. If you guys are already familiar you probably already know about Zoom’s H4N. This is kind of the standard when it comes to portable digital recorders, it’s used a lot by independent filmmakers as well as audio guys on the go. It also allows you to record four tracks simultaneously, so it’s good for somebody who wants to have a portable recorder for different situations. Now the Tascam DR-07 MkII is a little more limited in what you can do but it’s a heck of a lot cheaper than they H4N. So it all depends on what you want out of your portable digital recorder. It doesn’t have any inputs for external mics except for this ⅛ inch jack right at the top. It’s also got the same XY mics that you’ll find on the H4N, but you can flip them out to AB. Why would you want to use AB? Well, AB is good if you want to capture an ambient sound in the room, if you’re at a show or a concert you probably want to keep it at XY, or if you’re recording a band you really want to keep in in XY and point it directly at the source. Now this uses microSD cards and comes with a 2GB memory card. It’s got a USB out so you can transfer all your audio whenever you want. It also records in 24bit 96K which is great top quality audio on this thing. And it records in wav and MP3 format. My favorite thing about this is that it’s a lot slimmer than the H4N. It’s got less depth and less width which makes it a lot more portable. Alright so I can imagine that you guys are getting tired of me talking about this and you just want to hear how it sounds. I get it, so we’re going to go test this thing out and show you how it sounds. So if you guys are looking for a portable digital recorder without all the bells and whistles like four track recording, or external mic inputs, this is the one for you. I personally recommend this for someone who’s in the independent film industry who wants to record audio. It’s also good for musicians who just want to quickly capture some ideas. It’s also really good for journalists too if they want to record their interviews with this thing. Or if you’re just a music lover who wants to take this thing out for your favorite show, I highly recommend this for you. Now what this thing lacks in versatility, it more than makes up for in affordability. So if you guys want to learn more about the Tascam DR-07 MkII check us out on uniquesquared.com. Also check out our blog on the latest information on audio and digital recording equipment. I advise you to check out our facebook and twitter page because we’re always posting stuff about contests and giveaways. Plus we just want to connect with you guys, find out what your likes and interests are about pro audio equipment. Tell us what we should review, and we’ll give you that review. Alright I’m Taylor with uniquesquared.com. Be you, be unique, at uniquesquared.com.