December 27, 2013
There are a lot of portable recording devices on the market that act as field recorders and double as portable audio interfaces. Portable recorders like the Zoom H4n have become standard amongst independent and mobile videographers and filmmakers, but often times these recorders are built with the musician, producer, or audio engineer in mind. It’s rare that we get a product like this that is tailored specifically for use with HD and DSLR cameras.
This is what sets the Tascam DR-60D apart from its competitors. It has similar functionality when compared to other portable audio recorders on the market, but with a design and features conducive to synchronization with cameras. The big question then becomes, “Why would you choose the Tascam DR-60D over other portable recorders that have the same general functionality?” Well if you are a videographer or an independent filmmaker, there are a whole host of reasons why …
October 1, 2012
With all the glorious DAW software like Ableton and Logic out there, and all of their add-ons and plug-ins available to them – it may seem like physical multi-track recording devices would die out in a slow plastic death, but actually, they’re still around. Tascam’s DP-24 multitrack recorder represents the apex of their portable recording studio solutions, allowing you to mix up to 24 separate tracks in one sitting.
Build quality is rugged, and the colored ergonomic design is something Tascam has not been known for in the past. The unit offers the ability to transport audio to and from the device using SD cards or direct USB connection, and has a range of inputs for guitars, microphones, and stereo devices.…
March 14, 2012
New portable digital recorders are coming out faster than I have time to demo them. They always seem to improve upon existing models with new internal menu functions, improvement to the built in condensor microphones, and overall construction. With that said, there is rarely any brand new and exciting features on new product lines. Instead what I have been noticing is a lot of companies that manufacture these portable digital recorders are trying to compete with one another. For this reason you see a lot of portable recorders coming out that try to match or slightly improve on existing technology.
This is the third review I have done for a portable digital audio recording device so I decided to take the time and look over some of the comments you guys have posted on the blog and in the accompanying YouTube video. Sometimes I get questions about specific applications and whether or not a portable recorder …
January 27, 2012
The Winter NAMM show in Anaheim, California is always a lot of fun for the UniqueSquared Team. We have captured content for the last 2 years, specifically to cover and report on the hottest and latest gear in the realm of remix, recording, live PA, and DJing. Not surprising, there were some huge announcements from a lot of the major manufacturers and some from those that are less well known. In addition to running around the show floor with cameras, our team got a chance to talk at length to some of the product specialists at their booths. After the same memorized overview and sales pitch that they recite thousands of times for the whole week, they got down to the dirt of what they were trying to hock. After careful consideration, the UniqueSquared team has put together their Top 10 Product Announcements from NAMM 2012.
10. Numark MPC DJ …
January 21, 2012
Tascam are one of those companies that manage to re-appear throughout your career as a musician. In my life they first appeared as a Portastudio. Many nights were spent with this thing, piling tracks, bouncing down, piling more, cursing the fidelity of tape and it’s lack of capacity for regeneration, playing tracks backwards and passing out listening to my crazed creations. Years later, with the magic of sequencers in my life, the Porta-DAT entered my studio. I would use it to capture sequences using multiple synths and drum machines that I would track vocals or guitar with, then bounce to MiniDisc and add more, vox, bg vox, overdubs whatever. It sounds ghetto, I know, but you guys wouldn’t believe how expensive digital multi-tracking once was.
Well, Tascam are trying to get into my process again. The new DR-40 takes square aim at the H4N and seems poised to give it …