Tascam DR-44WL & DR-22WL Hands On and Say Welcome to the Tascam DR-70D

Tascam doesn’t stop innovating. Today the company announced another new recorder – the Tascam DR-70D – a 4 XLR audio recorder with dual built in microphones and a unique compact and tough design.

The video above by the guys from Sound On Sound magazine is a quick look at another 2 products announced recently by Tascam – the Tascam DR-44WL and the DR-22WL mini field recorders. Both recorders include for the first time WIFI capabilities and the ability to control the recorder from your iPhone or Android device from a distance. The higher end model – the Tascam DR-44WL includes 2 XLR inputs is available for 4-track recording while the lower end model – Tascam DR-22WL includes a more basic 3.5 input and more (entry level) user friendly controls.

As for pricing:

This is also a good chance to say a few words about the two larger new recorders from Tascam (did we already mention that Tascam was REALLY busy lately?). The first is the Tascam DR-60D MKII its basically a new version of the good old Tascam DR-60D but with new and more sensitive preamps (and red front handles) – it cost exactly the same as the previous model:

The New Tascam DR-60D MKII vs. the even newer Tascam DR-70D

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Tascam DR-70D is the most recent model by Tascam and it brings to the table quite a few new features including a slimmer design with 4 XLRs, SDXC support (up to 128GB card) and more.

The Tascam DR-70D with a camera – more convenient form factor

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Here is the longer list:

  • • Tascam original High Definition Discrete Architecture (HDDA) microphone preamps.
  • NE5532 operational amplifiers for even higher audio performance (same as the one on the much more expensive DA-3000).
  • Simultaneous recording of up to four channels.
  • 4 channels can be mixed down to a stereo signal.
  • Recording levels can be adjusted independently for inputs 1–4.
  • 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.
  • Two built-in omnidirectional microphones in the front.
  • 4 XLR/TRS combo inputs with phantom power (+24V/+48V).
  • +24 dBu maximum input level (20 dB headroom).
  • Additional unbalanced 3.5mm input for channels 1 and 2 supports mics that require plug-in power.
  • Low-cut filter that can reduce low-frequency noise (40 Hz, 80 Hz, 120 Hz).
  • Switchable limiter to prevent clipping.
  • Audio can be output to a DSLR camera.
  • Camera input enables convenient monitoring of audio from a DSLR camera.
  • • Slate tone functions (automatic/manual) for synchronization of video.
  • Pre-recording function allows the unit to record the two seconds of sound before recording starts.

Pricing for the new Tascam DR-70D was not announced for the U.S. yet but in all likelihood it will be around $300.

The Tascam DR-70D – 4 XLR inputs and lots of control

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Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth is the founder and chief editor of LensVid.com. He has been a technology reporter working for international publications since the late 1990's and covering photography since 2009. Iddo is also a co-founder of a production company specializing in commercial food and product visual content.

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