Tascam DR-60MKII DSLR Audio Recorder / Mixer

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Main Features
  • Camera & Tripod Mountable
  • 2 Combo XLR/TRS & 1 Stereo 1/8" Inputs
  • Supplies Phantom & Plug-In Power
  • Built-In Mixer
  • Records to SD or SDHC Cards
  • Records 4 Channels Simultaneously
  • Records up to 24-bit/96kHz WAV/BWF Files
  • Supports High-Output Microphones
  • Camera Output with Level Control
  • Powered by 4 AA Batteries

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.


Main Features

Changes since the previous model are marked red

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 AC adaptor (sold separately: TASCAM PS-P515U), external battery pack (sold separately: TASCAM BP-6AA) or USB bus power
Power source switches automatically from external to internal when necessary (with pop-up message on display)


General

Recording media
SD card (64 MB 2 GB)
SDHC card (4GB to 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 kOhm

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 kOhm 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 kOhm

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 kOhm
Nominal input level −10 dBV
Maximum input level +6 dBV
CAMERA OUT (LOW) jack 3.5-mm stereo mini jack
Output impedance 200 Ohm
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 Ohm
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
Macintosh 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-P515U, 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 040 C

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Tascam DR-60MKII DSLR Audio Recorder / Mixer
 
4.1

(based on 9 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (6)
  • Reliable (4)
  • Compact (3)

Cons

  • Heavy / bulky (3)

Best Uses

  • Conversation piece (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Tech savvy (5), Gearhead (3)

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3.0

Good value but has some issues

By Owen

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Tascam DR-60MKII DSLR Audio Recorder / Mixer:

Attach to dslr for video.

It chews through batteries you need highest capacity rechargeable or attach a power pack.

Nice it fits between a dslr and a tripod, and let's you record a reference track on the dslr easily.

I'd say the newer one is probably worth the extra 100

 
4.0

I would recommend this unit.

By Geoff

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Tascam DR-60MKII DSLR Audio Recorder / Mixer:

This is an ideal unit for a solo operator. That I can mount it between my tripod and DSLR makes life very comfy. Quality is very good and I'm happy!

 
5.0

Love this recorder

By Carey

from Australia

About Me Tech Savvy

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • High Quality Sound
  • Reliable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Conversations
    • Recording in field for radio
    • Recording with DSLR

    Comments about Tascam DR-60MKII DSLR Audio Recorder / Mixer:

    I love this piece of gear. I use it alone for in-field recording for radio and I also use it for recording with a DSLR camera. What I love about this the most is:
    A) can use the slate feature to easily sync audio to camera
    B) Can record in dual mode to protect yourself from peaking
    C) Easy to use with tripod & camera

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Excellent run and gun audio recorder

    By John Oors

    from Adelaide, South Australia

    About Me Tech Savvy

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Accepts any xlr based microphone
    • Battery boost from portable charger
    • Compact Design
    • High Quality Sound
    • Reliable

    Cons

    • Battery life not brilliant

    Best Uses

    • Concerts
    • Conversations
    • Run & Gun

    Comments about Tascam DR-60MKII DSLR Audio Recorder / Mixer:

    In run & gun video work, connects under Sony 4K camera with Rode Stereovideomic and various condenser mikes needing 48 volt phantom power and silent microphone amps. This unit provides excellent connectivity with almost no noise. Easy to read and manipulate, including the mix or discrete single channels for voice interviews. The ability to accept extra battery power via USB is a godsend and even cheaper 4000mAh mobile phone charger packs provide several hours extra recording time. Using SDHC cards up to 8 Gig means I can work basically all day without fret or worry. I run out of camera power before the Tascam goes dead flat.

     
    4.0

    Excellent sound, manageable battery life

    By Justin - Soundie

    from Sydney, Australia

    About Me Gearhead, Sound Recordist, Tech Savvy

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • High Quality Sound

    Cons

    • Bulky
    • Poor battery life

    Best Uses

      Comments about Tascam DR-60MKII DSLR Audio Recorder / Mixer:

      I've been using a Zoom H4n during DSLR video shoots for the last 3 years (borrowed from a friend), and decided it was time to get my own equipment. The two major issues I had to overcome were poor battery life and noisy preamps (lots of hiss from the Zoom).
      The Tascam DR-60D MkII has incredibly quiet preamps, allowing the gain to be raised to the point your ears bleed. But without hiss!
      Having actual gain knobs (instead of software controls) is great, although the controls don't quite have a linear response. This isn't a problem if you turn the knobs slowly and smoothly.
      Battery life isn't fantastic, even with Energizer 2500mAH rechargables - using phantom power, it will give about 1.5 hours of non-stop recording. This is still a massive improvement on the Zoom, though.
      The ability to use an external battery pack via USB is great, and coupling a 12,000mAH pack with the Energizers allows the unit to record for about 7 hours straight, using a single phantom-powered shotgun mic.
      In terms of form-factor, it's best to bolt this directly to your DSLR rig, as it will auto-slate with your camera (once you've connected your 3.5mm jacks). However since I tend to be on the move, and recording independently of the videographer, I have the recorder strapped to an Airsoft Molle tactical vest, which allows me to attach a number of other utilities to the rig - cables, headphones, water bottles and snacks.
      At the end of the day, the preamps are the best feature, and battery life isn't an issue with an external power pack. If I had to buy another recorder, I'd most probably get the DR-70D, but that's only because of its 4x XLR inputs. This unit will serve extremely well in the meantime.

       
      4.0

      Extremely convenient

      By Kid Gremlin

      from Melbourne, Australia

      About Me Gearhead, young and determined

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • extremely versatile
      • Not difficult to use
      • Reliable

      Cons

      • plastic design

      Best Uses

      • Conversations

      Comments about Tascam DR-60MKII DSLR Audio Recorder / Mixer:

      this field recorder provides great uses, it does as it says records necessary audio as long as it has a microphone connected to one of its inputs. it also sends the audio straight to your camera as long as you have a 3.5mm jack audio cable. I love it.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      low budget film recording on the tascam

      By sound guy

      from Sydney, NSW

      About Me Gearhead

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • High Quality Sound

      Cons

      • Bulky

      Best Uses

      • Conversations

      Comments about Tascam DR-60MKII DSLR Audio Recorder / Mixer:

      superior sound quality to zoom h4. Its really intended to be fixed on top or below a camera on a tripod not a hand held device like the zoom recorders

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Easy. Proffesional. Reliable

      By Kal

      from Australia

      About Me Tech Savvy

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • High Quality Sound
      • Reliable

      Cons

      • Batteries
      • Battery Only
      • Power source

      Best Uses

      • Concerts
      • Conversations
      • Lectures

      Comments about Tascam DR-60MKII DSLR Audio Recorder / Mixer:

      I have used this product predominately tecording live events straight from the sound desk. The quality has always been great. The xlr/1/4 inch inputs are awesome as is the incredibly handy mount on the top. I recommend investing in rechargeable AA's for this product as connecting to power is harder than it needs to be.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Mounting to the camera is so convenient

      By bengrahamproductions

      from Werribee, Vic

      About Me Tech Savvy

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • High Quality Sound

      Cons

      • Bulky

      Best Uses

        Comments about Tascam DR-60MKII DSLR Audio Recorder / Mixer:

        Love the way it mounts to the camera. For a lower profile wait for the new 70D model.

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        • Q:

          I am looking for boom pole micro phone and audio recorder any deal?
          Asked on 18/1/2017 by Anil from Parkdale

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            Please call our sales team on 03 9543 8885. They can discuss your requirements & take things from there. Thank you.

            Answered on 18/1/2017 by Anonymous
        • Q:

          Will this work with my Canon XA20? If so? Will not be heavy if I attach the XA20 with this unit, especially if I added the wide angle lens into the camera? My concern, maybe the attachment mount screw from Tascam might break, somehow. ����

          Thanks
          Asked on 11/11/2016 by Eric from Derrimut

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          • Staff Reviewer

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            Eric, the Tascam DR60 is desgined for DSLR's, that dont have good audio, ie dont have XLR inputs. Your camera already has great audio, and does have XLR Balanced audio inputs. If you need to add a sparated audio recorder, then use something like a tascam dr100 or zoom h5.

            Answered on 11/11/2016 by Michael from Videoguys
        • Q:

          Specs indicate a 4GB Card. If I want to sometimes record say 12 hours, one channel, using 32GB SDHC card, will the DR-60MKII and it's file system complain ? - i.e. Manual pages 23/4/5 might indicate unit does not like to run/record for extended periods. I'd of course use a PS-P515U supply etc. Otherwise unit looks good - just need it to occasionally record for a long time - un-attended. Real tests of this aspect appreciated. Thanks - TM
          Asked on 17/1/2016 by TM from Tasmania

          1 answer

          • Staff Reviewer

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            Hi TM,

            I've never heard of an issue so long as the card is big enough & the unit doesn't run out of power (obviously a power supply connection would ensure that it won't be an issue). I ran it past the tech at the distributor's as well - again, he couldn't see any reason why it would cause any issues to record extended length of times either.

            Answered on 17/1/2016 by Sales Team from Videoguys
        • Q:

          Hi.

          Other than size and the extra 2 xlr inputs, what other differences are there between the tascam dr-60d mk2 and the tascam dr-70d?

          Thanks heaps!
          Asked on 7/4/2015 by Brad from Melbourne

          1 answer

        • Q:

          Is it compatible with a Canon 6D? Are the XLR inputs balanced? I the answers are Yes I'll definitely order one.
          Thanks
          Asked on 23/2/2015 by Holden from Sydney, Australia

          1 answer

          • Staff Reviewer

            A:

            Yes and YES!

            Answered on 23/2/2015 by Michael from Videoguys
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        Tascam DR-60MKII DSLR Audio Recorder / Mixer
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        • 3-Year Warranty

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