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Tascam DR-70D Linear PCM Recorder for DSLR


Main Features

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  • 16/24-bit, 44.1k/48k/96k Hz (WAV/BWF)
  • Two built-in omnidirectional mics
  • 4 XLR/TRS combo jacks allow a variety of setups
  • 128x64-pixel graphic LCD with backlight
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What's in the Box

Tascam DR-70D Linear PCM Recorder for DSLR
  • USB cable
  • Camera attachment bracket screw hole covers 6
  • Owner's Manual (including warranty)
  • 3-Year Warranty

Not Included

The DR-70D from TASCAM is the ultimate audio recording solution for filmmakers. Four balanced XLR mic inputs meet the requirements of production sound, from professional users to indie DSLR shooters. The compact format can be mounted either above or below a camera, and a pair of built-in microphones can capture sound on-set. The interface is designed for quick adjustment, with additional features to keep recording levels under control.  

Four XLR mic inputs with phantom power are included on the DR-70D, enough to cover busy scenes. The High-Quality HDDA(High Definition Discrete Architecture) Mic Preamps  include 64dB of gain for quiet performances, and all four inputs have individual gain controls. Each input has a limiter and low cut filter available for controlling volume. Also included is Dual Recording mode, which records a safety copy of your audio at a lower level to prevent distorted takes. Quality components like 5532 op amps are used throughout for the clearest audio possible.

Tracks on the DR-70D are captured to SD card, SDHC or SDXC media – up to 128GB cards are supported. The recorder has tripod mounts on the top and bottom of the unit, allowing it to be mounted on a camera, a follow-focus cage, or used standalone. Other production friendly features include a slate tone, low-noise buttons, a powerful headphone output, and standard AA battery power.

Uniquely designed for the needs of filmmakers, television producers, advertisers, and documentarians, the DR-70D packs multitrack recording into a package compact enough to use with any camera.

Features at a glance

Supports SD/SDHC/SDXC cards
Maximum number of tracks recorded simultaneously: (4)
Recording formats: 16/24-bit, 44.1k/48k/96k Hz (WAV/BWF)
TASCAM HDDA microphone preamps provide legendary audio performance
Input levels can be adjusted independently
XLR/TRS inputs support +4dBu line level and phantom power (24V/48V)
Supports mics requiring plug-in power, and mics with high output (1-2)
CAMERA OUT jack enables audio mixed on the DR-70D to be output to the camera
CAMERA IN jack allows the DSLR camera audio to be monitored through the DR-70D
High-quality audio output through the line output jack that is independent of the headphones jack
Headphone jack with 20mW+20mW maximum output
Tripod mounting threads (bottom), camera screw attachment and a shoe mount that can be attached and removed with a coin (top)
Handles on the front left and right sides protect the screen and can be used to attach a shoulder strap
Transport and SLATE buttons are made of rubber to prevent handling noise during use
HOLD switch prevents accidental operation
128x64-pixel graphic LCD with backlight
High-speed transfer of files to a computer using USB 2.0
Micro-B USB cable included
Operates on (4) AA batteries, with an optional AC adapter (TASCAM PS-P515U) or USB cable provided with the unit (USB bus power).
BP-6AA external battery pack (sold separately) makes operation for even longer times possible
RC-3F footswitch or RC-10 wired remote control (both sold separately) for remote control
Built-in mixer can be used to adjust Pan and Level to mix output of (4) channels
Low-cut filter with five settings (40/80/120/180/220 Hz) to be used to reduce unwanted air-conditioning noise and other low-frequency sounds
 Limiter function can automatically adjust excessive input levels (stereo-linking possible for 1/L and 2/R)
 Delay function to adjust for distances between mics (+/−150 ms)
 Mid-side decoding function enables the use of mid-side stereo mics
 Slate tone functions (automatic/manual)
 Selectable slate tone insertion points (recording start or recording start and finish when using the automatic slate function)
 File name format can be set to use a user-defined word or date
 Dual recording function allows two files to be recorded simultaneously at different levels (second file at between −1 dB and −12 dB)
 Can start a new file automatically when a maximum file size set in advance is reached to continue recording
 Track incrementing function allows a file to be split by creating a new file during recording when desired
 Resume function remembers the playback position when the unit is turned off
 Mark function allows up to 99 points to be added to a single recording (mark information can be used in software that supports the BWF format)

UPC: 043774031139
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent Recommemded
Date published: 2018-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent device. Excellent performance easy to use. Great bit of kit for DSLR filmmaking.
Date published: 2017-03-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very good in this price range In the sub $500 price range, there really isn't much around with the same feature set as the DR-70. The zoom models are a pain to work with when location recording, but fine for most other uses. Obviously the build and sound quality is nowhere near the brilliant Sound Devices range, but it shouldn't be, since it's (at least) a quarter of the price!

The good: 4 XLR inputs, easy to use pots, ability to name files, price, power via USB

The bad: noisy headphone output, quite noisy at the MID -> HIGH+ gain settings, having to manually set gain settings (LOW, MID etc)

Pretty impressed with the unit after a week on location at near zero degree temps! The build quality is decent, although I have noticed a bit of dust creeping in behind the LCD screen cover.
There were a few moments where the unit froze on me, requiring power disconnection, but otherwise it's been good. Easy to use, audio quality is pretty good, but like I said, if you need an entry level location recorder without forking out too much, this is your best bet at the moment.

TIP: Get yourself a lithium power bank! A 9000mAh unit lasted about 3 days (with phantom on).
Date published: 2015-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Unit. Good Soung This has been a great addition to my blackmagic kit. After using an interface for audio into the blackmagic this unit provides extremely clean audio in comparison
Date published: 2015-03-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from SMALL AND EFFECTIVE I'm using this for voiceovers, mostly driving a 416. The dual recording feature is very helpful and for the price I don't think you can beat it for this sort of job. Of course it isn't the best for video field work, but you'll pay a lot more for quality gear for that - it's designed for DSLR work, not ENG. Does tend to chew the batteries, but not drastically so. My only negative comment is that I found the menus a bit of a learning curve (and I'm familiar with this stuff), so I've set it up the way I want and no more fiddling. No idea about its reliability yet. But so far it's been a nice little piece of equipment. No regrets.
Date published: 2015-02-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This is a game changer I use this along side my BMPCC and it works a treat, it's small enough to mount on my rail system and is easy to adjust.
Date published: 2015-01-10
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