Tascam DR-70D

Portable 4-Channel Audio Recorder for Digital SLR Cameras (DSLR Camera)

  • Up to 24 Bit / 96 kHz
  • Stereo or 4-track recording on SD / SDHC card
  • WAV and BWF recording format
  • Individually adjustable recording level for tracks 1-4
  • 4 Audio tracks mixable to stereo signal
  • Switchable impact sound filter
  • 2 Built-in microphones
  • 4 Combined XLR / jack microphone / line inputs with switchable 24 / 48 V phantom power
  • 3.5mm Mini Jack Stereo Camera In and Out / Line Out Jack
  • Headphone output: 3.5 mm jack stereo
  • USB 2.0
  • Micro-jack socket 2.5 mm for optional remote control
  • Power supply: 4 x AA batteries, USB or AC adapter (Tascam PS-P520E - not included)
  • Power source automatically switches from external to internal if required (with display message)
  • Dimensions: 169 x 55 x 107 mm
  • Weight: 530 g
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Further Information

Integrated Stereo Microhone Yes
Recording Tracks 4
Microphone Inputs 2
48 V Phantom power Yes
Line Inputs 2
Storage Medium SD/SDHC Card
Headphone connection Yes
Integrated Speaker No
Resolution max. 24 bit
Max. Sample Rate 96 kHz
Limiter No

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Stepping Stone
forestwanderer, 30.12.2018
I've bought this primarily as something to kickstart some kind of location sound recording career. I know that it's something that I will outgrow, but it really does have excellent preamp quality, four inputs for good flexibility and room to add mics, and great portability and ability to have a very long battery life (with a USB power bank). There's really not that much out there that can compete on the features for the price, and saving here means I can put aside more money for better microphones on my kind of budget, which I think is a reasonably smart move.

Build quality is pretty nice, and I appreciate small things like the rubberised plate on the bottom which keeps it from slipping around if you have it resting on a table.

I initially had an issue where an 128GB SD that I have wasn't being recognised properly on the device, wasn't able to get it to format properly. Eventually I used the official SD Card Formatter utility software which got it working just fine, so if anyone has any issues with SD cards then I would strongly recommend that.

I've taken this into a local wood, and recorded some wildlife there, where it worked quite well in a 'tactical deployment bag' (cheap shoulder/bum bag that can be found at a few online retailers..) with me holding a boompole/mic and scrambling about, the compact size and light weight are excellent for situations requiring some tricky navigation on foot.

Once you get used to the menus you can set things up pretty quickly, main issue I've come across in terms of the UI is if you need to move from recording something loud to very quiet quickly it necessitates changing gain mode, a fair bit slower than having more full analogue control.

My main complaint is the lack of a solo function for individual channels, which really should be possible, but it is possible to work around it, and the other good features listed above go some way to compensate for any limitations.

Eventually I will very likely end up with a Sound Devices recorder, but this will hopefully get me going until that day.

(BTW I would love to see more manufacturers start including comparable analogue-realm mixing and processing features such as on the Sound Devices gear, as the primary reason for wanting an SD recorder is the analogue limiter capability.)
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Perfect form factor for its use as sound recorder for DSLR
jordiroru, 02.06.2018
Its shape is perfect to install it under or on top of the DSLR camera.
The quality of the sound is ok, you can't expect professional sound but it is way more decent than the built-in microphone from the DSLR and better sound than TASCAM DR40, but, still cannot compare with other sound recorders of higher-end.
In general, good for its price. A bit hungry with the batteries and the menus are a bit difficult to follow, as a majority of functions can be activated/deactivated only via "software" and not with independent switch/knob.
I would recommend for persons willing to improve sound quality in their recordings but who does not want to spend more than 250-300 euros.
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Brilliant.
Cardinalbroadcast., 11.02.2020
A comprehensive recorder.
Quite complicated to set-up unless you have the instruction book (or you are a teenager). Some great features. Just to mention one: stereo recording with second stereo recording set at -10 or -20 db (or whatever you want.) So you always have a recording that is not over done.
I suppose you could say the controls are on the small side, but even I can manage, so you can. Tascam do warn you that the current drain is high if you use it to power your microphones. Something to be aware of.
Recommend.
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The multi tool of recorders!
Michael5544, 16.11.2016
I use the dr 70d for location recording with its battery and mains options power. I use it for extra stereo sound for on set and for to replace for mic in my canon 70d cam which in fact is the sister partner for this machine to work with. It's got more than everything that any linear recorder has in the 200s. Internal stereo mic, actual top and bottom attachments for stands and cameras, sits perfectly below camera and on top of any stand. I use this for also receiving multiple channels of audio via mic xlr line as there are four included on such a small device just puzzles me which all have individual volumes etc.

It's able to be a recorder, a audio interface for 4 channels of audio and designed mainly to connect with a camera as give the scene the best audio on the go. Even has a headphone jack to hear what's going on and playback and also syncs with cameras recorder via external and internal jack connections integrated with your camera. Really is the perfect recorder for a camera man on the go for interviews with more than one person and to manage decent audio recordings from its internal mics than your standard camera mic. It's sleak it's compact and powerful tascam have done well for this priced option for camera and location recorders with interface too. Simply great!
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