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Portable Recorder

Discussion in 'Recording' started by vibe53, Mar 14, 2012.

  1. vibe53

    vibe53 Active Member

    Hello, I am new to the world of sound recording. I just found a used Tascam DR-05 that I put on lay away for mainly recording nature and live stuff. Any one use this? What would be a good, inexpensive mike for nature recording. I am thinking of a shotgun type.
  2. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    The Tascam DR-05 has a built-in pair of stereo condenser mics and a 1/8" stereo jack for an external domestic-standard stereo mic. Unfortunately, neither of these two features is very useful when it comes to wildlife recording using an external professional microphone (these are mono).

    You should really look at the Tascam DR-100 or the Zoom H4N for this sort of work, as these have XLR inputs for professional microphones and 48V phantom power.

    However, there is a small box (the XLR-1) made by Sony for its handheld recorder (the PCM-D50), and this would probably work with the Tascam DR-05. It has a pair of XLR inputs, a battery compartment with inverter for generating the phantom power, and a 1/8" stereo jack output. It could be a good way into using professional mics with the lower-cost type of recorders. Unfortunately, I have not been able to find any noise figures, so it's not easy to say whether your wildlife recordings would be swamped by noise from the recorder's pre-amps even when using an external shotgun mic.
  3. vibe53

    vibe53 Active Member

    Thanks for the help Boswell, I"ll check into the things you mentioned.

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