Tascam was kind enough to send us their new creation, the DR-10SG. It is a combination of a standalone mountable mini audio recorder, as well as a directional shotgun microphone that you can connect to your DSLR mic jack. This new device is aimed towards “on the go shooters” who seek a better audio quality than the one their build-in camera microphone offers. As we all know, some of the latest cameras from respected manufacturers do not offer a way to monitor sound. Maybe the biggest selling point for this device is the ability to monitor audio levels when connected to cameras without a headphone jack, with the Sony a6300 being a good example. In order to do that, you will need the Tascam DR-10SG and a mini jack 3.5mm splitter. One thing to consider: if you are looking for greater flexibility in regards to connecting professional microphones and wireless audio receiver to your camera or a recorder, then you might want to look at Tascam’s other offering, the DR-10X, a micro audio XLR recorder device that, at least on paper, looks as a perfect flexible mini recorder. Back to the Tascam DR-10SG. Here are its main specifications at a glance: Recording Media: microSD card (64 MB to 2 GB), microSDHC card (4 GB to 32 GB) Recording Format: 16/24-bit @ 44.1/48 kHz Mic Polarity: Super cardioid Analog Outputs: Camera Out/Phones: 1/8″ (3.5 mm) stereo mini-jack (dual-mono signal) USB micro-B Power: 1 x AAA battery USB bus power Power Consumption: 0.75 W (maximum) Battery Operating Time: (48 kHz/24-bit, Limiter/ Dual Rec: Off, File type: Mono), Lithium 15:00 hours, NiMH Battery 7:30 hours, Alkaline 8:30 hours. Dimensions (W x H x D) 2.1 x 6.6 x 2.8″ (53 x 168 x 70.3 mm) Weight 3.9 oz (110 g) including batteries Pros: The DR-10SG is very lightweight and will sit comfortably on your camera hot shoe. The audio quality is sufficient for a run & gun shooting style and features adjustable EQ. One triple-A battery will last for a good few hours and the device can also be powered externally via a USB connector. You can record dual audio tracks in 2 different recording levels. I suggest not to fiddle with levels while shooting as the buttons are tiny… So what needs improvement? The device feels plasticky. I hope it can survive the daily filming routine. What is really missing out of the box is an additional proper wind shield cover. The one provided is not enough. Normal iPhone earbuds won’t work for monitoring. I guess it is an impedance thing… You can’t start recording while browsing the menu. You need to exit the menu first, and then start recording. Conclusion: Personally, I wish that the mic polarity would have been even narrower. In addition, although the microphone itself has a nice suspension, it will easily pick up handling noise when operating the camera, so either place your camera on a rig or touch it gently while shooting. Also, don’t expect the Tascam DR-10SG to replace your soundman or dedicated audio system. On the other hand, when running & gunning, this additional device will certainly produce better audio results from your built-in camera microphone. Furthermore, the built-in mini recorder will yield better audio recordings in comparison to the many of the DSLR/mirrorless cameras out there.Read more
Japanese audio accessory maker Tascam has announced a newcomer to their growing family of audio recorders, the Tascam DR701D. We’re at Inter Bee 2015 and took a closer look at the new unit. The uniqueness of this recorder is definitely a feature that lets you perfectly sync with the camera it is connected to by triggering the start/stop of recordings via HDMI connection. I’m sure you will agree it is a very smart move from Tascam to include such a feature as we all learned to hate pressing REC buttons twice (Not to mention the times we forgot to press the REC button on the audio recorder…) and sync audio and video files in post. As a sidenote: I was very curious to find out if sales of external audio recorders had declined because of the latest development of DSLR and mirrorless cameras, that achieve better audio recordings internally. I was very surprised to hear from several sources that sales have actually increased! The main features of the new Tascam DR701D audio recorder: Record 4 Channels + Stereo Mix 4 XLR/TRS Inputs with Phantom Power Dual Built-In Omnidirectional Mics Stereo 3.5mm In for Stereo Mic 3.5mm Camera In/Out BNC In for Sync to LTC HDMI In Can Receive Timecode From Camera HDMI Out Can Send Audio & Incoming Video Records Up to 24-Bit/192kHz Mount to DSLR or Tripod The new Tascam DR701D is already available for pre-order and expected to start shipping in about two months.Read more
Røde just introduced the i-XLR, a digital iPhone XLR adaptor for Apple iOS devices that turns your iPhone into a high quality audio recorder. The new Røde i-XLR is a lightning accessory that connects to your microphone’s XLR output on one and and to your iOS device on the other. Using a new Røde app that will be introduced within the next two weeks, will enable you to bypass the iPhone’s audio processing and record audio in high quality. It’s nice to see how this device might replace an audio recorder in some situations and give you a portable iPhone XLR alternative. Pricing is yet to be determined and it will become available in the next months. For more information visit rode.comRead more
The Zoom F8 is an affordable yet serious 10-track field recorder made for professional sound designers and filmmakers, promising low-noise preamps and support for 24-bit/192kHz audio. Zoom teased their professional 10-track field recorder at NAB in April. We didn’t have much information back then, but now the new device is actually here and it looks like its competing with professional audio tools like the legendary Sound Devices 664 for in-the-field mixing and recording. The marketing campaign for the Zoom F8 field recorder is clearly directed at aspiring pro filmmakers and sound-recordists. The video promo they made is beautiful to watch, even though it doesn’t give too much away about the product’s functionalities: At $999 the Zoom F8 is likely to become a revolutionary product in the sound-recording market as it could stir up the competition quite a bit depending on how well it actually performs. It surely looks like a promising start for the company that has been quite successful in creating semi-pro small recorders. Let’s see what pro audio recordists have to say once they get the device in their hands. It’s interesting to see the bluetooth connectivity the F8 provides, a remote control extension via the touch surface of iOS devices. Zoom prides itself with numerous nice features on the F8: Phantom power (+24V/+48V) can be turned on and off for each preamp individually. 10 tracks—8 input channels & a stereo mix track for simultaneous stereo & surround. Onboard mixer with pre- and post-faders. Each channel has controls for pan, input/output delay, filtering, and limiting. Dual SD card recording Three power sources (4-pin hirose 9-16V, AA batteries, or 12V AC) Dual-channel recording to create safety tracks Pre-recording functionality Wireless Bluetooth control via iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch Time code I/O via BNC The Zoom F8 field recorder is schedule to start shipping on September 5, 2015. Until the it can be pre-ordered for $999. There will also be several accessories available for the device like a dedicated bag etc.Read more
by Kevin Alexander | 17th April 2015
Check out our follow up article with all the news about this device HERE. Zoom announced a new 8 track field recorder at NAB this week. There isn’t much info available on it just yet, but they have teased some of the specs for now. The Zoom F8 will be an 8 channel multi-track field recorder and mixer with four XLR / ¼ inputs on both sides. It includes a dual SD card reader, is powered by DC input or eight AA batteries, and even includes an internal timecode generator. It has 2 mini XLR outputs, a ¼ headphone jack, and a mini-sub output. Zoom is known for their handheld audio recorders, but this is the first time they’ve presented a field mixer of this type. It will be available in the fourth quarter of this year but the price has not yet been set. More information will be available later this summer. Specs 8 Channel Four XLR / ¼ on both sides Dual SD card readers Internal timecode generator Power: DC input or 8 AA batteries Output: 2 mini XLR, ¼ headphone jack, mini-sub outputRead more
The newly announced Zoom H6 is now available for order. The device is Zoom’s first handheld audio recorder offering an interchangeable mic system; with 4 XLR inputs (up to 6 optional), a digital colour display, and powered by 4 AA batteries. As a H4N user, the above 3 features are significant upgrades. The H4N suffered terribly from poor power management. A phantom powered shotgun mic like the NTG-3 could deteriorate the battery life in minutes. The H6 boasts up to 20 hours operation. If it’s half of that in the real world, this is great news.Read more
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