by Johnnie Behiri | 16th November 2016
Tascam’s latest recording creation, the Tascam DR-10C was presented to us earlier today during Japan’s largest broadcasting exhibition, Inter BEE 2016. The DR-10 family of recorders is continuing to grow, and by doing so is trying to cater the different needs of different users. Besides being extremely small and versatile, the core feature of these recorders is the ability to record in a dual level adjustment mode. This help protect audio levels, which is particularly useful as these body pack sized recorders are intended to be carried by the interviewee and can’t be monitored remotely. I’m yet to be convinced that this is indeed a safe enough way to work, and haven’t completely let go with my audio recordings yet, BUT the new Tascam DR-10C is actually trying to solve a completely different problem. Have you ever been is a situation where you used your wireless audio device and suddenly had some sound “drop outs” or interference? Well, it has happened to me, and obviously in a situation like this you are faced with two options. You either stop the video recording and politely ask to do the whole sequence again (not always possible if it is a documentary-style shooting), or move around until you find a spot that doesn’t break your sound, a useless exercise in most cases. Here’s where the Tascam DR10-C comes to the rescue. Simply connect it to your lavalier microphone, then connect the Tascam recorder to your wireless transmitter. By doing so, you will get a clean audio copy on that mini portable recorder regardless of any possible interferences further down the signal chain. Neat solution for a very common problem. At this stage, the Tascam DR-10C is only available in Japan and Europe. For full specifications and native wireless device compatibility, please head over to Tascam’s page. What do you think? Could this be the device that will save the day? Let us know in the comments section.Read more
by Johnnie Behiri | 11th July 2016
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
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