Here is a piece of audio equipment which was introduced earlier this year and somehow was overlooked by us, but now after seeing it at NAB I am convinced it has a place inside any news-shooter’s bag . If you are looking for a micro audio XLR recorder, the Tascam DR-10X is the one to get. The Tascam DR-10X is a micro plug-in linear PCM recorder for XLR connection devices. It will work best with dynamic or battery-powered condenser microphone with XLR output. It attaches to a handheld microphone and designed to capture audio during interviews, press conferences and meetings. It can capture audio at Broadcast standard 48kHz/24-bit in WAV format. The DR-10X has both manual and automatic gain settings, with a low cut filter and limiter to prevent overloads. One of the problems you might have when using this recorder is the difficulty to monitor a correct audio level when plugging headphones is not possible, so that’s where the “Dual Recording mode” comes handy. It captures a copy of the audio at a lower level, so if there is distortion you have a backup safety. Other then that, the mic connector has a locking mechanism that ensures a tight fit to the microphone body giving the entire assembly a solid feel. Depending on the camera you are currently using, syncing audio might be a requirement but when recording interviews or reporting that requires high audio quality, a field recorder is normally needed, but for small-scale reporting you can record high-quality audio with just a microphone and the DR-10X. No need to carry bulky equipment. Below is a short product introduction video made by our friends at B&H. Summery highlights of the Tascam DR-10X: -Sliding record button and hold function to prevent missoperation during recording -Dual-recording for simultaneously creating a safety track at a lower level -Before the battery charge runs out, automatic file closing prevents the loss of already recorded data -Playback function allows recordings to be checked and headphones output enables input monitoring -XLR plug-on connection -Automatic/manual level function selection -Records on a single AAA battery On the downside: -Somehow plasticky feel -If you are using normal SD cards, make sure they don’t exceed 2GB otherwise they won’t be recognised by the recorder. The full approved SDHC cards list can be found here -One mono channel recording only R-10X SPECIFICATIONS Recording media microSD card(64MB to 2GB), microSDHC card(4GB to 32GB) Media discharging Push-Push type (Guard cover mounted) Recording format WAV(BWF) Sampling frequency 48kHz Quantization bit rate 24bit Number of channels 1-channel (Mono) Analog audio iInputs Connector XLR-3-31 Input Impedance 10k ohm or more MIC input gain LOW / MID / HIGH PHONES Connector 3.5mm(1/8″) stereo mini jack (DUAL MONO) USB Connector Micro-B type 4pin Power 1 AAA batteries (Alkaline or NiMH), USB bus power Battery Operation Time Alkaline batteries (EVOLTA) About 10 hours Battery (RTC) Lithium × 1(built in with soldering) Dimensions 52(W) × 94.4(H) × 28(D) mm Weight 68.3g (including batteries) / 56.3g (without batteries) Accessories USB cable, Owner’s Manual (including warranty) For a full product description, head to Tascam’s siteRead more
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