Tascam DR-10C – Instantly Back Up Your Wireless Audio Recordings

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.

Tascam DR-10C

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.

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Brian Tam Reply
Brian Tam November 16, 2016

funny, expect us

Mike Silverman Reply
Mike Silverman November 16, 2016

I’ve used these for a while, it’s actually typically much better quality than the wireless transmitter because there’s no loss of quality through the transmission since it’s hard wired. I now just use two Tascam DR10C recordings hooked up to each other and I’ve done away with the wireless transmitter!

Gunther Kirsch Reply
Gunther Kirsch November 16, 2016

I use these just by themselves sometimes without a transmitter. 99 percent of the time you’re safe. Great quality and stupid proof. You can check audio quality with headphones on these or pair to a transmitter for monitoring and piping into a camera. One strange thing about these though, they will still pass through audio even if it’s turned off. So if you are monitoring audio from a transmitter that’s connected to a dr10, and hear audio, that’s no guarantee the device is on or recording.

Sven Henig Reply
Sven Henig November 19, 2016

I use a Röde Lavalier mic in combination with iPhone (set to Flight Mode) to record safe sound – looks like a cheaper solution ;-)

Eric de Mildt November 19, 2016

As Mike Silverman said, better quality than the wireless.
Especially useful if you’re working alone, forget about checking sound! ;-) Sounds risky, but for something on auto-pilot the audio you get is surprisingly OK. Use the -6db back-up track and if necessary the limiters, audio will be good enough, and just focus on the story.
First used them as back-up, but seeing they’re quite reliable, now nearly always skip the transmitters and the worries they bring. Even at fast jobs, syncing is easy nowadays.