Tascam DR701D – HDMI Triggered Audio Recorder For DSLRs

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.

Tascam DR701D

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.

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Ed Mahoo
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HDMI Triggered,,, FINALLY! Awesome :)

Palmer Woodrow
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Micro-USB powered… USELESS.

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 Alex Lindesay
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Could this work with the black magic video assist and canon 5D Mark iii? Outputting from the tascam to the video assist. Thanks

Alex

Oscar Goldman
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This looks essentially identical to the existing DR-70D. Sonically and feature-wise, this is a decent recorder. In fact, it appears to be the only one on the market that isn’t ruined by some blunder regarding dual recording (recording a second pair of tracks at a lower level, to as backup against clipping). The Zooms, for example, ruined this feature by making it unusable on external XLR mics! WTF! HOWEVER: The physical construction of these Tascams is PATHETIC. The entire front of the unit is a door that covers the battery and SD compartment. But… it’s not a door. It’s a… Read more »

Oscar Goldman
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Yep, sure enough, if you look at pictures of the unit, Tascam has once again crippled it with the idiotic Micro-USB connector for power. And yet they manage to put full-sized HDMI connectors on there. Retarded.

 Zee Upītis
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“In fact, it appears to be the only one on the market that isn’t ruined by some blunder regarding dual recording (recording a second pair of tracks at a lower level, to as backup against clipping). The Zooms, for example, ruined this feature by making it unusable on external XLR mics! WTF!” Well, it kinda makes sense as unless you record the signal on 2 separate channels with different sensitivity, the only way to get a “backup” track is to actually record at the “backup” level and bring up the levels of the main track digitally, thus also bringing up… Read more »

Oscar Goldman
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“unless you record the signal on 2 separate channels”

Yes, that’s exactly what “dual recording” does. You get two files per channel, one at the level you set and one at a lower level.

Either way, it makes no sense to block this feature from any of the inputs.

As far as battery life is concerned: Are you powering mics? The Tascam takes four AAs, and powering a mic will drain that in an hour or so. Don’t have exact figures but I’ll try to track it; especially since the power input on my unit is now ruined.

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I s it possible to explain the home screen as to the levels? How do we know whats peaking and whats correct audio levels? There is now colors OR numbers.. Thanks!

Palmer Woodrow
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There’s a square or something on the scale at -12, if I remember correctly.