Tascam DR-60D Overview:
The Tascam DR-60D is a brand new 4-track solid-state recorder utilizing TASCAM's decades of experience. The recorder utilizes high-grade HDDA pre-amps, legendary AD converters, and a durable but lightweight structure and shape.
This device will fit snuggly under any camera or into any rig, and record up to 96kHz/24-bit high quality audio straight to SD/SDHC media. Filmmakers have at their disposal two 1/4"-XLR Locking Combo MIC/LINE Inputs, 3.5mm Stereo MIC Input, Camera In, Camera Out, Line Out and Headphone Out. Both 1/4"-XLR Combo Inputs supply +48V Phantom Power and the 3.5mm Input supplies Plug-In Power for microphones requiring a bias voltage.
The DR-60D is incredibly easy to use, employing TASCAM's very popular user interface and external controls for every major operation. The body structure, soft-touch keys and dials are designed specifically to help eliminate handling noise. The multiple record modes include, 4-Channel Record, Auto Record and TASCAM's Dual Record "Safety Track" Mode make the DR-60D one of the most versatile recorders on the market. The new DR-60D is available for pre-order via B&H (click here)
High Quality Audio Recorder + Mixer Integrated Linear PCM Recorder
Replaced the DR-60D with another DR-60D and the new one doesn't have the issue. 🙂
Just got the DR-60D today and there is some slight helicopter noise going into GH2 via Sescom cable... but switched to another GH2 and it didn't have it. I that the other GH2 may be using a different hack, but will test more tomorrow to find out exactly what's going on. I'll update on this later.
No clicks on adjusting level while recording, but yes there is some stepping. Not an issue for us though as we set levels beforehand and then use lowered 2nd channel as safety.
Good news is that it is much cleaner than the DR-40! Sounds awesome. Also nice that you can monitor the audio w/o being in record-pause mode.
Fatal flaw in DR-60D?: front panel level controls (pots) are digital and have ~3dB discrete steps and sometimes audible clicks when adjusted while recording. See this demo video of the problem: youtube.com/watch?v=iv46-hM3Azk
This looks really interesting. As noted before, it's like a Beachtek or Juicedlink and a DR-40 or Zoom all in one case.
Note to Peter and Fred. I've used my DR-40 with several different condenser and dynamic mics and have never experienced noise. Check the Tascam FAQ:
Nice comment Peter!!
The helicopter sound i get is not only using phantom power, but when i use almos any kind of microphone (with or without battery powered)
the only way i can use my DR-40 and my DR-08 is with a dynamic mic or using the external mic's that comes with the unit.
It is a shame. i tried everything, looked at all forums and no answer.
i had a DR-100 but the battery compartment was broken and i sold it.
hope this product does not have the same issues.
I hope it has flawless phantom power use, unlike the DR-40 with its helicopter noise.
But great news, since this is really tailored towards DSLR shooters and not just another mobile recorder.
I still wonder why we have an armada of DSLRs to choose from for shooting video, but so far only two companies directly addressing the audio part of the DSLR workflow, Beachtek and Juicedlink.
And both are in BIG trouble, if the DR-60D turns out as expected...
Doesn't look very ergonomic, especially if you shoot without a rig. I'm still waiting for someone to come out with something that has live meters like this, but is only the size of a battery grip, so you can leave it on the bottom of your camera at all times...
Couple of things.
Supposedly this uses the same internals as the DR-680, just fewer of them, obviously. So it should have the same or similar sound qualities and noise floor. You could make the assumption that the same DR-680 Oade mod could be done to it as well.
I've said this elsewhere... That side mounted picture is utterly ridiculous and does theunit a disservice. Show the DR-60D as it was designed to be used - MOUNTED UNDERNEATH THE DAMN CAMERA! Have you seen a picture of the Fostex DC-R302 side mounted? No,
I've really wanted a DC-R302. It has fantastic preamps and pretty good build quality. I've let two used ones get away from me on eBay, while waiting for this to be announced.
Not having usedor heard either, vibe I get is that the Tascam's features outweigh the Fostex's but the Fostex has higher quality sound. The real question is the Fostex sound quality worth 3.5x the cost of the Tascam?
About mother shuckin' time a decent audio solution hit the market.
Or WILL it?
Seems like Rhode had a neat recording/mic device that never saw the light of day...
This looks like a great piece of gear to compliment DSLR shooters. I wonder how those preamps sound compared to other popular recorders like the H4n.
Awesome! This looks and sounds a lot better than the juiced link stuff. Plus it seems to be much more affordable too.
NAB is right around the corner, hopefully we see more competition in this department!
Ho Zhen Jie
This had to come out when I just bought the juicedlink RA333. DAMN!!
This looks great, so cheap and useful! Anyone want my Roland R26? 🙂
So I could hypothetically us this as a juicedlink/beachtek preamp (running camera out into dslr) and also have it recording the whole time? Awesome.
What's your opinion on Roland R-26 ?
The pricing is good too.
Whoa! That thing is a beast.
Looks great, i mean probably overkill for most people but i'm sure some will like it.
This looks pretty nice, and not a bad price either. I was wondering if anyone out there had experience with the Fostex DC-R302 3-Channel Audio Mixer and Stereo Recorder? Though it's quite a bit more expensive, it looks like it has a lot of nice features for recording audio with DSLR cameras. I currently own an RM333, but some of these other features on these audio recorders look promising.
Wow, I want one! I've been wishing I could roll my JuicedLink and my DR-40 into one unit that could be used for single or double system sound and mount to a camera or over a boom op's shoulder. The Sound Devices units looked really tempting but kinda spendy. If they get near the preamp quality of Sound Devices at this price point, I think these will be insanely popular.
Wonder how the pre-amps on this compare to the Juiced Link preamps.
If the 5D MKIII can be ungraded to record uncompressed higher quality video via hdmi out to an external recorder, wouldn't it be better if that video recorder also had these flexible audio options?
This looks great. I always thought that there should be something similar to the H4N but without onboard mics. I think I'm going to get this as soon as I save enough money.