TASCAM has updated their portable DR-60D DSLR audio recorder to mkII status. The second incarnation of the popular four-channel recorder gets new microphone preamps with up to 64dB of gain.
The DR-60DmkII was designed specifically for DSLR filmmaking and contains a tripod mounting screw on top and socket hole on the bottom to integrating with cameras from Canon, Nikon, Sony, and others. The camera output attenuates down to mic level before passing the signal to the camera to prevent distortion. The new version includes an improved microphone preamp for up to 64dB of gain and a smoother sound, allowing filmmakers to capture low volume sound.
A pair of XLR microphone inputs connect to HDDA microphone preamps and provide phantom power for condenser microphones. The preamp gain and other controls are easily accessible from the front panel with physical controls instead of software menus for quick adjustment. A second pair of inputs can be patched to wireless receivers or other sources for four-track recording. Having separate outboard preamps clearly surpass the built-in camera mics. Four channels can be recorded or the unit can be set to Dual Recording mode, which records a safety track at a lower level to prevent distortion.
» Four-track WAV or BWAV recording up to 96kHz/24-bit
» Designed to attach to a DSLR camera with top and bottom tripod mounts
» Easy-to-use interface with switches instead of menus
» Dual record mode captures a safety track so there’s a backup in case of overload
» High-quality microphone preamps, analog/digital converters, and recording format (BWAV) – much better than the camera audio specs
» Improved microphone preamp with up to 64dB of gain
» Camera output pads down to mic level so it doesn’t overload the camera
» Records to SD card media
» Individual headphone and line outputs
» Slate function plays a tone for easier syncronization with camera audio
» Two XLR/1/4″ combination jacks plus stereo 1/8” mini jack
» Powered via AA batteries or USB input
The TASCAM DR-60DmkII is available now for an estimated street price of about $200.