TASCAM Announces DR-05 Portable Recorder

TASCAM announced Friday the DR-05, a handheld portable recorder. The device allows users to capture digital stereo recordings of live music or other events in a handheld form factor. According to the company, the DR-05 is “optimized for sound quality,” and includes a number of quality components.

The device’s design includes a dedicated power supply for the codec used to encode the sound, separate analog and digital circuit boards, and low-impedance circuit design. The DR-05 can record to microSD or microSDHC cards in either MP3 or WAV file, and it supports variable-speed playback without changing the pitch, as well as looping features.



Note that the DR-05 isn’t a Mac or iOS-specific device (though one can certainly import the sound to both, as well as to PCs), but we know there are a lot of musicians and other audio enthusiasts and pros among our readers.

There is a long list of features on the DR-05, included in full below:

  • Handheld Portable Recorder
  • Built-in Stereo Condenser Omnidirectional Microphones with sensitivity up to 125dB SPL
  • Up to 96kHz/24-bit WAV (BWF) linear PCM recording
  • Stereo MP3 recording from 32-320 kbps bit rate
  • Peak Reduction function to set the optimum recording level automatically even in recording
  • Limiter and low-cut filter to help prevent distortion
  • Automatic or manual level setting
  • Self timer recording starts recording 5 or 10 sec. after pressing the record button for waiting until you are ready
  • Auto and manual track increment
  • Variable speed playback (50%-150%) without changing the pitch
  • Loop and repeat playback
  • Level Align feature prevents uneven volume levels during playback
  • Playback EQ setting
  • Editing function (Divide and delete)
  • Up to 99 mark points on each file
  • Chromatic tuner
  • 1/8” stereo mic/line input
  • USB 2.0 port for transfer to PC and external power
  • Up to 2-second pre recording buffer
  • Jump back function returns to previous point with one action (1-10, 20, 30 sec.)
  • 1/8” headphone/line output
  • Built-in speaker
  • microSD (64MB – 2GB)/microSDHC (4GB – 32GB) card slot (2GB card included)
  • Powered by 2 AA batteries, AC adapter (optional: PS-P515U), or USB bus power
  • Tripod socket hole
  • Dimensions: 2 3/8” W x 5 9/16” H x 1” D
  • Weight: 4 1/16 oz

The DR-05 is priced at US$99, and you can find more information on TASCAM’s Web site.